McDonough School Chosen to Participate in LEAD Program

July 24, 2006

Cynthia S. Shaw
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McDonough School Chosen to Participate in LEAD Program

Exceptional High School Juniors Study Leadership and Business on Georgetown's Campus

Washington, D.C. -- Leadership Education and Development Program in Business (LEAD) hand-picked Georgetown's McDonough School of Business to host one of their Summer Business Institutes. The LEAD program is a national organization which brings the country's leading corporations and business schools together through the education of future business leaders. Every summer, LEAD sends high school juniors to a top business school to participate in a summer enrichment program aimed to teach the bright students about their potential futures in business schools and as leaders in the business world.

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs David Garrison noted that he is very pleased Georgetown was able to participate in the LEAD Program this summer and emphasizes that the program is not only designed to push exceptional high school students onto a major college campus and into a business education, but to give the students "an opportunity to imagine a bigger world for themselves as college students and as professional adults."

According to LEAD's website, their goal is to encourage "outstanding high school juniors from diverse backgrounds to pursue careers in business" to inspire "a new generation of business leaders." They boast that 65% of the alumni of the Summer Business Institutes, since its inception in 1980, are actively pursuing careers in various business fields.

Organized by Professors Richard America and Thomas Cooke, this summer is the first time that Georgetown has hosted the LEAD Program. Professor America points out that while it is customary for schools to apply to have the opportunity to host the program, LEAD approached Georgetown itself, to "draw on the rich pool of government, corporate and economic development resources that the School's location in Washington, D.C. has to offer." Thirty rising seniors participated in this year's summer business institute, which focused on economic development in the third world.

For about a week, students sit in on lectures, discuss case studies, and tour Washington, D.C. Additionally, the students form teams and produce a business plan of their own creation, to be presented in front of a panel of 'investors' the last day of the program.

Further information about the LEAD program can be found at

About the Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business is a premier, distinguished business school located in the nation's capital. Founded in 1957 to educate undergraduate business students through the integration of liberal arts and professional education, the McDonough School today has approximately 1,300 undergraduates, 620 MBA students, and more than 500 participants in its executive education programs annually. For more information about the McDonough School, visit

About Georgetown University
Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in America, founded in 1789 by Archbishop John Carroll. Georgetown today is a major student-centered, international, research university offering respected undergraduate, graduate and professional programs on its three campuses. For more information about Georgetown University, visit