The Spitzer Center for Visionary Leadership enjoys the support of a distinguished Board of Directors and Board of Episcopal Advisors. These individuals help contribute to the success of the Spitzer Center and those whom we serve. Our mission is clear, to empower Catholic organizations to overcome self-limiting behaviors by enhancing culture, strategy, and leadership. The Spitzer Center for Visionary Leadership is committed to this mission and aims to exceed expectations in our valued relationships with clients.
Father Robert Spitzer
Founder, Spitzer Center for Visionary Leadership
Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D., is the founder and president of the Spitzer Center. A scholar, teacher, author, and seasoned leader, Fr. Spitzer is a pre-eminently a theologian and philosopher. His other fields of expertise, however, include management science, finance, ethics, and physics. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1952, Fr. Spitzer entered the Society of Jesus in 1974, was ordained a priest on June 11, 1983, and took final vows April 4, 1992.
Through the Spitzer Center, he hopes to bring knowledge and decades of experience to bear on the needs of the Church, with the goal of helping Catholic organizations to grow in wisdom, faith, effectiveness, and zeal for God’s work.
Fr. Spitzer has been instrumental in shaping the vision and curricula of the Center. His live speaking engagements are reserved for diocesan clergy retreats and convocations, major diocesan events, and associations of Catholic educators and physicians.
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He has written five books on such diverse topics as: practical spirituality, faith and physics, philosophy, pro-life apologetics, and leadership and organizational development. His scholarly articles have appeared in various business, philosophy and scientific journals.
He has produced seven television series for EWTN: Healing the Culture, The Spirit of Catholic Leadership, Suffering and the Love of God, Finding God through Faith and Reason, Five Pillars of the Spiritual Life, Jesus-Emmanuel, and The Heavens Proclaim the Glory of God.
A much sought-after speaker, Fr. Spitzer has personally conducted retreats and convocations for priests, deacons and educators in many dioceses across the United States. He has also addressed corporate, academic, scientific, and governmental audiences, including senior leaders at the Pentagon, Tony Blair’s Cabinet in London, and leaders of both sides of the Northern Ireland conflict.
His many media appearances include: Larry King Live (debating Stephen Hawking and prominent colleagues on God and modern physics), the Today Show (debating on the topic of active euthanasia), The History Channel in “God and The Universe,” and a multiple part PBS series “Closer to the Truth.”
In addition to the Spitzer Center for Visionary Leadership, Fr. Spitzer has founded six other institutes:
- The Magis Center of Reason and Faith in Irvine, CA (www.magisreasonfaith.org)
- Ethics and Performance Institute in Coeur d’Alene, ID (www.learnepi.com)
- Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education (www.cjbe.org)
- Healing the Culture in Seattle, WA (www.healingtheculture.com)
- University Faculty for Life at Georgetown University (www.uffl.org)
- Philosophical Foundations of Physics at Georgetown University
Executive Director, Spitzer Center for Visionary Leadership
James Berlucchi helped co-found the Spitzer Center which he oversees in Ann Arbor, Michigan. An educator, executive coach, speaker and author, he has partnered with Fr. Spitzer to produce the entire curricula. As the lead presenter of the Spitzer programs, he has worked with scores of leadership teams and staffs in dioceses, parishes, schools, hospitals and apostolates across the U.S.
Mr. Berlucchi is also certified with two other prominent institutes: Human Synergistics and The Pacific Institute. This expertise allows him to integrate complementary and time-tested diagnostic and training tools for the benefit of the Catholic organizations he serves.
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He formerly served as the Executive Director of Legatus, an international association of Catholic CEOs, where he directed a six-fold growth of membership over ten years. A frequent speaker at Catholic men’s conferences he was one of 50 delegates to the Vatican’s first international pontifical seminar on the role of sport in the modern world. Some of his other initiatives include hosting a Catholic television series, The Choices We Face, launching a pro-life campaign, Battin’ 1000, with 100 major league baseball players, directing a Christian performing arts company, and overseeing numerous evangelization and educational programs. Mr. Berlucchi holds an M.T.S. from Madonna University, and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Judy, are the grateful parents of eight children and enjoy a steadily increasing number of grandchildren.
Assistant Executive Director, Spitzer Center for Visionary Leadership
Tim Ryan is someone we just pulled off the street because we wanted to prove how simple this model of happiness was to comprehend. We were able to develop even him into an acceptable practitioner of these concepts. He is now able to walk and to talk like a regular happiness specialist.
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Throughout his secular business career he has unapologetically and actively engaged in efforts to encourage a spirituality in business and the workplace. He has facilitated business leader roundtables that explore the need for a spirit of service in the mission of businesses and organizations. He wrote the Worklife column for FAITH Catholic Publishing for a number of years, and wrote reflections for the campus ministry team at the University of Detroit – Mercy. He has had an active role in parish leadership, has spoken to numerous groups on the subject of faith and vocation; as well as appearing as a guest on FAITH TV in Lansing, MI speaking on work, family, and ministry issues. Tim was trained as a Certified Associate of the Spitzer Center in 2008, and since then has been actively “spreading the word”. He and his wife Dawn are trained facilitators of the FOCCUS marriage preparation program, are the parents of three adult children, and are still waiting for grandchildren.