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McDonough Leadership Conference

Conference Theme: "The Collaborative Side of Leadership"
April 6-7, 2018
Conference Chair: Derek Krieg (McDonough Cohort 29)
To see the 2018 Conference Program, please click HERE!
This national event brought together undergraduate and graduate leadership students from many different institutions. There was no registration fee to attend this conference. Because of generous corporate sponsorships, we were able to offer this conference to all participants free of charge. Plus, most meals were covered during the conference. Student delegations were responsible for travel and lodging arrangements (see information below).

Conference Theme Description:
In our diverse, dynamic, and hyper-connected world, thoughtful collaboration is increasingly required for effective leadership. For the 2018 McDonough Leadership Conference, we invite you to consider "The Collaborative Side of Leadership." How can effective leadership both drive and benefit from collaboration, not only with team members, but also across cultures, experiences, generations, industries, and more? We are interested in the power, challenges, limits, and potential of working together across boundaries to achieve goals – whether it is business leaders developing socially responsible and economically profitable global supply chains, political leaders navigating long-term humanitarian crises across international borders, teacher leaders facilitating effective education practices in a constantly evolving technological landscape, or community leaders leveraging a complicated network of public and private institutions and priorities to assure the well-being of their neighbors and their towns.
Conference Speakers:

OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Eric M. Ellis, President and C.E.O. of Integrity Development Corporation, a Diversity & Inclusion Consulting Firm providing strategic corporate culture and learning solutions for multinational organizations, mid-sized businesses, educational institutions and public sector organizations.

CLOSING KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Ambassador (Ret) Edward B. O’Donnell, Senior Strategy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Diplomatic Security at the U.S. State Department; Faculty Associate, Arizona State University, The McCain Institute for International Leadership, Washington, D.C.

LEADERSHIP MASTER CLASS SPEAKER: Sadhana Hall, Deputy Director of the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, Dartmouth College. Topic: "Collaborating for Leadership."

LEADER DIALOGUE SPEAKER: John N. Gardner, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, Brevard, NC; world-renowned expert on the first-year experience in higher education.

FEATURED GRADUATE STUDENT SPEAKER: Sana Rafiq, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School. Presentation Title: "Pay-for-Monopoly? A Behavioral Economics Perspective on Reverse Payments by Pharmaceutical Firms."
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
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

Confirmed 2018 Corporate Sponsors:
Lead Sponsors: The Scott Theodore Leadership Conference Endowment, McDonough Corporation, Peoples Bank, World Pac Paper
Key Sponsors: Buffalo Marine Service, Inc.; The Galley Restaurant
Sponsors: MCA Associates, Inc.; Hines Furlong Line; 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.

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