13th Annual Ethics and Leadership Lecture: Arne Duncan

Join us for an evening with Arne Duncan, Managing Partner at Emerson Collective, Former U.S. Secretary of Education, and Former CEO, Chicago Public Schools.

Former U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, has returned to Chicago on a mission to reduce gun violence by improving the lives of young adults in his hometown. As managing partner at Emerson Collective—a social justice organization established by Laurene Powell Jobs—Duncan partners with local business leaders, community organizers and nonprofit groups to create job and life opportunities for disconnected young men in Chicago.

Duncan has devoted his career to expanding opportunities for young people, most notably through reforming public education by focusing on pioneering a cradle-to-career pathway to advance socio-economic mobility.

From 2001 to 2008, Duncan served as chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools. He won praise for uniting the city’s stakeholders behind an education agenda that included opening 100 new schools; expanding early childhood, after-school, summer learning, and college access programs; dramatically boosting the caliber of teachers; and building public-private partnerships around a variety of education initiatives.

From 2009-2015, Duncan served as secretary of education in the Obama Administration. He is credited with many breakthroughs, including an unprecedented partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services. With a collective focus on early childhood issues from a social, educational and health perspective, Duncan spearheaded increases in federal and state funding; expanded programs and family services; and raised the bar for teacher training, development curricula and family engagement.


The University Club of Chicago
76 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603


Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Lecture: 6:00 p.m.
Professional dress attire is required.

About the Ethics and Leadership Lecture

Business ethics is a cornerstone of the Brennan School curriculum. The Brennan School’s annual Ethics and Leadership Lecture, sponsored by our Christopher Chair in Business Ethics, invites internationally-recognized corporate, civic and government executives to address current issues of principled leadership. Hosted annually in downtown Chicago, this free lecture brings an unprecedented level of access to these leaders for the Chicago business community.

As part of this year's event, Arne Duncan will be awarded with the Dominican University Ethics and Leadership Award.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 6:00pm
The University Club of Chicago
Free, with registration required