Why Work? Business, Professions and the Common Good

A two-day conference exploring the challenges of modern business and professional life and the relationship between personal values and commitments and the world of work. With keynote speaker David Brooks of The New York Times and former congressman Lee Hamilton among the panelists. Sponsored by the Pro Humanitate Center, a project of the Lilly Endowment.

March 27-28, 2008

Session I

MAKING SENSE OF MODERN PROFESSIONAL LIFE

Keynote Speaker: David Brooks, The New York Times; Respondents: Alex Sink, Chief Financial Officer, State of Florida; Steven Reinemund, former chairman of the board and CEO of PepsiCo; introduction by president Nathan O. Hatch.

Session II

THEOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS ON WORK AND THE CHALLENGES OF PLURALISM

Chair: Bill Leonard, Wake Forest University Divinity School Panelists: David Miller, Yale Divinity School; Douglas Schuurman, St. Olaf College; Mark Schwehn, Christ College, Valparaiso University; Katherine Leary, Center for Faith and Work, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York

Session III A

REEXAMINING MEDICINE AS A PROFESSION

Chair: Bill Applegate, Wake Forest University School of Medicine; Panelists: Mark Siegler, University of Chicago Medical Center; Lynne Kirk, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School; Stuart Bondurant, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Session III B

THE LEGAL PROFESSION IN THE MARKETPLACE

Chair: Blake Morant, Wake Forest University School of Law; Panelists: Barry Sullivan, Jenner & Block; Anita Allen, University of Pennsylvania Law School; Robert Grey, Hunton & Williams; Chris Whelan, University of Oxford

Session IV A

CORPORATIONS AND HUMAN FLOURISHING

Chair: Don Flow, Flow Motors; Panelists: Laura Nash, Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics; Steven Reinemund, PepsiCo, Michael Bontrager, Chatham Financial

Session IV B

THE DEMANDS OF PUBLIC SERVICE

Chair: Lee Hamilton, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Panelists: William Haslam, Mayor of Knoxville, TN; Fred Upton, Congressman of Michigan, 6th District

Session V

INTEGRATING WORK AND VALUES: THE CHALLENGES OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

Chair: Jack Wilkerson, Wake Forest University Calloway School of Business and Accountancy; Panelists: Kent Syverud, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law; Darrell Kirch, Association of American Medical Schools; William Sullivan, Carnegie Foundation