Jo Saxton


  1. Who are you becoming in this crisis/moment? – Invite God to show you who you really are. Be intentional in your reflection. Our character is more important than our gift. How can we do this?

    • Know what makes you WEAK: Worries, Expectations, Attitude, Knocked you down

    • Grief is normal and natural, and essential in this moment

    • What brings you to a HALT? (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired)

    • What are you going to do about it? Is it time to call a counselor? Is it time to make a plan for your well-being?

  2. Where are you standing on the sidelines and where do you need to step up? 

    • To make peace, you have to walk into the chaos, confront the things that are tough, and challenge and address them.

    • What will we do with the influence we each have? Will we stand on the sidelines or are you waiting on a sign from God that it’s time to step up? 

    • You won’t change anything without getting messy

  3. What and how will we build towards the future?

    • Ensure that you don’t build for a world that no longer exists. There will not be any bouncing back, but instead building forward.

4 Final Thoughts:

  1. Be eager in your spiritual practices

  2. Take a look at who you’re learning from – If they all look like you, you need to broaden your horizons

  3. Engage your community

  4. Experiment – What will be the innovations will be birthed from EDGE|X or this season?

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About Jo

Jo Saxton is an author, speaker, podcast host, and leadership coach. She has dedicated her career to growing leadership teams around the world and empowering women to find their purpose in their personal lives and in leadership.

Born in London to parents who immigrated from Nigeria, Jo credits her family’s unrelenting work ethic and the grace of God for the bold, tenacious approach she takes to sharing her wisdom on identity, influence, and living an authentic life. She is characterized by her effervescent honesty and warm approachability, leaving audiences with practical next steps in areas that are usually a bit ambiguous.

In her latest book, Ready to Rise: Own Your Voice, Gather Your Community, Step into Your Influence (WaterBrook — Release: April 14, 2020), Jo tackles the real life issues women face — workplace harassment, sexism, low self esteem, financial woes, power battles, and old wounds — to help move women beyond disempowerment and together to grow their grit. While providing meaningful wisdom from her own journey to leadership, Jo also adds stories of empowered women from the Bible. Readers will be empowering to change their landscape and build new communities where diverse female leadership can flourish.

Her previous book, More than Enchanting: Breaking Through Barriers to Influence Your World, discusses the role of women in church and society. While her book, The Dream of You: Let Go of Broken Identities and Live the Life You Were Made For helps readers address their past, accept their identity, and learn how to create a legacy they want. In addition to work as an author, Jo has also spearheaded an initiative aimed to help women grow their leadership skills.

Jo lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Chris, and their two daughters.