Georgetown Parents Daniel and Mary Stanton Endow Speaker Series to Engage McDonough School of Business Students with Top Business Leaders

November 08, 2013

Georgetown University McDonough School of Business students will continue to learn from accomplished business leaders thanks to a major gift from Daniel and Mary Stanton to establish the Stanton Distinguished Leaders Series. This series brings to Georgetown’s campus leaders who are renowned in their fields to share their unique experiences with the school’s students and alumni and to engage in dialogue about leadership in an ever-changing world.

“We can learn so much from distinguished leaders who share their interesting life lessons,” said Daniel Stanton. “Their experiences can be personally motivating and allow us to look at business through a different lens, and that’s important. If the school is able to host a variety of leaders, everyone will benefit.”

The Stantons are the parents of Dan, who graduated from Georgetown McDonough in 2012, and Katherine, who will graduate in May 2014. They also serve on the school’s Parents Advisory Council.  When he was a business student, Stanton said that a Goldman Sachs executive who spoke at his school inspired him. Several years later, Stanton coincidentally had a long career at the firm.

“Dan and Mary Stanton’s commitment to the school—both through their generous gift to create the Stanton Distinguished Leaders Series and through their work on our Parents Advisory Council—inspires and informs our success,” said David A. Thomas, dean, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. “It is an honor to collaborate with such dedicated parents who not only care about the well-being of their children, but the future success of every Georgetown McDonough student.”

“Georgetown has provided our children with an outstanding education,” said Daniel Stanton. “We have had a wonderful experience here, and we are pleased that we can contribute to the education of the students through this speakers series.”

The Stantons began making gifts to create the series in 2010, fully endowing it this month.  During that time, their support has made it possible for the school to welcome talks by individuals that include:

  • Larry Blanford, president and CEO, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
  • Wes Bush, CEO and chairman, Northrop Grumman
  • Domenico De Sole, Tom Ford International chairman and former Gucci CEO
  • J. Alexander “Sandy” Douglas, then-president, Coca-Cola North America
  • Claudia Fritsche, ambassador of the Principality of Liechtenstein to the US
  • Seth Goldman, TeaEO (CEO), Honest Tea
  • Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief, The Huffington Post Media Group
  • John Idol, CEO of Michael Kors
  • Bill Isaac, chairman, LECG Global Financial Services
  • Sheila Johnson, CEO of Salamander Hospitality
  • Naina Lal Kidwai, group general manager and country head of the HSBC Group in India
  • Lawrence Leibowitz, COO, NYSE Euronext
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