Robert P. Maxon Lectures

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, B.A. ’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 are designed to add depth to the understanding of the next generation of global business leaders.

The 19th annual Robert P. Maxon Lecture was held in conjunction with the George Talks Business event on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Manoj Saxena, executive chairman of CognitiveScale and former first general manager of IBM Watson, was interviewed by GW School of Business Dean Anuj Mehrotra.

The 18th Annual Maxon Lecture

April 18, 2017

Derk Hendrikson | Vice President of Business Integration, Office of
Sustainability, The Coca Cola Company

2015 | The 16th Annual Maxon Lecture

March 17, 2015

Jim Clifton | Chairman & CEO, Gallup Inc.

The 15th Annual Maxon Lecture

March 19, 2014

Sheri McCoy | CEO & Director, Avon Products, Inc.

The 14th Annual Maxon Lecture

April 16, 2013

Hossein Fateh | Co-Founder, President, CEO & Director, Dupont Fabros Technology

Flyer | The 14th Annual Maxon Lecture (PDF)

The 13th Annual Maxon Lecture

April 9, 2012

Wes Bush | Chairman, CEO & President, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Flyer | The 13th Annual Maxon Lecture (PDF)

The 12th Annual Maxon Lecture

February 2011

Ian M. Cook | Chairman, President & CEO, Colgate-Palmolive

Transcript | The 12th Annual Maxon Lecture (PDF)

The 11th Annual Maxon Lecture

Greater Global Transparency In Financial Reporting: Lighting The Path For Investors

March 2010

Robert Herz | Chairman, Financial Accounting Standards Board

David Tweedie | Chairman, International Accounting Standards Board

Transcript | The 11th Annual Maxon Lecture (PDF)

The 10th Annual Maxon Lecture

A Corporate Responsibility Tradition: Creative Approaches, Rewarding Outcomes


Mustafa V. Koç | Chairman of the Board of Directors, Koç Holding

The 9th Annual Maxon Lecture

Global Warming and the Use of Markets to Solve Environmental Problems


Richard L. Sandor | Founder and Chairman, Chicago Climate Exchange

The 8th Annual Maxon Lecture

What is the Relationship Between Company Profits, Company Reputation and Corporate Giving?


Dr. Philip Kotler | S.C. Johnson & Son Distinguished Professor of
International Marketing, Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management

The 7th Annual Maxon Lecture

Good Corporate Governance — A Mindset or a Checklist?


N.R. Narayana Murthy | Chairman of the Board & Chief Mentor, Infosys Technologies

The 6th Annual Maxon Lecture

Characteristics of Enduring Great Companies: A U.S./Europe Comparison


Jerry I. Porras | Lane Professor of Organizational Behavior and Change (Emeritus), Stanford University Graduate School of Business

The 5th Annual Maxon Lecture

Competing to Win in Global Media


Sumner M. Redstone | Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Viacom

The 4th Annual Maxon Lecture

Markets, Globalization, and Prosperity


Vernon Smith | 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science, Professor of Economics and Law, George Mason University

The 3rd Annual Maxon Lecture

The Challenge of Globalization


Alan Greenspan | Chairman, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System

The 2nd Annual Maxon Lecture

Today’s Challenge to Central Banks in Global Capital Markets


Arminio Fraga Neto | Governor, Banco Central Do Brazil

The 1st Annual Maxon Lecture

The Next Competitive Frontier


Sir John Browne | Chief Executive, BP Amoco