St. Bonaventure University

Foster Center Events

The William C. Foster '62 Center for Responsible Leadership at St. Bonaventure University hosts speakers and programs each semester aimed at encouraging and inspiring students and members of the Olean area at large to develop responsible leadership skills that will stay with them throughout their careers.


Leadership and Authentic Community

Two-day conference | April 8-9, 2022
St. Bonaventure University

Attend in person or join virtually

Keynote address:

Dr. Andrew B. GustafsonAndrew B. Gustafson, Ph.D.
Professor in the Heider College of Business
Creighton University

Andy focuses on business ethics, business and its societal effects, corporate social responsibility, ethical issues in marketing and public policy, as well as unintended (good and bad) externalities of business, and he is especially interested in how business can contribute to the common good.

Conference overview

This two-day conference (Friday evening and all-day Saturday) will explore interdisciplinary and practical perspectives of the impact of our ever-increasing digital society.

As we navigate the rapid transition from face-to-face interaction to living and working in a virtual world, many report positive outcomes, whether in the form of more focused teaching strategies or a deeper level of intimacy afforded by the perceived anonymity of the screen.

There is a dark side, however, such as the presence of inauthentic users and biased content on social media platforms, that some contend is fracturing society and undermining democracy.

This conference seeks to explore all topics related to reclaiming and maintaining some sort of “authentic community” that is essential to mending our fractured society. Please join us, in person or virtually, whether you have research to share, ideas to discuss, or just to share in fellowship.

A detailed presentation of conference topics and a schedule of programming will be announced when those details are known. 

Submit a proposal

Proposals (up to 250 words) for scholarly papers, chairing a session at the conference, hosting a roundtable or panel discussion, all addressing the theme "Leadership & Authentic Community" will be received no later than Jan. 16, 2022. Notice regarding acceptance of papers will be communicated to interested individuals no later than Feb. 20, 2022. 

Papers eligible for AFCU review
Papers presented at the conference will be eligible for submission and review by the editorial board of the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities Journal.

Please note: There is a $45 fee for virtual presentations of accepted papers.

TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL, use the conference registration form linked below.

Conference registration and cost

The cost to attend the conference is $125, which includes a lavish buffet dinner preceding the keynote address Friday evening, followed by a meet-and-greet with complimentary beverages, and a continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday. 

There is no fee to attend the conference virtually.

To submit a proposal or register to attend, use our ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM.

Conference accommodations

Discounted rooms are available at the Fairfield Inn and Suites (716-372-7500) located directly across the street from campus. Mention the “Leadership and Authentic Community” conference when making a reservation.


Past Foster Center events

Here's a look back at events previously sponsored and conducted by the Foster Center for Responsible Leadership.