McDonough School Connelly Scholars Offered Leadership Training By Gallup Organization

May 02, 2006

Cynthia S. Shaw
(202) 687-4080

McDonough School Connelly Scholars Offered Leadership Training By Gallup Organization

Washington, D.C. -- Ten MBAs, who participate in the John F. Connelly Scholarship program, were offered a distinctive opportunity to work with The Gallup Organization and its burgeoning management consulting practice. The Georgetown MBA John F. Connelly Scholars Program is an endowed fellowship program, established to provide recognition to an elite group of Georgetown MBA students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, professional excellence, and leadership in their community.

For this new and unique partnership, Gallup's Global Practice Leader for Leadership and a top leadership consultant, Vandana Allman, conducted a 90-minute structured in-depth leadership interview with each of the scholars. This same interview is used for the strategic development of Fortune 500 director-level and above leaders. Following the interview, the Scholars completed the Clifton StrengthsFinder (CSF), an online developmental assessment that will allow each individual to identify his or her natural talents or recurring patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

The group of Scholars also took part in an intense leadership seminar in Gallup's DC international headquarters on the science of strengths. Gallup's research has shown that focusing on one's natural talents has a strong and sustainable positive impact on performance and overall life satisfaction. Ms. Allman took each of the Scholars through a one-on-one development session. Using the findings from both the leadership interview and CSF assessment, she worked with each student to create development plans and action steps for the Scholars' future, whether they are about to re-enter the business world or they are finishing their MBA program.

"Working with leaders is always a privilege and working with young leaders such as those in the Connelly program is a critical mission for us," said Allman. "Our goal is to help focus these young and dynamic leaders and be very clear about their innate talents -- who they are and where they will have the greatest impact and success. We are really excited and proud to be a part of their development and leadership journey."

The Connelly Scholars Program at Georgetown University was created in 2001 by the Connelly Foundation of West Conshohocken, PA. Each year, ten (five per class) highly motivated and promising MBA students that have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, professional excellence and community leadership are chosen for this honor. Applications consist of a copy of the applicant's resume and answers to questions about facing difficult situations and learning about leadership through experience.

In addition to a generous scholarship, the students are often recognized by Georgetown to represent the McDonough School in enrichment programs such as the one being offered by Gallup.

Connelly Scholars are especially encouraged to be active members of the Georgetown MBA community, first as student leaders, and later as alumni. Further information about the Connelly Foundation can be found on their website, 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