C.S. Lewis Summer Institute

The Self & the Search for Meaning

Full Conference : July 28-August 8

Week 1 (Oxford) : July 28-August 2

Week 2 (Cambridge): August 3-8

Business Track

OX-03 ~ Management/CEO Track— “The Self in Paradox: the Executive’s Path to Effective Servant Leadership,” with Darrell Passwater, Laurie Beth Jones, and Prabhu Guptara

Answering Christ’s call to servant leadership, contemporary Christians in management may struggle amid what often appears as a rift between competitive excellence and core Christian values.  As we find our Self in Christ, how can we fulfill our calling in the business world, pursuing the highest good in effectively leading our companies, coworkers, and employees?  How can we practically envision Jesus’ summoning to “abundant life” in the modern management culture of competition and compromise?  Join us as we pursue this discussion together.

Week one will focus on the “Self” in today’s economic environment.  How can we, as managers, develop effective teams to assist in today’s uncertainty, and, in many cases, chaos?  Both Laurie Beth Jones and Prabhu Guptara will dialog with us in developing effective strategies. Week two will focus upon the “Self and the Search for Faith.”  How can we remain steadfast to Christian ethics when confronted with complex and challenging questions?  Both David Miller and Darrell Passwater will explore these questions with us. 

Darrell Passwater

Darrell Passwater is on the faculty of the Crowell School of Business, Biola University, where he teaches management and leadership courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Formerly, he was Dean of the School of Business, California Baptist University.  He leads two BBL Forum groups (Christian-based executive leadership) and serves on numerous for-profit business boards.  He has been a consultant for numerous businesses with an emphasis on strategic planning, marketing and organizational development.  He earned a doctorate from Oregon State University and an MBA from the University of Redlands. 

Laurie Beth Jones Laurie Beth Jones is an internationally recognized Christian business author, speaker, and coach who is Founder and President of Laurie Beth Jones, Inc., a leading provider of transformational tools for personal growth and team training through personal and family experiential workshops, team training and development, business retreats, as well as via speaking engagements. She is the national best-selling author of several books including Jesus CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership, The Path: Creating Your Mission Statement for Work and Life, and The Four Elements of Succes.  Previously she had founded and, for 15 years, owned a successful advertising agency.
Prabhu Guptara

Prabhu Guptara is Executive Director for Organisational Development of Wolfsberg (a subsidiary of UBS - one of the world’s largest banks). He is also Freeman of the City of London and of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, and Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; he is also a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, of the Royal Commonwealth Society, of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts Commerce and Manufactures, and a Senior Fellow of The Trinity Forum.  He continues to supervise Ph.D. research at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) as well as being a visiting professor at various universities and business schools around the world. He has been an organizer, chair and lecturer by invitation for numerous international conferences, has contributed widely to radio and television in the UK and other countries and has written for The Financial Times (London, UK), The Guardian, The Times and other publications, as well as professional business and management journals.  He enjoys being a judge for international competitions in the fields of fiction, poetry, and executive development. 




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