The John Cook School of Business Hosts Inauguration and Dedication for new Emerson Leadership Institute


September 29, ST. LOUIS - The Saint Louis University John Cook School of Business will host an inauguration and dedication for the Emerson Leadership Institute on Wednesday, October 7 to celebrate the official launch of the Institute and recognize Emerson’s ongoing support of the University.

Immediately following the dedication and blessing ceremony, accomplished business leaders will share their perspectives on the importance of ethical leadership in the 21st Century. Speakers include Mark Higgins, Ph.D.; dean of the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University; Jim Joseph, M.P.A., C.P.A., dean of the Madden School of Business at LeMoyne College; Chris Lowney, author of Heroic Leadership and chairman of Catholic Health Initiatives; and Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., president of Saint Louis University.

“The Emerson Leadership Institute’s vision is to cultivate leaders who will improve the quality of all life on Earth,” said the Institute’s director, David Webb. “We are developing research and education programs designed to train leaders to make responsible and ethical decisions that not only benefit business and society but also protect the environment and natural resources upon which our lives and organizations depend. The inauguration and dedication marks the official launch of these important pursuits.”

In January, the Cook School announced Emerson’s $3 million pledge to launch the Emerson Leadership Institute. The funding builds on a nearly 25 year partnership between the Cook School and Emerson and greatly expands the scope and reach of the existing Emerson Ethics Center. The new institute will serve as a “hub” for training and education, research, and community engagement programs that focus on responsible leadership and ethical business practices.

Over the past several months, the Institute has been busy building its infrastructure and developing programs. In April of this year, it hosted a two-part speaker series called Leadership Matters: The St. Louis Confluence on Workforce Inclusion. The event brought together leaders in workforce diversity to showcase existing initiatives and future plans for equitable economic development in St. Louis. It was the first of what will become an ongoing series of leadership-focused community engagement events. The institute is also developing certificate courses that will explore leadership through lenses of sustainability, ethics, policy, culture, and diversity. These self-paced, online programs have been designed with executives and business professionals in mind, but are also open to students or anyone who is interested in developing principle-driven leadership skills. Of course, the Institute has also been hard at work planning the October inauguration and dedication.

“This dedication event is an opportunity to show our gratitude to Emerson and to reflect on what ethical leadership means,” said Mark Higgins, dean of the Cook School. “The Emerson Leadership Institute will cultivate business leaders who operate from a position of integrity and strong moral footing. With Emerson’s support we will advance the Cook School’s mission to educate the whole person—mind, body, and spirit—while seeking truth and serving others.

Emerson has a long history of supporting the Cook School and other local educational institutions that enrich the lives of citizens in our community. The learning programs Emerson supports provide the foundation to create leaders, business managers, and skilled individuals who can thrive in the quickly-changing world of business.

The inauguration and dedication takes place at the John Cook School of Business atrium and A-B Auditorium beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a reception followed by a dedication and blessing, and culminates with presentations and a panel discussion on ethical leadership.

For more information about the Emerson Leadership Institute, visit: business.slu.edu/eli or call: 314.977.3817.

About the John Cook School of Business

Founded in 1910 with Father Joseph Davis’ vision to create a flourishing school of finance and commerce, the John Cook School of Business is the oldest business school west of the Mississippi River. Rooted in a rich history of values-based business education, for the past century Saint Louis University’s business school has continuously sought to define business education.  

Accredited by AACSB International the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University is home to top-20 programs in entrepreneurship, international business and supply chain management. In 2015 U.S. News & World Report ranked the Cook School No. 93 among nearly 500 business schools in the country. To learn more, visit business.slu.edu.

About the Emerson Leadership Institute

The Emerson Leadership Institute (ELI) is the next evolution of a 23-year partnership between Emerson and the John Cook School of Business. The ELI was founded as a leadership “hub” to support impactful academic programs, leading-edge research initiatives, and market-driven community engagement activities where ethics and responsible leadership are required as core tenets.

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