Bill Marriott to Address McDonough School of Business Students

March 24, 2010

Event to be Moderated by Kathleen Matthews, April 12

WHAT: J. Willard “Bill” Marriott Jr., chairman and CEO of Marriott International, Inc., will speak and answer questions at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business as part of the Distinguished Leaders Series.

The Distinguished Leaders Series annually brings to Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business accomplished leaders who share their unique experiences with the school’s undergraduate and graduate students.

WHEN: Monday, April 12, 2010, 4:30 p.m. (rescheduled from January)

WHERE: Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business, 37th & O Streets, NW, Rafik B. Hariri Building, 
Lohrfink Auditorium, Washington, D.C.

The program also will be available by webcast at

RSVP: Open to the public. RSVP online.

Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Teresa Mannix, director of media relations, at (202) 687-4080 or

J. Willard “Bill” Marriott Jr. is chairman and CEO of Marriott International Inc., one of the world’s largest lodging companies. His leadership spans more than 50 years, and he has taken Marriott from a family restaurant business to a global lodging company with more than 3,200 properties in 67 countries and territories.

Marriott worked in a variety of positions in the Hot Shoppes restaurant chain during his high school and college years. He joined the company full time in 1956 and soon afterward, took over management of Marriott’s first hotel. He became executive vice president of the company, then its president, in 1964. He was elected CEO in 1972 and chairman of the board in 1985.

Marriott serves on the board of The J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott Foundation. He is a member of the National Business Council and the Executive Committee of the World Travel & Tourism Council. He also serves as the chairman of the Mayo Clinic Capital Campaign. He attended St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., earned a B.S. in banking and finance from the University of Utah, and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 2009, he received an honorary degree from Georgetown University.

Kathleen Matthews is Marriott International’s executive vice president for global communications and public affairs. She is responsible for the company’s external and internal communications, including global brand and corporate public relations, corporate social responsibility and community engagement, diversity initiatives and government affairs. She also co-chairs Marriott’s Executive Green Council.

Matthews previously was an award-winning producer, reporter, and news anchor at the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C., for 25 years. She was the evening news anchor, as well as the host of Capital Sunday, a half-hour talk show focusing on current events in Washington, and Working Woman, an internationally syndicated magazine show.

An honors graduate from Stanford University, Matthews has been awarded nine local Emmys. She has been honored as a “Woman Who Means Business” by the Washington Business Journal and a Washingtonian of the year by Washingtonian Magazine. Highly involved in the community, Matthews serves on the Board of Trustees for U.S. Travel Association, Catholic Charities Foundation, Ford’s Theatre, and the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit