Force For Good: The Catholic Guide to Business Integrity

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A thought-provoking and insightful dialogue as Lauren Ashburn, Managing Editor and Anchor of EWTN Nightly News with Lauren Ashburn, interviews Dr. Engelland about his new book, Force for Good: The Catholic Guide to Business Integrity.

This fast-paced book, written by the Assistant Dean of the School of Business and Economics at the Catholic University of America, argues that the creation of integrity-infused organizations is the key to long-term success, personally and in the marketplace. Through sound explanations, detailed examples, and personal stories, it shows business leaders how to infuse integrity and bring success into their organizations by implementing the four core principles of Catholic Social Doctrine.

Introductory remarks were given by Dr. Andrew Abela, Provost of The Catholic University of America.

About the Speakers:

Dr. Brian Engelland is ordinary professor of marketing in the Busch School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America. He holds the Edward J. Pryzbyla Chair of Business and Economics.

Dr. Engelland’s research focuses on how marketing executives process inputs in deciding how to market products and services. Naturally, this involves investigation into the personal ethics, virtue and religiosity of the marketing decision-maker. He has authored over seventy refereed publications and six books, won multiple teaching awards and been named as a fellow of the Marketing Management Association. In 2013 he was the recipient of the Society for Marketing Advances Lifetime Contributor to Marketing Award.

Prior to becoming an academic, he was a product development executive and served in a series of leadership positions for two Fortune 500 corporations. Later, he became president of a marketing consultancy agency, Engelland and Associates, which helped clients successfully introduce new products and services across the globe.

Dr. Engelland holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, an MBA from the University of Cincinnati, and a doctorate from Southern Illinois University. Before joining the faculty at Catholic University, he served as marketing department head at Mississippi State University. He and his wife Barbara have three children and eight grandchildren. Engelland is a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, and a Knight Commander with Star in the Equestrian Order of The Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.


 Lauren Ashburn is Managing Editor and Anchor for EWTN News Nightly with Lauren Ashburn. She was previously the White House Correspondent and Political Director for EWTN News Nightly.Ashburn is an award-winning reporter who travelled to Iraq in 2017 to cover the plight of Christians.   She also testified before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on aid to Christian survivors of the ISIS genocide.

Ashburn has covered 9/11, five presidential elections and interviewed presidents, congressmen, ambassadors and Vatican officials. Her speeches and columns focus on the intersection of faith and politics, her views as a pro-life Catholic, and issues facing women.

Prior to joining EWTN, Ashburn served as a contributor at Fox News Channel. She developed and appeared in regular segments for PBS News HourCBS This Morning, CNNNBC News, Fox NewsChannel, MSNBC and others as a political and media analyst.

She has been a contributor at The Daily Beast and The Hill and has been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post and the Huffington Post.

Previously, Ashburn was Managing Editor of Gannett Broadcasting and USA Today Live directing its television bureau.  She lives in Washington, D.C.


Andrew Abela is the provost at The Catholic University of America. He also has served as the dean of the School of Business and Economics. His research on the integrity of the marketing process, including marketing ethics, Catholic Social Doctrine, and internal communication, has been published in several academic journals, including the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, the Journal of Business Ethics, and the Journal of Markets & Morality, and in two books. He is the co-author of A Catechism for Business (Catholic University Press, 2014), and the winner of the 2009 Novak Award, a $10,000 prize given by the Acton Institute for “significant contributions to the study of the relationship between religion and economic liberty.”

Abela provides consulting and training in internal communications to several major corporations, including JPMorganChase and Microsoft Corporation. Prior to his academic career, he spent several years in industry as brand manager at Procter & Gamble, management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and Managing Director of the Marketing Leadership Council of the Corporate Executive Board.

He holds a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, an MBA from the Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland, and a Ph.D. in Marketing and Ethics from the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia.

He and his wife Kathleen live in Great Falls, Virginia, with their six children. He is a native of the island of Malta.


This authentic approach to business should resonate with those entering the workforce, and do wonders for the business world. –Gellert Dornay, President and CEO, Axia Home Loans

This work has the potential to inspire heroic business ventures and behavior, allowing its practitioners to make real and lasting contributions to human society. –Fr. Patrick Dolan, Brigadier General (retired), US Army National Guard

Engelland outlines how to infuse integrity into every part of the business. His advice is practical, concise, and right on target. –Charlie Reese, Director of Mergers and Acquisitions, IBM (retired)