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Author Christopher Lowney to be featured lecturer during Loyola Week

Loyola press release - September 24, 2007

(New Orleans)—Author, speaker, and businessman Chris Lowney will be the featured speaker during Loyola Week. The discussion will be followed by an informal meeting with students, faculty, and staff. His lecture, entitled, “What 21st-century Leaders Can Learn from 16th-century Jesuits” is scheduled to take place October 3, at 7 p.m., in the Audubon Room of the Danna Student Center.

Lowney was a Jesuit seminarian for seven years, teaching and studying at Jesuit institutions in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. He is the author of Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company that Changed the World, an examination of the Jesuit order as a business model that excelled at forging seamless global teams and motivating inspired performance while remaining change ready and adaptable. His second book, A Vanished World: Medieval Spain’s Golden Age of Enlightenment, is an articulation of medieval Spanish history, with its complex interactions among Jews, Muslims and Christians that speaks directly to contemporary international crises. At least twenty percent of Lowney’s royalties from the U.S. editions of his works are donated to children’s charities in impoverished countries.

Lowney 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 on Morgan’s Asia-Pacific, European, and Investment Banking Management Committees, accumulating a wealth of multinational experience.

Lowney lives in New York, where he serves part-time as Special Assistant to the President of the Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB). He has traveled to Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, and India to help launch major initiatives for the CMMB targeted at preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS. In 2006, Mr. Lowney undertook a walking pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela to raise money for charities providing education and healthcare in the developing world.

Loyola Week was established as a week for the larger Loyola community to rediscover and explore the Jesuit heritage of the university, its history, its founders, its identity as a Jesuit institution, and its mission as a Jesuit educational institution whose principles are based on the 450-year-old pedagogical foundations of Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Loyola Week will be held Sunday, September 30, through Sunday, October 7.

For more information, please contact The Rev. Ted Dziak, S.J., at (504) 865-2304 or dziak@loyno.edu or visit Lowney’s Web site at www.ChrisLowney.com