About WhyWeWork

Dawn Carpenter is a banker with the heart of a teacher and scholar. She is a veteran of Wall Street who studies what Christian theology has to tell us about the nature and value of work and the responsibilities of wealth.

She is a frequent speaker and author on the application of Catholic Social Teaching and Business. She writes a monthly business column for Catholic Stand and is a frequent contributing writer on Catholic Social Teaching and public affairs for the Catholic international news agency Zenit.

Using the experience of her nearly 25 year banking career, Ms. Carpenter serves as a founding Advisory Board member to the School of Business and Economics at Catholic University of America, chairman of the Investment Committee and member of the Finance Committee of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Black and Indian Mission, and as the Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of DC Habitat for Humanity.

Ms. Carpenter is currently working toward a doctorate from Georgetown University where her research interest is the intersection of philosophy, theology, business and work. She has previously earned a M.A. in systematic theology from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Theology at Christendom College, a M.P.M. in public finance from the University of Maryland, and a M.A./B.A. in political science from American University. Ms. Carpenter and her family reside in Washington, DC.

Resurrection of Labor Sunday


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Sunday, September 4, 2016 is a providential date for many reasons. Not only is it a beautiful capstone for the Year of Mercy thorough the international celebration of the canonization of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, but it is also the day that … Continue reading

Faith and Wealth: Rich Dad, Poor Dad Revisited


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Rich Dad, Poor Dad is one of this generation’s most iconic financial literacy books.  Written by Kiyosaki and Lechter in the late 1990s, it has sold over 26 million copies and has been touted by celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey … Continue reading

Economic Personalism: Tool for Morality in Markets


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No matter what your ideology, there is common disdain for market manipulators, fraud, and theft. There is little disagreement about the repugnance of taking advantage of senior citizens through deceptive investment schemes or conning vulnerable families into unsustainable mortgages. There … Continue reading