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National Leadership Roundtable

on Church Management


August 2012

ESTEEM welcomes students, new sites
ESTEEM participants gathered at St. Thomas More Catholic Chapel & Center at Yale University in New Haven in April.
Two new sites will join the ESTEEM (Engaging Students to Enliven the Ecclesial Mission) network of Catholic campus ministry centers across the nation this academic year, bringing the total to 10 schools from Connecticut to California. "We're excited to have Texas Tech University and the University of Nevada in Las Vegas joining our ESTEEM family this fall," said Katie McKenna, who coordinates ESTEEM for the Leadership Roundtable. This year's ESTEEM experience will include an emphasis on social media and technology as ways to share ideas and connect students and site leaders to one another. "Our hope is to create a community for the ESTEEM participants, offering them the opportunity to express themselves, ask questions, and support each other as they fulfill their baptismal calling," McKenna explained. "Our hope is that through leadership training and faith sharing that these students engage will be sources of inspiration and support as they move forward in their adult lives.


To learn how to bring ESTEEM to your campus and to participate in the ESTEEM donor challenge, email

Chicago to host next 'Regional Roundtable' event
Following last year's inaugural Regional Roundtable gathering in San Francisco, the series continues September 24th in Chicago at DePaul University, the nation's largest Catholic university. "We are excited to bring together Catholic leaders, lay and
ordained, for a candid, forward-thinking conversation about ways we can strengthen the Church's finances, management, communications, and human resource development," said Michael Brough, the Leadership Roundtable's director of strategic engagement. The local host for the Chicago Regional Roundtable is Roundtable trustee Geno Fernandez, managing partner at McKinsey & Co., who will be joined by Geoff Boisi, founding chair of the Roundtable, and Sr. Rosemary Connelly, RSM, executive director of Misericordia, who will offer the keynote address.


Regional Roundtables are held throughout the US to offer an opportunity for Church and lay leaders to gather and discuss challenges and solutions for local dioceses. For more information, or to apply for an invitation to attend, please email


Leadership Roundtable in the news 

Church management has been a hot topic in the news over the last couple of weeks, and the Leadership Roundtable's views were sought out by international, national, and local media outlets.


The Economist, the international journal of finance and world events, recently published a report on the state of Church finances in the US, and Leadership Roundtable founding trustees Fred Gluck, former managing director of McKinsey & Co., and Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense, were interviewed on the importance of implementing contemporary best practices in financial management of the Church. (The Archdiocese of Boston, a previous winner of the Leadership Roundtable Best Practices Award for its Financial Transparency Project, responded to the report with a letter to the editor, which you can read here.)


The Philadelphia Inquirer will report on the improving financial situation in the Archdiocese, and looked for background and comment from the Roundtable. That same day, the Archdiocese announced that it would hand off the financial management of its Catholic school system to a private foundation, and Catholic News Service wanted the Leadership Roundtable's perspective.


As the Leadership Roundtable network and advocacy continues to grow, media increasingly turn to our trustees, members, and staff for comment and input.

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.

Former diocesan superintendent joins Leadership Roundtable staff

John Eriksen has rejoined the Leadership Roundtable staff to direct the organization's efforts at strengthening Catholic schools and to advance an investment initiative that could benefit Catholic dioceses and institutions with small endowments throughout the US. For the past four years, Eriksen was the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Paterson (NJ). Eriksen, who had worked for the Leadership Roundtable previously, was praised by the diocese's vicar for evangelization, who wrote in the diocesan newspaper, "Catholic education in the Diocese of Paterson is much better off because of John Eriksen, and the diocese as a whole is, too."


Also, Patrick McClain has signed on to serve as office manager for the Leadership Roundtable, bringing his expertise in human resource development and organizational management.


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