Sponsored by Magis: Alumni Living the Mission, the Ignatian Leadership Conference takes place Friday, July 31, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference is an opportunity to explore the concept of Ignatian leadership and how to apply and integrate Jesuit values and Ignatian practices into your personal and professional life. Scott Santarosa, S.J., provincial of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus ( left ), will serve as keynote speaker. Following are some questions about the conference with answers provided by Maria Ochoa, assistant director of Magis.
Who would this conference appeal to?
The conference is for anyone interested in learning about Ignatian Leadership. It may be of interest to alumni who desire a fresh and integrated perspective on leadership; anyone who works in any type of Ignatian/Jesuit institution; someone who is in need of some spiritual tools for navigating a secular work environment; and/or a person who is looking for an integrated professional and spiritual development opportunity. All are welcome to attend!
About how many attendees are expected?
We are expecting 100-120 attendees.
Among those attendees who have already registered, what sorts of professions/walks of life are represented?
We have individuals from the following organizations represented: CARE USA, Spacelabs Healthcare, Seattle University, Starbucks, The Boeing Company, Providence Health & Services, Gonzaga University, Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life, various local Catholic Schools and Parishes, WA Office of the Insurance Commissioner, Salal Credit Union, Limeade, Nordstrom, Seattle Police Department, City of Redmond, Northwest Parkinson's Foundation, and more.
What inspired the conference?
Over the last few years, Magis has been involved primarily in offering the Contemplative Leaders in Action alumni leadership program (CLA). This two-year, cohort based program has touched the lives of more than 100 alumni and mentors by teaching and forming young adult leaders ages 25-39 the foundations and practices of Ignatian Leadership. We learned that many in the alumni community beyond CLA are also desiring a way to integrate their spirituality and faith into the professional and personal spheres of life. In response, we thought that by hosting a conference on the topic of Ignatian Leadership, we might provide an opportunity for the larger community to learn and practice this leadership approach.
In addition to the provincial's keynote address by the provincial, what other activities will be included?
The day will include table conversations, access to two workshops from a variety of Ignatian leaders, an optional mass celebrating the feast day of St. Ignatius being held at the Chapel of St. Ignatius, concelebrated by Fr. Santarosa and Tom Lucas, S.J., rector of the SU Jesuit Community-and a networking social hosted at the end of the day. The conference also includes continental breakfast, lunch, parking and materials.
Anything else we should know about the conference?
We are almost sold out, so register as soon as possible if you are interested! Clock hours will also be available through the Seattle U College of Education.
One other note: Because of the conference and the absence of many Jesuits, the Arrupe House's annual Ignatius Day breakfast, ordinarily held on the Feast of St. Ignatius, will be postponed until fall quarter. Stay tuned for more information.