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Corban University Hosts Conference on Human "Flourishing"


P. Griffith Lindell

Salem, Ore. - P. Griffith Lindell, Dean of Corban's Hoff School of Business, is pleased to announce the theme, distinguished speakers, and schedule for public events during the University's 2016 Christian Thought Leader Conference, March 7-11, 2016.


The conference is titled "Becoming Agents of Hope in a 21st Century Culture: Flourishing at the Intersection of Faith, Work and Economics."

Lindell says, "It is our contention that there is a need for a revolution in how people view work, integrate faith, and engage with economic models."


The distinguished speakers for the conference hail from Portland and Seattle. All three are highly respected for their accomplishments, character, and passion for human flourishing.

•Lakecia Gunter is the director of partner marketing and engagement for the desktop client platforms group at Intel. Prior to her new role, Gunter was the chief of staff, technical assistant to the corporate vice-president, and managing director of Intel Labs.

•Albert M. Erisman is the executive in residence in the School of Business, Government, and Economics at Seattle Pacific University. In April 2001 Erisman completed a 32-year career at The Boeing Company, the last 10 years as director of research and development for computing and mathematics. There he led a staff of 250 to 300 scientists as a part of the Boeing central research organization.

•Marshall A. Stevens is a respected and seasoned business professional. In Portland, his hometown, Stevens is known for his development of a chain of thirty quick-lube stores ($10 million in sales), his "rescue" of one of the top 100 sporting goods retailers in the country ($100 million in sales), and his sales and development work with the largest national commercial real estate brokerage firm.


The conference features four free public events.

•Monday, March 7, 10 a.m., Gunter will speak at Corban's Psalm Performing Arts Center, 5000 Deer Park Dr. SE in Salem. Her topic is faith and its economic implications.

•Tuesday, March 8, 10 a.m., Gunter and Lindell will lead a community conversation with church, nonprofit, business, education, and political leaders at Broadway Commons, 1300 Broadway St. NE in Salem. The topic is human flourishing.

•Wednesday, March 9, 10 a.m., Erisman will speak at Corban's Psalm Performing Arts Center. His topic is economics.

•Friday, March 11, 10 a.m., Stevens will speak at Corban's Psalm Performing Arts Center. His topic is work.

Lindell says, "We seek to inspire students, churches, and businesses in our mid-Willamette community to think deeply about each facet of 'Faith, Work and Economics' and, as a result, transform their conversations about each in a way that glorifies God and positively impacts the culture."


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