Upcoming Virtual Events

"Precarious Labor in the Gig Economy: In Search of Workplace Security"

7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2


As a result of globalization, economic recession, corporate downsizing, and other events, 20th century patterns of enduring and secure employment have given way to growth of contingent workers in a new and variously termed “share,” “on-demand,” “1099” or, most commonly, “gig” economy. A new class of independent contractors has emerged in response to unstable and insecure work. While this gig economy still represents a small part of U.S. employment, it brings significant changes to the life of work and raises critical questions about the future of work in a context of employment instability and insecurity. Efforts to address these changes are under way. For example, portable benefits programs to mitigate insecurity are being proposed. Is independent contractor work in the gig economy good work? If not, why not and what should society do to make it better?
You are cordially invited to join a virtual conversation to examine these and other questions from the perspectives of contingent workers, economic development, and public policy. Informed by expert panelists, this conversation will explore an important trend in the future of work and allow participants to think more deeply about good work for all people.


  • Joe Raso, President and CEO, Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation
  • Dr. Shelly Steward, Director of Research, Future of Work Initiative, The Aspen Institute
  • Willy Solis, Gig worker for Shipt.com and Lead Organizer, Gig Workers Collective 

Lorentzsen Center Mission

The Lorentzsen Center for Faith and Work was reimagined in 2012, built on the foundation of the Center for Ethical Leadership under the direction of Dr. Jim Legler, professor emeritus of management and leadership.

Built on the legacy of critical thinking on ethical and values-based leadership on campus and in the Fargo-Moorhead community, the Lorentzsen Luncheons offer the opportunity to hear from a diverse array of speakers.

The center honors the life and work of the late Norman M. Lorentzsen, esteemed philanthropist, former CEO of Burlington Northern, alumnus of Concordia College, and former member and chair of its Board of Regents.

Interim Director

Dr. Per Anderson joined the faculty of Concordia College in 1986 after study of philosophy and theology at St. Olaf College, Harvard University, and The University of Chicago.  In addition to serving as 2020-21 interim director of the Lorentzsen Center for Faith and Work, he is a professor of religion and the associate dean for global learning. Anderson writes on Christian ethics with a focus on science and technology. He has participated continuously in institution building and thought formation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran World Federation, including service as co-chair of an ELCA social statement task force on genetics. At Concordia, Anderson has chaired the religion department and participated extensively in faculty governance and institutional development. He currently leads global learning programming and serves on the ELCA Theological Ethics Advisors Working Group of the Office of the Presiding Bishop.

Center Director

Dr. Faith Ngunjiri has been the director of the Lorentzsen Center since August 2013. Previously, she was associate professor of organizational leadership at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa. In addition to directing the center, she is associate professor of management in the Offutt School of Business. Dr. Ngunjiri brings a unique mix of academic and professional experiences, having started her career as a high school teacher then earning a master’s degree in mission studies while working at a church in Nairobi.



Dr. Ngunjiri later earned graduate degrees in organization development and leadership studies, both from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Her academic career spans different institutional types – from Purdue University Fort Wayne, to Yale Divinity School where she was associate director for the Ethics and Spirituality at Work program, to teaching at EU and now Concordia. She has taught students from second grade to doctoral candidates and gives talks, workshops, and seminars on issues related to ethics, values, leadership, and spirituality in different organizations. Her research focuses on two main themes: spirituality at work and women and leadership. Dr. Ngunjiri enjoys calling Fargo-Moorhead home and has “bloomed where she is planted” by serving as a board of trustee for United Way Cass Clay and on the advisory board for TEDx Fargo.


Carol M. Hedberg

Office Assistant for Budgets and Events Offutt School of Business (Office)