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Cray Lecture to Feature former Swiss Guard

Author of "The Pope and the CEO" to Speak on Leadership Lessons from JP II

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

As a member of the Pontifical Swiss Guard of the Holy See, Andreas Widmer was sworn to loyalty to the pope. Through his position he had extraordinary access to Pope John Paul II, and it turned out to be an extraordinary opportunity to learn. After leaving the service, he went on to a successful business career and in 2011 wrote the popular book The Pope and the CEO. Widmer will be at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., to offer this year’s Cray Lecture on Friday, April 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the McAllister Board Room on the fourth floor of the Ferrell Academic Center. The talk is free and open to the public.

Having refined his thoughts during his business career, Widmer’s book explores lessons in leadership he learned from the pope. Today, he is a frequent speaker around the world on issues related to business ethics, entrepreneurship, business leadership, productivity, and the challenges of executive management.He works closely with top entrepreneurs, investors, and faith leaders around the world to foster enterprise solutions to poverty and promote virtuous business practices.

Widmer is the Chairman of the board of advisors of WQOM, Bostons' Catholic Radio station, a Research Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Acton Institute and an advisor to the Zermatt Summit, an annual business leadership event that strives to humanize globalization. He also serves as an advisor to Transforming Business, a research and development project at the University of Cambridge. He currently serves on the advisory boards of the Templeton Foundation, Global Adaptation Institute, Spring Hill Equity Partners, Karisimbi Business Partners, and Catholics Come Home. He is on the board of directors at the New Paradigm Research Fund, Virtual Research Associates and the World Youth Alliance.

Widmer will spend the day at Benedictine, speaking in classrooms, meeting with student groups, and visiting with the faculty of the School of Business and the president and his cabinet.

Benedictine College established the Cray Lecture series in 1996 in honor of Cloud L. Cray, Jr. Cray was chief executive officer of MGP Ingredients, Inc., from 1980 to 1988 and served as MGP's chairman of the board from 1980 until 2005, and again in 2014. He and has been an officer or director of the company for more than 50 years.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.