January 29, 2020
The author of “Jesus & Co.” Bruce Hartman discussed business ethics and connecting the lessons of the gospel with today’s business world at the Jan. 29 Ruth A. Miller Senior Seminar.
“The final part of Bruce’s speech was filled with a number of great life lessons and attitudes on how to live life in an ethical way. He began this part of his speech by stating that Jesus can be with you at work. Bruce also pointed out that we can better ourselves in the workplace by being trustworthy, positive and hungry to learn. From this point, Bruce talked about all of the different life lessons that he had, mostly showing how to apply ethical decision making and choices”—Charlie Lichtenwalter ’21
“His main goal was to connect business individuals back to scripture. Bruce was discouraged by many, saying that this book’s ideas were dangerous. Bruce also believes that even if you don’t share his beliefs about Jesus, Jesus’ messages are good messages to learn.”—Angel Bartholomew ’20
“Mr. Hartman gave some great advice to help the students in their future careers. He wanted to make sure that we were going to work in an ethical environment and said that we need to stand up for what’s right in the workforce, and that we are better off to speak up when something is wrong. He said that it is better to lose your job than to do something unethical. He said that any act that is unethical, is unethical no matter who tells you to do it.”—Maggie Whalen ’21
“The speaker for the evening’s senior seminar was Bruce Hartman. Bruce is the author of the book, ‘Jesus & Co., Connecting the Lessons of The Gospel with Today’s Business World.’ Within this book, Bruce wanted to show that there can be a connection between the business world and religion. Bruce told us that he got to a point in his professional life that he lost himself and needed to find a way back to his faith. By writing this book he was able to give back to society, find his way back to his faith, and show that there doesn’t need to be a separation between work and faith.”—Annmarie Moore ’20
“Mr. Hartman firmly believes that morality and ethics are critical concepts for all people in business to understand and apply daily in their careers in order to be successful, happy and fulfilled. In particular, he noted the importance of the Golden Rule and how each of us should make it a habit to follow it each day by treating others with the respect and dignity they deserve. This is an incredibly important lesson that I believe I will carry with me throughout my life and professional career.”—Mariel Hanely ’20