McDonough Hosts National Leadership Conference


Leadership has emerged in recent decades as a major field of study in Higher Education. Today, many colleges and universities offer exciting curricular and co-curricular programs in Leadership Studies – challenging their students to develop their leadership skills in preparation for a life of purpose and engagement. It is in this spirit of intellectual exploration, scholarship, self-reflection and personal leadership development that the McDonough Center hosted the McDonough Leadership Conference (April 11-12, 2014).

Because of generous corporate support (listed below), the conference was free and open to the public.

(Pictured above) Opening Keynote Speaker (Friday, April 11, Noon-1:30 p.m.): William B. Cyr, President and CEO, Sunny Delight Beverages Company. Topic: "Take Risks: Caution is Over-Rated." The opening keynote speaker is part of the inaugural World Pac Paper Leadership Lecture Series.

Check out the 2014 Conference Program!

Click HERE for more information about the 2014 McDonough Leadership Conference.

Thank you to the following 2014 McDonough Leadership Conference Sponsors:

LEAD SPONSORS: The Scott Theodore Leadership Conference Endowment; World Pac Paper, LLC; McDonough Corporation

KEY SPONSORS: The New York Times; Peoples Bank; Eagle Manufacturing; Endurance Resources, LLC

SPONSORS: The Hampton Inn/The Microtel Inn and Suites; Newfield Exploration Company

Leaders in Action

McDonough Scholars are always looking for ways to learn and grow as leaders. Here are some examples from the Marietta College and The Marietta Times websites:

Kayleigh Bondor ’17 (Communication major; certificate in Leadership Studies) - helped Marietta College finish second in the Public Communication Speech & Debate League Nationals.

Emily Lorek '14 (Psychology major; minors in Leadership Studies and Spanish) - featured in The Marietta Times for her volunteer work with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Marietta.

Emma Burger '14 (Music Education major; certificate in Leadership Studies) - elected to serve as the student president of the Ohio Collegiate Music Educators Association.

Jessica Johnson '14 (Political Science major; certificate in Leadership Studies) and C.J. Englert '14 (Political Science major; certificate in Leadership Studies) - qualified for the American Collegiate Moot Court Association’s National Championship Tournament.

Brian Raiff '17 (Petroleum Engineering major; Engineering Leadership Certificate) - selected as the 2013 McCoy Scholar.

Brett Notarius '14 (Environnmental Studies and International Leadership Studies majors; Energy Systems minor) and Luke Badaczewski '14 (International Leadership Studies) - Sustainable housing at Marietta College.

Chelsea Smith ’15 - (English Secondary Education major; Teacher Leadership Certificate) - pictured above right; named one of 30 women from throughout the state to participate in the 2013 NEW Leadership Ohio Program.



Madrid, Spain (Photo taken by Madison Moreno while studying abroad)

BLOGGING WHILE STUDYING ABROAD (Spring 2014): Madison Moreno '15 (Spain); Monica Short '15 (France); Alina Kielbasa '15 (Fiji); Danie Chirdon '15 (Finland); and Ryan Till '15 (Japan). Click HERE to learn more about the McDonough Worldwide Blogging Program.

Upcoming Events

Friday, April 25, 2014 - Saturday, April 26, 2014
McDonough Center
Marietta College

Join us for the Ethics & Mental Health Symposium at Marietta College. We are currently accepting papers and proposals for the Symposium. Please click HERE for more details about the Symposium itself, its purpose, ideas for sessions you may be interested in hosting, and guidelines for submitting a paper and/or proposal.

Monday, May 12, 2014 - Tuesday, May 27, 2014
West Africa

Please join us for the next Leadership Service Trip to Ghana. Tentative date: May 12-27, 2014. This will be the fourth group we will be taking to West Africa as part of a unique service project that combines community engagement with cultural and educational experiences.

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The 2014-2015 Fitzgerald Executive-in-Residence

Michael Milone, Executive Vice President (Retired), Rest of World, Enterprise Risk Management & Global Infant/Nutrition, H.J. Heinz Company, will serve as the 2014-2015 Fitzgerald Executive-in-Residence at the McDonough Center. His project is entitled, “Life in a Changing World,” and will focus on how business, leadership or everyday life will be different 20-25 years from now.


Please click HERE to access his EIR Project description and Application information.


Application Deadline: Friday, April 4, 2014


To read the Marietta College Website EIR story, click HERE.

Inaugural Schwartz Leader-in-Residence

Kathleen Reddy-Smith ’71, a retired diplomat with the U.S. Foreign Service, will begin a yearlong project in the fall of 2014 as the first Schwartz Leader-in-Residence (LIR) at Marietta College. She served in Islamabad, Brussels (both the bilateral mission and the U.S. Mission to the European Union), Paris, and Rome, where she was Counselor for Economic Affairs and then Minister Counselor.


Please click HERE to access her LIR Project description.


To read the Marietta College Website LIR story, click HERE.

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