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McGowan Fund Fellows Program Partners with Society for Human Resources Management To Host Second Annual “Ethical Leader of the Year Award” at SHRM 2023

Chicago, Illinois, USA – WEBWIRE

The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, a family foundation dedicated to furthering the compassionate philanthropy and the ethical leadership of William G. McGowan proudly announces its latest partnership with SHRM (the Society for Human Resources Management), in officially launching the second annual “Ethical Leader of the Year Award.”

The Award will be presented by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund at the opening session of the milestone 75th SHRM Annual Conference & Expo taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 13th.

Following the successful launch of what was the inaugural Ethical Leader of the Year Award last year, as presented in New Orleans, Louisiana to Charles Lowrey, Chairman and CEO at Prudential Financial, the McGowan Fund’s Board is furthering its commitment to ethical leadership in co-hosting this, its second rendition.

The Ethical Leader of the Year Award builds upon the McGowan Fund’s over thirteen-year dedication to including its “Principles of Ethical Leadership” in MBA and other leadership programs, already embedded in concert with 10 of the nation’s leading universities.

SHRM, the world’s largest trade association of HR professionals, has long been committed to ensuring the highest principles of ethical leadership - The SHRM Expo is world renowned as the largest HR solutions center in the world and will delve in to topics such as ethical leadership in the workplace, HR strategy, employee relations, employment law and legislation, global HR, health, wellness and safety, leadership and skill development, talent acquisition and retention, HR technology, total rewards, and much more.

“The key to a great leader is one who builds a strong workplace culture with personal accountability and a commitment to setting an example in words, decisions and actions,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, SHRM president and chief executive officer. ”I am delighted that the 2nd annual Ethical Leader of the Year Award recognizes a CEO at SHRM23 who is doing just that. Someone who is driving change, creating a strong and intentional workplace culture, and who truly believes and understands the value of ethical leadership and how it is defined, understood and practiced in the workplace.”

A recent Ernst & Young study has indicated that an ethical leadership-oriented principle of empathy, in this case between business leaders and employees, is believed to directly lead to increased efficiency, creativity, job satisfaction, idea sharing, innovation and even revenue generation.

That same poll however, also conveyed that empathy was a trait still in 2023 in short supply.

In response and in announcing the second Ethical Leader of the Year Award, Brian Peckrill, McGowan Fund Fellows Program Interim Executive Director added that, “Despite business commitments to corporate social responsibility (CSR), environmental and social governance (ESG), and best practices throughout the world of work reaching the forefront of the American media cycle, talent recruitment and retention remains an issue in our workforce, with a correlative effect on consumer decision-making. We share the excitement of our SHRM counterparts and support the numerous studies which indicate in 2023 continued demand for ethical leadership across the C-Suite and throughout modern-day business, which we know to be proven to benefit industry-to-industry, bottom-line growth.”

“We are delighted to host our second-annual Ethical Leader of the Year Award at SHRM2023 and to announce our winner alongside the SHRM Team in Las Vegas.”

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About the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund

The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund has, since its inception, maintained a vision to impact lives, to create sustainable change, and to empower future generations to achieve their greatest potential. The Fund brings that vision to life through grant-making efforts in three program areas: Education,

Human Services, and Healthcare & Medical Research. They prioritize programs that have demonstrated success, have measurable outcomes, plans for sustainability, and aim to end cycles of poverty and suffering.

Resolute in the belief in the power of partnerships or collaborative efforts to maximize impact, the Fund embraces opportunities to work with other funders across their key program areas, looking for funding opportunities that share their philosophy and exploring the possibility of joint projects with other nonprofit organizations.

The Fund is managed in accordance with values deeply held by its benefactor, William G. McGowan. Among these are ethical leadership and the belief that every life has equal value.

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About SHRM [pronounced “SHERM”]

SHRM creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today’s evolving workplaces. With nearly 325,000 members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 235 million workers and families globally. Learn more at


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