Upcoming Events

Join us to network with local and national leaders from business, public, nonprofit and education sectors share how they involve faith values in their practice. The September Lorentzsen Luncheon will feature Ed Schafer, former governor of North Dakota, on the "Legacy of Leadership." Schafer will reflect on his legacy and the role that faith has played in his leadership journey.

2018-19 Lorentzsen Luncheon Schedule

Lorentzsen Video Archives

Friday, Sept. 14
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Barry Auditorium, Grant Center, Concordia College
Cost: $25
RSVP by Sept. 7


Edward “Ed” Schafer is a graduate of UND (1969) and has an MBA from University of Denver (1970). After graduating with his MBA, Schafer worked at his family’s firm, the Golden Seal Company, where he served in various capacities culminating in leading as the president from 1978-1985. At its height, Golden Seal generated more than $50M in annual revenues, making it one of North Dakota’s largest privately held companies. In the world of politics, he was the 30th governor of North Dakota (1992-2000) and served as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (2008-2009). In the world of education, he was appointed as the interim president of the University of North Dakota in November 2016 by the Board of Higher Education, a role he held for six months. With his wide-ranging experience in business, politics and education, Schafer is well placed to reflect on his legacy of leadership as our first speaker for the 2018-19 Lorentzsen Luncheon series.

Lorentzsen Center Mission

The Lorentzsen Center for Faith and Work was reimagined in 2012, built on the foundation of the Center for Ethical Leadership under the direction of Dr. Jim Legler, professor emeritus of management and leadership.

Built on the legacy of critical thinking on ethical and values-based leadership on campus and in the Fargo-Moorhead community, the Lorentzsen Luncheons offer the opportunity to hear from a diverse array of speakers.

The center honors the life and work of the late Norman M. Lorentzsen, esteemed philanthropist, former CEO of Burlington Northern, alumnus of Concordia College, and former member and chair of its Board of Regents.

Center Director

“I have worked with many folks from the Fargo-Moorhead community, Twin Cities, Sioux Falls, Bismarck and Billings to curate events that engender conversations at the nexus of ethics, values, faith and our lives at work,” said Dr. Faith Ngunjiri, who has been the director of the Lorentzsen Center for Faith and Work since 2013 and is the associate professor of ethics and leadership in the Offutt School of Business.


Carol Hedberg

Office Assistants for Budgets and Events Offutt School of Business