THE VOCATION OF THE BUSINESS LEADER
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Our keynote speaker is Prof. Michael Naughton, Director, John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Prof. Naughton was one of two coordinators involved in writing the Vocation Of the Business Leader.
Moderator: Sheri Flies of Costco will coordinate a panel on the role of spirituality in treating business leadership as vocation. Ms. Flies is a moving force behind Costco's use sustainability criteria (social justice, economic development for sourcing communities, and environmental health) for sourcing Kirkland Signature branded items. Ms. Flies spoke this summer at the Hague World Justice Forum.
- Tulio Garcia , the head of the Cuatro Pinos Cooperative in Guatemala, and his niece Vanessa Garcia, will talk about spirituality and their commitment in the sustainable production of green beans in Guatemala and the Juan Francisco Garcia Comparini Foundation. Mr. Garcia and his niece will join us through electronic media.
- Gerard Jara is an entrepreneur and co-owner of “Candor - A Group of Specialists", an import/export business which acts as parent company of Cynara (Artichokes), Certified Origins (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) and Caro Nut (Cashews, Brazils, Almonds). A supplier to Costco, Mr. Jara will talk about working with people in Africa, Central America and South America in ways that respect their culture and environment.
- Madame Kone Minata is manager at Sotria-B, the Society of Industrial Processing Cashews in Burkina Faso, West Africa since its inception in 2003. Sotria-B has been a major contributor to the development of the Region of Burkina, working to eradicate poverty – 80% of employees are women. Sotria-B Is a supplier to Costco. Madame Kone is a Muslim who made the pilgrimage to Mecca in 2012; Her children are Catholic.
- Michael Simpson, is founder and executive director of One Sky: Canadian Institute of Sustainable Living, and former award winning documentary producer. He has led successful sustainable development projects throughout West Africa and Latin America for over ten years, including The Gaia Project (the international arm of the Sierra Club of BC). Mike’s life work is a testament to how much an Integral approach is needed.
Lisa Eggers, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Callison, LLC. will talk about the importance of authenticity and showing up as a full person in the workplace.
Kirt Montague, CEO of PlumEnergy and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will discuss how faith and values inspire his approach to business and the workplace.
Bryan Mistele, CEO of INRIX, (INRI and IX both refer to Jesus Christ), will speak about how his Christian values helped him design his business organization and culture.
Mark Seidl, Director Retail Solutions Development at REI. Mr. Seidl will speak about nonreligious, non-theistic approaches to business leadership as vocation.
Megan Gluth, general counsel for TRI, will talk about how faith and values inspire her approach to business and the workplace.
Prof. Brad Agle of Brigham Young University will discuss his research and interactions with business people regarding faith in the workplace.
Prof. Vidya Awasthi, Seattle University, has a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Washington. His research is in the areas of business ethics and management control, including international aspects. He is active in interfaith Dialog at the University. Prof. Awasthi is an ordained Hindu priest. Though practicing Yoga for a long time, he formally took initiation into Kriya Yoga path in the year 2000. He taught a Paathshala (Sunday school) for about ten years and has been teaching a Gita class for a select group of people from Fiji, Nepal, and India for the last four years. He has also given public discourses on Bhagvad Gita. He will discuss a Hindu approach to Business Ethics, and Karma Yoga (Yoga through Action).
Prof. Marc Cohen, Seattle University, is a PhD in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. He will talk about the importance of understanding the firm as a community when thinking of business leadership as vocation. Prof. Cohen had a career in consulting and banking before joining the business school at Seattle University.
Prof. Julie Gedro, Associate Professor of Business, Management and
Economics at Empire State College / State University of New York (SUNY).
She holds a Doctorate of Education in Adult Education and Human
Resources Development from the University of Georgia. An avid veteran of
animal rescue, Dr. Gedro serves as the Vice President of Yorkshire
Terrier National Rescue.
Prof. Kenneth Goodpaster, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, will discuss his contributions to the Vocation Of the Business Leader. Prof. Goodpaster is one of the founders of contemporary business ethics as well as being one of the most influential business ethicists on the scene today.
Prof. Laura Hartman, DePaul University, Chicago, will talk about business leadership and professionalism using John Dewey as a foundation. Prof. Hartman was instrumental in founding, and is Chair of the Board, of L'Ecole de Choix in Haiti, whose mission is to provide “education as a path to humanity.”
Paulette Kidder, Department of Philosophy, Seattle University. Prof. Kidder research areas are ethics, hermeneutics, 19th-century thought, and gender & social reality.
Prof. Jessica Ludescher, Seattle University, will lead a session on the importance of reflection and quiet when viewing business leadership as vocation. Prof. Ludescher has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of California, Riverside. Her research focuses on corporate social responsibility , sustainability, and globalization. Contemplative practice is central to her life, and she engages in a variety of forms of prayer and meditation regularly.
Prof. Valerie L. Myers is the author of "Conversations About Calling: Advancing Management Perspectives" (Routledge Press). Prof. Myers has two Ph.D.'s from at the University of Michigan. She is the President and CEO of Myers Management Consulting, LLC.
Prof. Moses Pava, Dean of the School of Business at Yeshiva University, New York. Prof. Pava will talk about a Jewish approach to bringing faith and values into business, using cases from the business world.
Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, Department of Theology and Religious Studies and director of the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture at University.
John R. Terrill, Director, Center for Integrity in Business, Seattle Pacific University, will Chair the panel featuring Bryan Mistele on Friday evening and discuss Christian aproaches to business leadership as vocation.
Prof. Patricia Werhane, DePaul University, Chicago, will speak about transforming business leadership into a profession. Professor Werhane is one of the most influential business ethicists of our time, and one of the founders of contemporary business ethics.