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National Leadership Roundtable

on Church Management


July 2012

Collaboration, relationship building themes of 2012 Annual Meeting
Over 100 participants gathered at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, last month for the
Carolyn Woo
Dr. Carolyn Woo, president of Catholic Relief Services, spoke about the importance of collaboration in all the work that CRS carries out across the globe.
2012 Leadership Roundtable Annual Meeting, examining how Catholic institutions collaborate with one another in order to live out their missions.

The two-day summit of Catholic leaders began with an update of Leadership Roundtable accomplishments over the past year, where participants were asked for their insight on ways the organization might engage more Catholic parishes, dioceses, and nonprofits in our work. Jim Dubik, a retired US Army general, offered leadership lessons he learned during his career, including leading the US efforts in Haiti.

The group walked from the McDonough School of Business to Dahlgren Chapel for a celebration of the Eucharist, celebrated by Bishop William Friend, followed by the 2012 Leadership Roundtable Best Practices Awards banquet. Catholic Charities USA and Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America were each given a Best Practices Award that recognized their commitment to excellence.


Click here to watch videos of the panels and keynotes.


The second day included addresses from Carolyn Woo, president of Catholic Relief Services;
Participants listen to a Leadership Roundtable update. 

philanthropist Chuck Harris; Guidestar's CEO Bob Ottenhoff; and Dennis Cheesebrow, president of Teamworks International. Complementing the plenary sessions were several work groups, where 6 to 8 participants gathered with a facilitator twice during the conference to collaborate on important challenges facing the Church, including Catholic schools, unique investment opportunities, and engaging the laity in all aspects of Church life.


Click to read about the Women & Spirit award and the Catholic Charities USA award.
Toolbox for Pastoral Management hosts over 30 priests
Priests from 18 dioceses across the US gathered on the Jersey Shore in Long Branch for the latest  iteration of the Toolbox for Pastoral Management, a week-long series of workshops and lectures that trains new pastors for the rigors of managing a parish. The Toolbox, now in it's fourth year, is a collaboration between Seton Hall University and The Leadership Roundtable, funded in part by Lilly Endowment, Inc.  

The week begins with a talk on the theology of management, where the program coordinator, Seton Hall's Rev. Paul Holmes, lays out the theological mandate for solid and integrity-driven management. The Leadership Roundtable team contributed much of the content this year, with presentations from Executive Director Kerry Robinson; Director of Strategic Engagement Michael Brough; Director of Services and Planning Jim Lundholm-Eades; and former trustee Carol Fowler presenting on human resource development.

The Toolbox offers programs twice each year, during the summer in Long Branch and in the winter in another location. Each participant is asked to evaluate his experience at the Toolbox, and average rankings consistently grade the Toolbox 4.5 out of 5 or higher. Plans are underway to convert the live presentations into online video modules that can be accessed by any Catholic pastor. To stay up to date about future Toolbox opportunities, click here

Powers, Romfo, Cassin
Dick Powers, Darla Romfo, BJ Cassin
New trustees welcomed to Leadership Roundtable
At the most recent board of directors meeting last month, three new trustees were welcomed to the Leadership Roundtable network: BJ Cassin, president of the Cassin Educational Initiative Foundation; Richard Powers, former president at Morgan Stanley Investment Management Client Group; and Darla Romfo, president of the Children's Scholarship Fund. In addition to stewarding the organization as a whole, Cassin and Romfo will contribute specifically to the Leadership Roundtable's ongoing commitment to strengthening Catholic schools, and Powers will serve as an adviser to a work group exploring Catholic investment opportunities. All three individuals have been involved in Leadership Roundtable activities in the past, and expressed gratitude for being able to serve in this new capacity. 

2012 Annual Report now online 
The 2012 Annual Report is available online, and includes a graphic representation of the Leadership Roundtable's national reach. You're invited to explore who is benefiting from Leadership Roundtable resources, how participants in our programs rate their experiences, and see how we plan to grow in the years ahead. If you would like print copies of the annual report, please email Michael O'Loughlin or call (202) 223-8962.

Save the Date 

  • The Regional Roundtable series convenes in Chicago on September 24, 2012, at DePaul University's Lincoln Park campus. There, bishops, diocesan staff, pastors, religious, and senior Catholic leaders from the business, finance, education, healthcare, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors will gather for a working session on issues of Church management. For more information, please email Michael Brough
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