Business leaders face a multitude of pressures from a wide variety of stakeholders–employees, suppliers, customers, board members, shareholders, and competitors. Moreover, they must face their own shadows and insecurities. Doing the “right thing” is not always easy to discern. And when decisions seem clear cut, they are not always simple to carry out.
For leaders who must make challenging, real-time decisions with imperfect information, having a moral framework to draw on is essential. Christianity provides such moral scaffolding, but is often dismissed as irrelevant in the rough-and-tumble world of business, or minimized as a “rule book” that too often reduces complex issues to simple responses of right and wrong. But a deeper understanding of Christian ethics affirms the tradition as a values-laden framework rooted in the character of God.
In this session, Alec Hill, president emeritus of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA and author of Just Business: Christian Ethics for the Marketplace, 3rd Edition (InterVarsity Press, 2018), will explore the Christian concepts of holiness, justice, and love as foundational to a deeper, more robust framework for business ethics that can be applied in a wide variety of organizational and interpersonal situations. Through case studies, leadership experiences, and even his own personal failures, Alec Hill will help us construct a framework for Christian ethics that will build resilience and strengthen our personal and organizational integrity.
Lunch will be provided with your ticket purchase.
Alec Hill is president emeritus of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. He served for fourteen years as InterVarsity’s president and previously was dean of the School of Business and Economics at Seattle Pacific University. He holds a law degree from the University of Washington and has written for the Huffington Post, Christianity Today, the Aspen Institute, and Patheos. He is the author of Just Business: Christian Ethics in the Marketplace. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife, Mary.