Former head of Campbell Soup to discuss ethical leadership Feb. 26

Denise MorrisonDetroit Mercy’s College of Business Administration will host a public presentation by Denise Morrison, former president of Campbell Soup Co. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom on the McNichols Campus.

Morrison’s presentation is titled “Leadership, Ethics and Social Responsibility: A Recipe for Success.” This event is free and open to the public.

During her career, Morrison served as president and chief executive officer of Campbell Soup from 2011 through 2018 and has received a number of honors and accolades for her work. Fortune magazine named her the 20th Most Powerful Woman in Business and Forbes named her one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World. In addition, the Reputation Institute ranked Morrison as one of the 10 Most Reputable CEOs in the World for 2018 — and the only woman on the list — while ranking Campbell Soup the No. 1 most reputable company in America.

Morrison previously held positions with Kraft Foods, Inc., Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo and Nestle, and has served as an advisor to U.S. Presidents from both parties. In addition to her consulting firm, Denise Morrison & Associates, she currently serves on several corporate boards, which include Visa, MetLife and Quest Diagnostics, as well as the Advisory Council for Just Capital. Morrison graduated magna cum laude from Boston College and received an honorary doctorate from St. Peter’s University.

Her discussion is the first of a new national speaking series offered through the CBA’s Center for Practice & Research in Management & Ethics (PRIME), which opened in October 2019. During the October grand opening, Joseph Eisenhauer, dean of the College, and Evan Peterson, the Arnold Jarboe Chair of Business Administration, announced that Morrison would be the Center’s inaugural speaker.

“We’re delighted to launch the PRIME Center speaker series with a presentation by Denise Morrison,” Eisenhauer said. “Her career embodies the business ethics that our College promotes and that are so critical in our world today. And her successful leadership of an iconic American company clearly demonstrates that social responsibility is good for business,” he added.

Peterson agreed with Eisenhauer. “We are truly hitting the ground running in welcoming a speaker of Morrison’s prominence and caliber to launch the PRIME Center speaker series,” he said. “This event will provide members of the Detroit Mercy community with a rare opportunity to engage with a world-renowned business leader. I look forward to welcoming her and future speakers to our campus.”

Morrison’s presentation is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To make a reservation for this special engagement, please visit this link:

For more about the Center for Practice & Research in Management & Ethics (PRIME), please visit

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