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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

2020

Applying Principled Leadership in Uncertain Times
Carnegie Mellon University
Tepper School of Business

2019

Leading in a VUCA World
MIT
Sloan School of Management

2018

Leadership. Connection. Commitment.
Duke University
Fuqua School of Business

2017

The History & Revitalization Efforts in Detroit
University of Michigan
Ross School of Business

2016

Socially Responsible Innovation
University of Pennsylvania
Wharton School

2015

The Sustainability Imperative: Developing Communities in a Changing World
Columbia University
Columbia Business School

2014

Global Inequality: Shifting the Conversation to Creative Solutions
University of Chicago
Booth School of Business

2013

The New World of Work: Are You Ready?
Dartmouth College
Tuck School of Business

2012

Values-Based Leadership: Exploring Ethical Standards and Practice
Northwestern University
Kellogg School of Management

2011

Business & Government: Who’s Ethically Challenged?
Georgetown University
McDonough School of Business

2010

Ethics & the Financial Crisis
National Archives
William G. McGowan Theater