Mendoza School of Business

Joseph Holt

Audrey M. and James E. Jack Teaching Professor of Business Ethics
Management & Organization
  306 Mendoza College of Business
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Joe Holt is a Teaching Professor in the Management Department in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. Holt joined the Mendoza College in 2004, serving as Concurrent Assistant Professor for Notre Dame Executive Education. He received his B.A. from Boston College and spent 12 years as a Jesuit completing graduate studies in Philosophy (Fordham University), Theology (Weston School of Theology), and Biblical Theology (Gregorian University in Rome).

Holt taught Philosophy with a specialization in Business Ethics at Canisius College, Boston College, and Loyola University Chicago’s Rome Center. After leaving the Jesuits, he reflected on faith, values and ethics in the workplace from the perspective of one in the business trenches; he spent a brief stint as a stockbroker and then graduated from Harvard Law School and worked for more than five years as a corporate attorney in major Chicago law firms. Holt also taught Business Ethics and Spirituality of Work on an adjunct basis in Loyola University Chicago’s MBA program during this time. For two years prior to joining Notre Dame full-time, he was a Senior Lecturer in Law and Director of the Clinic on Entrepreneurship at The University of Chicago Law School (the Clinic provides free legal assistance to inner-city, low-income entrepreneurs seeking financial self-sufficiency). At the law school, he taught Entrepreneurship and the Law, Negotiation and Mediation, and a seminar designed and offered for the first time by Holt on The Ethical Dimensions of Lawyering.

Holt currently teaches Foundations of Ethical Business Conduct in the Notre Dame EMBA and MSB programs. He also teaches Foundations of Ethical Business Conduct, Ethics in the Emerging Markets, The Sustainability of Business, Negotiations, and Spirituality and Religion in the Workplace in the Notre Dame MBA program. Holt designs and offers programs to the Stayer Center for Executive Education’s custom and open programs in the fields of ethics, leadership, spirituality and negotiations.

S.T.L., Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
JD, Harvard Law School
M. Div., Weston Jesuit School of Theology
MA, Fordham University
BA, Boston College

Areas of Expertise
Spirituality of Work
Business law
International Business Ethics

"Challenges & Opportunities Facing Women in Negotiations", Security Traders Association Women in Finance Group, 2021

"Solitude & Leadership: Leaders Can Become More Effective By Learning to be More Alone", Corporate Learning Week - Silicon Valley (at invitation of Bisk), 2018

"2018 Media Legend", Notre Dame Office of Media Relations, 2018

CNN, Interviewed extensively on the ethical ramification of variegated health premiums for unvaccinated employees at Delta Airlines in "Delta will hike insurance premiums and limit sick pay for unvaccinated employees", at, August 25, 2021

Finding Brave Podcast with Kathy Caprino, The Finding Brave Podcast with Kathy Caprino is ranked among the top 100 Apple Podcasts in the U.S. and beyond. I was interviewed on Episode 257: Spirituality, Faith, and Creating Deeper Meaning in Your Work and Life, which can be listened to at">>, May 19, 2023

ND Works, Interviewed by Gwen O'Brien for ND Works on my volunteer experience as a nurse's aide in an ICU with the most critically ill Covid patients over Christmas break; to be published in February, February, 2022

New York Times, Quoted in "Is the U.S. economy headed for a slowdown," by Vivian Giang et al., at, April 29, 2022

NPR All In program, Interviewed for 45 minutes on the topic during the pandemic of how best to define success in life, October 18, 2021

Wall Street Journal, Quoted in "You Have Only So Much Time. Are You Using It Right?" by Rachel Feintzeig, at, June 13, 2022