God at Work: How Faith and the Marketplace Intersect

with Dr. David W. Miller
Princeton University Professor and Director of the Faith and Work Initiative at Princeton


Dr. Miller sits down with Dean Turney Stevens to talk about ethics in business, the intersection of faith and work in our lives today, and why he decided to leave a successful investment banking career in London to focus on teaching students and executives about doing the right things.

David W. Miller, Ph.D.David W. Miller, Ph.D.

David Miller serves as the Director of the Princeton University Faith and Work Initiative. His academic appointment is Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer. Prior to coming to Princeton, he was at Yale University for five years, where he served as the Executive Director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, and taught at both the Yale School of Management and Yale Divinity School. David’s signature course is: “Business Ethics: Succeeding Without Selling Your Soul.”

David brings an unusual “bilingual” perspective to the academic world, having spent 16 years in senior executive positions in international business and finance. Prior to academia, David lived and worked in London, England for eight years, where he was a partner in a private equity firm that specialized in international investment management, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions. Before that, he was a senior executive and director of the securities services and global custody division of HSBC Group.

After his corporate experience, he entered academia, receiving his M.Div. and Ph.D. in ethics from Princeton Theological Seminary. While doing his doctoral work in ethics, David began working with CEOs and senior executives in his capacity as president and co-founder of the Avodah Institute. He continues in this role today.

In addition to his research, writing and teaching, David serves as an advisor to several corporate CEOs and senior executives on questions pertaining to ethics, leadership, and the role of faith at work. He is a frequent speaker at gatherings of business leaders, corporate events, and academic conferences. His views are often cited in the media, including in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, radio and the major television networks.

David’s book, God at Work: the History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement (Oxford University Press, 2007) challenges business academics and executives, as well as theologians and clergy to think differently about ethics, faith and work.

Miller spoke at the Dean Institute’s annual fundraising dinner in Nashville on November 1, 2010 and appeared on the Lipscomb University campus at several student and academic events. At this event, Jack O. Bovender, retired chairman and CEO of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), received the first annual Dean Institute award for his leadership in creating a culture of high integrity at HCA. More than 150 invited guests attended the dinner at the Frist Center for the Arts.