Donna Eacho is an organizer of cultural events and a former member of the Cosmopolitan Club of Vienna. Wife of former US ambassador to Austria William Eacho, Donna Eacho is a prominent figure in business and an advocate for business ethics. She is a judge for the National Capital Business Ethics Award.
The 1970s saw an important landmark in business ethics when reports at the Ford Motor Company began to surface regarding the company’s Pinto model. The vehicle was recalled in 1978, after 30 deaths had resulted from the cars’ exploding subsequent to rear impact. Dennis Gioia, professor and chair of management and organization at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business, was Ford’s recall coordinator in charge of the Pinto case.
Using the Pinto story as a case for business ethics, Gioia now teaches students how to have a positive impact in modern business. One of his lectures focuses on the complexity of ethics, and how decisions affect both consumers and company image. In recent years the demand for ethical practices and transparency in business has increased, and professors are tasked with teaching students the importance of making ethical business decisions.
A former banking executive, Donna Eacho has spent the last four years overseas, serving with her husband, the former ambassador to Austria, at the U.S. embassy in Vienna. Currently, Donna Eacho contributes to her community at home by serving on the advisory board at Round House Theatre (RHT) in Bethesda, Maryland.
RHT originally began as a small program of the Montgomery County, Maryland, Department of Recreation known as Street ’70. Today, RHT has established itself as one of the top theater companies in the Washington, DC, area, producing more than 200 performances each season and operating a number of community-based programs for children, teens, and adults.
Throughout the summer, RHT offers a range of programs for children from kindergarten through 12th grade, including its Summer Theatre Institute. Designed for students in grades 7 to 12, the Summer Theatre Institute is a full service program that allows participants to experience several aspects of live theater.
The Institute consists of five separate sessions, each focusing on a different component of theater and the acting process. In addition to classes in improvisation and project design, Institute students are able to attend classes in musical theater, auditioning, and theatrical specialties such as clowning and combat. All Institute classes are taught by theater professionals and last between four and eleven days.
For almost four years, Donna Eacho, wife of the U.S. Ambassador to Austria, hosted numerous events at the ambassador’s official residence. She also served the American Women’s Association of Vienna (AWA) in her capacity as honorary president.
A nonprofit organization with more than 250 members representing over 40 countries, the AWA has enhanced the relationship between its members and the people of the host country, Austria. Created in 1924, the AWA has hosted numerous events and member gatherings.
General meetings allow the members of the AWA to coordinate activities, special events, and excursions. Among the activities offered are arts and crafts, scrapbooking, a book group, Bible study, and movie nights. In addition, every month the AWA organizes a social event, which involves members visiting a restaurant with their significant others. This type of gathering usually occurs on the last Friday of the month.