Veritas Institute

Advancing the Common Good through Positive Social Impact

Higher Calling Series – Respect in Action: Applying Subsidiarity in Business


Wednesday, February 24, 5:00 PM

Reception 5:00-5:30 p.m.
Dinner & Discussion 5:30-8:00 p.m.
James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall, Anderson Student Center,
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul campus


Cost: This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.   Register now>>
The deadline for registration is February 17, 2016.

The topic of the 2016 annual Higher Calling dinner and lecture is the principle of subsidiarity and its application in business and health care environments.  Inspiration for the topic is Respect in Action: Applying Subsidiarity in Business, a 2015 book co-authored by four St. Thomas faculty members and addressed to leaders who are committed to creating organizations where employees and firms can develop and flourish.

The dinner and lecture are intended especially for leaders in search of creative and effective ways to humanize the workplace. The lecture and subsequent discussion with two business executives will explore how organizations can pursue the common good through practices that take the integral development of the human person at least as seriously as economic prosperity.

Michael Naughton, Ph.D., will offer introductory remarks on the idea of the Catholic social principle of subsidiarity, its meaning, applicability and significance in a business environment. Respondents Emery Koenig and Sr. Maureen McGuire will provide a practitioner’s perspective about subsidiarity and its relevance to their work. Jeanne Buckeye, Ph.D., will serve as a panelist and Michelle Rovang, director of the Veritas Institute, will serve as moderator.


Other event details:

Dinner will be provided as part of the roundtable discussion.

Attendees will each receive a copy of the book, Respect in Action: Applying Subsidiarity in Business

For accessibility requests: (651) 962-6315

The annual Higher Calling dinner and lecture is hosted by the Veritas Institute, the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought, the Habiger Institute for Catholic Leadership of the Center for Catholic Studies and the University of St. Thomas College of Arts and Sciences.


Emery Koenig

Emery Koenig, Vice Chairman and Chief Risk Officer, Cargill, Incorporated

Emery Koenig is vice chairman and chief risk officer of Cargill. He was elected to Cargill’s Board of Directors in 2010 and is a member of the Cargill Corporate Leadership Team, the core executive group in charge of Cargill’s overall strategy, growth and funding. Koenig previously served as a platform leader for Cargill’s Agricultural Supply Chain platform as well as Energy, Transportation & Metals platform. He has responsibilities for Cargill’s corporate transportation, logistics and warehousing function and risk management function.

Koenig joined Cargill in 1978 and has since held various leadership positions in the international commodity trading and risk management areas. During his 15-year tenure in Geneva, Switzerland, his responsibilities included worldwide commodity trading and risk management; the Middle East region including offices in Casablanca, Cairo, and Johannesburg; and palm oil refining and trading businesses in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore.

 Koenig currently serves as chairman of the board for Black River Asset Management, LLC and has been elected to the Board of Directors of The Mosaic Company. In addition, he is a director of Cargill International, SA, a trustee for Minnesota Public Radio, a member of the Board of Directors of CARE and of the Catholic Community Foundation.

 Koenig holds a degree in business management from the University of North Dakota.


Sr. Maureen McGuire

Sister Maureen McGuire, DC, Executive Vice President, Mission Integration, Ascension Health

Sr. Maureen began her service as Executive Vice President, Mission Integration for Ascension in July 2013, having served as Senior Vice President, Mission Integration for Ascension Health from January, 2002. As a member of the Office of the President, she provides strategy leadership to advance the commitments which make evident the identity of Ascension as a ministry of the Catholic Church, continuing the healing mission of Jesus with special attention to persons living in poverty. Together with the Ascension Health Senior Vice President and the Department of Mission Integration, she assures the evolving initiatives, programs and resources that support the journey toward One Ascension precisely as One Integrated Ministry, engaging the gifts of all for the sake of our Mission.

Sr. Maureen supports the Mission Committee of the Ascension Sponsor. She serves as Chair of the Ascension Health Board Trustees. She is Assistant Dean of the Ascension Leadership Academy and is a member of the Board of the Ascension Leader Institute which is evolving the integration of formation and development opportunities throughout Ascension. She is co-lead for Executive Ministry Leadership Formation. She is also facilitating the creation of a system-wide initiative to address the tragedy of human trafficking.

Sister Maureen joined Ascension Health in1996 serving in Mission leadership roles in Western New York health ministries. Prior to that she held various service and leadership roles in professional social work and has an MSW from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. In 1992 she began one of the first transitional housing programs in the nation for homeless women and children affected by HIV/AIDS.

Sister Maureen entered the Daughters of Charity in 1966. Later, after studies in formative spirituality at Duquesne University, she served in the initial formation of new members of the Community.

She currently serves as a member of the international Board of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a worldwide lay charitable organization with over 800,000 members in 147 countries, headquartered in Paris, France.

Dr. Michael Naughton

Michael J. Naughton, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Catholic Studies; Koch Chair in Catholic Studies; and Professor, Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas

Dr. Naughton is the co-author and co-editor of 9 books and over 50 articles. He helped coordinate and write the Vocation of the Business Leader issued by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (2012), which has been translated into 15 languages. His most recent coauthored book is Respect in Action: Applying Subsidiarity in Business (University of St. Thomas, 2015, translated into Portuguese, Spanish and French). He is also the coauthor of Managing as if Faith Mattered (University of Notre Dame, 2001—translated into Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Hungarian).

Dr. Naughton serves as board chair for Reell Precision Manufacturing, a global producer of innovative torque solutions for transportation, consumer electronics, medical and office automation products with offices in the US, Netherlands and China.

He received his Ph.D. in theology from Marquette University (1991) and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas (1995).