Please use the links below to learn more and see photos from milestones of the Donahue Center's history. To jump to a specific year's events please click on the appropriate year.


Donahue Center Launch: “We the People: The Market Basket Effect” Screening

December 13, 2017

A special public screening of “We the People: The Market Basket Effect” kicked off the launch of the Donahue Center for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility. This documentary film chronicles the family-owned company’s decades-long history and the massive customer boycott in the summer of 2014 that led to the triumphant return of its ousted CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas.

UML Press: "Market Basket Documentary Offers Lessons in Business Ethics" (December 18, 2017)

Donahue Center Kick Off Event: Screening of “We the People: The Market Basket Effect”


Spring 2018 Inaugural Distinguished Speaker: James Carroll

April 30, 2018

The Donahue Center hosted New York Times best-selling author and award-winning writer James Carroll as the first Distinguished Speaker.

Fall 2018 Distinguished Speaker: Jack Wilson

October 30, 2018

The Donahue Center presented Jack M. Wilson, UMass President Emeritus, Distinguished Professor of Emerging Technologies & Innovation, and Founder of the Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship as the second Distinguished Speaker.


Spring 2019 Distinguished Speaker: Raj Sisodia

April 30, 2019

The spring 2019 Distinguished Speaker was Raj Sisodia, F.W. Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College, and Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Conscious Capitalism Inc.

UMass Lowell (UML) Press: Can Business Heal the World? (June 6, 2019)

Fall 2019 Student Ethics Symposium: Corey Ciocchetti, “Authentic Success: Living an Ethical Life”

September 18, 2019

Donahue Center hosts ethics expert Corey Ciocchetti, Associate Professor of Business Studies and Legal Ethics at the University of Denver, for a discussion on "Authentic Success, Living and Ethical Life."

UML Press: “Being a Good Person Matters” (October 8, 2019)

Fall 2019 Executive Panel Discussion: “Ethics, Social Responsibility and Diversity in Tech”

October 7, 2019

Co-Sponsored by The Donahue Center for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility, Manning Women in Business and the Manning School of Business, this event explored issues facing women in the tech industry, where it’s estimated that they represent just 20 percent of the workforce. The event also gave students a chance to practice professional networking skills with invited industry guests and alumni.

UML Press: “Support the Other Women Around You” (November 6, 2019)

Erica Steckler in front of sign

Fall 2019 AOM Specialized Conference Leadership: “Responsible Leadership in Rising Economies”

October 23-25, 2019

Center Co-Director Erica Steckler provided organizational leadership as Track Chair for the Social Issues in Management (SIM) Division at the October 2019 Academy of Management (AOM) Specialized Conference. The event was hosted at Lake Bled, Slovenia. Erica also co-organized the Doctoral Student Consortium at this conference focused on opportunities and challenges of responsible leadership in rising economies worldwide. The Donahue Center was a signature-sponsor of this AOM gathering of global scholars.


Spring 2020 Distinguished Speaker: Chris Laszlo

February 6, 2020

The 2020 Distinguished Speaker was Chris Laszlo, Professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western University; Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Benedictine University; Visiting Professor, The Drucker School of Management, Claremont Graduate University.

UML Press: “What Does Quantum Physics Have to Do with Business?” (February 22, 2020)

Donahue Center Kick Off Event: Screening of “We the People: The Market Basket Effect”


Dolly Chugh

Spring 2021 Distinguished Speaker: Dolly Chugh

April 6, 2021

Approximately 230 students, faculty, and staff attended via Zoom the spring 2021 Distinguished Speaker session, "How Good People Fight Bias" with Dolly Chugh, Ph.D. Chugh is an award-winning professor and social psychologist at New York University’s Stern School of Business and the author of The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias. Her research focuses on the “psychology of good people” and has been published in many top managerial and academic publications.

Screenshot of IBECC winners on a video conference. Business students Raj Aurora, Thomas Stranberg and Prabakar Adithya compete on Zoom

Spring 2021 Student Case Competition Team

April 14 -19, 2021

In its third year, the case competition program demonstrated outstanding student understanding and engagement with timely business ethics issues. Sponsored by the Center, the UML team of senior Thomas Stranberg and juniors Raj Aurora and Prabakar Adithya earned two first-place finishes at the International Business Ethics Case Competition — UMass Lowell’s best showing at the annual event. The team won the 10-minute and 90-second competitions in their undergraduate divisions — and a total of $600 in prize money.

UML Press: “Twice as Nice: Students Earn Two Wins at Ethics Case Competition” (May 4, 2021)

Fall 2021 Inaugural Ethics Fest

November 4, 2021

This interactive, campus-wide event included a curated collection of interactive ‘stations’ featuring engaging ethics-related content and context. Topics ranged from ethics in business and entrepreneurship, income inequality, and job searches to environmental and sustainability challenges and the use of artificial intelligence in decision making. Students were able to engage with the many UMass Lowell faculty members and staff who ran the engagement stations and network with peers. Over 300 people attended this inaugural event.

UML Press: "Students Explore the Gray Areas at ‘Ethics Fest’" (November 15, 2021)


Lessons Learned: Leadership Talk with Cindi Bigelow

January 26, 2022

Cindi Bigelow, President and CEO of Bigelow Tea, shared leadership insights and lessons learned along the journey of a successful multi-generation family-owned firm with close to 100 in-person students, alumni, faculty and staff as well as many others via livestream. Headquartered in Fairfield, Conn., with manufacturing plants in Idaho and Kentucky, Bigelow Tea employs 350 people and produces 2 billion tea bags annually.

This leadership talk was co-sponsored by the Manning School of Business, Joy Tong Women in Business, Donahue Center for Business Ethics & Social Responsibility, and the Office of Alumni Relations.

UML Press: "Bigelow CEO Spills the Tea on Leadership with Students" (January 31, 2022)

Donahue Center Kick Off Event: Screening of “We the People: The Market Basket Effect”

Donahue R.E.A.D.S. (Responsibility, Ethics, Advocacy, Discovery and Stewardship)

February 10, 2022

The Donahue Center hosted the inaugural Donahue R.E.A.D.S event with students, faculty and staff discussing the book by Minouche Shafik, “What We Owe Each Other – A New Social Contract for a Better Society”. Donahue R.E.A.D.S. encourages Responsibility, Ethics, Advocacy, Discovery and Stewardship and “What We Owe Each Other” was the perfect catalyst to spark discussion and share experiences, and important ideas for positively transforming our world.

Donahue READS

Ethics Fest 2022

November 3, 2022

Ethics Fest 2022 was a resounding success with over 400 students in attendance and interactive Engagement Station represented by over 20 UMass Lowell departments, centers and/or organizations. Students were moved to think deeply about issues that matter to us all and to our future at Engagement Station focusing on topics that ranged from gender ethics, employee rights, sustainable fashion and textile recycling, and international business ethics.