Have you ever been to a Lorentzsen Luncheon? Have you wondered what these luncheons are about?
The Lorentzsen Center for Faith and Work has been in operation since 2012, built on the foundation of the previous Center for Ethical Leadership under the direction of Dr. Jim Legler, professor emeritus of management and leadership. I came on board Aug. 1, 2013, to step into the very large shoes of the interim director, President Emeritus Paul Dovre, who had been charged with the mandate of re-imagining what the center could be and aligning it with other “faith-and” centers at Concordia College.
Needless to say, Dr. Legler and Dr. Dovre built a strong legacy of thinking about ethical and value-based leadership on campus and in the community. In the four years that I have been at the helm, I have worked with many folks from the Fargo-Moorhead community, Twin Cities, Sioux Falls, Bismarck and Billings to curate events that engender conversations at the nexus of ethics, values, faith and our lives at work. This year begins my fifth year shepherding the center and we have six luncheons with a diverse array of speakers.
Here are six reasons why you should come and let us reason together at the intersections of faith and work:
- On Sept. 8, we begin with Jessica Thomasson, president and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota and Lutheran Social Services Housing Inc. – two nonprofit corporations that help people and communities across the state of North Dakota. Ms. Thomasson will share her experience leading these organizations through challenging seasons.
- On Oct. 6, Norman Jones ’53 will share from his many decades of business leadership and the legacy he built beyond his career. Mr. Jones is past president and CEO of Metropolitan Financial Corporation, where he began as a janitor back in his Concordia days and rose through the ranks, building it from a seven-employee single location company to a 2,000-employee corporation with locations in 150 cities.
- On Nov. 10, we will listen and learn from two faith leaders as they engage in an intrafaith conversation. Bishop Larry Wohlrabe (Northwestern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA) and Bishop John Folda (Fargo) will discuss how Lutherans and Catholics think about bringing faith to work.
- We take a break for December and January, returning on Feb. 9 with the Rev. Sarah Ciavarri ’93, a Concordia College and Luther Seminary graduate, ELCA pastor and Certified Daring Way facilitator-consultant. The Rev. Ciavarri leads retreats, workshops and coaching on the connections between Dr. Brené Brown’s work and faith. She will focus on vulnerability and why that matters at work.
- On March 9, Betty Gronneberg, a software engineer turned social entrepreneur, will discuss how her passion for raising computational thinkers powered her journey to start uCodeGirl. UCodeGirl teaches girls coding and leadership skills.
- Finally, on April 13, Perry Hanson ’72 will reflect on his faith and leadership legacy. Mr. Hanson recently retired after many decades of leadership and consulting within the healthcare industry.
These are impressive reasons to come and listen to one or all of our speakers for this season. You'll also get to network and engage with business, nonprofit and education leaders from the wider F-M community.
Won’t you join us? Luncheons run from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and cost only $25.
Dr. Faith Ngunjiri is the director of the Lorentzsen Center for Faith and Work.