Featured Events

Following are examples of signature events that Trusted Partners may sponsor, participate in, or attend. For a complete calendar of events at the George Washington University School of Business, visit our events page.


Maxon Lecture and VIP Dinner

The Robert P. Maxon Lectureship was established through Dorothy Maxon’s generous endowment gift to the School of Business in honor of her husband, Robert P. Maxon, BA ‘48. A distinguished GW alumnus, Robert P. Maxon valiantly served his country in WWII and went on to serve in several executive positions for Mobil, retiring as general manager of worldwide corporate public relations. The annual lecture features prominent executives and academics making presentations on contemporary global management issues. The lectureship is designed to add depth to the understanding of the next generation of global business leaders.

Past Maxon Lecture Speakers: 

Hossein Fateh, Co-founder, President, CEO and Director, Dupont Fabros & Technology; Wes Bush, Chairman, CEO & President, Northrup Grumman; Ian Cook, Chairman, President & CEO, Colgate


Center for International Business, Education, and Research (CIBER) Workshop and Dinner at the IMF

Succeeding in Emerging and Developing Markets: Understanding How Institutions Impact Firms and Managers – June 11-14, 2013

The majority of traditional Western business curriculum is founded on theory and research generated in developed countries, where political, economic, legal, and social institutions generally are formalized, well-developed, and stable. But multinational corporations increasingly are setting their sights on developing and emerging countries for future growth potential, where the institutional context is quite different. In these markets, international institutions play a prominent role, and local institutions are often informal, weakly formalized, in transition—or even non-existent.

This workshop is designed to equip international business educators with an in-depth understanding of how institutions shape the strategies that firms employ and the actions that managers take in developing and emerging countries. We will explore how weak institutions create particular challenges, such as corruption, political risk, regulatory obstacles, social divisions, and civil strife—and the ways firms and managers can cope with these issues. We also will examine how non-governmental organizations (NGOs), social entrepreneurs, diaspora communities, and multilateral organizations are striving to strengthen institutions in these markets and how these new institutional forms affect firms and managers.

Dinner Keynote Address:

Dr. Jianhai Lin, Secretary of the Fund and the International Monetary and Financial Committee, IMF


The Denit Trust Challenges in Corporate Governance Lecture Series

Hosted by the Corporate Governance Program, this series examines the traditional and evolving role of boards as governing bodies.

Challenges in Corporate Governance: The Role of Corporate Directors in a Corporate Crisis – October 21, 2013

The program will be sponsored jointly by ICR and C-LEAF, The Center for Law, Economics, and Finance at the GW Law School. The program will focus on corporate directors’ role in a corporate crisis. Issues that will be addressed will include how a crisis is escalated to the board level, how the board organizes to react to it, the pitfalls they may encounter, what type of outside advisors they may engage, and the impact of the crisis on the company overall. The panelists and moderator all have specific experience with respect to such crises and bring a range of corporate director, regulatory, and legal expertise. This program should be of particular interest to students of general business and of corporate and securities law.

Moderator:

The Honorable Cynthia A. Glassman, Senior Research Scholar, ICR

Panelists:

Alan Beller, Executive Director, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; John Olson, Founding Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Lawrence Trautman, Professional Corporate Director; Laura Unger, Special Adviser, Promontory

Challenges in Corporate Governance: The Role of Corporate Directors in Setting the Tone at the Top – April 15, 2013

The program was sponsored jointly by ICR and C-LEAF, The Center for Law, Economics, and Finance at the GW Law School. One of the most important responsibilities of a Corporate Board is developing a succession plan for the CEO, both for the long term and for emergencies. The panel will discuss how Boards carry out this role in practice, what they consider, and how they organize to have an effective process and outcome.

