A Dinner Conversation with Charles Rossotti  MBA '64 on Culture in the Federal Government

Why culture matters in any organization and how it is playing out in the federal government right now.

Culture is a word that describes how things really work in a business, a government agency, or in almost any organization. It drives performance and behavior, for good or bad, in very different ways even for organizations that seem the same from the outside. I learned this very slowly from organizations I participated in over 50 years, including AMS, the company I ran for 27 years, the IRS, which I ran for 5 years, at The Carlyle Group, where I have been for 15 years, and on boards of directors of small and large companies on which I have served.

Wharton Club members and their guests: $45/person
Non-Members: $65/person
Ticket includes talk, full dinner, and drinks

Charles O. Rossotti Biography


  • Charles Rossotti is currently an advisor to The Carlyle Group where he works on evaluating investments and advising  managements of portfolio companies, primarily in the fields of information technology and business services.
  •  He serves on the boards of three Carlyle companies: Booz Allen and Hamilton;  Coalfire Systems; and Novetta Corporation. He previously served on the boards of  ECI Software; Quorum Management Solutions; Primatics Financial. Compusearch Software, and the Wall Street Institute, all successfully exited from 2010 to 2016, and Apollo Global, partially exited in 2012.
  •  In addition, he recently retired as non-executive chairman of the board of AES Corporation, a publicly owned global electric power company. He served on the board of Bank of America Corporation where he was chair of the audit committee until retiring in 2013 and on the board of Merrill Lynch before its merger with Bank of America.
  • On November 6, 2002,  Rossotti completed a five-year term as Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. 
  • In 1970 Rossotti co-founded American Management Systems, an IT services and software company,  and until 1997 served at various times as President, CEO and Chairman.
  • Prior to founding AMS, Rossotti served for four years in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, completing his service as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Analysis
  •  In addition to his business activities, Mr. Rossotti serves on the boards of Capital Partners for Education and the  Comptroller General’s Advisory Committee of the Government Accountability Office (GAO)  In 2005, he served as a member of President Bush’s advisory panel on reform of the income tax.
  • Rossotti is the author of Many Unhappy Returns, a book about his experience turning around the IRS, published by Harvard Business School Press in March 2005.


  • A.B. Economics, Magna cum Laude, Georgetown University, 1962
  • M.B.A with High Distinction, Harvard Business School, 1964


  • Department of Defense:  Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, 1970
  • Department of Treasury:  Alexander Hamilton Medal, 2002
  • Harvard Business School, Alumni Achievement Award. 2003


  • Mixed greens
  • Pita
  • Grilled chicken breast
  • Grilled salmon
  • Falafels
  • Rice
  • Toppings: Tabbouleh salad, tomatoes,
  • cucumbers, feta cheese and olives
  • Sauces: Hummus, tzatziki and harissa
  • Seasonal fruit and crème brulee


  • This venue is fully handicap-accessible and our meals are designed to acommodate vegetarians.
  • The nearest Metro station is Metro Center. Exit at 12th and F Street, NW. Your destination is the building named "Columbia Square" which will you see right in front of you as you exit the escalator.

There are several nearby parking garages including:

  • Columbia Square Parking Garage: 555 12th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004 (202) 637-8105
  • Parking Management: 600 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004 (202) 347-5469


Tuesday, 07/10/18 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm | iCal


Hogan Lovells
555 13th St NW
Washington, DC 20004 United States

Wharton Club members and their guests: $45/person
Non-members: $65/person
Ticket includes full dinner, drinks, and discussion

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