Author Andreas Widmer Speaks at Assumption

Former Pontifical Swiss Guard and successful businessman Andreas Widmer will deliver the 10th anniversary Assumption College Business Lecture at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in La Maison Française Auditorium.

Featuring anecdotes from his recently published book The Pope and the CEO: John Paul II’s Leadership Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard, Widmer – who served for two years as a Pontifical Swiss Guard, protecting Pope John Paul II – will impart advice that ranges from working with teams and building your career, to living a balanced life and incorporating faith and prayer into daily tasks. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will explore the nature and purpose of business education in higher education, and particularly in light of Assumption College’s Catholic intellectual tradition.

Widmer is cofounder of SEVEN Fund, a philanthropic organization run by entrepreneurs who invest in original research, books, films and Web sites to further enterprise solutions to poverty. He was an executive-in-residence at Highland Capital Partners, a venture capital firm. He served as CEO of OTF Group and helped lead Eprise Corporation, Dragon Systems and FTP Software. Widmer has worked extensively in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America and has brought more than 100 technology products to market. He holds two business degrees from Switzerland, as well as a B.S. in international business from Merrimack College and an M.A. in ministry from St. John’s Seminary in Boston.

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