[Podcast] Al Erisman and the Christian Approach to Work


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From the Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast, we’re excited to bring you our one-on-one series with Christian leaders to share their insights on a variety of leadership topics, all through the lens of faith.

On today's show, Holly Tate, vice president of marketing, speaks with Al Erisman, Executive in Residence at the Seattle Pacific University School of Business, Government and Economics and co-chair of the Theology of Work project. Holly and Al talk about the biblical understanding of work, how to share our faith at work, and what it means to find one's calling.

Al Erisman

Albert M. (Al) Erisman is the Executive in Residence at the Seattle Pacific University School of Business, Government and Economics, and the past Director for the Center for Integrity in Business at Seattle Pacific University (SPU).  He teaches business ethics and business and technology subjects at SPU and also edits Ethix magazine (www.ethix.org).

In April 2001 Al completed a 32 year career at The Boeing Company, where for the last 10 years he was Director of R&D for computing and mathematics.  In this capacity, he managed a staff of 250-300 scientists with the objective of bringing new technology to Boeing's processes and products.  He was selected as one of 11 inaugural Senior Technical Fellows of The Boeing Company in 1990.  He has a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Iowa State University.

Al has been on numerous boards for science and technology including projects for the National Academy.  He is also a board member for several startup companies.  He has a passion for issues related to faith and work and serves on the board of advisors for Theology of Work project and Kiros, a Christians in Business organization in the Seattle area.

Al has been married to Nancy for 48 years and they have four children and nine grandchildren.  They attend Westminster Chapel in Bellevue.

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