History of the Micah Project
The Micah Project, housed at Seton Hall University since 2005, is a series of lectures, seminars and retreats designed for senior executives, business students and the business community. The activities are facilitated by a team of nationally recognized religious and business leaders. Through the Micah Project, business persons learn to anchor their executive leadership, extend their self awareness, creativity and vision, and improve the ethical climate of their businesses. The Micah Institute for Business Economics developed from the initial Micah Project. See Micah Past Programs »
In an atmosphere of confidentiality, business persons will reflect with their peers on how the patterns of their executive decisions and experience contribute to their personal spirituality and how their personal spirituality, supported and enhanced by the traditions of their faith, can serve to leaven their corporate cultures and the global economy.
The Micah Business Leadership Project brings together business leaders in an atmosphere of confidentiality to:
- integrate their religious faith with their business practice
- discern the unique gifts of a Christian leader
- develop an understanding of organizational cultures, structures and processes that enable all organizational members to live out their vocation authentically in the work place
- engage the organizational values and justice principles of Catholic Social Thought with business practice.
Both leaders presently holding senior positions and promising young executives in the formation of their vision and values are welcome as participants, as well as the business community at large.
The Micah program is anchored in lectures, seminars and retreats facilitated by senior executives, academic leaders and religious thinkers of national repute. During the programs vision and values are awakened, identified, and chosen through an adaptation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius focused on the specific challenges of contemporary business and organizational life.
Among contemporary social institutions, business exercises one of the most powerful influences on the formation of attitudes, values, and behavioral patterns in the world today - often equal to that of family, formal schooling, religious affiliation, government, non-governmental organizations or civic associations, and other social institutions.
Moreover, it is principally the U.S. pattern of capitalist commerce and culture that is being "globalized" throughout the world. Its influence is profound on both persons and structures, on individuals and societies, materially and spiritually.
It is critical to bring this extraordinarily valuable and yet potentially destructive social process to reflective self-consciousness, to self-identification, and to on-going, open-minded evaluation so that choices can be made and goals pursued which are for the greatest possible benefit of the full human community that it serves.