Notre Dame's Business Dean to Discuss the Role of Grace in our Work Aug. 17

Dr. Carolyn Woo, dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, will discuss “Grace in the Competitive World” in a lecture from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, in Room 201-202 of Opus Hall on the downtown Minneapolis campus of the University of St. Thomas.

The 2011 Hesburgh Lecture, free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of Minnesota and the SAIP Institute of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business.

Reservations are not required but are helpful. To make a reservation contact Troy Androli at or Naomi Sack at or (651) 962-4293. 

Dr. Carolyn Woo

Dr. Carolyn Woo

Woo, who will become president and chief executive officer of Catholic Relief Services in January 2012, will be introduced by Dr. Christopher Puto, dean of the Opus College of Business.

Given the highly competitive practices in our culture, Woo will examine the role of grace in our work and behavior, and discuss ways to cultivate grace in contexts dominated by winning and competition.

Woo’s research focuses on strategy, entrepreneurship and organizational systems.  She has received numerous awards for her commitment to higher education, including the Salgo-Noren Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Master’s Programs and was inducted into the Order of the Griffin by Purdue University for exceptional service and commitment.

The SAIP Institute fosters ethically and socially responsible organizational conduct by promoting, applying, adapting and improving the Self-Assessment and Improvement Process (SAIP), a method that enables organizations to appraise and enhance their performance on questions of corporate ethics, governance and social responsibility.