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Business Leaders with a Conscience connects values to action

Wednesday, February 05, 2014 7:00:00 PM

Business Leaders with a Conscience
                                                    Photo courtesy of Nathaniel Hoernke

The Business Leaders with a Conscience speaker series invites successful alumni, who exemplify synchronization of values and action, back to Stritch to engage with current students.

Leonard Peace, '06, '08, public affairs specialist for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will kick off the spring series on Monday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center. (Complete schedule listed below.)

Business Leaders with a Conscience, which launched in March 2013, gives students insight into the ways in which alumni business leaders align their personal and professional ideals with ethical and innovative business practices.

According to Dr. Mark Gesner, faculty chair of community engaged learning and leadership for the College of Business and Management, the series “brings Stritch’s mission to life by showcasing the exemplary efforts of adaptive and responsible business leaders.”

Gesner noted that this objective is also reflective of the College’s mission to balance people, planet, and profit in service to a greater good.

Each of the featured speakers embraces the values that were nurtured and emphasized during their time at Stritch and carry those same values forward into their careers.

The series’ format provides context and depth by encouraging dialogue between the speakers and students. Instead of offering only a lecture or presentation, every event includes a welcome from Dean Dr. Peter Holbrook, a “talk show-style” interview moderated by Gesner, and a “Q&A” session with the featured speaker.

“Through Business Leaders with a Conscience, students are given an opportunity to learn about the practical applications of the mission-based leadership lessons they are learning in class,” said Gesner.  “Hearing from these successful alumni business leaders gives us all a great sense of pride in learning and teaching at Stritch.”

Although the series is hosted by the College of Business and Management, all students, alumni, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. There is no cost to attend the events.

Spring 2014 schedule

Leonard Peace (A.S.B., '06, B.A., '08)
Feb. 10, 6 p.m.
Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center

Leonard Peace, '06, '08, is the public affairs specialist for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In this role, he is responsible for educating the community about the bureau's programs, capabilities, and priorities; as well as improving and building relationships between the FBI and community groups. Peace also manages the release of public information to the media.

Lori Craig (B.A., '92, M.S.M., '09)
March 11, 6 p.m.
Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center

Lori Craig, '92, '09, is the senior vice president and market executive for PNC Wealth Management. In addition, she serves as the chair of the College of Business and Management's Wisconsin Business Advisory Board.

John Rupcich (M.B.A., '96)
April 30, 6 p.m.
Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center

John Rupcich, '96, is the president of Life Style Staffing - which provides comprehensive staffing service and additional resources to national business clients.

Past Speakers

Dr. Eve Hall (Ph.D., '09)
President/CEO Milwaukee
African American Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Tina Koehn (M.B.A., '02; Ph.D., '10)
Vice President
UMOS Inc.

Janice Ochenkowski (B.A., '70)
Managing Director
Jones Lang LaSalle

William O’Toole (M.B.A., ’91)
President and CEO
Catholic Financial Life

Omar Shaikh (B.A., '00)
Co-owner and President
SURG Restaurant Group

Jeffrey Speller (M.B.A., '13)
Operations Manager
Boyle Fredrickson, S.C.

To view videos of previous Business Leaders with a Conscience speakers , visit the College of Business and Management YouTube channel.  

For additional information on the series, please contact Dr. Mark Gesner or visit the series online.