2018 Principled Entrepreneurship™ Conference

Dignity of Work

Washington, D.C.

October 3-5, 2018

Join the Napa Institute and the Busch School of Business for the 2018 Principled Entrepreneurship™ Conference. The theme of the conference will center on the meaning of work for Christians and how we can recapture the culture through work.



What is “Dignity of Work?”

“St. John Paul II spoke of ‘the subjective dimension of work’, distinguishing it from its “objective dimension”. He set forth a beautiful vision, indicating that when people work, they do not simply make more, but they become more. The changes brought about by work cannot be fully accounted for by its objective dimension. The worker, the subject of work, is also greatly affected by his or her own work. Whether we think about the executive, the farmer, the nurse, the janitor, the engineer, or the tradesman, work changes both the world (objective dimension) and the worker (subjective dimension). Because work changes the person, it can enhance or suppress that person’s dignity; it can allow a person to develop or to be damaged. Thus ‘the sources of the dignity of work are to be sought primarily in the subjective dimension, not in the objective one’.” Vocation of the Business Leader45


Dimensions of Work We’ll Address

  1. Work and the transformation of the material world
  2. Work and the transformation of the human person that performs it
  3. Work and the communities that develop through it
  4. Work and the possibility of encounter with our Creator through it
  5. Work and the transformation of society


Why Join Us?

Over three days hear from dynamic speakers, engage in stimulating discussions, and benefit from opportunities for prayer, networking, and fellowship.

Download the Conference Schedule

Room Block

We have a room block at the Mayflower Hotel with a special rate of $289 per night. The room block link is provided during the online registration process. For any questions regarding booking a room, please contact events@napa-institute.org.

$2000 Registration*

*Special registration of 1850 if registered by August 31. Bishops registration fee is waived. Priests and Religious as well as The Catholic University of America faculty and young professionals receive a discounted registration of $950.

Cancellations made prior to Sept. 1, 2018 are
subject to a $200 cancellation fee.
No refunds after September 1, 2018.

Mayflower Hotel

For questions or to register by phone,
please call Jean Jacoby
at 855-740-NAPA or jjacoby@napa-institute.org.



Please contact events@napa-institute.org to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. 

conference SPEAKERS

Carly Fiorina

American Businesswoman & Political Figure

Carly started her career at the very bottom: as a secretary for a nine-person real estate firm called Marcus & Millichap. Carly’s bosses quickly noticed her strong work ethic and natural leadership skills—and soon promoted her to a broker position. Marcus & Millichap taught Carly how to lead a small company—and inspired her passion for […]

Arthur Brooks

President of the American Enterprise Institute

Arthur C. Brooks has been president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) since January 1, 2009. He is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise at AEI. Before joining AEI, Dr. Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government at Syracuse University, where he taught economics and social entrepreneurship. […]

Steve Green

President of Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby began operation August 3, 1972, with three hundred square feet of retail space located in north Oklahoma City. This was a retail outgrowth of Greco Products, a miniature picture frame company founded in 1970 by Steve’s father, David Green, when he borrowed $600.00 to buy a molding chopper, set up shop in his […]

Liz Koch

Chairman of the board of the Koch Cultural Trust

Liz Koch is the Chairman of the board of the Koch Cultural Trust and president and director of the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation. She founded The Koch Cultural Trust (KCT) in 1986. Under her guidance as president of the Trust, the program has evolved into a major source of support for outstanding artists with […]

Elizabeth A. Bryant

Vice President Southwest Airlines University

Elizabeth provides executive leadership for Employee learning at Southwest Airlines. She provides strategic direction and oversight for Ground Operations, Inflight, Provisioning, Maintenance and Engineering, Customer Support & Services, Customer Relations, Technology, Customer Service, Source of Support, and Labor training programs. Elizabeth also provides leadership for all companywide training initiatives. Since joining Southwest Airlines in 1997, […]

George Gilder

Chairman of George Gilder Fund Management

George F. Gilder is Chairman of George Gilder Fund Management, host of the Gilder Telecosm Forum, Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, and a founding Member of the Board of Advisors for the Independent Institute. Born in 1939 in New York City, Mr. Gilder attended Exeter Academy and Harvard University. At Harvard, he studied under Henry […]

