Lawrence Chong’s Visit to Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Dec 24, 2018 | English

This is the event summary documenting Lawrence Chong, CEO of Consulus Global Network visit from 23-25 October to the US to meet with Consulites in the US, talk about Global Leadership for Unity Executive Course at Sagamore Institute and with partners.

Summary of Events

  Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Sagamore Institute Leadership Forum

The purpose of this event for local business leaders and professionals was to provide ideas for how to build innovative leaders for the future, and what kind of thinking and actions leaders will need to implement. Approximately 25 people were in attendance, and the event was moderated by Jim Funk, Senior Fellow at Sagamore and Global Head of Leadership Transformation for Consulus. In addition to Lawrence’s talk on leadership for the 4th industrial revolution, Jay Hein, President and CEO of Sagamore Institute, presented information about Sagamore’s many innovative and collaborative initiatives, and highlighted the work they are doing with impact investing to bring real and sustainable solutions to economic and social problems. The presentation was broadcast on Facebook Live, and information about the new collaboration between Consulus and Sagamore Institute can be found at Information is also provided on the website regarding how to get involved in the program and/or provide financial support. Lawrence presented Jay with a plaque marking the significance of this first in-person meeting and event based on this new collaboration.

Luncheon with Suzan Lupton, Assistant Dean, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUPUI, tour of Executive Education department, and meet and greet with Sara Johnson, Director of SPEA Executive Education

Interest has been expressed by Sara Johnson, Director of Executive Education at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), to pursue a collaboration between Consulus, Sophia University Institute in Italy, and Consulus, to bring Sophia’s Global Leadership program to Indiana in 2019. To begin exploring this possibility Sara arranged a lunch meeting between Jim Funk, Lawrence Chong, and Suzan Lupton, Assistant Dean of SPEA at IUPUI. Discussion centered around the HERO model of leadership developed by Consulus and Sophia, and the design of the Global Leadership program, which Suzan pointed out is the kind of approach to leadership education she has been looking for. In addition to pursuing the possibility of offering the program to working executives through SPEA’s Executive Education, discussions also led to the idea of possibly developing a lab or 1 credit course for undergraduate and graduate students. Conversations will continue between the parties to develop a plan and timeline for these initiatives.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Meeting with Potential Consulus USA Consultants at Broadmoor Country Club, 

Lawrence Chong and Jim Funk spent the day with eight of Jim’s colleagues to present more about Consulus, and the development of Consulus USA currently being led by Jim. Five attendees were from Indianapolis, one was from Pittsburgh, PA, one was from Chicago, IL, and one was from Louisville, KY. Lawrence presented information on the Consulus purpose, philosophy, methodologies, and products. A sample was provided to the group from a Consulus PurposeCORE project, which the group felt was outstanding, and uniquely positions Consulus to offer this kind of approach to U.S. businesses and other organizations. At the end of the day Jim presented a recognition plaque to Lawrence in recognition of his first trip to Indiana (USA). Four additional consultants were unable to attend the meeting but would like to learn more at the next opportunity, so a make-up session will be held in the near future and Lawrence will join via the web. However, even as the team continues to be built Consulus USA stands ready to present proposals to interested companies in the U.S. at any time.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Lunch meeting with Legatus Members at Broadmoor Country Club

Jim and Lawrence, along with local business owner John Mundell, had lunch with a small group of members of the local Indianapolis Chapter of Legatus, an organization of Catholic executives. After a presentation by Lawrence and Jim regarding the meeting we had with Pope Francis and other members of the Economy of Communion network last year, and the challenge the Pope gave to change the rules of the socio-economic game, the remainder of the meeting was spent discussing how Consulus and Sophia are responding by creating the Global Leadership program, and ways Catholic leaders can get involved. One idea the group suggested was for us to meet with the National Association of Cities and Towns to discuss PlaceCORE. Another thought was to seek a spot on the speaker’s roster for the national Legatus Summit held each year in January. Jim is following up on these possibilities, as well as requesting another speaking engagement with the Indianapolis Legatus Chapter at a future meeting.

Meeting at the Archdiocese of Indianapolis Catholic Center

This meeting with Jim and Lawrence was attended by Ed Isakson (HR Director for the Archdiocese), Loraine Brown (Board Chair of Catholic Charities), Jeff Hannah (Professor at Marian University), and Jim Liston (President of Catholic Business Exchange, Indianapolis). The purpose of the meeting was to share with the group about the Economy of Communion (EoC), the meeting with Pope Francis last year and the new Global Leadership program, and to seek the group’s ideas on how to promote the program and EoC principles. Suggestions included writing a book; teaching a course to socialize these ideas with undergraduate and graduate students; making contacts with potential attendees of the Global Leadership program; and talking with possible funders of program scholarships that can now be granted through Sagamore Institute. The representative from Marian University asked that we consider a collaboration between Consulus, Marian University and IUPUI to bring the Global Leadership program to Indiana, and he felt that Marian University president, Dan Elsener, would be supportive. Jim will continue to follow up with those in attendance to pursue these ideas.

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