On Thursday, November 11, the Catholic Business Network of Northern Virginia held its 2nd monthly breakfast of what we hope is finally(!) the post-pandemic schedule of regular meetings.
At that meeting, we were blessed to have John Cannon, the founder of SENT Ventures, as our guest speaker. SENT Ventures is a community of Catholic entrepreneurial and business leaders seeking to grow their ventures and their faith. Prior to starting SENT, John spent seven years living as a monk, where he prayed, taught spirituality, and worked in a variety of ministries. Before entering the monastery, John was an investment banker for Wells Fargo, ran a boutique management consulting practice, and served an appointment as Policy Advisor to the Governor of Alabama.
In addition to his impressive professional background, John has an august educational history. He received a BBA (Finance) and BA (Political Science) from the University of Notre Dame, a Masters in Politics & International Relations from Oxford University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MA in Philosophy from Mount Angel Seminary and an MA in Theology from Franciscan University Steubenville.
John’s talk revolved around the importance of looking to the saints for leadership and entrepreneurial examples:
The Catholic Church claims some of the greatest leaders in world history. St. Benedict founded a religious order that has survived for over 1500 years, influenced millions of lives, and still claims thousands of members today. St. Ignatius’ Jesuits built some of the best universities and social institutions the world had ever seen and still operate a massive global enterprise 500 years later.
John shares his 7 Leadership Lessons from the Saints here. And, as John reminds us at the end of the article, “By integrating these seven practical lessons exemplified by great saint leaders, we give God the space to work miracles through us.”
Please enjoy the article. It is inspiring, encouraging and practical. Let God work miracles through you!