Donnie Smith Danielle Blasini, Madalyn James, Cody Johnsen, Carly O’Callaghan, Wes Shepherd, Mengyuan Yang

Work History

  • Worked for Tyson Foods since 1980
  • Many positions within company
  • Became CEO in 2009
  • Will retire in December of 2016

Religious Background

  • Devout Christian
  • Southern Baptist
  • Teaches a small group at his local church in Arkansas
  • "My faith influences how I think, what I do, what I say.”

Leadership Style

  • Servant Leadership
  • Acts 20:35
  • Opportunities for employees to grow
  • “Faith-friendly—but not faith-based” organization

Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace

  • Founded in 2009 at University of Arkansas’ business school
  • Funded by Tyson Foods
  • Vision: "be a catalyst in the transformation of modern workplaces by integrating faith and spirituality into educational and business models that lead to personal well-being and sustainable profits"

Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Animal well being
  • Water and fuel conservation
  • Nutrition
  • Hunger and disaster relief
  • Charitable giving

"It is not enough just to fill mouths"

  • Concerned with providing food for anyone in need
  • $10 million donated since 2010 to support education, health and human services, families and the environment
  • Water consumption cut by nearly 11 percent
  • Foods feature lower fat and sodium content and eliminate food allergens
  • Donated more than 18 million pounds of food, valued at $23 million, to nonprofit hunger relief agencies across the U.S

Biblical Integration

  • Mark 10:42-45 - “And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (ESV)
  • Matthew 5:14-16 - “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (NIV)
  • 1 Corinthians 7:17 - “Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches.” (NIV)


  • Servant leader
  • Heart for those in need
  • Dedicated to his company and beliefs


  • Do you believe that a faith-friendly organization can be implemented successfully?
  • Is it possible to integrate a Christian worldview into your working environment without the company having a Christian foundation?


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