Balancing Business With Ethical Values Focus of L&E Week

Published on October 1, 2007
Dan Cathy, COO, Chick-fil-A, opens L&E Week

Dan Cathy, COO, Chick-fil-A, opens L&E Week

The understanding of leadership and ethics has taken on a graver meaning especially when it comes to promoting, developing and maintaining ethical conduct in the corporate world. Corporations, governing boards and elected officials have identified ethics as one of the most pressing issues facing leaders.

Along with co-sponsors Halliburton, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Dynegy, the Rockwell Career Center at the C. T. Bauer College of Business will give students the opportunity to gain a sense of its importance at the sixth annual Leadership & Ethics Week from Oct. 8 to 12. Dan Cathy, chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, kicks off the week with a speech at 6 p.m. on Oct. 8 in Room 170 of Melcher Hall.

“He is COO of an organization known for promoting family values and ethical decision-making,” said Jamie Belinne, assistant dean and executive director of the Bauer Career Center. “From the hours they choose to operate, to the healthy options on the menu, to the educational items and value-oriented toys in their kids’ meals, Chick-fil-A is a model of corporate ethics and values.”

Following Cathy’s speech, two competitions test students’ skills in solving real-world business challenges. An “extreme tax” competition hosted by PricewaterhouseCoopers from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 9 pits groups of Bauer students against each other to find solutions to a tax policy problem.

Bruce Williamson (MBA '95), Chairman of Dynegy, presents awards.

Bruce Williamson (MBA ’95), Chairman of Dynegy, presents awards.

“The competition models real-world decision making and gives students the opportunity to work through some of the same issues that challenge today’s business and government leaders,” said Brett Hobby, assistant director for employer services and recruitment at the Career Center.

An ethics challenge from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 10 gives between 50 and 75 Bauer students the opportunity to work in teams to solve ethical dilemmas and get feedback from representatives from corporations.

“The great thing about Leadership and Ethics Week is that it not only provides outside speakers that expose students to principles and values but it also gives them opportunities to have hands-on practice,” said career counseling and leadership assistant director Donna Grady, who is coordinating the ethics challenge. “The idea is, ‘let’s not just talk about it – let’s experience it.'”

A leadership seminar sponsored by Halliburton and a student awards banquet caps off the week. Sherry Williams, vice president and corporate secretary of Halliburton, gives the keynote address at the banquet in the UH Hilton, while Dynegy chairman and CEO Bruce Williamson will lead the awards portion of the ceremony.

Sherry Williams, VP, Halliburton, speaks at Awards Banquet.

Sherry Williams, VP, Halliburton, speaks at Awards Banquet.

About the University of Houston

The University of Houston, Texas’ premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 35,000 students.

About the Bauer College of Business

The C.T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through its five academic departments, the college offers a full-range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business. The Bauer College is fully accredited by the AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college was renamed the C.T. Bauer College of Business.

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