“Faithful Leaders in Difficult Times: The Challenges of Integrating Faith and Work in Business,” a presentation and panel discussion taking place on February 12, was the latest installment of the ongoing Higher Calling series of events co-sponsored by the Veritas Institute, the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought of the Center for Catholic Studies and the Habiger Institute for Catholic Leadership of the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas.
After a welcome from Veritas Institute president T. Dean Maines, the event used the recent book by Michael Naughton and David Specht, Leading Wisely in Difficult Times: Three Cases of Faith and Business, as a springboard for discussion. Veritas Institute director Michelle Rovang Burke moderated a dialogue between Ed Mosel (former COO of Stoneridge Inc.) and Kyle Smith (president and CEO of Reell Precision Manufacturing Corp. in St. Paul) about the practical difficulties and opportunities of navigating their companies through times of crisis and the role their faith played in such difficult decisions. Dr. Jeanne Buckeye, UST professor of ethics and business law, also weighed in.
After a dinner, the audient reconvened for a panel discussion featuring Mosel, Smith, Buckeye and Dr. Michael Naughton, author and director of the John A. Ryan Institute and Alan W. Moss Endowed Chair in Catholic Social Thought.
Attendence at the event was by invitation only. The audience consisted of students, faculty and members of the local business community.