Gustafson Interviewed for Podcast on Meaningful Work

Andy Gustafson was interviewed by Nathan Beacom, executive director of the Lyceum Movement in Des Moines. You can listen here.

The Lyceum Movement calls itself “A School for Community Life” and they put on public events and panels to help people come together and talk about life. Their mission statement is:

“Our mission is to build meaningful communities by providing a space for neighbors to learn together in friendship. The Lyceum offers classes, events, and a shared space to explore great ideas, great deeds, great art, and the questions that affect our life together. In so doing, it seeks to shape citizens and communities well-formed in self-government for the common good.”

BFCGI ‘Double Header’: “Cathonomics” (Tony Annett, Fordham) and “Entrepreneurship and Faith” (Ross Emmett, ASU)

This week BFCGI is helping bring to campus two different speakers. First, Tony Annett will speak about his new book Cathonomics Tuesday night at 7pm in the Harper Center. Annett worked for the IMF for nearly 15 years, before moving to Columbia U and eventually Fordham, where he teaches economics. Second, renown Frank Knight scholar Ross Emmett will be presenting a public talk on the issue of “Entrepreneurship and Faith” Thursday at 6pm in the UP room at the Harper Center.

“Finance and The Common Good” Panel starts off our Fall 2022 BFCGI Speaker Series (9/15)

Katie Bruno (CU’14), Morgan Meyer (NBC) and Jeff Hitt (Edward Jones)

The 2022 Fall BFCGI speaker series started off with a great panel discussion consisting of Katie Bruno (CU ’14) who is a partner at , Morgan Meyers of NBC in Lincoln NE, and Jeff Hitt, who has an Edward Jones office in Papillion. Gustafson led the discussion, which ranged from the importance of fiduciary responsibility and transparency to the role of counselor which financial advisors tend to play as they help people work through and think through important life issues. Financial advising is about a whole lot more than simply helping clients increase their wealth!

BFCGI Speaker Series Set for Fall 2022

The fall speaker series for 2022 has been set, and it should be very interesting, covering topics of financial advising and the common good, Catholic economics, Entrepreneurship and faith, how to navigate one’s calling, the effects of investors on the single family housing market, and finally a symposium with keynote speaker Richard T. DeGeorge, reknown business ethicist.

All talks are open to the public. All are in the Harper Center on Creighton’s Campus. Most are 6-7 pm.

Here is the schedule:

September 15th Financial Advising and the Common Good (Panel)  (6-7pm Harper 4068/69)

Katie Bruno, Jeffery Hitt, and Morgan Meyers will share a panel in which we will discuss financial advising and the common good.

9/20 Tony Annett “Cathonomics” 7-9 Harper 2045/2046 [Markoe-DePorres Annual Lecture] 

Tony Annett (Fordham U) worked for the International Monetary Fund for 14 years, and is the author of “Cathonomics” which puts forward a view of how Catholic Thinking should impact our economic thought. (co-sponsored with the Peace and Justice Studies Program)

9/22  Ross Emmet (ASU) “Entrepreneurship: A Faith Perspective” (6-7pm, UP Room) 

Emmet is Director of the ASU Center for the Study of Economic Liberty, and widely published expert economist (Co-Sponsored with Creighton’s Institute for Economic Inquiry)

9/29  Luke Bobo & Paige Wiley “Worked Up: Navigating Calling after College” 6-7pm (3047) 

Bobo and Wiley will help students consider how to navigatepost-college decisions.  They came last year and were great.

10/6  The Effects of Investors buying Into SFH Market (6-7pm in 3047) 

This will be a panel of local real estate and housing specialists discussing the current Single-Family Housing Market 

10/20  Carson Young “Good Business, Profit, and Ethics”  (6-7pm UP Room/2060) 

            Young is an up and coming Business Ethicist from Suny-Binghamton (Co-Sponsored with Creighton’s Institute for Economic Inquiry)

10/27 Symposium UP room: Richard T. DeGeorge “What is the Common Good?” Reception to follow.

DeGeorge is a world famous business ethicist, and the author of 20 books and over 220 articles mostly on business ethics. He comes to us from the University of Kansas.\

All talks are open to the public. All are in the Harper Center on Creighton’s Campus. Most are 6-7 pm. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact Andy Gustafson at

BFCGI colleagues Gustafson and Harvey to present at upcoming conferences this summer (NAASP, Philadelphia; ISBEE, Bilbao; CJBE, Washington DC; SBE, Seattle; AOM, Seattle)

BFCGI Colleagues Andy Gustafson and Celeste Harvey will be presenting at a variety of conferences this summer:

Writing papers!!!!

Harvey will present her paper, “Luxury: The Forgotten Vice” at the North American Association of Social and Political Philosophy at Neuman University in Philadelphia in July.

Harvey and Gustafson’s paper “How many Houses Should One Person Own?: A Distributivist Critique of multiple house ownership and its effects on the current housing market” with Fr. Nicky Santos at the Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education conference at Georgetown in Washington DC in July.

Harvey and Gustafson’s paper “Humanistic Management and the Economy of Communion Movement” at the International Society of Business Ethics and Economics conference in Bilbao, Spain in July

Gustafson’s paper “Why Utilitarianism Is So Neglected In the Field of Business Ethics, And What to Do About It” at the International Society of Business Ethics and Economics conference in Bilbao Spain in July.

Gustafson’s paper, “(The Sorry State of) Utilitarianism In the Field of Business Ethics: Why It Is Neglected, and Opportunities for Research” at the Society of Business Ethics conference in Seattle in August.

