2013 Archive


Peter Drucker workshop, Oct 17

CIB hosted "Management as a Liberal Art: Insights from Peter Drucker, Our Christian Faith, and the Practice of Management," a one-day workshop Drucker in conjunction with the Christian Business Faculty Association's annual conference at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL.  

Senior Leaders' Weekend, Sep 27-29

CIB hosted an invitation-only weekend at Alderbrook Resort & Spa for senior leaders (and their spouses, for those who are married) to explore "living and leading the integrated life." Rick Beaton and Linda Wagener (Marigold Associates) facilitated the weekend conversations.

Summer Institute, June 2013

The Center for Integrity in Business and Center for Biblical and Theological Education co-hosted two one-week courses geared for business leaders, pastors and church leaders, and theology students.  More»

Kiros Seattle breakfast with Sean McDonough, Jun 27

This month's breakfast was held in the South Lake Union neighborhood, the first time in several years that it was not on the SPU campus. Sean McDonough, New Testament Professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, presented a thoughtful exploration of work themes in the Book of Revelation.

Kiros Seattle breakfast with Evelyn Clark, May 30

Evelyn Clark spoke about "The Power of Storytelling for Christians in Business" and shared some passages from her book, Around the Corporate Campfire. 33 people attended the breakfast.

Bruce Kennedy Visiting Scholar

Dr. Kent Miller (Professor of Management, Michigan State University) was on campus May 15-17. He spoke with students and business leaders, and engaged faculty members in thoughtful discussions of two papers he wrote earlier this Spring on "Management Research as Practical Theology," and "Organizing with the Spirit." Additional details...

The Power of Generosity

CIB and National Christian Foundation Seattle co-hosted a breakfast for wealth management advisors at The Rainier Club on May 16. Additional details»

Kiros Seattle breakfast with Casey Bell, April 25

Casey Bell (chief operating officer of Bellmont Cabinets) shared with about 40 guests how the company survived the housing downturn that began in 2008.

Theology and Economics in Creative Partnership: Toward a Fully Thriving Society

This April 11-12 forum offered ten events, including:

  • Invitation-only breakfast with Bob Doll (Chief Equity Strategist for Nuveen Asset Management) speaking about "Following Christ on Wall Street." The event was fully subscribed with 20 senior leaders in financial services attending.
  • Breakfast with Sondra Wheeler (professor of Christian ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary and author of Wealth as Peril and Obligation: Possessions in the New Testament) talking about "Ancient Texts and Modern Economics: Faithfulness in a Material World." 50 church and marketplace leaders participated in the breakfast.
  • A dozen pastors, church leaders, and seminarians gathered to discuss "How God Makes the World a Better Place," a primer by David Wright (provost at Indiana Wesleyan University).
  • More than 25 faculty members from SPU's School of Business & Economics and School of Theology engaged in a discussion over lunch of "Wesleyan Contributions to a Social Framework for Human Flourishing," based on David Wright's primer.
  • 20 faculty members and other guests considered, "How Do We Make Free Markets Better?" in a discussion moderated by Al Erisman (executive in residence in SPU's School of Business & Economics).
  • A panel discussion on "Theology, Economy, Vocation: Toward a Flourishing Life" drew 45 undergraduate students and a dozen others to hear Bob Doll (see above), Doug Koskela (associate professor of theology), Jacqui Smith-Bates (director of SPU's Center for Career and Calling), David Wright (see above), and Stephen Grabill (research scholar at Acton Institute).
  • Bob Doll spoke on "Faith and Economics in the Marketplace" and answered questions from an audience of 40 MBA students.
  • Sondra Wheeler (see above) spoke to an audience of mainly seminary students on "John Wesley's Radical Economic Ethics."
  • Bob Doll was the featured speaker at a Kiros breakfast in Bellevue with more than 150 in attendance.
  • Sondra Wheeler delivered remarks to 50 SPU faculty and staff on "Speaking to Our Age: Wesleyan Perspectives on Life in Contemporary America" during a lunch event, and SPU's provost Jeff Van Duzer offered a response to her comments.


Kiros Seattle breakfast with Margo Engberg, March 28

Margo Engberg was interviewed by Al Erisman about the vision, heart, and history behind PinkaBella CupCakes.

Kiros Seattle breakfast with Thomas Osborn, February 28

Thomas Osborn (Slalom Consulting) shared about his successes and setbacks as an "Executive Dad," and engaged the group in a lively and thought-provoking discussion of different influences on family life.

Business as a Calling Day, February 7

Steve Tourek, Senior VP of Marvin Windows & Doors, brought the keynote address, "Transformed and Abundant Life," in Demaray 150. The session was followed by four breakout sessions.

Kiros Seattle breakfast with Brian Bauer, January 31

Brian Bauer earned his MBA from SPU, and is now a senior manager of product development estimating in Boeing's Commercial Airplane division. About 45 people heard Brian's thoughtful and articulate presentation on "God Loves Honest Scales: Christians in Finance."


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First democratically-elected State President of South Africa