Cuthbert Allen Lecture at Belmont Abbey College
Business as a Vocation featuring Andreas Widmer
What is the goal of business? Is it simply to generate profit at any cost, or is there more to the work we do every day? Our culture projects the “Wolf of Wall Street” and “Lord Business” as the norm of behavior in the competitive market economy. Is that true? Where does faith fit in? What does the Church have to say about how we do business, and why we do business? Is our faith an add-on to economics or a prerequisite?
Using St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, Widmer will show that faith, —rather than economics, or even culture— is the real business of life.
Andreas E. Widmer is the director of the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship at The Catholic University of America’s Busch School of Business & Economics..
Previously he co-founded The SEVEN Fund, a philanthropic organization promoting enterprise solutions to poverty. Widmer is a seasoned business executive with experience in high-tech, international business strategy, consulting and economic development.
Andreas is the author of The Pope & The CEO: Pope Saint 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.