The Washington, D.C. Chapter of the BYU Management Society (BYUMS-DC) announced today that it would honor best-selling author and columnist Orson Scott Card at its annual Gala Dinner on April 24, 2010. Card will receive the chapter’s Distinguished Public Service Award and will deliver keynote remarks about his views on ethical leadership today and his experiences as a prominent member of the literary and academic communities.

“We are proud to be honoring Orson Scott Card during this year’s Gala Dinner,” said Sen. Gordon Smith, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the BYU Management Society Washington, D.C. Chapter. “His words and his example have reached millions of people, and his spirit of mentorship and service have much to offer our community,” continued Smith.

The event, an annual tradition attracting sold-out crowds for hundreds of area BYU alumni, community members and friends, will take place April 24, 2010 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. A networking reception at 6:00pm will be followed by dinner and the formal program at 7:00pm. Tickets are available online now at: http://ms.byu.edu/dc for $60.00. Proceeds from the tickets will go to the BYU Management Society – Washington, D.C. chapter’s scholarship fund benefitting area students planning to attend Brigham Young University.

Chapter President Milan Detweiler added, “The annual gala dinner provides a tremendous opportunity to network, re-kindle professional and personal relationships, and host friends and co-workers in an atmosphere that showcases the collective diversity and depth of our community. It is a great occasion to learn from our honorees and enjoy the friendships that exist within the BYU Community in our nation’s capital.”

About Orson Scott Card (from his official biography): Orson Scott Card is the best-selling author of the novels Ender’s Game, Ender’s Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools. Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy (Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys), biblical novels (Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah), the American frontier fantasy series The Tales of Alvin Maker (beginning with Seventh Son), poetry (An Open Book), and many plays and scripts.

Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he teaches occasional classes and workshops and directs plays. He recently began a longterm position as a professor of writing and literature at Southern Virginia University. Card currently lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

About the BYU Management Society: The BYU Management Society was officially founded in 1977 by the BYU College of Business, now the Marriott School of Management. There are over 6,000 members in forty cities and 20 countries. The Washington D.C. chapter is the largest and one of the most well-known chapters, bringing together prominent business, government and academic leaders in the nation’s capitol.