On Nov. 28, Cornerstone University hosted former steel industry executive Tudor Dixon for its annual fall business breakfast for entrepreneurs, employers, alumni and business students. This free event featured networking through a complimentary continental breakfast and a fascinating one-hour discussion with him examining the challenges to free market economics in local, national, and global business environments. Dr. Jeffrey Degner, assistant professor of economics at Cornerstone University, moderated the conversation.
Since running for governor of Michigan in 2022, Dixon has continued to work as an influential American political commentator and advocate for business owners, parents, and families. Dixon, co-founder of Lumen Student News, currently hosts the Tudor His Dixon Podcast, where he interviews political leaders and shares his hopes for the American Dream.
During the event, Dixon and Degner shared first-person reflections and insights on a variety of subject areas related to free market economics. Topics include the role of faith- and values-based education in promoting human flourishing; The impact of government regulation and the future of artificial intelligence on business growth. The important role of entrepreneurs as job creators in the American economy. and the responsibility of business leaders to make organizational decisions that shape the national economy and promote a free market economy.
In conclusion, Dixon asked students and event participants to reconsider their assumptions about setbacks.
“I think it's important to remember that we are allowed to fail in this country. That's the beauty of the free market,” Dixon said. “We can do things and we can fail. But we were allowed to do it.”
Dixon's visit comes at the same time Cornerstone announced the launch of a new President's Fellows program and scholarships. Beginning in fall 2024, the program pairs high-achieving undergraduate students who are committed to the future of Christ-centered cultural influence in leadership relationships with national Christian leaders. Dixon will serve as one of six national fellows to participate in the program.
Listen to the Business Breakfast audio recording now on Cornerstone University's Spotify channel. Also, keep an eye out for Dixon's recent interview featuring Cornerstone University President Gerson Moreno-Riaño about the future of higher education.