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 for Faith and Work Breakfast in March features Sandi Piatz. The speaker will share her experience on "Faith and Inclusivity in the Workplace."

Friday, March 13
Breakfast: 7:30-8 a.m.
Speaker: 8-9 a.m.
Barry Auditorium, Grant Center/Offutt School of Business
RSVP by Friday, March 6 | $25


Spring 2020 Lorentzsen Breakfast Schedule

Lorentzsen Video Archives

Sandi PiatzMarch Speaker – Sandi Piatz

Sandi Piatz is a senior director at Microsoft, serving as the site leader for Microsoft’s campus in Fargo. Learn about her interesting journey through the leadership labyrinth, and the opportunities inherent in attracting and retaining a diverse workforce. She will share ideas and lessons learned in creating an intentionally inclusive culture.

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)