The career and leadership development office will host “Life on Tap” on Tuesday, April 14, with talks from Christendom alumnus Mark Rohlena and Christendom College’s chief operating officer Ken Ferguson — two great success stories from the field of non-profit business administration. The event will be held in St. Kilian’s Café from 7:30-9:30 pm with refreshments provided.
“Christendom students are uniquely suited to a position in upper management due to their communication and critical thinking skills,” says career and leadership development director Greg Monroe. “In particular, non-profits provide a unique challenge and opportunity to work for an organization where creative funding ideas are often sought. Christendom students can often thrive in this environment.”
Current students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the college will also have the opportunity after the talks to ask questions and seek career advice from the speakers, especially on topics pertaining to prospective careers in non-profit administration.
Mark Rohlena graduated from Christendom in 2000 with a double major in history and political science and economics. Before becoming director of the Office of Domestic Social Development for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Rohlena enjoyed a successful law career, working as the Senior Ethics and Conflicts Attorney for Holland and Hart in Denver, Colorado, the largest law firm in the Rocky Mountain region.
He remains a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association, and the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee, as well as a board member of the National Lawyers Association and the St. Thomas More Society of Colorado. He was appointed President and CEO of Catholic Charities in Colorado Springs in 2011, before taking on his new position as director of the Office of Domestic Social Development for the USCCB.
Ken Ferguson received his degree in Business Administration from California State University Northridge, dual-majoring in information systems and accounting, graduating summa cum laude. He was a senior Manager at Accenture, one of the leading management consulting firms in the U.S., for 7 years, before becoming Chief Financial Officer at Dick Clark Productions for the next 10 years. Following his success at Dick Clark Productions, Ferguson became Chief Operating Office (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for National Geographic Television and Film for nine years. He later started-up MpowerMedia LLC for 5 years, acting as CEO, worked as a CFO at Primus Telecommunications Group, and helped found Beach Mill Productions, LLC. His companies have produced such feature films as “Bella” and “March of the Penguins.”
Questions concerning this event may be directed to career and leadership development director Greg Monroe, at [email protected].