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Dominican Presents Arne Duncan in Annual Ethics and Leadership Lecture

Monday, August 7, 2017

Dominican University’s Brennan School of Business presents Arne Duncan, managing partner of Emerson Collective and former U.S. Secretary of Education, in the 13th Annual Ethics and Leadership Lecture on Tuesday, November 14. Duncan will speak at 6 p.m. at the University Club of Chicago, 76 East Monroe Street, Chicago. 

After leaving the White House, where he served as U.S. Secretary of Education, Duncan joined the Emerson Collective, a nonprofit organization founded by Laurene Powell Jobs dedicated to removing the systemic barriers to opportunity that prevent young people from reaching their full potential. Duncan launched a Chicago-focused program, CRED (Create Real Economic Destiny), under the auspices of Emerson to tackle gun violence and gangs by improving the lives of young adults who are neither working nor in school in his hometown of Chicago. The program partners with local business leaders, community organizers and nonprofit groups to create job and life opportunities for disenfranchised young people. 

The former CEO of Chicago Public Schools, Duncan has had a life-long passion for helping low-income children and young people through better education, meaningful personal relationships and greater exposure to concrete work opportunities. During his tenure with CPS, Duncan opened 100 new schools, expanded early childhood education, after-school programs and summer learning opportunities as well as college access initiatives. He also built a number of public/private partnerships focused on improving education.

This program is free but registration is required. To reserve your space, contact Brennan School of Business at (708) 524-6810 or visit

The Brennan School of Business’ annual Ethics and Leadership Lecture, sponsored by the Christopher Chair in Business Ethics, invites internationally recognized corporate, civic and government executives to address current issues of principled leadership.