Georgetown Business School Launches Public Policy Forums

February 04, 2003

Washington, D.C. -- February 4, 2003 - In an effort to provide deeper insight into the relationship between business and public policy, the Center for Business and Public Policy at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business announced today that it will begin hosting periodic public forums to debate key business, economic, regulatory and ethical policy issues confronting American and international businesses.

"One of the great advantages of a business school in Washington D.C. is its ability to observe first hand the way government decision making affects business development and operations," said John Mayo, dean of Georgetown's McDonough School of Business and executive director of the Center. "Through these forums, our students will hear firsthand the multiple, sometimes conflicting considerations that confront policymakers and that are critically important to businesses' success."

Mayo also expressed hope that the forums will assist policymakers by providing a neutral forum for the exchange of ideas about policies that affect business. "We hope that placing a discussion on campus will encourage participants to take a small step back from the daily political fray and take a fresh look," he said.

Mayo, who assumed the deanship of the McDonough School in August 2002, said one of his top goals was to provide students a better understanding of the world outside of the classroom. "The McDonough School is uniquely positioned to provide its students with access to the business, labor, regulatory and political leaders that represent the full array of complex decision making required in the 'real world'," Mayo said.

The forum series will kick off on February 21 with a roundtable format discussion of "Future Directions for the Telecommunications Industry" and how best to move the industry forward amid regulatory changes and fluctuating market conditions.

The telecommunications roundtable, which will bring together leading academics, financial analysts, industry experts, consumers, and state and federal policymakers, comes as the Federal Communications Commission completes a long-anticipated review of regulations designed to promote competition in telecommunications.

Mayo said that the Center will host at least one more forum in the current calendar year, with conference subjects and agendas typically assembled on relatively short notice in order to tie them as closely as possible to decisions that are under active consideration. For example, the Center is currently planning its annual Workplace Safety Summit, which will be held in April and will bring together high-level stakeholders from the business, government and nonprofit sectors as well as from academia.

The Center for Business and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business is uniquely positioned at Georgetown University to bring together, in a neutral forum, leaders from business, labor, government and public interest advocates to raise the level of debate and understanding of key business issues as they are affected by public policy. For more information about the Center, visit