A Spirituality Plus Presentation

Given at Creighton University
on Thursday, January 21, 2010

Effective self-leadership
in a complex world:

practical insights from Ignatius of Loyola

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Author Chris Lowney, who wrote the bestseller Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450 Year Old Company That Changed the World, returned to Creighton on Thursday, Jan. 21, for this Spirituality Plus lunch. His latest book inspires his visit to Creighton. In Heroic Living: Discover Your Purpose and Change the World, Chris' simple message is about living a full life: be accountable, be grateful and make a difference. Lowney is an engaging speaker.

Drawing from the Ignatian tradition, he highlights self-leadership tools for making good decisions, for getting results every day, and for seeing the broader purpose in one's work.

Sponsored by the Collaborative Ministry Office.

Heroic LeadershipHeroic LivingChris' two books are available at the Creighton Bookstore.
LowneyChris Lowney, formerly a Jesuit, was named a Managing Director of J.P. Morgan & Co. while still in his thirties and held senior positions in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and London until leaving the firm in 2001. He served successively on Morgan's Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Investment Banking Management Committees, accumulating extensive multinational experience at a company regularly ranked one of "America's Most Admired Companies" by Fortune magazine.

Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Lowney was a Jesuit seminarian for seven years. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Fordham University, where he also received his M.A. and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is holder of honorary Doctoral degrees from St Louis University, Marymount Manhattan University, and from the University of Great Falls.

His first book, Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company that Changed the World was the #1 ranked bestseller of the CBPA and was named a finalist for a 2003 Book of the Year Award from ForeWord magazine. It has been translated into ten languages.

His second book, A Vanished World: Medieval Spain’s Golden Age of Enlightenment was nominated for La Coronica award. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly said, “This bold and compassionate articulation of medieval Spanish history, with its complex interactions among Jews, Muslims and Christians, speaks directly to contemporary international crises...This engrossing and illuminating book deserves the attention of a wide public."

In his third book, Heroic Living, Chris combines the proven practices of Ignatian spirituality with his business expertise to help each of us discover our mighty purpose in life and develop a personal life strategy to achieve it.

By merging Ignatian Spirituality with astute business knowledge, Lowney provides the tools and strategies needed to make practical, long-term life changes that move us away from our fractured, compartmentalized lives and toward the satisfaction and wholeness that each of us desires so deeply.

In 2006, Mr. Lowney undertook (but could not complete!) a walking pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela to raise money for charities providing education and healthcare in the developing world by pledges to “Pilgrimage for Our Children’s Future,” a non-profit organization. To learn more about this pilgrimage or to support the organization, visit www.pocf.org.

Taken from Chris Lowney's web site: http://www.chrislowney.com/

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