Dean Thomas Receives Beacon Award for Leadership

September 17, 2012

David Thomas Honored For Being A Visionary Leader Committed to Inclusive Leadership Development

David A. Thomas, Dean and William R. Berkley Chair of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, received the prestigious Beacon Award at the National Executive Forum this month in Dallas. The Beacon Award is presented annually by the nonprofit executive leadership organization Executive50 to a visionary leader who exhibits continued and dedicated commitment to leadership development in a truly inclusive fashion.

A recognized thought leader in the areas of organizational behavior and strategic human resource management, Thomas’ research focuses on issues related to executive development, cultural diversity in organizations, leadership, and organizational change. He has authored two books – the award-winning Breaking Through: The Making of Minority Executives in Corporate America and Leading for Equity: The Pursuit of Excellence in Montgomery County – and more than 60 case studies and articles for leading academic journals and practitioner publications.

Thomas’ selection as the 2012 Beacon Award recipient demonstrates the alignment of his work with Executive50’s vision of a more diverse executive-level corporate landscape.

“No other leader in the field of executive leadership development better exemplifies the spirit of the Beacon Award and the mission of vision of Executive50,” according to Executive50’s President and CEO Eric W. Walton. “Dr. Thomas’ revolutionary work directly informs our organization’s focus on helping professionals enhance their corporate athleticism through peer mentoring, executive level programming, and networking opportunities.”

Walton also pointed out the critical relationship between education and business as an additional shared theme between Thomas’ efforts and the goals of Executive50. “The way in which institutions of higher education prepare future leaders for business is critical, which is why Executive50 connects students with executive leaders through our annual college tour,” he commented. “As an educator and expert in organizational leadership, Thomas is uniquely qualified to move the needle in this vital area.”

The National Executive Forum was held September 13-15 at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel.

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business provides a transformational education through classroom and experiential learning, preparing students to graduate as principled leaders in service to business and society. Through numerous centers, initiatives, and partnerships, Georgetown McDonough seeks to create a meaningful impact on business practice through both research and teaching. All academic programs provide a global perspective, woven through the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in a way that is unique to Washington, D.C. – the nexus of world business and policy – and to Georgetown University’s connections to global partner organizations and a world-wide alumni network. Founded in 1957, Georgetown McDonough is home to some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 1,200 participants in executive degree and open enrollment programs. Learn more at Follow us on Twitter @msbgu.