Honorary Doctorate to Arison by George Mason University

Academic recognition for doing good

Dec 23, 2013
Board of Visitor Karen Alcalde and President Ángel Cabrera present graduation speaker Shari Arison with an honorary doctor of humane letters during Winter Graduation at the Fairfax campus. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University. 

American-Israeli businesswoman and philanthropist Shari Arison was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters on December 19, 2013, at George Mason University’s winter graduation ceremony. Arison - the owner of the Arison Group, a global conglomerate of businesses and philanthropic organizations that operate to improve lives worldwide through values-based investments - also served as speaker at the ceremony.

“Awareness and education shape our tomorrow. By weaving values into the fabric of everyday life, the students of today can become role model leaders of positive change, for the benefit of people, society and the planet,” Arison said. “Together with George Mason University, we are promoting a unique and practical approach to values-based leadership, where choices and decision-making processes stem from a prism of Doing Good values. I am truly excited to receive this honorary degree.”
George Mason University and Arison have established collaboration for the research and study of Arison's Doing Good Values Model, focusing on the application of fundamental human values to global business and organizations with a strong global “moral economy,” balancing between people, profits, and planet.
Repeatedly ranked by Forbes as one of the World’s Most Powerful Women, Arison directs her businesses to maintain a diversified portfolio of ventures that have moral responsibility at their core. She is committed to making impactful social investments and strategic philanthropy. Earlier this year she published the New York Times bestseller Activate Your Goodness: Transforming the World through Doing Good.

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