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Symposium

Crucial questions, conversations, and connections

The annual McGowan Symposium on Business Leadership & Ethics is the springboard to McGowan’s yearlong Fellows program. At the symposium, the McGowan community welcomes our new Fellows as they delve into meaningful conversations with peers, alumni, recognized leaders in business, government, and academia, as well as with thought leaders from outside their own MBA programs. In addition, the weekend includes a half-day retreat for alums, sponsored by the McGowan Fund.

Symposia focus on specific issues, always with an eye to the intersection of current trends in ethical leadership and decision-making.

Past Symposia

Who Comes First? When Profits and Principles Compete

2023
Northwestern University
Kellogg School of Management

The Future of Being True

2022
Georgetown University
McDonough School of Business

What Can Conscious Capitalism Do?

2021
University of Virginia
Darden School of Business

Applying Principled Leadership in Uncertain Times

2020
Carnegie Mellon University
Tepper School of Business

Leading in a VUCA World

2019
MIT
Sloan School of Management

Leadership. Connection. Commitment.

2018
Duke University
Fuqua School of Business

The History & Revitalization Efforts in Detroit

2017
University of Michigan
Ross School of Business

Socially Responsible Innovation

2016
University of Pennsylvania
Wharton School

The Sustainability Imperative: Developing Communities in a Changing World

2015
Columbia University
Columbia Business School

Global Inequality: Shifting the Conversation to Creative Solutions

2014
University of Chicago
Booth School of Business

The New World of Work: Are You Ready?

2013
Dartmouth College
Tuck School of Business

Values-Based Leadership: Exploring Ethical Standards and Practice

2012
Northwestern University
Kellogg School of Management

Business & Government: Who’s Ethically Challenged?

2011
Georgetown University
McDonough School of Business

Ethics & the Financial Crisis

2010
National Archives
William G. McGowan Theater