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McDonough Leadership Conference

Conference Theme:

"Concrete Leadership: Bridging the Divide Between Theory and Practice"

April 10-11, 2015

Conference Chair: Taylor Hanigosky (Cohort 26)


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 Leadership Center annually hosts the McDonough Leadership Conference.

Through the generous support of corporate sponsors, the conference is offered free of charge. However, you must register in order to attend the conference events. Some events (e.g., keynote luncheons, workshops) have limited spaces and will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.

REGISTRATION: To register for the conference, please click HERE.

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM: To view a preliminary copy of the conference program, please click HERE.





FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015

Keynote Opening Luncheon (Noon-1:30 p.m., Great Room, Andrews Hall)

         The World Pac Paper Leadership Lecture Series

Featured Graduate Presentation (3:00-3:50 p.m., McDonough Center, Evans Case Room)

         Robert Reynolds, Harvard Kennedy School, Center for Public Leadership

Leader Dialogue (4:00-4:50 p.m., McDonough Center, Evans Case Room)

         Gerard ElChaar, Senior Vice President and Division President, Coldwater Creek (2005-2012)

         Michael Milone, Executive Vice President (Retired), H.J. Heinz Company

Leadership Development Workshop I (4:00-5:50 p.m., McDonough Center Gallery)

            Topic: "Building a Brilliant Professional Network while in College & Beyond!"

            Workshop Leader: Hilles Hughes, Career Center, Marietta College

Faculty-Staff-Alumni Reception (7:00-8:30 p.m., McDonough Center Gallery)

Student Bowling Party (7:00-8:30 p.m., Downtown Marietta, Pastime Lanes)



Leadership Master Class (11:00-11:50 a.m., McDonough Center, Evans Case Room)

         Topic: “The Five Components of Leadership Model”
         Lecturer: Robert McManus, Marietta College

Keynote Luncheon (Noon-1:30 p.m., Great Room, Andrews Hall)

Maka Meshveliani, Senior Program Officer at NDI Georgia Office, 2015 Andi Parhamovich Fellow

Topic: "Women's Political Participation in Georgia"

Meshveliani is serving as a Senior Program Officer at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) Georgia Office and is leading the civil society development component under the project supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). She is responsible for designing and implementing the technical assistance programs to local NGOs which are aimed at improving issue-based advocacy skills of three most prominent, nation-wide NGOs and nine local groups in different regions of Georgia. Meshveliani is also actively involved in the women's programming of NDI Georgia and advocacy efforts for mandatory gender quotas at levels of legislatures. Meshveliani has led trainings and provided consultations on strategic planning, program management, network management, report writing, and different aspects of election monitoring (Parallel Vote Tabulation/PVT, short-term observation, long-term observation, and complaints adjudication processes) to NDI’s local civic partners during a number of national and local elections. In her private capacity, she has become actively involved in advocating for women's rights in Georgia and is a founding member of the Women's Movement in Georgia. She holds a LLM degree in international human rights law from the University of Essex (England) and studied law at Tbilisi State University. Meshveliani is the winner of a number of awards and scholarships, including the Open Society Institute-Chevening joint scholarship to fund the LLM studies at the University of Essex, and the US Department of State funded high school exchange scholarship Future Leaders Exchange Program/FLEX

Leadership Development Workshop II (2:00-3:50 p.m., McDonough Center Gallery)

Featured Graduate Presentation (3:00-3:50 p.m., McDonough Center, Evans Case Room)

         Bruce Easop, Leadership Fellow, Princeton University

Leader Dialogue (4:00-4:50 p.m., McDonough Center, Evans Case Room)

         Kathleen Reddy-Smith, Diplomat (Retired), U.S. Foreign Service, U.S. Department of State

Poster Presentations (5:00-5:50 p.m., McDonough Center, First Floor)

Keynote Closing Dinner (6:00-7:30 p.m., Great Room, Andrews Hall)

Michael Templeman, Director, New Initiatives - O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center

Topic: "Leadership for Global Health"

Michael Templeman '00 is Director of New Initiatives with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Previously, Templeman led marketing and recruiting efforts for Georgetown University's MBA Programs as Director of Admissions. He completed his Executive MBA at Georgetown and holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Marietta College with a Certificate in Leadership Studies (Cohort 10). While an undergraduate student, Templeman completed a semester abroad in India. He also served with the U.S. Peace Corps in Malawi, East Africa, with his wife Amy Jantz Templeman '00 (Cohort 10), focusing on HIV/AIDS education and small-scale agricultural development. When not at work, Templeman can be found practicing mindfulness meditation, running ultra-marathons, or tending to his rooftop honeybees in Washington, D.C., where he resides with his wife and 12-year-old daughter, Jessica.



Conference Accommodations:

All conference events take place on the Marietta College campus in Marietta, Ohio. For out-of-town participants, blocks of rooms are held at each location listed below. For Conference pricing, please ask for the “McDonough Conference” block when making your reservation.


Hampton Inn
508 Pike Street
Marietta, OH 45750
Phone: 740-373-5353

Double Queen - $106.00 (plus tax)
Rooms will be held for the McDonough Leadership Conference until March 20, 2015


Comfort Suites Marietta
202 Cherry Tree Lane
Marietta, OH 45750
Phone: 740-376-1600

Double Queen Suite with pull out queen sofa - $109.00 (plus tax)
Single King Suite with pull out queen sofa - $109.00 (plus tax)
Rooms will be held for the McDonough Leadership Conference until April 1, 2015


Fairfield Inn & Suites
200 Cherry Tree Lane
Marietta, OH 45750
Phone: 740-374-3000

Double Queen - $119.00 (plus tax)
Single King - $109.00 (plus tax)
Rooms will be held for the McDonough Leadership Conference until March 10, 2015


Additional Information (driving directions, arrival by air, local attractions, etc.)


Corporate Sponsors:

LEAD Sponsors: The Scott Theodore Leadership Conference Endowment, World Pac Paper, McDonough Corporation

KEY Sponsors: Peoples Bank, Westport Innovations, Eagle Manufacturing, Alliance Industries

Sponsors: Christy & Associates, Milone Family Charitable Trust



Please contact Dr. Gama Perruci (, Christy Hockenberry ( or call 740-376-4760.

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