Upcoming Events

Join us to network with local and national leaders from business, public, nonprofit and education sectors share how they involve faith values in their practice. The March Lorentzsen Luncheon will feature Steve Cook from Capital Chaplains and Dan Malmstrom, owner of North Point Professionals, on the "Workplace Chaplains Caring for Employees." 

The leaders who get the most out of their people are the ones who care the most about their people. One approach to caring for employees is through workplace chaplains. Come hear from chaplains and business leaders about this employee benefit that far exceeds the traditional EAPs.

2018-19 Lorentzsen Luncheon Schedule

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Friday, Mar. 15
Conference: 7:30 am – 1:00 pm | $50
Luncheon Only: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm | $25
Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead
RSVP by Mar. 08

Sponsored by Workplace Chaplaincy Foundation

Speaker - Steve Cook

How would you describe your personality and communication style?

Warm, interesting, and engaging.


Tell us about your family, friends, pets, etc.

I married my childhood sweetheart, Diann, in 1982, and we have two married children and one grandchild.


How would others describe you?
I’m a think-outside-the-box kind of person with a positive, “glass is always half full” approach to life.


If someone was looking to work with you as their chaplain, what would you like them to know?
I will do whatever I can to assist someone, knowing that they will do their part.


All of life’s challenges can be addressed, or at least put into perspective. What is, in your opinion, the most interesting thing about you?
I enjoy adventure trips, sailing, biking, and making hand-crafted pens using exotic woods from around the world. I was once chased up a tree by a white rhino; on another occasion, I was chased in a car by a black rhino; and I once had a pet monkey!


Tell us about your career, education, and experiences that led you to workplace chaplaincy.
My education includes an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Indiana University and graduate work in Leadership Development and Marketplace Ministry from Regent College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. My work experience includes: 17 years in nonprofit leadership, 10 years pastoral experience in a local church, and leading Capital Chaplains since 2005. I learned early on in my career that I am wired to see potential. I see the potential in concepts (workplace chaplaincy, etc), individuals or teams, and things (a fixer-upper house, restoring old sail boats, etc.). This helped me to both see the need for chaplaincy in our community (starting Capital Chaplains and Corporate Chaplaincy Consulting), and serve as a chaplain.


What types of life issues do you have the most experience helping others with?
I have worked with people on a wide range of personal, family, and workplace related issues. After 35 years of work in this region, I also have a wide network of helping professionals who I can refer people to if there is a greater need.


What do you like most about being a workplace chaplain?
Giving the gift of hope to people on a daily basis!

Speaker - Dan Malmstrom

Dan Malmstrom is a principal owner of North Point Professionals, a consulting firm offering strategic services to corporations, start-ups, non-profits, and schools. He has authored several business curriculums and trained executives worldwide. Dan is often a featured speaker on the topics of entrepreneurialism, servant leadership and vocational ministry.


Dan has formed several technology companies, most recently Douglas Scientific LLC, a global provider of laboratory automation in Alexandria, Minnesota. The company enables genetic scientists to conduct trait discovery, disease diagnostics, and pathogen detection with high speed robotics, novel polymers and software analytics. The company sold to the LGC Group in Europe in March, 2016.


Mr. Malmstrom also co-founded BeAtHome, an internet home automation company that achieved acclaim by winning the “Design and Innovation” and “Best of Show” awards at International Consumer Electronics shows in 2001 and 2002. This led to advisement with President George W. Bush on residential energy conservation. He has appeared on the Discovery Channel, Tech TV, HGTV, ABC Nightly News, and in numerous technology publications. BeAtHome was acquired by Echelon Corporation.


For 12 years, Dan served as an executive for Great Plains Software in Fargo, North Dakota. The company grew to be recognized as Fortune Magazine’s smallest-ever “100 Best Companies to Work for in America”.  The Company completed a very successful Initial Public Offering in 1997 and was subsequently acquired by Microsoft (MSFT).


Prior to Great Plains, Mr. Malmstrom had a successful sales career at IBM Corporation where he achieved distinction as IBM’s National Rookie of the Year and Golden Circle. He was the “Top Performer” in IBM’s technical and software engineering academy.


Mr. Malmstrom serves on several boards including; Alexandria Industries, ComDel Inc. Services, and Glendalough State Park. Previously he served on the MeritCare Children’s Hospital Board (Chair), Consumer Electronics Technology Board, Minnesota’s Department of Transportation Advisory Committee, and several non-profit boards.  Dan has been a lay elder in his local church.  Dan has assisted the formation of several well-known companies and continues to mentor area entrepreneurs.


Dan holds degrees in Communications and Business Administration from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He and his wife Lisa reside in Battle Lake, MN and have three adult sons.

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

“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,” said Dr. Faith Ngunjiri, who has been the director of the Lorentzsen Center for Faith and Work since 2013 and is the associate professor of ethics and leadership in the Offutt School of Business.


Carol Hedberg

Office Assistants for Budgets and Events Offutt School of Business