“God Works,” Gresham Professor of Commerce in the City of London, and Chairman of Lazard International, Ken Costa will Advise During East Coast Tour of the U.S.
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“God Works,” Gresham Professor of Commerce in the City of London, and Chairman
of Lazard International, Ken Costa will Advise During East Coast Tour of the
BANNOCKBURN, IL — “If the Christian faith is not relevant in the workplace, it
is not relevant at all,” says Ken Costa, Chairman of Lazard International, the
world renowned financial services company, and author of the groundbreaking book
"God at Work": Discover the Real Purpose of Your Life.
Mr Costa, an international investment banker for over 30 years, recently
brokered the sale of Harrods to the Qataris.
This month, Costa will travel the East Coast on a mission to stir faith and call
to action students, business leaders and government staff. His message: The God
who created and sustains the world is also the God of the workplace.
“People often ask how I reconcile being a banker and a Christian,” says Costa,
“There is a widespread view that God and business simply don’t mix.”
Conducted in partnership with Alpha USA, Costa’s speaking tour will put him
before students at the University of Pennsylvania, along with business leaders
in Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut, and government staff in D.C., where
he will talk about the ethical foundations of capitalism and his personal
journey of faith and the workplace.
Costa recounts that journey in his book, "God at Work". Born in South Africa, he
grew up in the apartheid era and became active during his university years in
protests against the so-called “Christian” doctrine of apartheid. Offended by
injustices carried out in the name of Christianity, he became anesthetized to
the claims of Christ.
It was while studying law at Cambridge University in England that Costa met
students who helped him realize that “at the center of the Christian faith there
was not so much a system of thought, but rather a person, Jesus Christ. I
therefore embraced the faith that I had been taught but had hitherto neglected.”
Costa decided to extend his time at Cambridge to study theology for a year,
exploring whether the claims for Christianity could stand up to the rigors of
academic examination. During this time, he found “overwhelming evidence for the
truth of Christ’s claims to be God.”
He considered a career as a church minister but he opted for a corporate necktie
over a clerical collar. For more than three decades, he has lived out his faith
as a high-profile executive in the finance industry and has inspired tens of
thousands to live out their faith at work, as well—first as an executive at UBS
Investment Bank, a global financial institution where he advised international
businesses and world leaders for 30 years, then as Chairman of Lazard
International, starting in 2007, where he advises some of the world’s largest
corporations and governments.
While believers once kept faith and work relatively separate, they are now
increasingly intertwining, Costa says. In God at Work, he contends that the
workplace is “the coalface where faith is tested and sharpened by day-to-day
encounters with the ambiguities and stresses of modern commerce.”
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