Padilla CEO Lynn Casey to discuss economic disparity Jan. 18 at St. Olaf breakfast

Padilla CEO Lynn Casey to discuss economic disparity Jan. 18 at St. Olaf breakfast

Lynn Casey, chair and chief executive officer of the Minneapolis and New York communications firm Padilla, Speer and Beardsley, will give the next breakfast talk in a series co-sponsored by St. Olaf Catholic Church and the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought at the University of St. Thomas.

The ecumenical “Faith and Work Breakfast” will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in Fleming Hall of St. Olaf Catholic Church, 215 S. Eighth St., Minneapolis.

In her talk on “Closing the Gap Between Scarcity and Abundance,” Casey will discuss the Itasca Project which is examining the magnitude, causes and effects of socioeconomic disparities in the Twin Cities. The project is a collaborative effort by more than 40 Twin Cities business and community leaders.

Casey is the third CEO to lead Padilla Speer and Beardsley since its 1961 founding. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Dakota, she also holds master’s degrees from the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas. She serves on the boards of numerous professional and community-service organizations.

Now in their 13th year, the Faith and Work Breakfasts deal with the personal challenges of faith-and-work integration and are designed for professionals from all faiths. The theme of this year’s series is “Scarcity and Abundance: Faith, Work and Poverty.”

Other speakers in the series will be Gloria Perez Jordan, executive director of the Jeremiah Program, on Feb. 15, and the Rev. John Estrem, chief executive officer of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, on April 19.

The cost of each Faith and Work Breakfast is $20, which includes a continental breakfast. Pre-registration is encouraged. To make a reservation or for more information, call St. Olaf Catholic Church at (612) 332-7471, Ext. 255, or send an e-mail to Information also is available on the Web at

The breakfast series is presented in cooperation with Catholic Charities and the Center for Lifelong Learning at Luther Seminary.