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McDonough Leadership Conference

Conference Theme:

"Leadership as Social Responsibility"

April 1-2, 2016

Conference Chair: Emily Drabeck (Cohort 27)


Nobel Prize winning writer George Bernard Shaw effectively expressed the values of socially responsible leadership when he famously stated: “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.” Leadership as social responsibility involves making choices that are ethical, thoughtful, and focused on the greater good rather than on convenience, personal gain, popularity, or expediency. Socially responsible leadership is often complex, requiring leaders to balance their dedication to a goal, to their followers, to the community as a whole, and to their own values and principles. Truly effective socially responsible leadership requires that leaders also fully consider the implications of their actions in various contexts – such as social, cultural, environmental, and economic – and that they are willing to struggle honestly and openly with conflicting values and difficult choices.

It is in the spirit of intellectual exploration, scholarship, self-reflection and personal leadership development that the McDonough Leadership Center annually hosts the McDonough Leadership Conference. We hope you will be able to join us!

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.



All undergraduate/graduate students and faculty/staff members from any higher education institution are invited to present at the 2016 conference.



Undergraduate/graduate student sessions (panels with individual students’ presentations) – original research, literature review, report from field experience (e.g., internships, study abroad). We particularly encourage faculty members to organize and propose a panel session with students from their institution.

Faculty/staff sessions (roundtable discussions) – interactive sessions, information exchange.

Poster session for undergraduate students.



• Name of presenter(s) and contact information

• Session type (panel, roundtable discussion, poster)

• Title of presentation

• Brief summary of the presentation (approximately 250 words long)

• Set up needs (e.g., PowerPoint)



All proposals should be submitted electronically (Word document) to Dr. Gama Perruci ( by Friday, January 1, 2016.



To view the 2015 conference program so you will have an idea of the conference format, please click HERE.


2015 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



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


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


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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