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McDonough Leadership Conference

Conference Theme: "Leadership Through Time"
March 31-April 1, 2017
Conference Chair: Kaitlin Sarago (McDonough Cohort 28)
This national event brings together undergraduate and graduate leadership students from many different institutions. There is no registration fee to attend this conference. Because of generous corporate sponsorships (see the list below), we are able to offer this conference to all participants free of charge. Plus, most meals are covered during the conference. Student delegations are responsible for travel and lodging arrangements (see information below).
Click HERE to check out this year's Conference Program!
Leadership does not take place in a contextual vacuum. It is the product of many processes that come together in a specific time, contributing to a complex human phenomenon. Please join us as we explore two aspects of this conference theme, “Leadership Through Time” – (1) The historical dynamic of leadership; and (2) Leadership across generations. In the first aspect, we draw leadership lessons by exploring the experiences of the past. Historical leaders are often studied to help us understand how leadership works in different contexts. In the second aspect, we are particularly interested in the way different generations have influenced leadership through the decades. In particular, we would like to explore the way multiple generations affect leadership – e.g., the presence of the Millennials in the workplace.

It is in this spirit of intellectual exploration, scholarship, self-reflection, and personal leadership development that the McDonough Center annually hosts the McDonough Leadership Conference, a national gathering focused on celebrating and advancing undergraduate research in Leadership Studies.
Types of Sessions:
Undergraduate/graduate student sessions (panels with paper presentations) – original re­search, senior capstone project, literature review, report from field experience (e.g., intern­ships, study abroad)
Faculty/staff sessions (roundtable discussions) – interactive sessions, best practices, informa­tion exchange
Poster session - for undergraduate students
Keynote Speakers - lunch and dinner provided
Leadership Development Workshops - interactive sessions with experienced leadership development facilitators
Leader Dialogue - informal exchange with accomplished leaders
Networking - social events for faculty, staff, students

2017 Corporate Sponsors:
Lead Sponsors: The Scott Theodore Leadership Conference Endowment, McDonough Corporation, Peoples Bank, World Pac Paper
Sponsors: Alliance Industries, J. Luce Foundation, Dr. George McAfee and Family.

Conference Accommodations:

All conference events take place on the Marietta College campus in Marietta, Ohio. For hotel reservations, we suggest the following possibilities:
Walking Distance from Campus:
The Hackett Hotel
203 1/2 Second Street
Marietta, OH 45750
Phone: 740-374-8278
Short Drive from Campus:
Hampton Inn
508 Pike Street
Marietta, OH 45750
Phone: 740-373-5353
Comfort Suites Marietta
202 Cherry Tree Lane
Marietta, OH 45750
Phone: 740-376-1600
Fairfield Inn & Suites
200 Cherry Tree Lane
Marietta, OH 45750
Phone: 740-374-3000


Marietta College
Marietta is located in the heart of the Mid-Ohio Valley. Click the image above for a Google map.
Driving (GPS Locator: 215 5th Street, Marietta, Ohio  45750)

  • From the North: Take I-77 South To Exit 1
  • From the South: Take I-77 North To Exit 1
  • From the East: Take I-70 West to I-77 South to Exit 1

From Exit 1, keep right off exit onto Rt-7 South . . .

  • Continue through 5 traffic lights.
  • At the 6th light (Kentucky Fried Chicken on right), turn right onto 4th Street.
  • Continue down 4th Street through blinking light turn right at next traffic light onto Putnam Street.
  • Approximately 1 block on the right is the entrance to the McDonough Center parking lot.
  • Conference parking is provided on the side of the McDonough Center.

From the West . . .

  • Take U.S. 50 East to Belpre, OH to Rt-7.
  • Follow Rt-7 into Marietta (will become 3rd Street).
  • Turn left at the intersection of 3rd and Putnam Streets.
  • Continue through 2 traffic lights.
  • Entrance to the McDonough Center is approximately 1 block on the right.
  • Conference parking is provided on the side of the McDonough Center.

Arriving by Air
Airports with easy access to the Marietta area include:

  • Port Columbus International Airport (OH)
    2 hour drive
  • Pittsburgh International Airport (PA)
    2 hour and 30 minute drive
  • Akron/Canton Airport (OH)
    1 hour and 45 minute drive
  • Charleston Yeager Field (WV)
    1 hour and 30 minute drive

PARKING: Wondering where to park during the conference? Click HERE.

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

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