president of Livelihood, a management consulting firm. He explores the deeper meaning of work and its contribution to society. His areas of expertise include strategic vision and creative leadership. He is co-author of the business bestseller Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work. He is currently working on his newest book, The Work of Humanity: Project Heaven on Earth, which explores the desire and longing people have for a world that works.
He is the founder and Chair of the Board of Canada’s first academic Centre for Spirituality and the Workplace in the Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University.
Workshop: You Can't Teach Spirituality in a Business School...Oh, Yes You Can!
Sunday, January 27
Santa Fe Room 10:45am to 12:00 pm
We long for the gifts of spirit in our work — work that is more than a paycheck. We crave work that nurtures the soul and unleashes the spirit. We seek work that contributes and that is meaningful. Yet most business schools, which prepare people for work, have no room for the teaching or experience of spirituality.
Thankfully, a handful of business schools have recognized the need to foster this spirit in their students and faculty. There is a slow and steady emergence of spirituality and work courses and programs in the US, Canada and Britain.
What are the courses? Where are they happening? What are the results? What other programs are these schools involved in? What roadblocks have they run into? Martin Rutte shares his experience of founding the Centre for Spirituality and the Workplace in the Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University in Canada. He also gives an eye-opening and soul-inspiring tour through this landscape.
To demonstrate the effectiveness of spirituality in the work force, and to become familiar with leading business schools throughout the world that are addressing the necessity and the outcomes for business-related courses rooted in spiritual practice.
• Describe and document the emergence of spirituality and work courses in business schools in the US, Canada and England,
• Examine the effectiveness of these new programs, and
• Identify new possibilities for other universities.