Sunday, December 11, 2016 -
Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo is currently the President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. Her term will end in January 2017. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she immigrated to the United States to attend Purdue University, where she received her bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees before joining the faculty. She came to CRS in January 2012 after a distinguished academic career when she served from 1997 to 2011 as dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. Her teaching, research and administrative leadership have been recognized around the world. She helped launch the Principles for Responsible Management Education for the United Nations Global Compact.
From 2004 to 2010, Carolyn served on the Board of Directors of CRS. Her current board service includes Aileron Foundation; The Catholic University of America; the Archdiocese of Baltimore Independent Child Abuse Review Board; Migration & Refugee Services, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; and the International Policy Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In June 2015, Carolyn was one of five presenters at the Vatican for the release of Pope Francis’s landmark encyclical “Laudato Sì: On Care for our Common Home” on the environment in June 2015. Her faith journey and work at CRS are recounted in her book, "Working for a Better World," published in 2015 by Our Sunday Visitor. Carolyn is married to Dr. David E. Bartkus. They have two sons, Ryan and Justin. In this wide-ranging WITNESS interview, Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB engages one of the most significant lay women leaders in the Catholic Church.
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