Friday November 8, 2013

Changed Forever

A former international executive whose view of the world was changed by the poverty he saw, will speak at the Business as a Calling symposium.

A University of Dayton alumnus who saw poverty first-hand during his work as an international executive and who decided to do something about it, will keynote the 10th annual Business as a Calling Symposium at the University of Dayton.

Peter McGrath, a 1972 University of Dayton graduate, said he traveled the world as an executive with J.C. Penney, visiting factories and observing vast poverty and human rights violations.

"Because of my position, I visited nearly 60 countries and I've touched poverty," said McGrath. "If you have it touch you, you're changed forever." 

McGrath will speak at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Kennedy Union ballroom as keynote speaker for the symposium. It's free and open to the public.

After a nearly 40-year-career with J.C. Penney, McGrath retired and started his own company, McGrath International LLC. His experiences led him to establish the Peter McGrath Human Rights Fellows Program in 2012. The program provided funds to six faculty members to conduct and publish research that promotes human dignity and alleviates suffering. Research has included work on genocide, poverty and other human rights issues.

McGrath's talk is sponsored by the University of Dayton School of Business Administration, the School of Business Administration's Center for the Integration of Faith and Work, and the College of Arts and Sciences' Jacob Program in Professional Ethics.

Business as a Calling explores the value of viewing a business career as a calling rather than simply a series of jobs, which fosters a deeper sense of purpose and a greater social awareness while creating a culture of business integrity.

"Each of the students, if they choose business, will have the opportunity to affect lives," said McGrath.

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