"Thank you for an excellent week. Well organized, top content, great fellowship, new friendships built." This was the succinct input from one cohort member.
Another remarked: "I am leaving incredibly grateful for this experience and with a year's worth (or more) of learning / knowledge! This was truly an extraordinary experience!"
This year’s annual ELO Oxford Leadership Programme, from Aug 14th - 20th, delivered an amazing executive education experience for Christian business leaders from around the world.
The ELO Leadership Programme, as it has done since 2018, had a stellar lineup of instructors addressing various aspects of leadership and entrepreneurship.
Isabella D. Bunn, Research Fellow in Governance and Global Ethics, Regent's Park College, University of Oxford, spoke on the various cutting-edge initiatives across the university related to the role of business within society.
Robert Ellis, Senior Research Fellow, Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford, provided insights on varying leadership dynamics in church, organizational, and denominational contexts.
Bill Foo, Chairman, Tung Lok Group, Singapore, spoke on excellence in board leadership and the importance of board leadership as a means to make a difference.
Rick Goossen, Chair, ELO Network, highlighted the exponential impact of entrepreneurial leadership and cited various examples of current and past entrepreneurial leaders.
Katy Granville-Chapman, Teaching Fellow, Dept of Education, University of Oxford, spoke on the virtues of leadership, highlighting the impact of caring leaders.
Manuel Guillen, University of Valencia Representative, RCC-Harvard, flew in from Pamplona, Spain, to speak about meaning and motivation in organizations.
John C. Lennox, Professor Emeritus, University of Oxford, addressed the issue of engagement in the public square, the nature of competing world views and the dynamics of scientism.
Sir Andrew Pollard, Director, Oxford Vaccine Group, University of Oxford, engaged in an extensive Q & A and shared the story of how the “Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine” was developed and over 3 billion doses have been administered in 175 countries.
Richard Turnbull, Director, Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics, Oxford, spoke about the ethics of leadership and highlighted the role of the Quakers in England's business history and the role of the 19th century reformer Lord Shaftesbury.
N.T. (Tom) Wright, leading New Testament theologian based at the University of Oxford, engaged in an extensive Q & A with the cohort, on the topic of God in public and leadership lessons from the life of the Apostle Paul.
Part of the 2022 cohort in the Great Hall, Christ Church College
In addition to an amazing lineup of presenters, the ambience of the Programme was exceptional. This year’s programme was hosted at Christ Church College, one of Oxford’s largest and most famous colleges, that has alumni such as John Locke and John Wesley, past instructors such as Lewis Carroll (of Alice in Wonderland), and presently, people such as Sir Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the World Wide Web.
The cohort did a site visit to IM Group in Birmingham and met with Andrew Edmiston, Managing Director and son of the company's founder, Lord Robert Edmiston. The cohort was able to do a Q & A session with Andrew and received a tour of their impressive facility called “The Gate.”
The cohort participated in a choral evensong in the historic Christ Church cathedral. They also toured Magdalen College where well-know Christian apologist C.S. Lewis taught and lived. The cohort had its meals in the “Great Hall,” site of the filming of Harry Potter movies.
The cohort was composed of business owners/entrepreneurs, including second-generation members, ranging from private to public companies, and some church/NPO leaders. Cohort members came from throughout North America, Asia, and Europe.
The programme concluded with a sparkling wine reception and a formal four-course dinner, followed by Port, in the Great Hall with the cohort, their guests and presenters.
The goal of ELO's Leadership Programme, since 2018, has been to deliver the world’s premiere executive education for Christian marketplace leaders. The quality of instructors, atmosphere, and cohort is unmatched. The dates for next year’s programme will be announced soon.
For more details on the 2022 Leadership Programme in Oxford, please click HERE