Business – A Force for Good
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 is Business – A Force for Good.
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Opening Prayer and Welcome Address by Most Reverend Paul Swain
Lunch & Introductions
Talk #1: Business – Good in Theory by Anne Bradley
Talk #2: Business – Good in Practice by Bob Keith
Talk #3: Business – Good in Community by Tom Walsh
Anne Rathbone Bradley, Ph.D. is the Vice President of Economic Initiatives at the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics where she develops and commissions research toward a systematic biblical theology of economic freedom. She is a visiting professor at Georgetown University, and she also teaches at The Institute for World Politics and George Mason University. Additionally, she is a visiting scholar at the Bernard Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy.
She is an editor of and contributing author to the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economic’s Counting the Cost: Christian Perspectives on Capitalism, and For the Least of These: A Biblical Answer to Poverty. In her contributions to these books, Dr. Bradley has examined income inequality from both an economic and biblical perspective and provides guidance to Christians on how to respond, particularly through our vocations.
Dr. Bradley’s other academic work has focused on the political economy of terrorism with specific emphasis on the industrial organization of al-Qaeda. Her research has been published in scholarly journals and edited volumes. She is currently working on a book that analyzes the political economy of al-Qaeda post 9/11. Based on her academic research she also worked as an economic analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency’s Office of Terrorism Analysis.
Dr. Bradley received her Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in 2006.
Bob Keith is a broad-based executive with 30 years of experience and a demonstrated record of achievement in building & growing innovative life science technology businesses. His journey has included stops at multinational corporations, mid-cap growth companies, venture-backed startups, and a new breed of not-for-profit/for-profit hybrid enterprises launched by long-term, impact-oriented investors.
Since 2000, Bob has been a co-founder & CEO of two high profile startups, has helped to raise more than $225 million in capital, has participated in the development, manufacture and launch of multiple products & in the creation of robust pipeline franchises, has been associated with exits of $2.5 billion in total potential value, has held board positions in public, private & not-for-profit organizations, and has discovered many important life lessons along the way.
In 2009, Bob founded Catalyst Growth Partners to advise entrepreneurs in a range of industries on the design of bold business models & growth strategies, to facilitate key financings, transactions & partnerships, to mentor transformational leaders, and to serve in interim operating roles; in addition, he has conducted applied research on novel “failed market” solutions, ranging from global health & poverty alleviation approaches to early-stage R&D funding & commercialization approaches.
During 2012-2013, Bob was appointed a special advisor for creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship & experiential learning at the University of San Diego. He also served as a faculty member at the 2013 Harvard Summer Program in Kenya and was a co-founder of the African Institute of Innovation & Technology.
In 2015, Bob joined the Busch School of Business and co-founded The Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship in 2016. He currently serves as the Director – Enterprise Solutions to Poverty Project and the Director – Summer Business Institute. In 2017, The Ciocca Center will launch its unique small business growth partnership with Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC). ICIC was founded in 1994 by Professor Michael Porter of the Harvard Business School.
Bob is interested in the intersection of faith, creativity, and human flourishing, and is exploring new academic models for shaping the next generation of virtuous leaders & studying the nascent ecosystems reemerging for aspiring spiritual entrepreneurs.
Bob earned his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, his MCP from the University of Pennsylvania and his BA from The George Washington University; in addition, he has attended many leadership development and executive education programs (Center for Creative Leadership, University of Chicago, and Northwestern University).
Thomas P. Walsh, Sr. has lived in and developed businesses in Sioux Falls for over 45 years. He started and operated over 60 restaurants including Burger King, Taco Bell, and several other franchises. He owned and operated Days Inn hotels and was an investor in several others.
In 2010, Mr. Walsh acquired Willow Run Golf Course and in 2013 founded GreatLIFE Golf and Fitness. He currently owns and operates six golf courses, 16 fitness centers, and a bowling center. GreatLife boasts over 32,000 members.
Mr. Walsh is active in many charitable and civic organizations including Make-a-Wish and the Los Cabos Children’s Foundation.
Tom is married with four children and nine grandchildren.