As part of its ongoing Higher Calling series, the Veritas Institute, the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought and the Habiger Institute for Catholic Leadership of the Center for Catholic Studies presented “Vocation of the Business Leader: Seeking Meaning in the Global Economy,” on March 11.
Using the recently published Vocation of the Business Leader: A Reflection (the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, 2012) as a springboard for discussion, the event featured Pierre Lecocq, a lead contributor to the pontifical document and president and CEO of Inergy Automotive Systems, a major global supplier of fuel and emission control systems to car manufacturers. Lecocq, president of UNIAPAC, the International Christian Union of Business Executives, addressed the practical challenges and concrete actions to live out one’s vocation in an increasingly secular and pluralistic world.
Michelle Rovang-Burke, director of the Veritas Institute, moderated the evening highlighting panelists Dan Dwyer, Ph.D., senior vice president of Mission Integration at Trinity Health, and Brian Shapiro, Ph.D., associate professor of Accounting at St. Thomas.
During dinner, attendees participated in moderated discussions at their respective tables. Following dinner, the audience reconvened for a panel discussion featuring Lecocq, Dywer and Shapiro. The audience of more than one hundred people included students, faculty, and members of the local business community.