Upcoming Events

Join us to network with local and national leaders from business, public, nonprofit and education sectors as they share how they involve faith values in their practice.

The Lorentzsen Center Faith at Work Luncheon in October features Paul Richard and Lauris Molbert. The speakers will share their experiences exiting from productive careers and the values that guide their decisions as they design their “post-retirement” leadership engagements.

Friday, Oct. 18
Leadership and Transitions
Luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | $25
Barry Auditorium, Grant Center/Offutt School of Business
RSVP by Friday, Oct. 11


2019-20 Lorentzsen Luncheons

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October Speakers – Paul Richard and Lauris Molbert

Paul Richard, retired executive vice president of Sanford Health, Fargo, began his career at St. Luke’s Hospital (now Sanford). After working as a quality review nurse, he received his Juris Doctor degree and practiced law for 20 years. Richard was appointed general counsel of MeritCare Health in 1998 and after the Sanford merger was named chief legal officer.

Lauris Molbert is executive chair and member of Investment Committee of Kilbourne Group, a real estate developer located in Fargo. Molbert previously served as CEO and chair of TMI Hospitality Inc., headquartered in Fargo, and served as the COO and executive vice president of Otter Tail Corporation. He is a licensed attorney and certified public accountant.

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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.

Center Director

Dr Faith Ngunjiri has been the director of the Lorentzsen Center since August 2013, having come to us from Eastern University (St. Davids, PA) where she was associate professor of organizational leadership. In addition to directing the center, she is associate professor of management in the OSB. Dr Ngunjiri brings a unique mix of academic and professional experiences, having started her career as a high school teacher, then earned a Master’s degree in Missions 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 (Ohio). Her academic career spans different institutional types – from Purdue University Fort Wayne, to Yale Divinity School where she was associate director for Ethics and Spirituality at Work program, to teaching at EU and now Concordia. She has taught all the way from 2nd grade to doctoral students, 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)