Each year, we hand select speakers from around the globe to enrich your Napa experience. Feel free to browse our past and current speakers or presenters below. If you would like to suggest a speaker for consideration at a future event, please contact us and let us know.

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  • 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 […]

  • Mary M Njai

    Assistant Professor of Accounting

    Professor Njai joined the faculty of CUA in August 2009 and teaches financial, managerial, and cost accounting. She received her Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting, from the Catholic University of East Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. In addition, she completed a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Capetown, South Africa, and a Master […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Peter Pin

    Peter Pin is a veteran Executive with over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry encompassing sales, engineering and business development.  Peter has worked in a variety of roles within the information technology space, covering markets across North America, South America and the Caribbean.  Most recently Peter served as Vice President for Verizon Enterprise […]