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Throughout the week, students will learn from experienced entrepreneurs and Busch School of Business professors. Read below to learn more about past notable speakers at the program:

  • Andreas Widmer

    Andreas Widmer is co-founder and the Director of the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship. He is a successful entrepreneur and CEO who found his calling while serving as a Swiss Guard protecting Pope St. John Paul II. Prof. Widmer has a passion for helping students discover their own calling in life and for bringing the principles of Catholic Social Doctrine to bear on the challenges of business in ways that create enterprise solutions to current problems, build community, and allow individuals to thrive. He is the author of The Pope & The CEO: Pope 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.
  • Krista Woods

    Krista Woods is a Virginia- based entrepreneur and creator of GloveStix, a highly successful product to eliminate odors in athletic gloves and shoes. Krista has been in the Sales/Customer Service and Training industry since she was a teen so business is not something completely new and different for her. She was facing a problem when it came to smelly odors that permeated her children’s athletic clothes. She tried all of the products on the market to no avail. Finally she decided to invent something herself. “I wanted something that was safe, I didn’t want these chemicals touching the kids hands”. So on a long ride home from another hot and stinky lacrosse tournament GloveStix was born. As soon as she got home Krista, and her husband Chris, went to work on prototypes and testing. With absolutely no experience in manufacturing, logistics, ecommerce or product development, Krista brought GloveStix to market in
    less than a year of the idea coming about. Since June 2015, when the GloveStix became a real product for sale Krista has been non-stop appearing on shows such as Shark Tank and The Today Show.
  • Mario Enzler

    Dr. Mario Enzler has a rich and diverse academic and professional formation. After finishing his studies in Milan, he joined the Swiss Guard and served under St. John Paul II for three years in the double capacity of soldier and conductor of the Swiss Guard Band. Following his time of service at the Vatican, he joined UBS and worked for eighteen years in investment banking and corporate finance.
  • Harvey Seegers

    Harvey Seegers is Associate of Practice in the Busch School of Business and Economics. Professor Seegers brings to the classroom a lifetime of global strategic planning and operational leadership experience across a wide variety of industries, organizations, and countries. A decorated veteran of the United States Marine Corps, his early career included posts as the Commanding Officer of a combat ready infantry company in the South Pacific, the Adjutant of the prestigious Marine Barracks on Capitol Hill, and Aide-de-Camp to the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pentagon, where he held significant responsibilities involving the planning and execution of national security matters.
  • Winnette McIntosh Ambrose

    The Sweet Lobby and SOUK owner, Dr. Winnette McIntosh Ambrose is an engineer who balances her work in the area of vision research with owning and operating The Sweet Lobby. Within months of opening, Winnette won Food Network’s vastly popular show, Cupcake Wars. Winnette was also recently on an episode of Chopped. She is a self-taught pastry chef who combines her love of science, travel and baking to create delectable desserts. Winnette holds undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering and French from MIT and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Crediting both her technical background and her global exposure, Winnette is passionate about incorporating phenomenal flavor into everything that emerges from The Sweet Lobby’s kitchens.
  • Luke Burgis

    Luke Burgis is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. After a brief career in investment banking and private equity, he started his first company at age 24 and was named a “Top 25 Entrepreneur Under 25” by Business Week for growing it into one of the most innovative food access businesses in the country. Luke is also the founder of two more startup companies that he led as C.E.O. to high growth and sustainability. FitFuel.com, the e-commerce company that he founded, was recognized as having an outstanding company culture. He formed a close partnership with Zappos.com, merging shipping operations and developing a program for personal development. Luke is now a recognized Catholic entrepreneur whose most recent ventures integrate Catholic Social Teaching and have a strong social and cultural mission. Luke is co-author of the book Unrepeatable: Cultivating the Unique Calling of Every Person (Emmaus Road Publishing, 2018). He has a B.S. from the Stern School of Business at New York University and an S.T.B. in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.