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Q1 Quarterly Review:

Boundaryless thinking

Dear Faith & Work,

Boundaries keep people in and out. Walls, fences, and gates come to mind. But they may also be organizational, like company divisions, departments, and academic silos.

Boundaries can be beneficial, protecting us from danger, providing subject-matter expertise, and helping us focus. Yet they also can be confining, restrictive, and isolating - squelching our creative possibilities, preventing us from seeing the bigger picture, and missing the generative possibilities that come from boundaryless thinking. 

At FWI, we strive to transcend the limitations of boundaries and instead explore human, intellectual, technical, ethical, and values-based interconnections and insights, all in service of the common good


FWI is humbled to have a seat at the table for pressing policy, tech, organizational, and societal challenges. We pose poignant questions to stretch our students (tomorrow’s leaders) and encourage today's decision-makers in industry, academia, and government to collaborate and think beyond their respective silos.


This brief Q1 Quarterly Review highlights three of the many such conversations FWI is part of. Please read on to learn more.


Feel free to share this FWI QR with others who are also interested in boundaryless thinking!

Best wishes,

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David W. Miller, Ph.D.

Director, Faith & Work Initiative

Princeton University

David Miller speaks at the alumni meeting of Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE)

David Miller led a plenary session for the 2024 Alumni Reunion Meeting of the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE)), which took place on the campus of Princeton University March 2-3, 2024. Drawing on his and Michael Thate’s research, his presentation was titled “Towards a Restoration of Trust in Leaders & Professionals.” The day’s focus was on trust and leadership, and David’s plenary addressed the question, “The lack of trust is corollary to a lack of effective leadership. As we strive to break this cycle, what ideas, wisdom, and resources can we turn to in order to find new ways forward?” (Photo: Sharon Torello)

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FWI cosponsors the symposium

"What Constitutes Progress in Bioethics?"

The Faith & Work Initiative was pleased to cosponsor the student-led Princeton Bioethics Exchange symposium entitled, "What constitutes progress in bioethics?" A stimulating afternoon of talks and panel discussions explored this question from a variety of academic perspectives. The symposium was followed by the Omenn-Darling Lecture on Bioengineering Ethics and Policy, part of Princeton’s exciting new Omen-Darling Bioengineering Institute, directed by Professor Cliff Brangwynne. The institute’s lecture featured James J. Collins, Ph.D., of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was entitled "Synthetic Biology: Life Redesigned."

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The "Financial Times" taps David Miller

for wisdom on the Faith at Work movement

In a column on spirituality and the workplace, the Financial Times sought insights from FWI director David W. Miller. Based on his research and teaching, he spoke on the evolving place that faith and spirituality have in the workplace. “'Gradually, each of the three public taboos [politics, sex and religion] are being dismantled [Miller notes]. My research and others demonstrate that the third taboo, religion, is the final one to fall.” Whether that is good or bad can be debated, but it is falling — and that’s largely driven by employees. As David says: “Companies who have embraced faith and work have found higher levels of employee attraction and retention.'” Read the full article here.

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FWI Advisory Board

  • George Bauer, Chairman, GPB, Ltd.
  • Marc Belton, Founder, Wisefellows Consulting
  • Rich Berg, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Performance Trust Capital Partners
  • Barbara Byrne S76, Independent Director, Paramount Global, PowerSchool, LanzaTech
  • Laura Forese MD '83 P13 P18, COO (ret.), New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System
  • Brill Garrett '88 S89, Jason Garrett Starfish Charities
  • Pat Gelsinger, CEO, Intel
  • Tom Horton P15, Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners
  • Dale Jones, President and CEO, Diversified Search
  • Tom Levinson '96
  • Yung Bong Lim '87 P23 P25, Managing Partner, RDG Funds LLC

  • Devon Naftzger McCourt '16 S15
  • Mimi Pivirotto Murley '76 S72 P07 P10, Leading civic volunteer
  • Robert Murley '72 S76 P07 P10, Vice Chairman and Senior Advisor, CS First Boston
  • Craig Philip '75 S76, Director, Vanderbilt University Center for Transportation Research
  • Marcus Stroud '16, Co-founder and CEO, TXV Partners
  • Toni Townes-Whitley '85, CEO, Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC)
  • John Tyson, Chairman, Tyson Foods, Inc.
  • Kevin Weiss '79 S79 CEO, Sectigo, Inc.
  • Jacob Worenklein, Chairman and CEO, US Grid Company
  • Johanna Zeilstra, CEO, Gender Fair

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Faith & Work Initiative

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Princeton University

Princeton, NJ 08544


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The Faith & Work Initiative is a teaching and research center within the Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Keller Center committed to exploring ethics, values, and practices of exchange on the frontier of complex social challenges. We explore foundational meanings and promote ethical awareness across our constituencies at every phase of life and work. To do so, we look back—both in terms of the histories of ethical philosophy and also the varying authoritative traditions of religious communities. We approach such histories and wisdom traditions as beneficial for understanding as well as framing contemporary global challenges. With our team of ethical philosophers, philosophers of religion, and historians, as well as our global partners from a range of other disciplines, we commit to this rigorous portfolio of offerings for students, academic peers, religious communities, and leaders in the marketplace.