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A guest during the Higher Calling Series interactive lecture Vocation of the Business Leader: Seeking Meaning in the Global Economy organized by Veritas Institute on Monday, March 11, 2013 in the Woulfe Alumni Hall North.

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Lea B. Olsen of Fox Media Group chats with attendees during the 2016 Winning with Integrity Symposium in the Anderson Student Center's Woulfe Alumni Hall.

Featured Event

2019 Winning with Integrity Symposium: Is Following the Rules Enough? 

How can you build a culture of integrity? Are there times when ethics and compliance are at odds? How can creative leadership push beyond regulations to develop breakthrough results? 

This symposium will address these questions and more and will feature the insights of leaders from the University of St. Thomas, the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota United FC and CarVal Investors. 

The event will be moderated by Lea B. Olsen, founder of Rethink the Win and sideline reporter covering the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx. 

Speakers (left to right) Haskell Murray, Elizabeth Babson, School of Law professor Lyman Johnson, Entrepreneurship associate professor John McVea and professor Michael Naughton, director of the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought, pose for a portrait.

Event Recap: 2018 Higher Calling Event

Date Held: Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Honorable John Hillen, Dr. Robert Kennedy, Msgr. Martin Schlag, and Dr. Kenneth Goodpaster discussed governance and management and the crisis within the Catholic Church, “Management Insights for a Church in Crisis: A Conversation.” Following their formal comments, the audience provided questions and insights about the current crisis, causes and opportunities for governance adaptations.

Dr. Hillen, a George Mason University business school professor and Chairman of National Review, Inc., applied principles outlined in his new book with Dr. Mark Nevins, "What Happens Now? Reinvent Yourself as a Leader Before Your Business Outruns You,” to the current crisis in the Church and the call for improvements in governance that has resulted. Hillen also applied examples from his experience as a public company CEO, Assistant Secretary of State, and a decorated combat veteran.

The Higher Calling series at the University of St. Thomas is a collaboration between the Opus College of Business' Veritas Institute, the Center for Catholic Studies' Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought and Habiger Institute for Catholic Leadership of the College of Arts and Sciences. The series explores the intersection of organizational life and faith through expert presentations, personal reflection, and group discussions.

The Basilica of Saint Mary. Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Event Recap: 2018 Hesburgh Lecture Series

Date Held: August 26, 2018

More than 50 attendees engaged in collegiality and conversation at the recent Hesburgh Lecture Series, “Recent Catholic Social Thought: A Spirituality for Business Life” at The Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis.

Reverend Oliver F. Williams, C.S.C., Ph.D., ’61, ’69, M.A. highlighted notable Church documents regarding business, the points of continuity with the Catholic social tradition, and the prospects for developing a spirituality for business life. Ranging from the Centesimus Annus (1991) to The Vocation of the Business Leader (2012), and the 2015 Encyclical on the Environment (Laudato Si’), Williams asserted the Church has provided excellent resources for business people.

Williams is a faculty member of the Mendoza College of Business and is director for the Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business at The University of Notre Dame. Williams is the editor or author of 20 books as well as numerous journal articles on business ethics. In 2006, he was appointed a member of the three-person Board of Directors of the United Nations Global Compact Foundation. He has served as a visiting professor in the University of Cape Town in Africa and Kyung Hee University in Korea. He is an ordained priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross.

The event is an ongoing partnership with the Notre Dame Club of Minnesota, the Basilica of Saint Mary, and the Veritas Institute of the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas.

During the 2016 Winning with Integrity Symposium October 26, 2016.

Event Recap: Winning with Integrity Symposium

Date Held: October 19, 2017

During our annual conversation on topics in sports, ethics and principled leadership, speakers and panelists shared important insights for organizations as they strive to develop future leaders and overcome ethical challenges. This series emerged from issues reverberating across the world of sports with questions about ethics and leadership that have implications for all kinds of organizations. Speakers and panelists highlighted lessons learned through the lens of sports and the business of sports including insights from victory and defeat, teamwork and resilience, overcoming ethical challenges and organizational barriers, and mentoring future leaders.

The event was organized by the Veritas Institute, the Center for Ethical Organizations (CEO) at the University of St. Thomas, and the Opus College of Business’ Ethics and Business Law Department, with support from University of St. Thomas Athletics.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Beth Brooke-Marciniak, Global Vice Chair for Public Policy, EY


  • Karin Nelsen, JD, VP Legal and Human Resources, Minnesota Vikings
  • Trent Tucker, Athletic Director, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Jamie Spencer, Executive Vice President Business Development, Minnesota Wild
  • Michelle Radzik Morgan, Associate Director of Athletics, University of St. Thomas
Mike Max, Sports Reporter and Anchor, WCCO-TV and WCCO Radio