Unless otherwise noted, all sessions are free and open to the public

At this time Concordia recommends masks for indoor events.

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Tuesday, Sept. 21  
7-8:30 p.m.
Opening Plenary
"Making a Living and Making a Life: What Every College Student Needs to Know About the Job Revolution"
Panel Discussion with:
  • Kweilin Ellingrud, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company*
  • Brandon Busteed, President, University Partners and Global Head, Learn-Work Innovation at Kaplan*
  • Dr. Jason Mahn, religion professor and director of the Presidential Center for Faith and Learning, Augustana College*
Host and Moderator: Dr. William Craft
Introduction: Josh Kramer '24
Host Organization: Campus Ministry Commission
Memorial Auditorium

Work is an essential and universal dimension of being human.  When work goes well, it enables us to create and acquire the means to live and thrive.  This labor can be enjoyable and fulfilling apart from what it accomplishes.  When work goes well, it can contribute to the quest for personal identity, purpose, and meaning.  This search happens for most people in places of employment where we perform tasks with others and receive income in return.  Put simply, we make our lives as we make a living with others.

These experiences will likely happen in complex organizations and systems of research, production, and service that are growing and changing in ways humans have never known before.  This job revolution can cause us to wonder whether future work will go well and whether we will flourish through employment or must look elsewhere.  In this opening plenary, three experts on human work along with the president of Concordia College will explore the big questions of the job revolution and the quest for a life worthy of our humanity.

 Submit a question for the panelists

Wednesday, Sept. 22  
8:45-10 a.m. Second Plenary

"The Path to Meaningful Work and a Meaningful Life"

Dr. Frank Magwegwe, entrepreneur and founder of Frankly Speaking and Thrive Financial Wellness, Johannesburg, South Africa*

Moderator: Dr. Sonja Wentling, professor, History
Introduction: Bliss Zou '22
Host Organization: International Student Organization

Memorial Auditorium

Work is central to human lives and in shaping an individuals’ personal identity. From as early as grade school, kids are asked what they want to be when they grow up while adults are asked “What do you do for a living?” Most people want what they do for a living to contribute to meaning in their lives. Indeed, the quest for meaning in life is a driving force for human beings. Given the centrality of work to human lives, finding meaningful work can go a long way towards a meaningful life. Paths to meaningful work and meaning in life are as unique as the individual. In this talk, Frank shares his story of beating the odds and escaping homelessness as he navigated his path to meaningful work and a meaningful life and the lessons he learned along the way.

 Submit a question for Dr. Magwegwe

10-10:15 a.m.


North and south ends of Memorial Auditorium

10:15-11:30 a.m. Third Plenary

"Preparing for a World of Exponential Change"

Gary Bolles, author, Chair for the Future of Work at Singularity University

Moderator: Bree Langemo, J.D., director, Entrepreneurship Center; assistant professor, Law and Entrepreneurship
Introduction: Uyanga Naranbaatar '22
Host Organization: Entrepreneurship Club

Memorial Auditorium

Breakthrough technologies and seismic global transitions continue to accelerate unprecedented change in the worlds of work and learning. How are we to make sense of these seemingly-unpredictable events? How can each of us make valid career choices against this constantly-shifting landscape? By leveraging a new mindset, skillset, and toolset, we can each develop individual agency, and the agility we need to become lifelong learners who can continually adapt in a world of exponential change. 

Submit a question for Gary Bolles

Noon–1:15 p.m. Work Café

Small group dialogues with students and local business leaders in response to Gary Bolles' plenary presentation.

Memorial Auditorium (behind the stage)

Reservation required

1:30–2:15 p.m.

First Round of Concurrent Sessions 

Various locations

2:30–3:15 p.m.

Second Round of Concurrent Sessions 

Various locations

3:30–4:30 p.m. 
School Dialogues for Faculty:
  • School of Arts and Sciences - Centrum
  • Offutt School of Business - Grant Center 215
  • Sanford Heimarck School of Health Professions - Olin 224

*Presenters participating by virtual presence

There will be a Q and A session after each plenary presentation. To submit a question click on the link provided in the schedule.

You can attend all three plenary sessions in Memorial Auditorium or view online.