|Thursday evening, November 4, 2010
“Succeeding Without Selling your Soul: Spiritual and Ethical Grounding for Entrepreneurs”
David Miller, Director of the Princeton University
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Question and Answer Session
Breakfast, Friday morning, November 5, 2010
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In any age where large banks and insurance companies are seen as too big to fail, and small businesses and homeowners seem forgotten, what is an entrepreneur to do? How does the person of faith respond? Is better regulation and compliance the solution? Are there resources within the Christian tradition to guide, strengthen, protect, and help one survive and perhaps even thrive in today's hyper-competitive marketplace? Can a for-profit business be a moral community? Can Christians in good conscience still engage in the marketplace?
These and other questions will be addressed by David W. Miller, director of the Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative. David brings a unique bilingual perspective to these questions, having served as a senior executive in international business, as an entrepreneur, and now as a theologian and ethicist who specializes in issues at the intersection of faith and work.
David serves as director of the Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative and as an associate research scholar and lecturer. Previously, he was at Yale University for five years, where he served as executive director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, and taught at both Yale School of Management and Divinity School.
Prior to academia, David lived and worked in London, England for eight years, where he was a partner in a private equity firm that specialized in international investment management, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions. Before that he was a senior executive and director of the securities services and global custody division of HSBC Group, having held the same position at Midland Bank PLC before its acquisition by HSBC. He moved to London as the managing director of the European operations of State Street Bank and Trust, a leading U.S. securities services bank. He started his management career in the United States, working for IBM for eight years in a variety of sales and marketing management positions.
David received his M.Div. and a Ph.D. in ethics from Princeton Theological Seminary. In addition to his research, writing and teaching, David serves as an advisor to several corporate CEOs and senior executives on questions pertaining to ethics, leadership and the role of faith at work. He is a frequent speaker at gatherings of business leaders, corporate events and academic conferences. His views are often cited in the media, including in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, radio, and on major television networks.
David’s book, God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement (Oxford University Press, 2007), challenges business academics and executives, as well as theologians and clergy, to think differently about ethics, faith and work.