Gustafson and Harvey’s paper, “The Economy of Communion Movement as Humanistic Management” at the Academy of Management Conference in Seattle in August.

BFCGI Colleague John Gallagher to retire from Maryville College in Tennessee

John Gallagher, a BFCGI colleague, has come to speak to Creighton students on a number of occasions over the years, particularly about his research on the Economy of Communion. Andy Gustafson met John when they attended a Ryan Center conference on Faith and Business in Manilla, Philippines in 2015, and they found many mutual interests. John invited Andy to the EOC conference that summer in Washington DC, and that is when Andy joined the EOC as an entrepreneurial member. John published a book on the EOC companies in North America and their distinctives called “Structures of Grace: The Business Practices of the Economy of Communion” John will be retiring at the end of this semester, and this Thursday he will be giving his ‘last lecture’ which will be held in the auditorium at school and attended by faculty and students and alum.

From the Maryville website: Retiring management professor John Gallagher to give retirement speech”:

Since 2007, Dr. Gallagher has been involved in researching the business practices of companies that participate in the Economy of Communion, a worldwide movement with goals of using private enterprise to address social problems. In 2014, he and Dr. Jeanne Buckeye from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, published the book “Structures of Grace: Business Practices of the Economy of Communion,” and the principles explored, he said, dovetail with his liberal arts approach to teaching.

“In my mind, what that means is an emphasis on the sociological aspects of business,” he said. “That’s not to ignore the economic aspects, but one of the exercises I have used in class and some other settings is to ask the students to identify their worst experiences as an employee as well as their best. And for the next set of questions, I ask them about the worst and best experiences they’ve ever had as customers.

“When the students tell me, ‘Here’s an experience I’ve had,’ I push them: Why was that so bad? How did that experience make you feel?’ And I do the same with the good experiences, and invariably, in all cases, it comes down, essentially, to either an assault on, or an affirmation of, their fundamental dignity. It always comes down to questions of respect.”

That, he added, illuminates the human dimension of management and business — equally as important as financial principles and basic tenets of economics. And because those experiences of respect and affirmation — or the lack thereof — are universal, they become the building blocks upon which the rest of the coursework can be instructed.

“If we understand that dimension of it, the rest of it stands to follow. Instead of asking, ‘What do we know about organizations?,’ we’re asking, ‘What do we know about human behavior and organizations? What do we know about human behavior in other dimensions?’” he said. “Well, we know there’s such a thing as dysfunctional organizations, and we know what makes them less functional or more functional. Even a core course like the Principles of Finance has a human dimension to it, because an organization’s financial statements tell a story about what’s important to that organization and what that organization values.”

As for Gallagher’s ‘final lecture’ on Thursday, The working title, he added, is “Things Not Yet Said” — a bit cryptic, he acknowledged with a grin, but that’s by design. It will, however, be a celebration of Maryville College, he added.

“One of the things I value about the College is the opportunity we all have to sort of say our piece, both in our words and in our actions over the course of the time we’re here. At the same time, the College has given me a lot, so it’s an act of gratitude in some ways.”

He has no firm retirement plans — “I’m not a believer in a compartmentalized life, and I’ve already traveled a bit,” he said — he and his wife, Patricia, have plenty to keep them occupied, with 12 grandchildren and several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. And while he’s stepping away from the classroom, he and Patricia live nearby, and the same campus walks that first attracted him to Maryville College will certainly be a part of his life after retirement.

“I think there is an aura about particular places, geographical places, and this is one of them,” he said. “Exactly what that aura is, I don’t know if I can put that into words … whether it’s the view of the mountains or whether it’s the symmetry of the campus, it’s a very welcoming space, and at the same time, it’s an expansive space.

“And then there’s the fact that it’s a college campus, and that’s always been a special environment to me. I almost always enjoy being on a college campus, knowing what goes on there, and I’m glad to have found a place for myself at Maryville College.” 

For those unable to attend Gallagher’s Last Lecture, the talk will be streamed live on the College’s Facebook page. A reception will follow in the William Baxter Lee Grand Foyer of the Clayton Center.

In lieu of congratulatory gifts, Dr. Gallagher has requested that donations be made to support global education. Gifts of any size are welcomed and can be made online at Be sure to add “Dr. John Gallagher’s retirement” in the comment box under “gift preferences.” If you would like to contribute in another way, please contact Eric Bellah at or 865-981-8225.

St Bonaventure Leadership & Authentic Community Conference at the Foster Center for Responsible Leadership

The Foster Center for Responsible Leadership at Bonaventure University hosted a conference April 8-9th to “explore the impact on society of our ever-increasing digital world”. Conference participants came from a variety of institutions including Cardinal Stritch U, St. Francis University, Wagner College, Harvard, and Maryville College, among others. Michael Gallagher, the director of the Foster Center planned and organized the conference. Being a Franciscan school, Bonaventure U is among more than 20 Franciscan universities across the US.

BFCGI director Andy Gustafson gave the opening talk on Friday night entitled ““Authentic Human Leadership and the Common Good (in an Age of AI, Zoom Meetings, and Virtual Society)”. He challenged the professors and administrators there to work to help re-establish strong community at their institutions very intentionally in the face of some of the bad habits many of us have probably fallen into during covid. He also challenged people to help students consider how to use social media, AI and big data for the common good and glory of God (AMDG). Gustafson also had opportunity to speak to about 300 students and faculty on Thursday, sharing how he tries to do good while making a profit with his property restoration and rental business in Omaha.

talking to students at Bonaventure