A Conference at the University of Notre Dame on "Growing the Good in Business for the Next 100 Years"



As explained in this letter, the March 2022 conference is postponed until March 2023. We hope to see you there.


As part of Mendoza's 100th anniversary celebrations, we are organizing an academic conference on "Growing the Good in Business for the Next 100 Years." It will take place on Thursday and Friday, March 24 and 25, 2022. Please mark your calendars!

It begins with an opening dinner on Thursday, March 24, has four panels during the day on Friday, March 25, and closes with a final dinner on the 25th. All events will take place in McKenna Hall.

We will announce more details as the conference nears, but here are some of the confirmed speakers:

1. Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, Dicastery of Human Development (Vatican).

2. Jennifer Scanlon, President and CEO of UL Inc.

3. Sally Blount, former dean of Northwestern/Kellogg and President and CEO of Catholic Charities Chicago.

4. Matthew Slaughter, dean of Dartmouth/Tuck and ND class of '90.

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On April 3-4, 2016, the University of Notre Dame and the UN Global Compact  convened a meeting designed to educate students about the role of business in advancing the SDGs and to attract more companies to participate in the endeavor. The theme of the meeting was expressed well by Lise Kingo, the new UN Global Compact Executive Director: “From principled business practices to making long-term commitments aligned with the SDGs, we need more companies around the world to join the UN Global Compact and help to change the world around them.” Leading companies advancing the SDGs will address the meeting with their formula for success. 
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(November 2006) Father Oliver Williams, C.S.C., Director of the Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the United Nations Global Compact Office and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business co-convened at a conference on "Peace Through Commerce". The conference brought together students, professors, corporations, non-government organizations and government leaders to discuss how commerce can be a tool to build peace. 

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HIV/AIDS Conference

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Business, Religion and Spirituality

(April 2000) As this movement to integrate spirituality into business and health care continues to grow, what are the moral questions that should guide leaders? Is spirituality being treated as simply an instrumental good, valued for its usefulness in enhancing productivity and well being? What are the responsibilities of business leaders here? Of faculty? Of business schools? Of churches?

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