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An Evening with Ethan Allen CEO, Farooq Kathwari

March 27, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Topic: "Leadership role in shaping the debate - from building a successful enterprise to helping end strife".

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Gleacher Center
Room 100
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois


M. Farooq Kathwari
Chief Executive Officer
Ethan Allen, Inc.



Dress Code: Business and Business Casual.


6:30 PM Presentation
7:15 PM Q & A


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K. Rizwan Kadir, '97

Speaker Profiles

M. Farooq Kathwari
Chief Executive Officer, Ethan Allen, Inc.

Farooq Kathwari is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer of Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. He has been president of the Company since 1985 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since 1988. In 1989 he formed a group to purchase Ethan Allen and took the Company public in 1993. Under Mr. Kathwari's leadership Ethan Allen has been transformed into a leading manufacturer and retailer of home furnishings in the United States.

He received his B.A. degree from Kashmir University in English Literature and Political Science and an M.B.A. in International Marketing from New York University.

Mr. Kathwari serves on several not-for-profit organizations, including: Chairman of the Kashmir Study Group, Chairman of Refugees International, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Trustee of the World Conference of Religions for Peace, a Trustee of Freedom House, a member of the American Committees on Foreign Relations' Board of Distinguished Advisors, Chairman of the National Retail Federation, past Chairman and President of the American Home Furnishings Alliance, a Director of Henry L. Stimson Center and a Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University.

He has received several recognitions, including the 2005 Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal; 2005 Honoree from the International Center in New York; "National Human Relations Awards" by the American Jewish Committee; "American Muslim Recognition Awards" by several organizations; Worth Magazine Recognition of one of 50 Best CEO's in USA; the National Retail Federation Gold Medal; recipient of the International First Freedom Award from the Council for America's First Freedom, Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Anti-Defamation League's Humanitarian Award.

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