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Recent Student Conference Presentations


The McDonough Center encourages its McDonough Scholars to share their research with the academic community. Aside from helping them disseminate their scholarly work, conference presentations also help the students sharpen their communication skills.

The McDonough Center assisted with the 2008 and 2009 America’s Best Leaders (ABL) Project – a collaboration between U.S. News & World Report and the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. The ABL honorees are selected by a committee of government, community and private sector leaders convened by CPL. McDonough served as one of three research teams (Harvard University and the University of Oklahoma being the other two). The teams helped identify potential nominees, researching ABL nominees and composing descriptive profiles for the ABL Selection Committee.

Dr. Robert McManus, McCoy associate professor of leadership studies and communication, served as faculty advisor for the Marietta College research team. The team (pictured above) included Diana Hackenburg ’09 (team leader), Scott Burnham ’11, Alison Matas ’11, Joshua Maxwell ’11, and Emily McGinty ’10. Dr. Gama Perruci, dean of the McDonough Center, served as a member of the 2009 ABL Selection Committee, which is co-chaired by David Gergen, CPL director and former adviser to several presidents, and Warren Bennis, one of the pioneers of the field of leadership studies and distinguished professor of business administration from the University of Southern California.

The names and profiles of the honorees were announced in a special December issue of U.S. News & World Report (see the links below).

How They Were Picked, 2009

How They Were Picked, 2008

 

Leadership students, Sarah Waitz ’10, Sarah Griffin ’12, Emily McGinty ’10, and Laura Aldrich ‘10, along with the faculty guidance of Dr. Robert McManus and Dr. Tanya Judd-Pucella, traveled to Prague, Czech Republic, in November 2009 to present their research at the International Leadership Association (ILA) conference in November.  The group had worked with a team of three Czech students from Palacky University (Olomouc), studying the rhetoric of two Czech Leaders (Vlasta Parkanova and Vlaclav Havel) and two American leaders (Hilary Clinton and Arnold Schwarzenegger). The group compared the rhetoric of the male and female leaders, based on stereotypical traits to see if their leadership styles matched these traits. The team then presented the findings at a round table discussion.

Grace O’Dell ’10, “Medical Ethics in Times of Emergency: The Case of Dr. Anna Pou;” presented at the inaugural Women in Leadership Conference, Marietta College, Ohio, April 3, 2010.

Sagan Malko ’10, “Culture or Gender? Women Leaders in Business;” presented at the inaugural Women in Leadership Conference, Marietta College, Ohio, April 3, 2010.

Jack Brossart ’10, “China’s Forked Path: China’s Future Prospects and Its Impact on Foreign Corporations Operating in China;” presented at the Fourth Undergraduate Asian Studies Symposium, Marietta College, Ohio, April 15-17, 2010.

Taylor Karam ’10, “Early Roots of Nationalism and Political Posters from 1898-1949;” presented at the Fourth Undergraduate Asian Studies Symposium, Marietta College, Ohio, April 15-17, 2010.

Stephanie Gelo’10, “The Chinese Communist Party: From a Charismatic Foundation to a Machiavellian Grip;” presented at the Fourth Undergraduate Asian Studies Symposium, Marietta College, Ohio, April 15-17, 2010.

Jennifer Gibson’10, “Deng Xiaoping’s Leadership and the Chinese Communist Party;”presented at the Fourth Undergraduate Asian Studies Symposium, Marietta College, Ohio, April 15-17, 2010.

Kayden Manning ’12,“Successful ‘Glocal’ Commercial Strategies: Coca-Cola Case Study;” presented at the Fourth Undergraduate Asian Studies Symposium, Marietta College, Ohio, April 15-17, 2010.

Matthew Heinzman ’12, “MTV-- Struggles of ‘Glocalization’ for Multinational Enterprises in China;” presented at the Fourth Undergraduate Asian Studies Symposium, Marietta College, Ohio, April 15-17, 2010.

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