DR. DAWN Carpenter
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 more deeply 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 and has mentored ten undergraduate interns through her podcast projects. In this role, Dr. Carpenter continues to serve as a mentor and spiritual advisor to an extraordinary justice-involved man in the DC Jail through the Georgetown Prison Scholars Program.
Dr. Carpenter has also served as a founding member of the Busch School of Business at the
Catholic University of America where she has taught a graduate course in applied financial management for over ten years and where she has conducted research on using multi-media to teach finance and business ethics. In this work, she has had the honor of mentoring scores of graduate students.
As a wife and 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 that our greatest wealth is stored within.