Craig has divided his career among writing, teaching and business consulting. He did his master’s at Yale Divinity School and Indiana University, then received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He taught at Indiana University and was an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University, teaching teaching business ethics and leadership. His research focuses on virtuous leadership and breaking down the barriers between traditional leadership development and ethics training.


We asked Craig Mindrum to answer a few questions so we could get to know him better—here’s what he shared:


🍽 What person living or dead would you invite to your dream dinner party?


Jesus of Nazareth. With additional votes, I would say  Abraham Lincoln, Mozart, Socrates, Aristotle, Shakespeare. Leonard Bernstein. Truman Capote. Joan Didion.

🐦 What is your spirit animal?

I cannot perfectly explain why my spirit animal is the Blue Heron. I think it is at least partly due to its perfect stillness (in Zen terms, it sits mostly in meditation or Zazen) and then acts only when it needs to. It is still, peaceful and dangerous, all at the same time.



🇧🇼 Where is the best destination you’ve been to and why?

By far, our best destination has been to Botswana for several safaris, followed by a trip to Capetown, South Africa. The experience of viewing wild African animals where they livewas extraordinary. And exciting: twice we were charged by elephants, only to escape without harm. We got to hear directly from the native people there—still working in the shadow of apartheid… and also from dramatically racist white people still living there—feeling aggrieved that they were being forced to take their racism out of the country.

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