The Catholic University of America

Liberty and Solidarity: Living the Vocation to Business

Presented by The Napa Institute and The Catholic University of America School of Business and Economics

September 24 – 26, 2014

Andreas Widmer 
Director of Entrepreneurship
School of Business and Economics
The Catholic University of America

AbelaAndreas Widmer is Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at The Catholic University of America and President of The Carpenter’s Fund. He was previously the co-founder of SEVEN Fund, a philanthropic organization run by entrepreneurs who invested in original research, books, and films to further enterprise solutions to poverty.

He is the author of The Pope & The CEO: Pope John Paul II’s Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard, a book exploring leadership lessons that Widmer learned serving as a Swiss Guard protecting Pope John Paul II and refined during his career as a successful business executive.

He is a frequent speaker around the world on issues related to business ethics, entrepreneurship, business leadership, productivity, and the challenges of executive management.

Andreas works closely with top entrepreneurs, investors, and faith leaders around the world to foster enterprise solutions to poverty and promote virtuous business practices. He has developed entrepreneurial initiatives at the intersection of business and faith such as the Catholic Mental Models Project, a research effort through his social science research firm GSPEL LLC.

Andreas is the Chairman of the board of advisors of WQOM, Bostons' Catholic Radio station, a Research Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Acton Institute and an advisor to the Zermatt Summit, an annual business leadership event that strives to humanize globalization. He also serves as an advisor to Transforming Business, a research and development project at the University of Cambridge. He currently serves on the advisory boards of the Templeton Foundation, Global Adaptation Institute, Spring Hill Equity Partners, Karisimbi Business Partners, and Catholics Come Home. He is on the board of directors at the New Paradigm Research Fund, Virtual Research Associates and the World Youth Alliance.

Research Project

The Catholic Mental Models initiative, founded by Andreas Widmer and funded in part by The John Templeton Foundation, exists to help clarify and communicate the essential concepts of Catholic teaching on social and economic life.

Early phases of the project are focused on conducting survey analyses based on "mental maps" to determine how the concepts are typically received and understood by Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Later phases will apply a similar approach to find out what language can be used to communicate the vision of Catholic social thought most effectively and accurately.

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The Pope & The CEO, John Paul II's Leadership Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard, Emmaus Road Publishing (September 1, 2011).

Chapters in Books
The Profit Obsession in "Free Markets and the Culture of Common Good." Springer, February 2012.

A Mind For The Poor in "In The River They Swim." Templeton Press May 2009.

My Faith in Capitalism in "In The River They Swim." Templeton Press May 2009.

The Power of Faith in Business, Catholic Exchange, April 25, 2012.

Voting With Your Money: Making Your Christian Voice Heard,

Can Business Save Your Soul? First Things, April 24, 2012.

The Importance of Vocation, The Catholic Thing, January 26, 2012.


"The Pope and the CEO: John Paul II's Leadership Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard", Franciscan University of Steubenville, PA November 10, 2011.

Enterprise Solutions to Poverty, Notre Dame University Mendoza School of Business September 20, 2011.

10th anniversary Assumption College Business Lecture, Assumption College, Worcester, MA March 19, 2012.

Using Incentivized Competitions to create solutions in existing networks of productivity and exchange to reduce global poverty, X Prize "incentive2innovate Conference at the United Nations, July 21, 2009.

The Common Good to Serve The Person, Zermatt Summit, Switzerland, July 14, 2011.

Business as a moral enterprise, Acton University, Grand Rapids, MI June 15, 2012.

Business Lessons from the Pope, Wall Street Journal Live, October 17, 2011.!39B885A1-AB34-4894-9146-A436ECF1D764

Economic Development vs. Humanitarian Aid, The Africa Platform 2010.!


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