Presented by the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work at Augsburg College in association with Minnesota Public Radio

Sponsored by Greater MSP

Living in Recovery – Working in a Culture of Alcohol 

November 15, 2016 | 8-9:30 AM Hoversten Chapel

This presentation is FREE and open to the public. GET TICKETS

Professionals in recovery often hide their recovery because of a stigma that their addiction makes them weak or untrustworthy. In reality, these professionals have proven strength and grit in the face of extreme adversity. This stigma creates barriers to career advancement and belonging. Professionals in recovery face an additional challenge when they work in careers where relationship-building among colleagues, business, and networking is often accompanied by alcohol or a “happy hour” environment.


More than 11% of full-time workers face alcohol-related issues in a given year, and employers incur a cost of approximately $1,700 a year for each employee with an untreated drug and alcohol addiction. Corporate leaders can support the health and well-being of their employees, and save money, by acknowledging the detrimental affects of a culture of alcohol within their organization. Supporting employees in recovery benefits employees as well as the companies who recognize the effects of a culture of alcohol in business.


Join Chris Farrell from MPR as he interviews leaders working on changing the culture of alcohol in business and eliminating the stigma faced by professionals in recovery.


November guests include:
Mike Sime- Co-Owner of Rapid Packaging
Warren Larson-Director of Public Affairs at Sanford Health
William Moyers- Vice President of Public Affairs and Community Relations at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

This presentation is FREE and open to the public. GET TICKETS


2016-2017 Calendar

February 21, March 21, and April 18 | 8-9:30 AM

Topics include:

Global Food in a Farm-to-Table World
Panelists discuss how companies are adapting to demands from consumers and the environment to be more sustainable and still grow food for a worldwide population of seven billion people.
Worship in the Workplace 
Panelists discuss the advantages businesses enjoy in accommodating the faith traditions of its employees, and how leaders navigate these situations.
Banking on the Unbankable
Panelists discuss how financial institutions can create both a business product and a social good for people who have been at an historical disadvantage for accessing these financial tools.

Link to Past Presentations

Interested in seeing your corporate or organization executives speak at Augsburg? Email Lee George at, or call 612.330.1629.