Thrivent new CEO Attorney Teresa J. Rasmussen, Formerly president and general counsel, More “Core Christian Values” or adversarial positions?
“Thrivent contends that its commitment to individual arbitration is ‘”important to the membership because it reflects Thrivent’s Christian Common Bond, helps preserve members’ fraternal relationships, and avoids protracted and adversarial litigation that could undermine Thrivent’s core mission.’”…Thrivent v. Acosta Nov. 3, 2017
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal”…1 Corinthians 13
“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”…Jesus, John 8:32
I have believed and experienced for years that Thrivent was controlled by attorneys.
Now Thrivent is being run by new CEO Teresa J. Rasmussen, another attorney.
Will she bring more Thrivent touted “Core Christian Values” or attorney driven adversarial positions?
I sent Ms. Rasmussen a heads up email about my case about a week ago.
To her credit, she passed the email on to another in house attorney, the same one who took part in my “mediation” session.
I received an email from him 4 days ago and responded.
From Finance & Commerce October 16, 2018.
“Teresa Rasmussen is Thrivent’s new CEO
Teresa J. Rasmussen, currently president of Minneapolis-based Thrivent Financial, will take over as CEO by the end of the month. She replaces Bradford Hewitt, who is retiring after eight years of leading the financial services organization.
Rasmussen joined Thrivent in 2005 and has served as general counsel, secretary and senior vice president. She previously worked for American Express and Ameriprise Financial and began her career as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice.
She is the first woman in the CEO position, Thrivent said.
In a press release, Thrivent board chair Bonnie Raquet praised both Hewitt and Rasmussen for the work at the organization.
“Terry has distinguished herself as a strong leader with extraordinary business and legal acumen, as well as a deep understanding of Thrivent’s charter as a fraternal benefit society,” Raquet said. “What’s more, she has deep-seated values and a practical approach to aligning our workforce to serve our members and drive growth.””
Without revealing too much of this exchange at this time (I waited 4 days without a response to write this) I would like to clear up the following statement made by the in house attorney:
” I would very much encourage you to seek the advice of counsel before setting forth on your threat to defame Thrivent. Thrivent is proud of its trusted reputation and will take necessary steps to protect itself from your misrepresentations and false accusations. For the past 7 years the Ethisphere Institute has recognized Thrivent as one of the top 100 most ethical organizations in the world. Again, we will take necessary steps to protect our valued reputation.”
Thrivent’s “Code of Conduct”
“How might my behavior be perceived if it appeared in social media feeds, on the news or in tomorrow’s headlines?”
I diligently endeavor to write the truth, the facts. I conveyed this to the first Thrivent outside attorney to contact me and cautioned him on trampling on my First Amendment Rights. I also advised him to have Thrivent contact me with any corrections to inaccurate reporting.
I placed the following in an article dated July 30, 2018 addressed to former CEO Brad Hewitt:
“I recently told the outside attorney who relayed this message that I endeavor to be accurate and do not lie.
I stated that if Thrivent finds any errors or wishes to respond with a rebuttal, I will accomodate them.”
So far I have received no corrections from Thrivent, just threats.
Apparently there is enough evidence to draw the conclusion that the Ethisphere Institute award is one of the best ethics awards that money can buy.
If Thrivent wishes to protect its “valued reputation” it should immediately issue an apology to me and set in motion efforts for reparations.