McGowan Symposium on Business Leadership & Ethics

The annual McGowan Symposium on Business Leadership & Ethics brings together students and faculty from the nation’s premier business schools with recognized leaders in business, government, and academia for challenging and thought-provoking discussion on best practices in contemporary leadership. At the Symposium, the new McGowan Fellows are formally introduced and welcomed into the Fellows community. The Symposium is the centerpiece of a weekend of activities which runs from Thursday evening through Sunday morning.

In launching the McGowan Fellows program, the McGowan Fund board of directors recognized that the program must be more than simply a scholarship initiative. If they hoped to achieve their goal of advancing ethical leadership, the Fellows program must incorporate an opportunity for discourse and a way to foster community. As the living component of the Fellows program, the Symposium now provides Fellows the opportunity to engage in meaningful, sometimes challenging conversations with their peers, past Fellows, and thought leaders from outside their own MBA programs.

The Symposium weekend is annually organized in collaboration with and co-hosted by one of the 10 McGowan Fellows program university partner schools. The weekend takes place on the host campus and offers the organizing university an opportunity to showcase faculty expertise.

This year's event will take place on Friday, November 3, 2017, co-hosted by the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Past symposia have taken place at Northwestern University (2012), Dartmouth College (2013), University of Chicago (2014), Columbia University (2015), and University of Pennsylvania (2016), examining such topics as global inequality and socially responsible innovation. 

William G.