Former secretary of labor lectures tonight
Lynn Martin, President George Bush's secretary of Labor, will open the 1999 Cardinal O'Hara lecture series at Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. today in the College of Business Administration's Jordan Auditorium.
Martin's lecture, "Managing a New American Workforce," will "focus on the new factors managers have to take into account as we move into the 21st century, such as what it means to bring more women and diversity into the work force and what kind of education and training programs we should have to prepare people of today's workplace," said Father Oliver Williams, academic director for the Center For Ethics and Religious Values in Business.
"The theme of the series is to bring an ethical dimension to management," Williams said. "Lynn Martin will be focusing on respecting the human dignity of workers."
Martin's lecture begins the Cardinal O'Hara lecture series, named in honor of Cardinal O'Hara, founder of Notre Dame's College of Business Administration and the University's 12th president.
Martin served as U.S. representative for the 16th District of Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981-91. While in Congress, Martin was vice chair of the influential House Rules Committee. She was the first woman elected to a leadership position on Capitol Hill.
From 1991-93, Martin served as secretary of labor under President Bush and is now the chair of Deloitte and Touche's Council on the Advancement of Women, "a group that explores how to help women break out of the `glass ceiling'— that is, break into the top ranks of business," Williams said.
Martin has also been a frequent guest on "Nightline," "Good Morning America," "This Week with David Brinkley," CNN's "Crossfire" and "The Larry King Show."
The University's Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business is sponsoring the lecture. Founded in 1978, the center augments Notre Dame's business ethics curriculum, rated one of the best in American higher education.
The center's purpose is to strengthen Judeo-Christian ethical foundations in business and public policy decisions through research and publications and to promoting dialogue between academic and corporate leaders.
All News Stories for Tuesday, September 21, 1999