Discussion moderated by Harvard Business Review editor-in-chief  to tackle the role of businesses and their executives in civic leadership

WASHINGTON — Washington National Cathedral will host Howard Schultz, former CEO of Starbucks, and the Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce, dean of Howard University School of Divinity, for a discussion of corporate social responsibility on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. ET. The event will be moderated by Adi Ignatius, editor-in-chief of Harvard Business Review, and will address the role of consumers, businesses and corporate leaders in tackling today’s most pressing social problems.

“Today, business leaders and corporations are taking on increasing leadership in our democracy on issues including climate change, health care policies, LGBTQ equality and more,” said the Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral. “This conversation between two leading voices on moral leadership couldn’t be more timely, as citizens look increasingly to companies and their leaders to reflect our deeply held values.”

The event, called “Corporate Activism & Moral Responsibility,” will explore the forces driving today’s increased support for corporate social responsibility and what businesses and their executives can do to show moral leadership in today’s political and social climate. This event is part of the Cathedral’s annual Ignatius Forum series, which is sponsored by the family of Paul and Nancy Ignatius in honor of their longtime support of the Cathedral and its public programming.

“Conversations like this help us to consider the wide variety of workplace issues involving ethics, vocation, meaning, purpose and how people live out their values in an increasingly pluralistic world,” said the Rev. Dr. Pierce. “It’s important for us to consider if corporations have ethical responsibilities to their stakeholders as well as how consumers are using their values and faith concerns to make business decisions.”

WHAT: Panel Discussion on Corporate Activism & Moral Responsibility
WHO: Howard Schultz, former CEO of Starbucks; the Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce, dean of Howard University School of Divinity; Adi Ignatius, editor-in-chief of Harvard Business Review
WHERE: Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20016
WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. ET

Media wishing to attend this event must RSVP to [email protected] by Monday, Oct. 15.


Washington National Cathedral is a house of prayer for all people called to serve as a spiritual home for the nation. It seeks to be a catalyst for spiritual harmony in our nation, reconciliation among faiths, and compassion in our world. Learn more at www.cathedral.org.