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SENT Summit: “Holy Collisions” for Founders, CEOs, and Business Leaders

The University of St. Thomas Houston (UST) and SENT Ventures have partnered to launch the first-ever Catholic entrepreneurial Summit as a launchpad for collaboration among business leaders from all over the country.  Taking place May 18-20 on the campus of UST, attendees at the SENT Summit will span industries, business maturity, and will include secular businesses led by Catholic CEOs and founders, as well as mission-oriented entrepreneurs and nonprofit founders. The unifying factor among all in attendance will be a common spark for renewal that invites the Holy Spirit to move through their professional ventures in impactful ways.


Dr. Richard Ludwick, J.D., D.Ed. President, University of St. ThomasDr. Richard L. Ludwick is the 9th president of the University of St. Thomas Houston. He received his BA in history from the University of Evansville, an MA in higher education administration from Teachers College of Columbia University (New York), a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney Law School, and a Doctor of Education in policy management and organization of higher education administration from the University of Oregon (Eugene). He and his wife reside in Houston and are the proud parents of two adult children and four grandchildren.

John Cannon Founder, SENT VenturesJohn Cannon is the founder of SENT, an organization that provides business insight, community support, peer-to-peer mentorship, and deep spiritual grounding for innovative Spirit-led ventures to succeed and revitalize the 21st century Catholic Church.  Prior to SENT, John ran a boutique management consulting practice, was a Policy Advisor to the Governor of Alabama, and spent seven years in monastic life as a Carmelite, where he worked in a variety of ministries. John received a BBA (Finance) and BA (Political Science) from the University of Notre Dame, a Masters in Politics & IR from Oxford University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MA in Philosophy from Mount Angel Seminary, and MA in Theology from Franciscan University Steubenville.

Suggested Interview Questions
  1. How did this collaboration between UST and SENT Ventures come to be, and why is UST a fitting site for an entrepreneurial conference of this caliber?
  2. You have an impressive lineup of Catholic business leaders as speakers.  Can you share about some of the presenters and what attendees can expect to learn from them?
  3. Is this event open to any and all entrepreneurs?
  4. Why is it important to offer business acceleration and mentorship deeply grounded in spiritual practice?
  5. Where can people go to learn more about the SENT Summit?
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