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Making Decisions at Work: A Model for Spiritual Discernment

  • The Engine Fueled by Ankura 2963 Sidco Dr., Suite 101 Nashville, TN 37204 (map)

We all face decisions, big and small, in our day-to-day work. And according to research, half of managerial decisions made in business are “bad” ones. The push and pull of wise decision making can make the sacred-secular divide all the more evident. God is concerned with what decisions we make, but even more with how we make them. Are we allowing the Holy Spirit to lead our decision-making at work? How can we listen to the Spirit as we decide whether to invest in a company, hire or fire someone, choose a new supplier, or confront a dysfunctional relationship?


General Admission: $179

Professional Group Rate (5 or more): $159

Full-time Nonprofit Employee: $119

Age 25 and Under (Special Class Rate): $89

Workshop Details:

Date: Friday, March 1, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM - 4 PM (Lunch Break from 12pm - 1pm)

Location: The Engine Fueled by Ankura (2963 Sidco Dr., Suite 101, Nashville, TN 37204)

Food: Continental Breakfast and Coffee (A one hour lunch break will be provided for you
to grab lunch on your own.)

Josh Hayden, leadership consultant and professor, will share some practices you can implement tomorrow to apply a spiritual model into your daily and even hourly decisions. This workshop will draw from both Ignatian discernment practice and evidence-based strategies for making wise decisions. We will also be joined by special guests who will share their journey of faithful decision making, as well as how they guide others to make better decisions in their work. Special guests include Richard Perko, CEO of Lee Company, Morgan Wills, CEO of Siloam Health, and Gail Pitt, Founder and Spiritual Director of Dovehouse Ministries. Join us for an interactive, inspiring and applicable session on Friday, March 1st.

At the end of the day, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the characteristics of bad decision making, including the forces that keep you from wise decisions.

  • Assess your own assumptions and theology of discerning the will of God in everyday decisions.

  • Apply the Ignatian rules for discernment and spiritual practices for faithful decision making.

  • Adapt evidence-based tools and strategies to your own work context.

  • Practice guiding others through making a tough decision.

Josh Hayden has almost 20 years administrative and university teaching experience and is a leadership consultant awaiting his departure to work as an educator in Western Europe with Global Scholars. He is an alumni of the Gotham program, NIFW’s nine-month faith and work intensive.

Guest Speakers

Richard Perko, CEO of Lee Company

Richard Perko,
CEO of Lee Company

Richard Perko

Upon earning his degree in 1996, Mr. Perko was hired by Lee Company as a project engineer where he engineered, developed and sold mechanical and plumbing systems for healthcare, industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities. Working alongside Lee Company’s Construction teams, Mr. Perko became heavily involved in Construction Management and moved into Construction as a Project Manager where he was promoted to Vice President of Construction in 2001.

In 2004, Mr. Perko was given additional companywide responsibilities and was promoted to Executive Vice President. In 2009, Mr. Perko was promoted to President and is now responsible for all company sales, operations and strategic planning for its business units. His current focus is on broadening Lee Company breadth of services and offerings and completing the company’s transition from a traditional mechanical contractor and residential HVAC provider to a comprehensive Facilities Solutions and Home Services provider.

Gail Pitt, Founder, Spiritual Director of Dovehouse Ministries

Gail Pitt,
Founder, Spiritual Director of Dovehouse Ministries

Gail Pitt

Gail Worsham Pitt has been a follower of Jesus since 1972, and has a great desire to work with those who long to know Jesus and grow in relationship with Him. She has been a spiritual director since 2003 and a therapist in private practice over the last 27 years. She has a Masters in counseling from the University of Pennsylvania at Shippensburg and a Masters in Biblical Counseling from Colorado Christian University. She holds a certificate in Spiritual Direction from The Jesuit Center in Wernersville, Pennsylvania. Gail works with individuals, small groups, and church staffs in spiritual direction, spiritual direction groups and directed silent retreats. She has led many people over the last 8 years through the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life, and began a three year training program for those who are called to the ministry of Ignatian Spiritual Direction in 2015. She lives in Nashville, TN and is the mother of four adult children, one daughter-in-law, one son-in-law and has five grandsons and one granddaughter, and twin grandchildren due in October.

Morgan Wills, CEO of Siloam Health

Morgan Wills,
CEO of Siloam Health

Morgan Wills

Dr. Morgan Wills is the President & CEO of Siloam Health, a faith-based, nonprofit health center serving Nashville’s uninsured—especially the immigrant and refugee communities. A Nashville native, Dr. Wills earned his BA in history from Princeton University, his MD from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and an MA in Marketplace Theology from Regent College (Vancouver, B.C.). He completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2000 and was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians 2006. An award-winning clinical faculty member at Vanderbilt, Dr. Wills is also graduate of Leadership Nashville and the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows program. Dr. Wills hones his cross-cultural skills at home with his Canadian wife Heather and their three teenage children.