2012 Convention Plenary Speakers

Ethical Risks: Why Do Good People
End Up Doing Bad Things?

Jeff Van Duzer • Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, 7:00 pm

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In light of the many recent business scandals, one question stands out: why do so many seemingly good people end up making so many bad decisions? What factors have contributed to the downfall of these individuals and the companies they manage? And what disciplines can we adopt to minimize the chances that this will happen to us?

Jeff Van Duzer's remarks will focus on four cultural and business trends that seem to increase the potential for ethical failures:

•    the increasing speed of business;
•    the increasing need to “spin” the truth;
•    the ever-growing willingness to substitute time for things; and
•    the prevailing loss of purpose in the workplace  

He will suggest various personal disciplines and organizational practices that can help buffer the adverse impacts of these trends.

Since August 2001, Jeff Van Duzer has served as dean of the School of Business and Economics at Seattle Pacific University, where he is also a professor of business law and ethics in the School. For the 20 years prior to his full-time association with SPU, Jeff practiced law in Seattle with an emphasis on finance and natural resources. During that time he supplemented his practice with service as adjunct faculty at SPU and studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. Jeff received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his Bachelor of Arts (Rhetoric) from the University of California at Berkeley. He writes and speaks frequently in both church and professional settings.

In 2010, Jeff authored Why Business Matters to God (And What Still Needs to Be Fixed), published by InterVarsity Press. In Why Business Matters to God, he raises the question: “Does business contain intrinsic value?” In other words, does God value business only for its role in funding missions-oriented and humanitarian activities, or does God find value in the core of business? Jeff offers a theological argument and practical examples for the essential importance of business in the world.

Jeff is married to Margie, his wife of over 30 years. They have two adult sons, Andrew and Nate.

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MEDA in Pakistan: From Producer to Market –
Sharing Risks, Reaping Returns

Helen Loftin and Ramzan Buriro • Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, 6:30 pm

Helen Loftin and Ramzan Buriro resizedJoin us and learn about a side of Pakistan you never hear about in the news. Helen Loftin, director of Women’s Economic Development at MEDA will introduce to you two of the everyday heroes of Pakistan who are using economic development to not only raise incomes for women, but to build a stable economy and a more peaceful country – where women are included and valued. Ramzan Buriro, manager with Engro Corporation, one of MEDA’s partners in Pakistan, will talk about the role private sector plays in his country’s development. We will also hear from a woman client of the project who will join us and share her first-hand experience in her entrepreneurial successes to date, and her vision for herself, her family and her community.

Helen Loftin is the director for Women’s Economic Development at MEDA. She oversees the design, management and implementation of several women's economic development projects in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti and Ghana.

From January 2008 to August 2010, she was based in Islamabad, Pakistan. Initially her role was regional project manager overseeing the budding programs in Afghanistan and Pakistan: Through the Garden Gate, Pathways & Pursestrings, Women’s Economic Empowerment. In June 2009 she took on the chief of party role for the Entrepreneurs project.

To date, these four projects have reached more than 134,000 women entrepreneurs in isolated and remote communities in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The recent launch of programs in Haiti and Ghana will see the WED team assisting women entrepreneurs in new regions – more places in this world where women are in a particularly disadvantaged position and need our targeted, specific and time-bound technical assistance to link them to markets and boost their economic positions and their families’ livelihoods.

Before joining MEDA, Helen co-managed her family’s general contracting business, advocated on behalf of small and medium-sized businesses in Canada and consulted for many small businesses in Ontario in a diverse range of industries. She is a graduate of business administration studies and holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Helen and her husband, Glynn, have two children and three grandchildren, all of whom she is particularly proud.

7 Virtues Fragrance: Doing Business and
Building Peace in Afghanistan

Barbara Stegemann • Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, 6:30 pm

Barbara StegemannBarbara Stegemann’s gift is “waking others up” to their own purpose to live with meaning and joy as millions of Canadians saw on CBC’s Dragons’ Den. She made the Dragons cry (she didn’t mean to), got the $75,000 she was after to expand and the mentor she was seeking in partner W. Brett Wilson. One cold call later and her fragrances are in The Bay stores across the country. She had become the first woman from Atlantic Canada to get a venture capital deal in the history of the Dragons’ Den show.
Her entrepreneurial vision was formed after her best friend was severely wounded in Afghanistan and Barb set out to support his mission of economic empowerment for others. Realizing there were few ways for everyday citizens to empower those living in strife, she created a brand new business model that trades with nations experiencing war and hardship. She launched The 7 Virtues Beauty Inc., a company that sources organic oils from Afghanistan, Haiti, and other countries experiencing turmoil to support the economies there and build peace and harmony in new ways. The delicate fragrance line is the thesis in her best-selling book, The 7 Virtues of a Philosopher Queen, brought to reality; that women can flex their buying power to effect change and reverse issues of war and poverty.

Throughout the years, Barb has been acknowledged for her ground breaking work. Most recently she has been nominated for Chatelaine’s Women of the Year 2011 (Entrepreneur) and The Manning Innovation Award 2011. She received the Women Innovator Award from the US State Department for her work for the Canadian economy and in 2011.
Barb holds degrees in Journalism and Sociology and lives with her family in Bedford, Nova Scotia.

From Career Risks to Life-Enriching Returns:
Inspiring Stories for the ‘4G’ Crowd

Susan Schultz Huxman • Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, 9:00 am

Susan Huxman resizedHow do young, aspiring professionals today connect success-service-and spirituality? Can they? Where are the models and mentors in the church, in our schools, in the business community for encouraging “fast track” 20 or 30-something Anabaptists in North America to “jump the track” to pursue “for-cause” careers  in service to church and society? This presentation presents trends, stories and challenges to help us make that connection.

Susan Schultz Huxman began serving as seventh president of Conrad Grebel in July 2011. Born in Deland, Florida, but a long-time resident of Kansas, Susan previously held the post of director of the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University for seven years. In 1990, after beginning her academic career at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, she held various administrative roles at WSU, balancing these responsibilities with her passion for teaching. She also served on the board of directors of Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) of MCUSA; the executive board of Western District Conference of MCUSA and the board of education at her church, Lorraine Avenue Mennonite.

Susan is a graduate of Bethel College, KS, with a B.A. in English (1982). Her M.A. and Ph.D. are from the University of Kansas in Communication Studies. Her dissertation: “In the world but not of it: Mennonite rhetoric in World War I as an enactment of paradox” has inspired several publications, including a book in progress: Landmark speeches in U. S. Pacifism.

She won numerous awards and recognition for her teaching while at WSU and continues to teach and mentor at every level in writing, speaking, and research-intensive courses. An active scholar in the field of rhetoric, media literacy, and corporate communication, Susan has published two dozen scholarly articles and book chapters and is co-author with Karlyn Kohrs Campbell of The Rhetorical Act: Thinking, Speaking, and Writing Critically, 4th ed. (2009).

Susan has served her profession in a variety of ways, including membership on the executive committee of the Public Address Division of the National Communication Association (NCA); named a fellow in the Journalism Leadership Institute sponsored by the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC); and held posts in various other national academic organizations including AEJMC, ICA, PRSA, and local and state communication and press associations.

Susan and her husband, Jesse, have three children.