The Centre for Spirituality at Work




An Evening with
MICHAEL STEPHEN, Doctor of Letters

Monday, October 24, 2005, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
The ABC, near Bloor & Yonge, Toronto

MICHAEL STEPHEN is someone who I am deeply honoured to consider a caring mentor and a distinguished supporter of the Centre for Spirituality at Work. He is a former President and CEO of Aetna Canada and Chairman of Aetna International. Yet with all this busyness at work, Mike maintained his personal spiritual practices, meditating daily and being active with his faith community. Years before it was proscribed in popular business books, he focused on the creation of a business environment where managers could experience individual and personal transformation, realizing correctly that this would create and nurture competitive advantage, thereby assuring organizational growth and development. In appreciation for his leadership and personal involvement, in 2002 the Aetna Business School at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai named its library the Michael Stephen Library. In 2002 Mike published his first book, Spirituality in Business The Hidden Success Factordescribing his business experiences in Asia and the Americas. It has now been published in Latin America and Russia, with rights sold in China and Indonesia. Books will be available for sale this evening, and are stocked at ABC. In addition to many speaking engagements, Dr. Stephen continues to be active as a consultant, leadership coach, member of boards, and an active volunteer (don't call him retired!).

Please join us this evening as Mike shares his wisdom and insights on organizational ethics and morality, reflective leadership, and the power of spiritual practices. We will examine the bridge that exists between the realities of work, spirit and organization -- each separate and distinct yet so internally connected if you are to honour and reach your full potential during this life journey. Mike will describe the six lessons he learned in business where work, spirit and organization were merged in a context that expressed spirituality very concretely. And he will talk about the importance of legacy as a separate spiritual dimension that directs his life at home and at work.You can reach Mike at

REGISTRATION: An ABC discount card will be given to all who attend. Fee of $30 received by Thursday October 20 or $40 at the door. If you cannot manage the full fee at this time, please register and pay what you can before the 20th. Send your name, workplace, address, phone number and e-mail address to To pay by VISA , send the name embossed on your card, the number, and expiry date. For security reasons, you may want to divide the card number into two separate e-mails, leave it in a voice message 24/7 at 416-482-9175, or fax 416-482-9969. Seeds of Hope is the transaction that will appear on your statement. Or mail cheques payable to: Centre for Spirituality at Work, Box 100, 162 Spruce St., Toronto M5A 2J5. Cancellations: You may substitute another person for no additional fee.

CAR-POOLING: If you are coming from outside Toronto and can give a ride or need a ride, please contact Rita Reid-Smith at She will connect possible car-poolers so that hopefully everyone who wants to attend is able to. We suggest that each passenger contribute $5.00 each way to the driver.

LOCATION: Anglican Book Centre ("the ABC") at 80 Hayden St., the 1st street south of Bloor St., east from Church St. Just a few minutes walk from the Hayden St. exit from the Yonge-Bloor TTC station. Metered parking is on Church St., and a paid lot at the east end of Hayden St.

Bring your brochures & flyers for the networking table.

Centre for Spirituality at Work
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Last updated Sep 28/05