Jay W. Richards

Assistant Research Professor

Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., O.P., is an Assistant Research Professor in the Busch School of Business and Fellow of the Institute for Human Ecology at The Catholic University of America. He is also Executive Editor of The Stream, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, and host of A Force for Good on EWTN television […]

Brandon Vaidyanathan

Associate Professor of Sociology at The Catholic University of America

Brandon Vaidyanathan is Associate Professor of Sociology at The Catholic University of America. He was born and raised in the Arabian Gulf. He holds a master’s degree in Management from HEC Montreal and a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame. His research examines the cultural dimensions of religious, commercial, medical, and scientific […]

Dr. Winnette McIntosh Ambrose

Owner of The Sweet Lobby

Dr. Winnette McIntosh Ambrose is an engineer-turned-entrepreneur and two-time Food Network Champion. Winnette is the creative director and owner of The Sweet Lobby, Capitol Hill’s artisanal bakery, specializing in French-inspired pastries for wholesale and retail. Winnette emigrated from her native Trinidad and Tobago to attend MIT. After graduating with bachelor’s degrees in Chemical Engineering and […]

Steve Grossman

Chief Executive Officer – Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)

As CEO of ICIC, Steve leads a dynamic and growing team of professionals dedicated to achieving economic prosperity in America’s inner cities. Steve is focused on setting ICIC’s strategic direction, leading the organization through a period of rapid growth and extending ICIC’s national visibility and brand. He directs ICIC’s efforts to secure new partners and drive […]

M. Sharon Hefferan

Executive Director of Yuma Center

M. Sharon Hefferan, a native of Connecticut, is the Executive Director of Yuma Center in Washington, D.C.  Through a wide range of programs and mentoring opportunities, Yuma Center inspires and guides women and girls to positively transform their families, workplaces and the world by serving others with professionalism and joy. Hefferan serves on the Board […]

Rev. Msgr. Robert Panke

Rector of the Saint John Paul II Seminary

Rev. Msgr. Robert Panke Monsignor Panke, a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, is the Rector of the Saint John Paul II Seminary in Washington, DC. He is also the Director of Clergy Formation for the Archdiocese of Washington and oversees the formation for seminarians, the continuing formation for priests, and the formation for candidates […]

Phil Sotok

Founder of VentureSource Corporation

Phil Sotok is the Founder of VentureSource Corporation, a global supplier of engineered products to the automotive industry, with offices in the US, China, Spain and Mexico.  In 2017, Phil launched DPMC North America, a management consultancy specializing in Mission driven management and virtuous leadership.  Prior to these endeavors, he worked in various engineering, finance and […]

Max Torres

Centesimus Annus Della Ratta Family Endowed Professor

Max Torres joined Catholic University’s faculty in 2014. His research centers on the relationships among decision-making, personal character and organizational culture and is multi-disciplinary in scope, spanning business, ethics and law. It aims to identify, model and harness the intangible human phenomena underlying measurable results in organizations. His most recent publication, “Getting Business Off Steroids” […]

Mary Warren

Marketing Lecturer

Professor Mary Sheehan Warren joined the Faculty at The Catholic University of America as an Adjunct in the Fall of 2016. Currently, she teaches Consumer Behavior and Fashion Marketing. Mary has twenty-two years of experience as a social entrepreneur. She founded a Maryland-based non-profit organization dedicated to professional presence training (now called Success In Style), […]

Dawn M. Carpenter

Practitioner Fellow at Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

Ms. Carpenter is a leading authority for financial management and capitalization of nonprofit corporations, having served for over 25 years as an investment and commercial banker and financial advisor to some of the country’s most venerable nonprofit corporations. Ms. Carpenter is currently engaged as a Practitioner Fellow at Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and […]

John Almandoz

Associate Professor in the Department of Managing People in Organizations

John Almandoz is an Associate Professor in the department of Managing People in Organizations. His background includes experience in actuarial consulting, corporate banking, and the management of non-profit organizations. He earned a joint Ph.D. in organizational behavior and a master degree in sociology from Harvard Business School/Harvard University and an MBA at the Cox School […]

John Abbate

Owner-operator of McDonald’s Restaurants

John Abbate is an owner-operator of McDonald’s restaurants throughout Central California, and has built a successful career investing in the iconic golden arches and in real estate. His most successful investment, however, has been in his Catholic faith, which has transformed his life into one of self-giving rather than self-serving. In his new book Invest […]