School of Business, Government, and Economics

Day of Calling
May 12th, 9:00 AM to Noon and 6:00-7:00 PM

Our Day of Calling event will be held this year on Thursday, May 12th. This SBGE event has these purposes:

⚬  Recognize the value of a career in business, government, and civil society not just as a profession, but also as a calling - a way for our God-given passion to serve others.

⚬  Provide an SBGE community event that integrates all of our disciplines and deepens a sense of shared identity and purpose.

The SBGE faculty and staff are pleased to welcome Mr. Chris Lowney as our keynote speaker. Chris Lowney worked at JP Morgan from 1983 to 2001 where he served as an investment banker to Fortune 1000 companies. He later served as a managing director in Tokyo and Singapore on JP Morgan’s Asia-Pacific Management Committee and as a managing director in London on JP Morgan’s Europe, Mideast, and Africa management committee. After leaving JP Morgan in 2001, he authored four books, most recently Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads in 2013. He also serves as chair on the board of Catholic Health Initiatives, America’s second largest not-for-profit hospital/healthcare system.

Read about our speakers.


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Keynote Speech   

   Mr. Chris Lowney Dirty Laundry, Dusty Shoes, and the Church Bell: Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis  Chris Lowney is a one-time Jesuit seminarian who later served as a managing director of J.P. Morgan on three continents. His keynote talk will use Pope Francis as a "case study" on leadership. Chris will challenge our assumptions about what good leadership looks like in action, and he will invite each of us to embrace his or her leadership opportunities and responsibilities. Upper Gwinn 

10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.: Breakout Sessions

10:15 and 11:15 sessions   Dr. Randy Beavers CFA Code of Ethics:
Is It Enough?
Students will read through the code of ethics provided by the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute. Groups will break out to revise or recommend each of the six sentences. At the end of the session, the group will have a new code of ethics. Is it better, or do we still have a long way to go to further enhance our codes of conduct in society and the marketplace? Does the code of ethics allow us to passionately serve others as we are called to do, or does it still hinder us? Come to this engaging debate and discussion as we delve into the ethos of the world of finance.  McKenna Hall 111 
10:15 and 11:15 sessions  Dr. Doug Downing  Why Business and Government Need Each Other  Having joined together to form the School of Business, Government, and Economics, we are able to have these different areas work together, as they need to do in society.  You might be thinking that we should try to find a better way of doing business and government.  Dr. Downing will discuss some ideas about this from his new book.  McKenna Hall 113 
10:15 and 11:15 sessions  Dr. Ruth Ediger
Dr. Brad Murg
Jesus in the Disguise of the Poor: Discerning a Vocation to Civil Society and Civil Service  The title of this session comes from Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta whose dedication to "the poorest of the poor" has served as model and inspiration for countless individuals who have taken on careers in the NGO sector and in government.  We will explore some of the distinct challenges and risks of working in the field of poverty reduction in order to provide a clearer understanding of the realities of this vocational path.  Drawing on Mother Teresa's own life and writings, we will discuss the centrality of an ethic of humility for those seeking to work in these fields, and the role of prayer as the central, inexhaustible source of service to the poor.  McKenna Hall 117 
10:15 and 11:15 sessions   Ms. Linet Madeja Yes, God Exists, Even in Government  Often, we think that the only way to serve God in our careers is if we work at a faith-based institution.  In this session, we’ll discuss how we are called to expand His Kingdom no matter where we’re placed.  Where you are is not a mistake, every opportunity is a mission field.  McKenna Hall 118 
10:15 and 11:15 sessions  Mr. Nathan Nelson  The Intersection Between Civil Society and For-Profit Sectors: How Everyday Business, Government and Service Organizations Can Impact the Lives of Refugees  In this session, Nathan will share about the work of World Relief with refugees in the greater Seattle area, and the important role that business and government, in addition to service organizations, play in impacting the lives of those on the margins.  Consider how everyday jobs become extraordinary opportunities both for you and for the needs of others.  McKenna Hall Collaboration Lab
(1st floor east)
10:15 session onlyONLY  Mr. Chris Lowney  Making Great Career and Business Decisions: Lessons from a Spiritual Tradition  In this workshop, Mr. Lowney will show how we can utilize spiritual wisdom from the Christian tradition to improve our decision-making abilities. The workshop will share a few practical tools that are relevant in both personal and professional settings.   Upper Gwinn 
         4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: SBGE Faculty with Mr. Lowney
    McKenna Conference Room

              6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Keynote Speech for Graduate Students and Alumni                   (Note: This is not a dinner session.)

 Mr. Chris Lowney  Dirty Laundry,
Dusty Shoes,
and the Church Bell: Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis
Chris Lowney is a one-time Jesuit seminarian who later served as a Managing Director of J.P. Morgan on three continents. His keynote talk will use Pope Francis as a "case study" on leadership. Chris will challenge our assumptions about what good leadership looks like in action, and he will invite each of us to embrace his or her leadership opportunity and responsibility. 
Upper Gwinn  
Our Speakers

Photo of Dr. Randy BeaversDr. Randy Beavers

Randy Beavers joined the School of Business, Government, and Economics after receiving his Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Alabama. While at the University of Alabama, Randy taught Business Finance and Financial Management. Randy’s research interests focus on executive compensation, corporate finance, and corporate governance.
Before joining academia, Randy interned at the Bureau of Justice Statistics in Washington, D.C. During his internship he worked on several projects, including studies of deaths in custody and HIV in prisons.
Randy is an avid sports fan and supporter of Crimson Tide Athletics. In his spare time, he loves to play tennis and travel. 


