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Scholar to Challenge Businesses to End Poverty

Published on October 13, 2011

The moral purposes and responsibilities of business and how profit-generating organizations can work to address poverty willKenman Wong be explored in an Oct. 24 lecture at Susquehanna University. Business professor and author Kenman Wong will discuss “Bottom Lines for the Bottom Billions: The Role(s) of Business in Ending Poverty” at 7:30 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall, located in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art. The event is free and open to the public.

Wong will present a case for why and how business can be a proactive partner in the creation of both economic and social value for people at the bottom of the economic ladder. The topic is especially relevant given current economic challenges and accusations of corporate greed by ongoing protests on Wall Street.

Wong is a faculty member at Seattle Pacific University’s School of Business and Economics, where he teaches courses in global poverty, business, microfinance and business ethics. He runs leadership programs on market-oriented solutions to global poverty and has served as co-chair of two groundbreaking conferences, Bottom Billions/Bottom Line: The Role of Business in Ending Poverty and the Pacific Northwest Microfinance Conference.

Wong is the author of several books, including “Medicine and the Marketplace” and, most recently, “Business for the Common Good: A Christian Vision for the Marketplace.”

Wong’s presentation represents this year’s Edward S. and A. Rita Schmidt Lectureship in Ethics. The lectureship brings to the university a distinguished scholar and/or leader to address a topic of current, vital interest and importance in the field of ethics.


Karen M. Jones


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