Andreas Widmer

Director of the Art & Carlyse Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship
The Catholic University of America

Andreas Widmer is the founder and director of the Art & Carlyse Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship at The Catholic University of America’s Busch School of Business where he loves to teach and mentor students to find their true calling. Previously, Andreas helped lead high-tech companies, bringing more than one hundred leading-edge technology products to market and also led several organizations focused on enterprise solutions to poverty. He is a former member of the Swiss Guard serving under Pope John Paul II and author of the book The Pope and the CEO, which describes the ten lessons he learned from the late pope about leadership and the centrality of the human person in work. His latest book, The Art of Principled Entrepreneurship Andreas argues that we have lost sight of the human person as the center of the economy, and that investing in employees is in fact the only opportunity with infinite returns.biggest accomplishment in life is building a great marriage together with his wife, Michelle, and his biggest joy is seeing the character of their teenage son, Eli, develop and grow. He can be reached at

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