August 29, 2017

While corporate corruption and get-rich-quick deals exploit employees and customers, a growing number of entrepreneurs and CEOs want to do well while also doing good. This fall, business and faith leaders from around the world will meet at The Catholic University of America to discuss how it's possible to do both. The conference, Good Profit: How Profitable Business Can Be a Force for Good, will take place Oct. 4 through 6, 2017.

Questions to be explored include:

  • What is the difference between creating goods and services that truly serve the customer, versus promoting consumerism and exploiting customers?
  • How can businesses foster employee creativity, innovation, mutual respect, and a sense of accomplishment in the workplace?
  • What is the business community’s duty to workers and to the community at large?
  • Can there be too much profit?  

The conference is co-hosted by the Busch School of Business and Economics at Catholic University and the Napa Institute. “This is the third year we are convening a gathering of business, academic, civic, and faith leaders, hoping to empower them to contribute to a robust and fully humane economy,” said Tim Busch, chairman of the school’s board of visitors and co-founder of the Napa Institute.

Participants will hear from experienced leaders such as:

  • Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
  • Charles Koch, co-owner, chairman of the board, and chief executive officer of Koch Industries
  • Robert Nardelli, former chairman of the board and CEO of Chrysler and Home Depot
  • Dina Dwyer, co-chair of The Dwyer Group and former participant in CBS’s Emmy Award-winning hit reality show “Undercover Boss”

Speakers, panelists, and participants will examine the concept of “Good Profit” from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, with the aim of inspiring and equipping business leaders to make a positive impact on society through the way they conduct business.

“Pope Francis has challenged everyone to think together about how to create a more humane and inclusive economy,” William Bowman, dean of the Busch School of Business and Economics, said of the upcoming conference. “We are proud to host a conference that addresses some serious questions head-on, from diverse perspectives and experiences. We look forward to the ideas our discussion will generate.”

A full list of speakers, schedule, and registration information can be found on the conference’s webpage.

For information about attending the conference, contact Claire Keith at or call 202-319-6749.

MEDIA: Print reporters interested in covering the conference or scheduling an interview with speakers should contact the Office of Marketing and Communications at 202-319-5600 or All members of the media must register by Oct. 1, 2017.

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