Profit & Stewardship
The Faith & Business conference is a half day gathering with global leaders speaking on the relationship between faith principles and business practices. This year’s theme “Profit & Stewardship” will address the creation and value of profit and how to steward it justly.
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Lunch, Prayer, & Opening Remarks
Talk #1 – The Creation & Value of Profit by Frank Hanna
Talk #2 – Using Profit Poorly: When Helping Hurts by Michael Miller
Talk #3 – Profit for Prosperity: Stewarding Profit w/ Principle by Frank Hanna
Talk #4 – A Culture of Entrepreneurship & Principled Professional Life by Amy Novak
Panel Discussion – Frank Hanna, Michael M. Miller, & Amy Novak
Catholic Men’s Business Fraternity & Closing Remarks: Gene Jones Jr & Joe Rutten
Frank J. Hanna is CEO of Hanna Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia. He invests as a merchant banker in technology and financial services, and has started and sold a number of businesses over the last twenty-five years. Prior to going into the investment business, he was a corporate attorney. He is featured in the PBS documentary, The Call of the Entrepreneur. He has been a frequent speaker to various groups and mass media regarding the ethics of business. He has often spoken on philanthropy, and has written a best-selling book entitled, What Your Money Means.
He currently serves on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations, both within the Church, and in the secular world, including the Papal Foundation, EWTN, and the American Enterprise Institute. Mr. Hanna is the founder of the Solidarity Association. Of most significance, the Solidarity Association serves as Trustee of the Mater Verbi/Hanna Papyrus Trust, which safeguards in the Vatican Apostolic Library the oldest copy of the Gospel of Luke (and the oldest copy of the Lord’s Prayer) in the world.
Michael M. Miller is Research Fellow and Director of Acton Media at the Acton Institute. Michael has a global experience having lived and traveled Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He lectures internationally on such themes as moral philosophy, economic development, and entrepreneurship. He has been published in The Washington Times, The Detroit News, The L.A. Daily News, and Real Clear Politics. He is the director and host of the PovertyCure DVD Series and has appeared in various video curricula including Doing the Right Thing, Effective Stewardship, and the Birth of Freedom.
Much of his current work at the Acton Institute involves leading PovertyCure, promoting entrepreneurial solutions to poverty in the developing world. Miller received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. from Nagoya University’s Graduate School of International Development (Japan), an M.A. in philosophy from Franciscan University, and an M.B.A. in International Management from Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Business.
Dr. Amy Novak became the 20th and first female president of Dakota Wesleyan University in June 2013. Novak served as provost and executive vice president at DWU from 2008 until assuming the presidency. Under her leadership, DWU has experienced a radical transformation in a short period of time, showing growth across all critical indicators, including record enrollment, retention, and fundraising.
Partnerships with business and industry to strengthen academic offerings and enhance the student experience have been critical to the institution’s growth. Novak’s expansion of partnership programs across the state and region has connected the institution to the industries and businesses most important to the state’s economic health.
The university’s curriculum now includes required coursework in innovation, creativity and problem-solving as well as a four-year program designed to prepare students for the life skills critical to post-college success.
Regionally, she is active in economic development work serving on a variety of boards. Novak is a frequent writer and speaker, regionally and nationally, on women in leadership. She routinely mentors young female leaders working in multiple roles, and she coaches them in establishing new patterns of work that enhance wellbeing.
A native South Dakotan and graduate of Mitchell High School, Novak has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in economics from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She earned her doctoral degree in interdisciplinary leadership at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
She and her husband, Ken, are parents to eight children.