Saint Louis University

Heather Bednarek, Ph.D.

The John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University and the Aquinas Institute of Theology will present "The Business of Life" at a series of programs from September 2013 to March 2014.

Formerly known as the Aquinas Roundtable, the "Business of Life" is a lunchtime presentation and dialogue series for men and women interested in exploring the intersection of faith and spirituality in the marketplace.

Each session will be presented by a faculty member from SLU's John Cook School of Business in dialogue with faculty from the Aquinas Institute of Theology.

The series begins Tuesday, Sept. 17, with a discussion on the topic "Faith Based Health Care: Mission and Margin," featuring Heather Bednarek, Ph.D., chair of the economics department at SLU; and Brian Smith, senior director of mission integration and leadership formation for the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA).

Brian Smith

Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. with the lecture starting at noon. The registration fee, which includes lunch, is $25.00.

The programs will be held at the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel, 7730 Bonhamme. Parking is free of charge.

Future programs (speakers to be announced) include:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 5: Truth in Advertising in a Consumer-Driven Society
  • Tuesday, Jan. 14: The Power of Generosity: Personally and Professionally
  • Tuesday, March 18: Managing Change: The Spirituality of Organizational Restructuring

For more information or to register, contact Diane Henderson at (314) 256-8856 or