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 Conference and Luncheon in May features Steve Cook of Capital Chaplains, who will share his Vision for Corporate Chaplaincy

This conference is focused on approaches to employee care including workplace chaplaincy, creative perks and innovative ways of showing employees that their leaders are invested in their well-being. During the luncheon, Mike Arntson of Cardinal IG, Julie Peterson Klien of Bell Bank and Jill Staffne of Scheels will discuss Effective Strategies for Employee Care

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Friday, May 31
Conference and Luncheon: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. | $50
Luncheon Only: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | $25
Barry Auditorium, Grant Center, Offutt School of Business
RSVP by May 23.


Speaker – Steve Cook

After earning his Bachelor's in Business Administration from Indiana University, Steve Cook pursued graduate work in Leadership Development and Marketplace Ministry at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia. He spent 17 years in non-profit leadership and 10 years as a pastor prior to leading Capital Chaplains.

Learn More About Steve Cook

Conference & Luncheon Schedule

8-8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Introductions
8:35-9:15 a.m. Opening Keynote: A Vision for Corporate Chaplaincy
Steve Cook, Capital Chaplains
9:15-10:15 a.m. Workplace Chaplains Caring for Employees
Deb Eigen, Aagard Industries
Steve Streed, Eventide
Greg Fondell, Alexandria Industries
Gerri Leach, Jail Chaplains
10:15-10:25 a.m. Coffee Break
10:25-11:25 a.m. Employee Care: Chaplains and Beyond
Joe Salo, Biosearch Tech
Sharlo Meyer, Aagard Industries
Howard Dahl, Amity Tech
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Luncheon: Effective Strategies for Employee Care
Julie Peterson Klein, Bell Banks
Jill Staffne, Scheels
Mike Arntson, Cardinal IG

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)