The Veritas Institute, the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center, the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, and the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought co-sponsored a panel discussion and dinner on March 8, 2011, Doing Virtuous Business: An Interreligious Dialogue on Faith and Work. Michelle Rovang Burke, Veritas Institute Director, gave an introduction. Panelists included Dr. Ted Malloch, Odeh Muhawesh, and Dr. Brian Shapiro, who drawing upon their respective religious traditions, examined what it means to be a faithful leader within business today.
Ted Malloch is Chairman and CEO of the Roosevelt Group, a strategic thought leadership company. His most recent book is Doing Virtuous Business, which is also the subject of a PBS documentary to be aired in the spring of 2011.
Odeh Muhawesh is a Minneapolis-based entrepreneur who is presently chairman of the board of Scorant LLC. He also teaches courses in the history of the Middle East and Islamic theology at the University of St. Thomas.
Brian Shapiro is an associate professor of accounting at the Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas. He is also an active member of Bet Shalom Congregation in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
Participants were led in a facilitated discussion about Jewish, Christian, and Muslim perspectives on the relationship between faith and work. Attendees included University of St. Thomas students and faculty, members of the local business community, as well as others from the community at-large.