On September 30, 1993, Dean Joan Konner of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, an award-winning broadcast journalist, addressed an ethics symposium scheduled in conjunction with the inauguration of Sr. Eymard Gallagher as the fourth President of Marymount. Dean Konner spoke on Morality in the Mass Media. Her presentation was followed by a panel discussion featuring three Marymount faculty members who expanded on her remarks. A dinner in Dean Konner's honor preceded the event.
In 1994 a series of lectures on Technology and Ethics was held under a grant from the GTE Foundation. Dr. Heidi Hartmann, Director of the Institute for Women's Policy Research and author of Computer Chips and Paper Clips spoke about how computers are changing the workplace. Dr. Carol Ann Smith, professor of Philosophy at the University of Missouri, spoke about Ethics Online: Minds, Machines and Morality.
On September 13, 1995, Labor Secretary Robert Reich urged students in Marymount's Fashion Design and Merchandising program to do what they could to make sure that sweatshop labor abuses in the American garment industry were curtailed. In response to this challenge, the Center for Ethical Concerns sponsored a national survey of consumer attitudes in November 1995 to see if labeling items to indicate that they had not been made under sweatshop conditions would have an effect in the marketplace. The survey was repeated in November 1996 and 1999. Results of those polls received wide media attention.
On December 5, 1995, Dr. William Bennett, former Secretary of Education and author of several popular books on ethics, participated in the Distinguished Visiting Professor Colloquium Series. He spoke on a range of ethical and moral issues facing our nation.
On July 16, 1996, Marymount was the site of the Department of Labor's Fashion Industry Forum, attended by more than 300 representatives of manufacturing, retail, labor, government, public interest groups, and media. Participants included Labor Secretary Robert Reich, Kathie Lee Gifford, Richard Simmons, Cheryl Tiegs, and Senator Tom Harkin. Media coverage of this event was extensive. In response to the forum, the White House Anti-Sweatshop Task Force was set up in early August.
In October 1996, Marymount President Sr. Eymard Gallagher joined 30 other religious leaders who met with Labor Secretary Reich to demonstrate the religious community's stand against abusive labor practices.
On March 12, 1997, a forum entitled Digital Dilemmas: Defining Ethics in the Internet Age was held in coordination with leaders from the Northern Virginia area's high technology industry. More than 180 people participated in the daylong program, which included a keynote address by Representative Tom Bliley, Chairman of the House Commerce Committee, two panel discussions by experts from government and industry and a luncheon address by White House Economic Adviser Thomas Kalil.
On May 30, 1997, a one-day conference entitled An Academic Search for Sweatshop Solutions was held in coordination with Marymount's Fashion Design and Merchandising programs. Some 200 people heard a series of panel discussions, which included academic experts and industry leaders from across the country. Labor Secretary Alexis Herman was the keynoter
On April 2, 1998, the first Marymount University Ethics Award was presented to Norman R. Augustine, Chairman of Lockheed Martin, for his outstanding leadership in fostering an ethical workplace environment at his company. At the same event winners of the first annual Student Case Study competition were announced and recognized.
On October 6, 1999, the Center in conjunction with the Schools of Business Administration and Health Professions hosted a half-day conference on Managing Health Care Costs: Challenges to Ethics and Quality. Some 160 representatives from the health care industry, faculty, and students heard a keynote address by Congressman Greg Ganske, M.D. and presentations by representatives from various sides of the issue. The conference coincided with the opening of congressional debate on HMO reform legislation.