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What is the Good Life?: A Conversation about Calling and Purpose

This annual speakers’ series will feature key alumni discussing their unique calling, what it means to flourish, and how their Harding educational experience contributed to their understanding of each. Our goal is to provide common language around calling and vocation, to better our mentoring and advising practices, and to further tell the Harding story through alumni, faculty, and student success stories.

This is a photo of Darren Irby.Darren Irby

Alumnus and National Marketing Officer for the American Red Cross

Sept. 8, 2021 at 4 p.m. in Cone Chapel

In this role, Darren Irby has shared messages of reconciliation and the rebuilding of lives, families and communities during more than 100 disasters, including events that have helped shape the 21st century (the Oklahoma City bombing, the events of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina).

Irby will be speaking in chapel and meeting with students in various contexts on Wednesday, Sept. 8. The day will conclude in Cone Chapel at 4 p.m. for an interview with Dr. Heath Carpenter. The theme of the conversation will focus on a single question: What is the good life? Irby will reflect on discerning his calling and how his Harding education contributes to his understanding of a well-lived life, both professionally and personally.

Learn more about Darren Irby

When Darren Irby was in the second grade his family home was destroyed by a flood and the Red Cross replaced his valued Cub Scout uniform. This was the beginning of a lifelong journey with the Red Cross—first as a volunteer and then as a 21 year paid employee. He began as the Director of Communication and Public Policy with the Red Cross in Arkansas and then moved to various positions at Red Cross NHQ in Washington, DC, including National Vice President of Communications. He has worked more than 105 national and international disasters with the Red Cross, including the OKC bombing, the events of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. He now serves the Red Cross as a National Marketing Officer, based in Arkansas.

Darren has served in the White House Office of Visitors and Special Events and has reported
for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and The New York Times. Among other awards, in 2005,
he was named by the Junior Chamber of Commerce as one of the 10 Outstanding Young
Americans—something Darren is particularly proud of given his love of Elvis Presley, who won
the same award in 1970. After Hurricane Katrina, the Public Relations Society of America
named him PR Professional of the Year in 2006. Darren says his greatest accomplishment is
that of Dad to his son, Hart, 17 and his daughter, Belle, who is 15 years of age.

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