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Heroic Men


The Catholic Men’s Leadership Alliance (CMLA) is an organization focused on strengthening men and their relationship with Jesus Christ.  They are excited to announce their next virtual summit designed to help Catholic men do more than bring Christ to the workplace. We need to discover him already there.

The Heroic Men Summit, themed “The Gospel of Work” brings three, practical talks to help men get through the grind, build a better future, and discover how to minister to men.

The free event happens live online on Saturday, September 9, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. CDT.

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Meet The Spokesperson

Dan Donaldson

Dan Donaldson is Vice President of the Catholic Men’s Leadership Alliance. Dan worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 20 years before joining the Augustine Institute in 2015, where he helped launch the FORMED platform and oversaw their diocesan partnerships. He then worked with Chris Stefanick at Real Life Catholic to help increase their reach to share the love of Jesus with more souls. Dan joined the Catholic Men’s Leadership Alliance in October 2022 and is passionate about expanding ministry to men worldwide. Dan resides in Colorado with his wife Andrea of 30 years and their 5 children.

Suggested Interview Questions

  • Can you briefly describe the mission and origin of the Catholic Men’s Leadership Alliance?
  • How often do you host these online events, and what inspired the theme “The Gospel of Work” for the September conference?
  • Are there opportunities for fellowship and networking?
  • Is this event for all Catholic men interested in growing in their faith or only for those who  work away from home?
  • Where can people go to learn more about the event, and how can they register?

Media Requests

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Summit speakers

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Matthew Kelly

Getting through the Grind 

Matthew's Bio

Matthew Kelly has dedicated his life to helping people and organizations become the-best-version-of-themselves. Born in Sydney, Australia, he began speaking and writing in his late teens while he was attending business school. Since that time, 4 million people have attended his seminars and presentations in more than 50 countries.

Today, Kelly is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author, and business consultant. His books have been published in more than 25 languages, have appeared on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists, and have sold more than 40 million copies.

Kelly is also a partner at Floyd Consulting, a Chicago-based management-consulting firm. His clients include Pepsi, Procter and Gamble, FedEx, HSBC, the Department of Defense, McDonald’s, US Bank, 3M, Ernst & Young, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, Michelin, and more than 50 otherFortune 500 companies.

He is also the founder of The Dynamic Catholic Institute, a Cincinnati-based nonprofit organization, whose mission is to re-energize the Catholic Church in America by developing world-class resources that inspire people to rediscover the genius of Catholicism.

Kelly’s personal interests include golf, piano, literature, spirituality, and spending time with his wife, Meggie, and their children Walter, Isabel, Harry, Ralph, and Simon.

To learn more, please visit MatthewKelly.com

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Jeff Joaquin

Building a Better World 

Jeff's Bio

Jeff Joaquin is a member of the Board of Directors of Paradisus Dei, the ministry that provides the That Man Is You! (TMIY) Program to over 800 parishes across the USA and overseas.  For more than 14 years, Jeff has been actively involved in spreading the TMIY program on a local, regional and national level. He recently provided content for three different sessions which are part of the Year 7 and 8 programming for TMIY.

Jeff is one of the founding members of the Tampa Bay Catholic Men’s Conference which had its 13th Annual Conference in February of 2023.  The Conference has consistently provided national speakers and ministry opportunities to the nearly 1,000 men in attendance for over the last decade.

Jeff is the Owner of JMJ Site Development Inc. which is a philanthropic construction company
supporting worthy ministries all over the world from the Philippines, India, Kenya, the Central
Africa Republic, Guatemala, Jerusalem and across the entire United States.

Jeff has embarked on a new journey to create awareness of the often-overlooked men’s perspective of abortion. He lays bare the impact and lifelong burden of guilt and grief that men carry after abortion in an effort to provide men and women a path to healing and to help others make positive decisions about unexpected pregnancies. Jeff has given talks on abortion, pro-life, substance abuse, business and charity to high school students, men’s conferences and retreats all over the country. His abortion talk has received national attention and has been played on TMIY, Formed.org, Shalom Media, Heroic Men and countless other media outlets.

Jeff and his wife Sandy have one daughter and have resided in Tampa, Florida for the last 27 years.

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Andreas Widmer

The Gospel of Work

Andreas' Bio

Andreas Widmer is the founder and director of the Art & Carlyse Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship at The Catholic University of America’s Busch School of Business where he loves to teach and mentor students to find their true calling.

Previously, Andreas helped lead high-tech companies, bringing more than one hundred leading-edge technology products to market and also led several organizations focused on enterprise solutions to poverty. He is a former member of the Swiss Guard serving under Pope John Paul II and author of the book, “The Pope and the CEO“, which describes the ten lessons he learned from the late pope about leadership and the centrality of the human person in work. Andreas’s biggest accomplishment in life is building a great marriage together with his wife, Michelle, and his biggest joy is seeing the character of their teenage son, Eli, develop and grow.

Andreas has a passion for helping professionals of all ages to find deeper meaning in their work and sustainable success in Principled Entrepreneurship. One way he does this is to discover and share the stories of successful Principled Entrepreneurs like Art Ciocca who overcame great challenges and built wonderful companies by never losing sight of their humanity.

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The Gospel of Work: Register for the free Heroic Men Summit – 9.9.23

Hey [Name],

All men are called to work. But for many, work is a grind where we struggle to survive for the sake of our families. This Heroic Men Summit calls all men to set aside two hours on Saturday, September 9th, and join three powerful Catholic businessmen:

– Matthew Kelly on getting through the grind
– Jeff Joaquin on building a better future
– Andreas Widmer on the gospel of work

Work can bring freedom, meaning, and growth in holiness. Let’s do more than bring Christ to the workplace. Let’s discover him already there. This is the Gospel of work.

Register now:  hopin.com/events/gospel-of-work-heroic-men-summit

See you there,

[Your Name]

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