Friday March 29, 2013

A Journey of Faith and Work

An executive coach and human resources entrepreneur will keynote the annual Faith and Work Breakfast.

An educator and entrepreneur with experience in coaching executives and helping people manage career transitions will speak at the annual Faith and Work Breakfast at the University of Dayton.

William F. Pilder, president of Leadership Transitions Solutions, has been a founding partner in three ventures that provided career development and transition services to individuals and major corporations, including the steel, auto and energy industries.

He will speak on "My Pilgrimage with Faith and Work" at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, April 11, at the 1700 South Patterson Building on the University's River Campus.

A 1960 graduate of the University with a degree in secondary education, Pilder earned a master's degree and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He is experienced in coaching senior executives and authored a series of eight books for Prentice-Hall on the career transition process.

"Dr. Pilder describes his work as a 'healing intervention with corporations'," said Br. Victor Forlani, S.M., director of the center. "He operated a very effective human resources practice for many years, serving many Fortune 500 firms. I believe his work fits well with what we do at the Center for Integration of Faith and Work."

The breakfast is open to the public. The cost of individual attendance is $30; corporate tables are available from $300. Each table of eight will include a University of Dayton student or faculty member as guests. For information and registration visit, phone 937-229-3798 or email

This is the second annual breakfast for the Center for the Integration of Faith and Work, which was established in 2009 to help business students find the deeper meaning in their life's work and give them the tools to live out a commitment to their values in the spirit of the University's Catholic, Marianist heritage.

The mission of the center includes bringing business leaders together with students and faculty to explore how faith and values can enrich work, life and career.