Stover Christian Innovators Writing Competition
W. Robert Stover was a Waynesburg College graduate who started Westaff, a temporary staffing company. He grew the business to over 300 locations worldwide and took the company public in 1996. Mr. Stover’s life and work were faith centered. He has been quoted as saying “I would like to be remembered as a businessman who tried to live according to the principles and values of Jesus Christ. If I am remembered for that, that will be enough.”
The Foundation that bears his name is sponsoring a writing competition at Waynesburg University to recognize other ethical, Christian innovators.
In business, we have choices:
- Exploitive: the “I win, you lose” strategy;
- Ethical: the “I win, you win” approach; and
- Redemptive: the “I restore, we win” innovation.
While the ethical approach is a giant step away from the exploitive, grab-all-you-can business model, it still contains deep gaps in equity. The redemptive category bridges those gaps with compassionate leadership, by centering on the concept of ethical innovation and entrepreneurship. The Christian-based “I restore, we win” approach begins when leaders refuse to capitalize on situations shaped by loss, brokenness, unfairness, waste, or danger. Redemptive action occurs when an individual or a leadership team willingly seeks to create change by taking risks to restore or repair a situation; a byproduct of that action is the development of new products, systems, models, or practices.
Enter this contest by telling the story of a person, company, or service in your field who has demonstrated redemptive innovation by creating a Christian infrastructure.
- 1st Place: $500
- 2nd Place: $400
- 3rd Place: $300
The winners will be announced, and prizes will be awarded, as part of the campus-wide awards ceremony in April. The winning essay will be published on the Waynesburg University website and excerpts will appear in the Lamp.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 24.
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