University of Southern California

Marshall to Host Corporate Stewardship Conference
Howard Schultz, Terri Kelly and James Sinegal to Keynote
January 10, 2014 • by News at Marshall

The USC Marshall School of Business and its Center for Effective Organizations (CEO) announce a conference on the topic of corporate stewardship honoring Warren Bennis, University Professor and Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, who pioneered the field of leadership studies. Corporate Stewardship: Organizing for Sustainable Effectiveness will showcase current corporate practices and research findings in the areas of social responsibility, business ethics and environmental sustainability and feature keynote presentations by three prominent chief executive officers — Howard Schultz of Starbucks, Terri Kelly of W. L. Gore and James Sinegal (retired) of Costco. Hosted by James G. Ellis, dean of the Marshall School of Business, this event will convene local and national business leaders with USC faculty, research scientists and students on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in the Davidson Conference Center on the University of Southern California’s University Park campus.

“Our goal is to help build local and global awareness and understanding of effective practices and stimulate research and teaching initiatives focused on the changing role of corporations in society,” said Edward Lawler, CEO director and Distinguished Professor of Business. “The conference is intended to serve as a catalyst that will accelerate cross-discipline research and knowledge development in the critical, rapidly changing management area of sustainable effectiveness.”

The conference will focus on how businesses can create strategies, structures, policies and management practices that are profitable, ethical, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible in the long term. Each keynote speaker will participate in a panel discussion featuring executives from other companies that are leaders in organizing for sustainable effectiveness, as well as scholars from USC and other universities researching and writing on the topics of social responsibility, business ethics and environmental sustainability.

This conference was organized in honor of one of the world's foremost experts on leadership. A University and Distinguished Professor, consultant and writer, Bennis has served as adviser to four U.S. presidents, including John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic “On Becoming a Leader.” He chairs the advisory board of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a former Distinguished Research Fellow at Harvard Business School, former president of the University of Cincinnati, as well as former provost and executive vice-president of SUNY-Buffalo.

The Corporate Stewardship conference is sponsored by Gap Inc., PwC LLP and Unilever, whose support makes it possible for the Center for Effective Organizations to study and disseminate new knowledge about emerging issues that affect the field of organizational effectiveness and business management.

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