McGowan Symposium on Business Leadership and Ethics

November 01, 2011

Discussions to Focus on Theme “Business and Government: Who’s Ethically Challenged?” at Second Annual McGowan Symposium, Nov. 5 

The second annual McGowan Symposium on Business Leadership and Ethics at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will engage in a discussion that asks “Business and Government: Who’s Ethically Challenged?” The theme originates from events in recent years where both business and government have come under fire from the general public on issues of honesty, ethical behavior, and overall leadership.
Saturday, November 5, 2011, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Georgetown University
McDonough School of Business
37th & O Streets, NW
Rafik B. Hariri Building
Lohrfink Auditorium
Washington, D.C.
Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Teresa Mannix, director of media relations, at (202) 687-4080 or
The symposium will begin with “Honesty and Ethics: Public Opinion of Professions,” during which Jim Clifton, CEO of Gallup, will discuss the organization’s annual Honesty and Ethics poll.
A panel about “Leading Through Challenge: Retaining Public Confidence” will feature Debbi Jarvis, vice president of corporate citizenship and social responsibility at Pepco Holdings Inc.; Edward Montgomery, dean of the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute; and Andrew Plepler, global corporate social responsibility and consumer policy executive at Bank of America. It will be moderated by Clive Crook, senior editor of The Atlantic and contributing editor for the National Journal.
Finally, an interactive session on “The Decision Maker” will be led by crisis communications expert and author Eric Dezenhall, co-founder of Dezenhall Resources, Ltd.
The event is sponsored by the Georgetown McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative and the McGowan Charitable Fund.
About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit

About the Global Social Enterprise Initiative
As part of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, the Global Social Enterprise Initiative integrates social enterprise into all aspects of the school as well as collaborates with others at Georgetown, in the nation’s capital, and around the world. The initiative is developing and disseminating best practices on social ventures in and across corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors. Through research, teaching, outreach, and creative problem solving, the initiative focuses on global health and well-being, responsible investing, economic growth and financial security, clean-tech energy, and international development.
About the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund
The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund was established to realize and enlarge the magnificent human potential which William McGowan foresaw. Its vision is to impact lives today, create sustainable change, and empower future generations to achieve their greatest potential. The Fund brings its vision to life through grant making in three program areas including Health care and Medical Research; Education, and Community Programs for those most vulnerable. We give priority to programs that have demonstrated success, measurable outcomes, have a plan for sustainability, and aim to end cycles of poverty and suffering.
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