Understanding the Intersection of Work and Wealth
Dr. Carpenter is a recognized expert in finance and investment. She has advised and underwritten over $3 billion in capital for some of the nation’s most impactful social purpose corporations. Dr. Carpenter has served on numerous advisory boards including the Black & Indian Mission of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the American Society of Microbiology.
At the height of her banking career, Dr. Carpenter made the decision to reflect on the nature of work and the responsibilities of wealth. Her reflections led her to pursue doctoral studies at Georgetown University. This culminated in her dissertation entitled “The Theological Nature of Work and Wealth as the Basis of Contributive Justice and the Moral Foundation for a New Social Contract.” Her work is recognized in the 2020 Spirit of Georgetown Award.
Dr. Carpenter has invested her time and talent in nurturing the work of others. She serves as Practitioner Fellow in Georgetown’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor where she advises the Labor Capital Strategies national fellowship program. She has served as a founding member of the Busch School of Business at the Catholic University of America where she has taught finance for ten years.
As a mother, Dr. Carpenter is a tireless advocate for the belief that everyone has something important to contribute. In all dimensions of her life, she seeks to inspire the next generation to understand that our work matters and our greatest wealth is stored within.
Where do work, purpose and wealth intersect?
Finding meaning in our work is not an easy endeavor. This is why it is important to think about work in a whole new way. When we understand “work” to encompass all our actions — not just the activities for which we are paid—we can more easily understand its value. Similarly, when we can come to understand wealth as not merely the money in our bank account– but rather as all the resources that we control– we can better understand our true endowment.
Dr. Carpenter’s work is dedicated to empowering others to see the value of their work and invest in the flourishing of others. To learn more about this contributive justice theory, read more.
“Prior to her academic career, I hired Dr. Carpenter as a financing advisor for a significant relocation project utilizing tax exempt bonds for a large non-profit. Even more significant to the success of the project than her banking expertise and wise counsel was her innate ability to take complex concepts and make them understandable to others outside her area of expertise. Dr. Carpenter has a natural gift to hone in on the essence of the subject, make it relatable to her audience and leave them knowing more as a result.”
– Barbara Landes, former Chief Financial Officer, Public Broadcasting Service