The center is named after the renowned North Dakota entrepreneur who created the Gold Seal Company by promoting and selling a floor wax product that was just the beginning of a series of popular products for the American house wife. In the 1960's he had a vision that captured the spirit of Theodore Roosevelt and the old west in a restored small town in the Badlands. Today Medora is the most popular tourist spot in North Dakota. The Harold Schafer Leadership Center is located within the Benedictine Center. Its Board Room and Great Room served as the Sisters' community room from 1962 until 2000 when it was remodeled as the Schafer Center. The Board Room and Great Room provide meeting and gathering spaces with full food and beverage service.
Also included as part of the Schafer Center are:
- Hauer Theater, named in recognition of Joe and Florence Hauer of Bismarck. The 100-seat auditorium-type classroom has video conferencing capabilities.
- Harold Schafer Technology Lab for specialized technology training
- Frank and JoAndrea Larson Computer Lab, in recognition of Frank and JoAndrea Larson of Valley City, N.D.
- Burgum Training Room, in recognition of Doug Burgum of Fargo, N.D.