Soul at Work – Margaret Benefiel Workshop

Brought to you by the Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture & the Center for Educational Excellence 

Friday, March 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Degeheri 120

Studies show that half of managerial decisions fail. Furthermore, in tough economic times, pressure to balance the budget often results in decisions that harm an organization in the long run. How can leaders make better decisions by incorporating discernment practices into their decision-making, especially in tough economic times?
In addition, over half of organizational change efforts fail. How can individual and organizations identify their “immunity to change” and overcome it?
This will be an experiential, interactive workshop, in which presentations will be interwoven with periods of reflection, and participants’ own experiences will serve as the basis for reflection and discernment. The morning will focus on decision-making and discernment. In the afternoon, participants will identify individual and organizational goals they would like to achieve, uncover their own “immune” systems, and discover how to break the grip of their immunity to change.*


  • Learn how to draw on your deeper wisdom in making tough decisions through practicing discernment.
  • Learn how individuals and organizations exhibit immunity to change, and how to overcome it.
  • Learn how individual and organizational discernment and change dovetail and support one another.

Margaret Benefiel, Ph.D., teaches at Andover Newton Theological School in Boston and at the Millltown Institute in Dublin, Ireland. For the 2003-2004 academic year, she held the O’Donnell Chair of Spirituality at the Milltown Institute. CEO of, Dr. Benefiel also has served as Chair of the Academy of Management’s Management, Spirituality, and Religion Group. Over 1000 executives, managers, and other leaders have participated in her seminars and courses. She is the author of Soul At Work: Spiritual Leadership in Organizations (Seabury Books, 2005) and The Soul of a Leader: Finding Your Path to Success and Fulfillment (Crossroad, 2008) and co-editor of The Soul of Supervision: Integrating Practice and Theory. Dr. Benefiel has also written for The Leadership Quarterly, Management Communication Quarterly, Managerial Finance, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Organization, Personal Excellence, America, Presence, The Way, Studies in Spirituality, Radical Grace, and Faith at Work.

* The afternoon will be based on the work of Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey in their book, Immunity to Change (Harvard, 2009).

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To register for this workshop click here or call Johnny Bobe II at the Center for Educational Excellence at (619) 260-7402 or email

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