Students Lauded for Leadership Skills, Ethical Case Studies at Annual Awards Luncheon
The University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business recognized dozens of students for their leadership skills and real-world business savvy during Leadership & Ethics Week in April.
The annual event is organized by the college to promote the values that go hand-in-hand with the practical skills taught in the classroom and needed to succeed in the corporate world. This year, the five-day lineup of activities included an ethics case competition and a leadership seminar and awards luncheon presented by Halliburton.
Halliburton vice president Sherry Williams gave the keynote speech at the luncheon, noting the importance of honesty and integrity in leadership.
“You don’t have to be a CEO or high-powered executive to be a leader,” she said. “Leadership is linked to behavior. True leadership is far more substance than style.”
Students at UH Bauer are already honing their leadership skills, said associate dean Bob Casey, who presented the Ted Bauer Leadership Award to finance senior Juan Tejada. The award is given each year to recognize a student who exemplifies the spirit of the late Charles T. “Ted” Bauer, the college’s namesake.
As president of the Finance Association at UH Bauer, Tejada was commended for his willingness to mentor other students. “The support I’ve gotten here at Bauer is amazing, and I’ve been provided great opportunities,” he said.
The luncheon was also an opportunity to recognize the stellar student organizations at UH Bauer. The Hispanic Business Student Association received the Excellence in Community Service Award for its work with local organizations, including a mentorship program at The Barrio Center. The organization was also named the Outstanding Student Organization with more than 50 members.
The Energy Association, a group that connects students studying energy with leaders in the industry, received the Excellence in Corporate Relations Award and was named the college’s Outstanding Student Organization with fewer than 50 members.
In addition, three student organizations were honored with the Horizon Award, given to groups that have made significant strides in the past year. The American Marketing Association (AMA), Management Information Systems Student Organization (MISSO) and the Association for Operations Management (APICS) were all recognized.
During the awards luncheon, Shell Oil U.S. Human Resources Leader Tom Durkin presented the top four student teams in the Ethics Case Competition, an event during Leadership & Ethics Week that the company sponsored.
Students who participated in the competition were charged with choosing an industry or company, analyzing a related ethical issue and proposing a solution that considered the legal, financial and practical applications.
The first place team included graduate students Shannon Sealing, Aimee Langlinais, Melissa Emekli, Zain Master and Ty Cline, who focused on the pharmaceutical industry and the process of using drug test trials in underdeveloped companies (Click here to see their executive summary).
The second place team, comprised of Harold O. Arnold III, David Shih, Adeeba Yusuf, Dustin Kieschnick and Vinh Nguyen, analyzed the ethical dilemmas associated with employee misuse of company resources (Click here to see their executive summary).
In third place, students Shankar Palaniappan, Tricia Patterson, Asad Khan, Eiman Siddiqui and Inderbir S. Mann prepared a summary on the practices of hazardous waste dumping (Click here to see their executive summary).
The fourth place team ― supply chain students Jeremy Echevarria, Stanford Huynh, Mark Mansy, John Vu and Jie Qiong Zhang ― researched the social responsibility of pharmaceutical companies in providing people in developing nations prescription medicine (Click here to see their executive summary).
The annual Leadership & Ethics Week is hosted by the college’s Rockwell Career Center. For more information on how to get involved in the program, contact Rockwell at 832-842-6120.
By Jessica Navarro