Moderator:

The Honorable Cynthia AGlassman, Senior Research Scholar, ICR

Panelists:

Julie Howard, CEO and Director, Navigant Consulting, Inc.; Nels Olson, Vice Chairman and Co-Leader International Board & CEO Services Practice, Korn/Ferry; Anthony M. Santomero, Chairman, Citibank

Challenges in Corporate Governance: Executive Compensation – April 11, 2012

The program was sponsored jointly by ICR and C-LEAF, The Center for Law, Economics, and Finance at the GW Law School. The program will focus on Corporate Directors’ Role in setting executive compensation, with particular emphasis on “pay-for-performance” initiatives and the issues addressed in public companies’ Compensation Disclosure and Analysis that is required in their annual proxy form.

Moderator:

Lisa Fairfax, Leroy Sorenson Merrifield Research Professor of Law, The George Washington University

Panelists:

Veronica Biggins, Managing Director of Diversified Search ; Mark Carey, Senior Advisor, Division of International Finance of The Federal Reserve Board; Harvey Pitt, Chief Executive Officer of Kalorama Partners, LLC; Gail Wilensky, Economist and Senior Fellow at Project HOPE

Challenges in Corporate Governance: Directors Responsibility for Risk Management after Dodd-Frank – November 3, 2011

The program was sponsored jointly by the ICR and C-LEAF, The Center for Law, Economics, and Finance at the GW Law School. The program will focus on corporate directors’ role in risk management post Dodd Frank, with a particular emphasis on financial institutions.The program will include two panels. The first will cover the perspective from outside the boardroom, and will address the role of directors in risk management from the viewpoint of a regulator, an attorney, an industry analyst, and a researcher. The second panel will address the directors’ role from inside the boardroom, including two board directors, an auditor, and a chief risk officer.

The first panel will be introduced and moderated by John Buchman, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of E*TRADE Bank.

Panelists:

Stasia D. Kelly, Partner at DLA Piper; Patrick M. Parkinson, Director, Federal Reserve Board’s Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation; Jaret Seiberg, Senior Vice President at MF Global; Thomas H. Stanton, Professor, Johns Hopkins University Center for Advanced Governmental Studies

The second panel will be introduced and moderated by The Honorable Cynthia A. Glassman, Senior Research Scholar at ICR, former SEC Commissioner, and former Under Secretary of Commerce.

Panelists:

The Honorable Mary K. Bush, Founder and President of Bush International; Andrew Kuritzkes, Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for State Street Corporation; Mike Mancuso, Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for CSC; Gregory G. Weaver, Vice Chairman of Deloitte LLP

Challenges in Corporate Governance: The Case of Diversity on Boards – March 31, 2011

The second program will be a panel discussion on corporate board diversity – what it means in theory and practice; whether and why it matters; and, how best to achieve it.

The panel will be introduced and moderated by The Honorable Cynthia A. Glassman, Senior Research Scholar at ICR, former SEC Commissioner, and former Under Secretary of Commerce.

Panelists: 

Alan Beller, Partner with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; Cari Dominguez, Corporate Director with Manpower, Inc. and the Calvert SAGE Fund, former Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); Julian Ha, member of Heidrick & Struggles, the global Executive Search firm; Donald Peterson, former Chairman and CEO of Avaya Inc. and former CFO of Lucent Technologies Inc.

Challenges in Corporate Governance: The Case of Conflict Minerals – December 2, 2010

The first program was a panel discussion by board directors on the practical aspects of corporate governance using the new disclosure requirements of the conflict minerals section of the Dodd-Frank Act as a catalyst for the discussion.

The panel will be introduced by Cynthia A. Glassman, Senior Research Scholar at the ICR, former SEC Commissioner, and Director of Discover Financial Services and Navigant Consulting. The panel will be moderated by Catherine Dixon of Weil,Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Panelists:

George Munoz, principal of the Munoz Group and member of the Boards of Directors of Marriott International, the Altria Group, and the National Geographic Society; Donald Nicolaisen, board member, Verizon Communications Inc., Zurich Financial Services, MGIC Investment Corporation, and Morgan Stanley; Karen Hastie Williams, retired partner at Crowell and Moring and board member, the Chubb Corporation, Continental Airlines, Inc., Gannett Company, Inc., Washington Gas Holdings Company, SunTrust Bank, and the Federal National Mortgage Association Foundation