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Higher Calling Series

Higher Calling Series

Higher Calling Series

Business as an Agent for Social Change: Social Entrepreneurship, Benefit Corporations and
Curing Poverty

April 24, 2014

Session I : Social Entrepreneurship and Benefit Corporations: An Interdisciplinary Conversation
Panel: Elizabeth Babson, Lyman Johnson, Haskell Murray, John McVea, Michael Naughton and Elizabeth Schiltz

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There has been a serious critique that the power and influence of business has not kept up with its corresponding social responsibilities. As a response, two important movements have recently developed: social entrepreneurship and benefit corporations. The speakers examined the interdisciplinary characters of these issues through the exploration of its legal, managerial, social and ethical dimensions.


Session II : Poverty Cure: From Aid to Enterprise
Speaker: Michael Miller

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Can entrepreneurs cure poverty? Most would agree that the role of government and international aid agencies have been ineffective in seriously alleviating global poverty. Enter the entrepreneur. Michael Miller, producer and narrator of PovertyCure, and award-winning video series on economic poverty, shared real life testimonies of entrepreneurs and how their businesses and faith have found ways to bring sustainable economic prosperity to impoverished communities. After viewing a chapter of the DVD series on entrepreneurship, Mr. Miller led a discussion on practical ways entrepreneurs , the church and the larger culture can successfully combat global poverty base on a proper understanding of the human person.

Sponsored by  the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought, the Habiger Institute for Catholic Leadership of the Center for Catholic Studies and the Veritas Institute of the Opus College of Business, the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy, Justice and Peace Studies Program and the Department of Entrepreneurship.

Vocation  of the Business Leader: Seeking Meaning in a Global Economy

March 11, 2013

Pierre Lecocq

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Pierre Lecocq, a contributor to Vocation of the Business Leader: A Reflection (the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, 2012), examines his own journey and work in global markets in the light of the Catholic social principles outlined in the document. Lecocq is president and CEO of Inergy Automotive Systems, a major global supplier of fuel and emission control systems to car manufacturers. He is also president of UNIAPAC, the International Christian Union of Business Executives. He addresses the practical challenges and concrete actions to live out one’s vocation in an increasingly secular and pluralistic world.

The Challenges of Integrating Faith and Work in Business

February 15, 2012
Ed Mosel
Kyle Smith

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Using the newly published book, Leading Wisely in Difficult Times: Three Cases of Faith and Business (by Michael Naughton and David Specht) as a springboard for discussion, this event features Ed Mosel (former Chief Operating Officer of Stoneridge Inc.) and Kyle Smith (President and CEO of Reell Precision Manufacturing Corp. in St. Paul).  Mr. Mosel and Mr. Smith, whose companies are featured in the book Leading Wisely in Difficult Times, discuss the practical difficulties and opportunities of how they navigated their companies through times of crisis and the role their faith played in such difficult decisions.  Dr. Jeanne Buckeye, professor of ethics and business law at the University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business and a fellow of the John A Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought gives her response as well.

Maintaining a Catholic Identity in a Secular World

September 27, 2010
William Brinkman, vice president of formation for Ascension Health

Assension Health is the largest Catholic, nonprofit health care system in the U.S. Brinkman speaks about the formative programs for upper management professionals at Assension Health.

Read about the event in Perspectives Magazine

The Higher Calling of the Entrepreneur

November 17, 2009
José Ignacio Mariscal Torroella, president of UNIPAC International

Mariscal offers his insight into the intersection of international business, corporate responsibility and Christian social thought.

Read more about Mariscal in the Bulletin Today article.