In his professional role, Leo Burke is Professor of Management and Director of the Global Commons Initiative at the Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame. The Global Commons Initiative offers education both within Mendoza and in conjunction with partners such as the United Nations. From December 2000 through June 2008, he served as Associate Dean and Director of Executive Education. His current teaching interests center on the global commons, climate change, emerging trends in business and society, and radically new models of leadership development. Prior to joining Notre Dame, Burke served in a variety of roles at Motorola, Inc., including Director and Dean of the College of Leadership and Transcultural Studies within Motorola University.
Since 2008 Leo Burke has been deeply committed to furthering the vision of the Global Cooperative Forum, a planetary initiative that calls for reordering of human affairs based on the prior unity or intrinsic indivisibility of all life. The vision of the Global Cooperative Forum was first articulated by the World-Friend Adi Da in the seminal book Not-Two Is Peace.