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King’s College will host the annual Global Landscapes Conference on April 20-21. This year’s conference features a keynote panel presentation titled, “Governing at the Intersection of Money and Meaning – Media, Healthcare and Higher Education,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, in the Burke Auditorium of the William G. McGowan School of Business. 

What does it take for an organization to develop and maintain governance that is both effective and sustainable? How can the board introduce the concept in a manner that engages the members without getting drowned in the mechanics of governance? The keynote panel will discuss sector specific governance issues related to money (resources) and meaning (reason/purpose). Experts from media, healthcare and higher education will discuss “governance” as the means of stewarding the multilayer organization and an agreement to implement shared values, with the input and collaboration of stakeholders/ members.

The keynote panelists are “Wall Street Journal” reporter Peter Rudegeair; Urmi Ashar, M.D., CEO of Advanced Technology Health Care Solutions; and Rev. Jack Ryan, C.S.C., president, King’s College. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Bernard Rudegeair, assistant technical professor, business and management, King’s College. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Rudegeair is a staff reporter at the “Wall Street Journal” where he covers the intersection between finance and technology. Prior to joining the “Journal” in 2015, he worked as a reporter at “Reuters News” and as a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Ashar leads a clinical practice in anesthesiology. She is the founder of National Association of Corporate Directors Three Rivers Chapter. She earned her doctor of medicine degree from KEM Hospital and University of Mumbai’s Seth G.S. Medical College, and an MBA from the University of Colorado. 

Father Ryan was named the ninth president at King’s College in 2011. He previously served as dean of the William G. McGowan School of Business and distinguished faculty member of the College since 1994. He received his MBA from St. Joseph’s University, a master of Divinity degree from the University of Toronto, and a doctorate in business administration from Temple University. He was ordained as a priest in the Holy Cross order in 1990.  

The annual event brings renowned speakers to campus and traditionally highlights scholarship by leading academics, including presentations by King’s faculty and students, to examine important issues facing humanity and who recognize the need for cooperation among different constituents to find sustainable solutions amid a changing social, cultural, political, economic, financial and technological environment. This year’s theme, “The ART of Good Governance: Accountability, Responsibility and Transparency,” will be examined in presentations by scholars, students, and community leaders. 

Featured conference speakers included Rita Lacey, founder of Close the Loop Company, a Pennsylvania Benefit Corporation, who will deliver the lecture titled, “Closing the Loop – Waste is Really a Design Flaw”; Rep. Aaron Kaufer, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, on “Neither Party: The Role of Youth in the Future of Politics”; and Visiting Fulbright Scholar Pankaj Chakraborty on “Governance and Leadership: Making Regional Cooperation Work for South Asia.” 

In addition, guest speakers will include former Wilkes-Barre Mayor Thomas Leighton; Glenn Tyranski, Executive Director at Ernst & Young; and Gretchen Kwashnik, Senior Category Manager for Commercial Banking Technology at Capital One. 

King’s Global Landscapes Conference is sponsored by the William G. McGowan School of Business, McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility, and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center. For more information on the conference, visit the GLC website at

The Burke Auditorium is located on the first floor of the McGowan School of Business on the corner of North River and West Union streets. Parking will be available in on-campus lots. 

Registration information for the two-day conference may be obtained by contacting Dr. Bindu Vyas, conference chair and associate professor of international business and management at King's, at (570) 208-5900, ext. 5787, or visit the website

Dr. Urmi Ashar, CEO of Advanced Technology Health Care Solutions

 “Wall Street Journal” reporter Peter Rudegeair

Rev. Jack Ryan, C.S.C., president, King’s College