McDonough Leadership Conference set for April 1-2, 2016

Marietta, OH. The McDonough Center for Leadership and Business of Marietta College in Ohio has announced the McDonough Leadership Conference set for April 1-2, 2016.  The Conference Theme will be “Leadership as Social Responsibility.”

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I spoke to Dr. Gama Perruci, Dean of the McDonough Center for Leadership and Business, about the conference. He told me:

Nobel Prize winning writer George Bernard Shaw effectively expressed the values of socially responsible leadership when he famously stated: “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.”

Leadership as social responsibility involves making choices that are ethical, thoughtful, and focused on the greater good rather than on convenience, personal gain, popularity, or expediency.

Socially responsible leadership is often complex, requiring leaders to balance their dedication to a goal, to their followers, to the community as a whole, and to their own values and principles. Truly effective socially responsible leadership requires that leaders fully consider the implications of their actions in various contexts – such as social, cultural, environmental, and economic.


Last spring, the McDonough Center established a partnership with our Foundation whose mission is “to support young global leadership impacting positive social change and the NGOs that support them, particularly in the fields of the Arts, Education, and Orphan Care.” Highlights of partnership priorities for the 2015-2016 may be seen here.

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I was delighted to receive the Center’s Mister Mac Award for Excellence in Leadership in March 2015. During his campus visit, Jim Luce and the McDonough faculty and staff discussed concrete steps to develop the partnership.

I spoke to Dr. Gama Perruci, Dean of the McDonough Center for Leadership and Business, about the upcoming conference:

We are pleased that the McDonough Corporation just signed on as a Lead Sponsor, followed by Bank of America.

In this spirit of sharing knowledge, best practices, and enriching students’ lives from diverse institutional backgrounds, we are looking for additional corporate partners who would like to join forces in shaping a national leadership debate about social responsibility.

This will provide the resources for the Center to organize a high-quality event that will become associated with your commitment to empower young professionals to take on leadership roles in today’s society.

The McDonough Center is named in honor of Bernard P. McDonough (1903-85), a self-made industrialist and entrepreneur who ran wide-ranging global business interests. From humble beginnings, he built an industrial empire after World War II with diverse holdings.

McDonough Leadership Conference (Logo)In 1986, through a generous gift from McDonough’s wife, Alma McDonough, and the McDonough Foundation, Marietta College established the Bernard P. McDonough Center for Leadership and Business. The Center offered the first comprehensive Liberal Arts undergraduate leadership program in the United States.

Marietta College
Located in Marietta, Ohio, at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio rivers, Marietta College is a four-year liberal arts college. Tracing its roots to the Muskingum Academy begun in 1797, the College was officially chartered in 1835. Today Marietta College serves a body of 1,200 full-time students. The College offers 44 majors and has been listed among Barron’s Best Buys in College Educa- tion and Peterson’s Competitive Colleges, and has been recognized as one of the top regional comprehensive colleges by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review.

The Editors
The Stewardship Report on Connecting Goodness is the communications platform of The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation ( There are now more than 100 contributors around the world to this publication.

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