Inspiring Conversations Series
2021-2022 Academic Year Series
Journey Towards Purpose
Notre Dame’s Inspired Leadership Initiative continued our Inspiring Conversations digital series during the 2021-2022 academic year, offering in-person events, along with a digital option available through ThinkND, the University’s open online learning community. The upcoming series "Journey Towards Purpose" feautred leaders who specialize in guiding people toward living more fulfilling and happy lives. You may find links to the recorded events below.
Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM
"Christianity and the Re-Emergence of the Non-Dual Mind"
Father Richard Rohr is a Franciscan friar and ecumenical teacher who bears witness to the deep wisdom of Christian mysticism and traditions of action and contemplation. He is the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) and academic Dean of the Living School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is the author of numerous books.
“The Bus Takes a Purposeful Journey”
The Inspired Leadership Initiative welcomed Jerome Bettis on Monday, March 28, as he explored pursuing a new purpose following his successful football career, his return to campus to complete his degree, and his mission to be a force for good as he advocates for asthma education and awareness and dedicates himself to serving the youth in his community. Please enjoy the recording of the live, in-person event on ThinkND.
George A. Lopez
"When Purpose Calls - Re-Engaging One's Expertise To Address the Ukraine Invasion ...and Beyond"
George Lopez, Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies at Notre Dame and a leading expert on economic sanctions and peacebuilding, will join ILI Founding Director, Tom Schreier, to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the role and impact of economic sanctions in a conflict such as this. This conversation should be particularly rich as George is re-engaging as he felt called to, given his expertise on sanctions, having written five books and more than 25 articles and book chapters. This re-engagement, driven by a sense of purpose, is central to the ethos of the Inspired Leadership Initiative which George has been involved with from the very beginning.
"In Control at 50+: How to Succeed in the New World of Work"
Author and workplace futurist, Kerry Hannon, will join the The Inspired Leadership Initiative for its final Inspiring Conversation of this academic year to discuss her upcoming book In Control at 50+: How to Succeed in the New World of Work, which highlights the changed nature of work and offers actionable steps for achieving success in the workplace. A recording of this event will be released to ThinkND following the live event.
Spring 2021 Series
Transforming Lives and Lives Transformed
During the Spring 2021 semester Inspiring Conversations discussed the theme of "Transforming Lives and Lives Transformed" and focused on three critical and timely topics: pursuing a second act, the intersection of spirituality and leadership, and solving societal problems.
Each guest speaker shared stories, perspectives, and lessons learned from their own experiences as leaders – personally, within their organizations, and in their communities. Each focused on the human side of transformation – their catalysts, purpose, and mission. It is our hope that participants will walk away enriched and inspired to take action.
The Inspiring Conversations series was exclusively offered through ThinkND, the University’s open online learning community. Recordings of the Spring 2021 series can be found below.
March 2, 2021
March 9, 2021
March 30, 2021
April 6, 2021
April 13, 2021
Sr. Gabriella Bottani, SMC, Talitha Kum, the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking &
Sr. Ann Oestreich, I.H.M., President, U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking
"The Myths and Terrible Truths of Human Trafficking"
April 21, 2021
May 18, 2021
Fall 2020 Series
Leading People in an Ever Changing World
The Inspiring Conversations digital series launched in Fall 2020 with the theme of "Leading People in an Ever-Changing World." The series featured leaders from across many disciplines and industries. Led by Tom Schreier and Chris Stevens, and co-sponsored with the Inspired Leadership Initiative and the Notre Dame Alumni Association, the series explored the concepts of human-centered leadership – mission, empathy, courage, and adaptability. Recordings of the live Zoom sessions are available below.
August 25, 2020
September 8, 2020
September 22, 2020
October 6, 2020
Paul Karos, past president investment banking and equities, Piper Jaffray;
Cindy Karos, Founding Inaugural Member, The Order of the Myrrhbearing Women.
"How our shared faith has guided our life, our professions, our family and our path forward, even in the face of personal obstacles like blindness"
October 20, 2020
Hubert Joly, former chairman & CEO of Best Buy & senior lecturer at Harvard Business School; author of the forthcoming book "The Heart of Business: Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism"
Hortense le Gentil, author of "Aligned: Connecting Your True Self with the Leader You're Meant to Be"
"Leading with Purpose and Humanity by Aligning Head and Heart"