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Coming to a Charlotte church: Brian Moynihan

Bank of America Brian Moynihan will talk about leadership and “purpose” during a free event at a south Charlotte church next month.
Bank of America Brian Moynihan will talk about leadership and “purpose” during a free event at a south Charlotte church next month. Bloomberg

Interested in hearing Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan talk about leadership?

You’ll have your chance next month, when the lender’s top executive will be the featured speaker at a free Christ Church Charlotte event.

The Episcopal church in south Charlotte will hold “an evening with Brian Moynihan” at 7 p.m. Sept. 2.

In addition to leadership, Moynihan will also discuss “purpose,” according to an announcement for the “Faith Forum: Soul Purpose” event on the church’s website. Lou Kinard, spokeswoman for the church, told me the “purpose” discussion will be focused on how the roles of executives can have value and meaning “beyond just making money.”

Bank of America spokesman Larry Di Rita declined to comment on the event, referring all questions to the church.

Kinard said the church’s senior minister, Chip Edens, ran into Moynihan earlier this year at a Charlotte restaurant, where Edens asked Moynihan, a Catholic, if he could speak at the church.

“I believe there was something that he (Moynihan) has written or said that led Chip to believe he would be a good speaker on the topic of bringing purpose to the business world,” Kinard said.

It’s not the first time Moynihan, now in his sixth year as chief executive of the Charlotte-based bank, has spoken at a church event. Earlier this year, Moynihan spoke at Central Congregational Church in Providence, R.I., about the second-largest U.S. bank’s social responsibility efforts.

Moynihan, who succeeded Ken Lewis after he stepped down in 2009, lives in Boston but works at the bank’s Charlotte headquarters tower at Trade and Tryon streets.

Charlotte is home to roughly 15,000 Bank of America employees and four of Moynihan’s 13 direct reports. Six of the direct reports are based in New York, two are based in Boston and one is based in Tampa, Fla.

Christ Church Charlotte is at 1412 Providence Road. It has more than 5,000 people in its congregation, Kinard said.

(Update: The church tells me it has no more room for additional attendees at the event, for which registration is now closed.)

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