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January 23, 2019 - “The Horizons of Business Education,” a two-day conference on non-profit leadership and social entrepreneurship, will be held at King’s College on March 28-29.  Sponsored by the College’s McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility and the William G. McGowan School of Business, the free public event is designed to explore the question of what sort of jobs and careers a Catholic business school should be preparing its students for.

“One tried-and-true possibility is for-profit corporate America, but there are paths less-taken as well,” said Dr. Bernard Prusak, director of the McGowan Center. “We’ve designed the conference with three purposes in mind: first, to come to a greater under-standing both of non-profits and of social entrepreneurship; second, to learn about initiatives to prepare business students for the possibility of jobs and careers in non-profit organizations and as social entrepreneurs; and third, to learn about non-profits and social entrepreneurs currently making a difference in northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond.”

Five one hour-long sessions will highlight the schedule on Thursday, March 28.  All sessions will be held in the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center at King’s.  Topics will include “The Return on Investment of a Non-Profit Career,” “Social Entrepreneurship for Development,” and “Programming Social Entrepreneurship on College Campuses.”  Speakers will include current and past leaders of Catholic Relief Services and the non-profit ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid) as well as leading academics in the field.

Panel discussions on non-profit leadership, non-profit healthcare philanthropy, and social entrepreneurship will be held the morning of Friday, March 29.  Panelists will include various local non-profit leaders including staff from Luzerne County Head Start, the Commission on Economic Opportunity, North Branch Land Trust, AllOne Foundation and Charities, the Scranton Area Foundation, Geisinger Health Systems, the Moses Taylor Foundation, Journey House Recovery, KBJ Capital and TecBridge.

The afternoon will feature a panel of King’s College graduates who hold leadership positions at non-profit organizations, including the American Museum of Natural History, the American Red Cross, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, and UNICEF.  The event will conclude with presentations of recent research by King’s College students on topics related to non-profits and social entrepreneurship.

For more information on the conference and to register, visit or contact Dr. Bernard Prusak, director, McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility, at (570) 208-5900, ext. 5689.