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Symposium Discusses the Importance of Character in Business
“The Importance of Character in Business” was the theme for the Business Ethics Symposium hosted by the College of Business last fall. The symposium was sponsored by San Antonio Federal Credit Union.
“An Inquiry into the Nature of Character”
Earnest Broughton, executive director and ethics program coordinator at USAA
“Our character is not something we can define cerebrally, but how we engage with the world and live our lives,” said Broughton, who serves on the executive committee of the board of directors for the Ethics and Compliance Officers Association.
Broughton noted that individuals can protect their character by associating with ethical people and finding a mentor or role model to help in this journey.
“Character is exhibited in how we relate to the world and the people around us,” he said. “You can’t see it, hear it, taste it or touch it, but it can touch you.”
“Globalization Politics and Multinational Enterprise: A Neoconservative Perspective”
Dr. Lindsay Thompson, associate professor of management at Johns Hopkins University
“There are different ways to look at the character of a business in a global economy,” said Thompson, the author of The Moral Compass: Leadership for a Free World. “Corporate social responsibility is how corporations exercise their character throughout the world.”
With the United States dominating multinational firms, Thompson views the U.S. as playing a large role in addressing these concerns globally.
“How can companies aid humanity? What can businesses do to make the world better? There is a lot of hope for American business to really make a difference,” she said.
“Business Ethics in Practice”
Past recipients of the San Antonio Ethics in Business Awards presented their insights into ethical business practices. The panel was moderated by Jeff Farver, president and chief executive officer of San Antonio Federal Credit Union.
Eric Cooper, president and chief executive officer of the San Antonio Food Bank
Leo Gomez, vice president of public and government affairs at Spurs Sports and Entertainment
Abel Martinez, vice president of partner relations, risk solutions and compliance at H-E-B
“When no one is watching is when your true character comes out,” said Cooper. “Your ethics and your values form your foundation. And, you can’t change those values to adapt to a situation. They must remain constant.”
Martinez said, “Understand the value of what it means to be ethical. Always be honest, always be respectful.”
“Leaders need to model the values of their organizations,” said Gomez. “We have a values-based approach to leading at the Spurs. You have to practice your values. The higher standard is doing the right thing.”
Distinguished Speakers Present at UTSA
Kathleen Quiroz, health care practice group leader and shareholder at Oppenheimer, Blend, Harrison, and Tate, Inc.
Frost Distinguished Lecture Series
Nov. 2, 2010
“Professional fulfillment should be easier to attain than world peace,” said Quiroz, who has focused her 20-year practice of law on the regulatory aspects of health care law. “Find a career that challenges you intellectually, that challenges you creatively, and that satisfies you professionally. Determine what you are passionate about and see if you can turn that into a career.”
Elisa Chan, MS ’93, president of Unintech Consulting Engineers and District 9 City Councilwoman
Women’s History Month Address
March 29, 2011
The first Asian American woman elected to the San Antonio City Council, Elisa Chan shared with business students her guiding principles which included: be flexible, but don’t compromise your integrity; own your mistakes; know your competitive edge; and take bold moves. “Higher education provides you with the ability to analyze problems and adapt to the ever-changing world.”
Bill Morrow, ’86, chairman of CSIdentity Corporation
Frost Distinguished Lecture Series
April 18, 2011
“Being an entrepreneur is a lot of fun and extremely satisfying, but it is also full of peril,” said Morrow, a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years experience in leading and building businesses. “How do you improve your odds? Act like a hedgehog, be highly focused. If you try to be and do everything, you’ll do a whole lot of nothing.”
College of Business Hosts International Seminar Series
The College of Business International Seminar Series is an innovative academic seminar program taught by visiting faculty. The one-credit-hour course is taught over the weekend in a concentrated format. The seminars allow business students to hear perspectives on an array of international topics from experts in these fields.
Dr. Hector Bajac, Uruguay
“Branding in Latin America”
Dr. Paul Brockman, Bethlehem, PA
Horacio Casabe, Argentina
“Latin America in a Globalized World”
Dr. Jaime Alonso Gomez, Mexico
“Global Leadership for the 21st Century”
Dr. Reijo Luostrinen, Finland
“International/Globalization: Processes and Strategies for Firms”
Dr. John Sullivan, Washington, D.C.
“Business and Politics in Emerging Markets”
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