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Date: January 25, 2008
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce to Speak at Montgomery College
Barbara Hackman Franklin’s Visit Hosted by College’s Macklin Business Institute, Feb. 6

Montgomery College’s Macklin Business Institute will host a talk by the Honorable Barbara Hackman Franklin, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, on Wednesday, February 6 at 2:30 p.m., on the College’s Rockville Campus. The free program will be held in the Music Recital Hall, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md. It is part of the Distinguished Lecture Series offered by the Macklin Business Institute.

As the United States’ 29th Secretary of Commerce, Franklin served in the administration of President George H. W. Bush. She increased American exports abroad by focusing on market-opening initiatives in China, Russia, Japan and Mexico. Her historic mission to China in 1992 normalized commercial relations with that country and removed one of the sanctions—the ban on ministerial contact—that the U.S. had imposed following the events at Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Franklin is currently the president and chief executive officer of Barbara Franklin Enterprises, a private investment and consulting firm in Washington, D.C. She counsels and advocates for American companies doing business in international markets. She is also an expert on the issues of corporate governance, auditing, and financial reporting practices.

Prior to serving as Secretary of Commerce, Franklin led Franklin Associates, a management consulting firm. She was also a senior fellow at the Wharton School of Business and director of the Wharton Government and Business Program. From 1973-1979, she served as one of the original commissioners of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Other positions in the government included staff assistant to President Nixon and member of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations under Presidents Reagan and Bush. Altogether, Franklin has served five U.S. Presidents and, in 2006, she received the Woodrow Wilson Center Award for Public Service.

Since 2000, the Macklin Distinguished Lecture Series has presented industry leaders and business experts at Montgomery College. Students in the Macklin Scholars program participate in these seminars as part of their curriculum focus. Past events have focused on global marketplace priorities, ethics in business, information technology concerns and markets, and biotechnology.

For more information on the Gordon and Marilyn Macklin Business Institute at Montgomery College and its events, call 240-567-1707, or visit

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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