Photo of Dr. Ruth EdigerDr. Ruth Ediger


Ruth Ediger received her BA at Pacific Lutheran University where she was a history major, a political science minor, and was certified for secondary education. She earned her MA and PhD from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE specializing in the major field areas of International Relations, Comparative Governments and the subfields of International Political Economy, International Security and Foreign Policy, European Politics, European Public Policy. Her dissertation was on “The Role of the Church in the Fall of Communism: The Cases of East Germany, Poland, and Romania.”

Before coming to SPU, Dr. Ediger taught at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee where she helped create a new Political Science program. Since coming to SPU, Dr. Ediger has taught many different classes including International Relations, History of American Foreign Relations, Global Perspectives on Women’s Issues, and UCOR 2000 The West and the World. She is known across campus for demanding that students know all the current countries and capitals of the world (go to her website if you would like to try one of these geoquizzes). In addition to advising Political Science students, she is also one of the two Global Development Studies advisors. In 2013, Dr. Ediger was awarded the ASSP Faculty of the Year, an honor of which she is most proud.

From to 2005 to 2010, she conducted sixteen different workshops for various groups of K-12 teachers funded by the US Federal Department of Education’s Teaching American History Grant. Her current research interests involve studying ways to improve university level teaching including the integration of active learning pedagogy into the political science curriculum and the development and assessment of political science curriculum.


Photo of Ms. Linet MadejaMs. Linet Madeja

Linet Madeja is a 2013 SPU alumni and Strategic Advisor with the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods.  She manages the Public Outreach and Engagement Liaisons (POEL) Program, which coordinates representations from different immigrant, refugee and marginalized communities.  Her work involves advising City departments to engage with historically underrepresented populations in culturally respectful and meaningful ways. She has worked with the City since 2013, including previous roles with the City Budget and Mayor’s Office.  

Photo of Nathan NelsonMr. Nathan Nelson

Nathan Nelson is an Employment Specialist at World Relief Seattle, assisting newly-arrived refugee families to connect with employment opportunities and achieve self-sufficiency. Previously, Nathan worked throughout Latin America in a variety of ministries, including international church partnerships and community development. Nathan holds degrees in Global Development Studies and Sociology from Seattle Pacific University (’14) and is passionate about engaging people across borders in mutually transformative ways.


Photo of Dr. Doug Downing
Dr. Doug Downing

Doug Downing has taught at Seattle Pacific University since 1983. He studied at Yale, earning a BS degree with double majors in Economics/ Political science and Astronomy/ Physics in 1979 and a PhD in economics in 1987. His dissertation was on “Teenage Employment: Personal Characteristics, Job Duration, and the Racial Unemployment Differential.”

In addition to teaching Economics and Quantitative Methods in SPU’s School of Business, Government, and Economics, he teaches introductory Astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences and Globalization in the University Scholars program.
Dr. Downing has served as SPU faculty chair, SBGE undergraduate chair, SBGE study abroad coordinator, and leader of SBGE’s study abroad trip to China.

He has written 15 books that have been published in 45 editions, including a trilogy of math textbooks (algebra, trigonometry, calculus) written as fantasy adventure novels, and other books on math and computers. His book Freedom, Opportunity, and Security: Economic Policy and the Political System was published in 2015.


Photo of Mr. Chris LowneyMr. Chris Lowney

Chris Lowney, a one-time Jesuit seminarian, served as a Managing Director of JP Morgan & Co in Tokyo, Singapore, London, and New York until 2001. Since then, he has authored four books, including the bestselling Heroic Leadership, which was a #1 ranked bestseller of the CBPA and has been translated into a dozen languages. His most recent book is Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads. Chris currently chairs the board of CHI (Catholic Health Initiatives), one of the nation's largest hospital and healthcare systems, with more than 100 hospitals in 19 states, and some $23 billion in assets.



Photo of Dr. Brad MurgDr. Brad Murg

Bradley J. Murg teaches as an assistant professor of political science and serves as director of the program in Global Development Studies. Brad's research, supported by grants from the Social Science Research Council and the International Research and Exchanges Board, focuses on legal reform, the political economy of foreign aid, and economic development in China and the former Soviet Union. He works regularly as a consultant/adviser to the Asian Development Bank on development issues in East Asia. In addition to these areas, Brad is an active member of the American Catholic Philosophical Association and he is currently working on a series of articles exploring the conceptualization of poverty in contemporary Catholic social thought. Dr. Murg is also an affiliate faculty member of the Ellison Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington.


Brad graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University where he also completed his Master's degree, focusing on the moral philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas. He also holds an M.Sc. in Economic History from the London School of Economics. Dr. Murg's doctoral dissertation at the University of Washington focused on legal reform and economic development in China, Russia, and Kazakhstan. He is fluent in French, Russian, and Mandarin Chinese with proficiency in German, Dutch, Uighur, Tagalog, and Latin. 

When not on campus, he is generally found indulging his passion for kayaking off of his houseboat on Lake Union or adding to the list of the 78 countries he has visited - most recently, Ecuador. Brad attends Christ Our Hope Catholic Church in downtown Seattle.

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