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CEO Summit Features Colin Powell

Colin Powell addresses attendees at the CEO Summit held at the Quinlan School of Business. Photo by Jimmy McHugh // The PHOENIX

by Jimmy McHugh // jmchugh@luc.edu

With the Schreiber Center shut down to students on Tuesday, Sept. 15, high profile Chicago business leaders took their places at the elevator lines, all making their way up to the CEO Summit headlined by Colin Powell, former Secretary of State and four-star United States General.

Serving as a precursor to the new building’s grand opening reception dinner, Gen. Powell’s keynote speech and the summit’s panel discussion focused on corporate social responsibility and its integral role in the connection between business, government and education.

“Social responsibility is not charity,” said Powell. “It is an investment in the future of the country, and it must be continuous, real and embedded in the DNA of an organization for it to be effective.”

The Quinlan School of Business was lauded several times throughout the discussion for its incorporation of Jesuit principles in the classroom, and from there, its potential for strengthening corporate efforts in establishing purposes that transcend profit-based missions.

Aside from Gen. Powell, the panel featured Robert Parkinson, Jr., CEO of Baxter International, Shaun Budnik, Partner at KPMG LLP, Paul La Schiazza, President of AT&T Illinois and Ed Wehmer, founder and CEO of Wintrust Financial.

Colin Powell addresses attendees at the CEO Summit held at the Quinlan School of Business. Photo by Jimmy McHugh // The PHOENIX
Colin Powell addresses attendees at the CEO Summit held at the Quinlan School of Business. Photo by Jimmy McHugh // The PHOENIX
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