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Character to be focus of UTSA College of Business Ethics Symposium Oct.20

“The Importance of Character in Business” is the theme for the Business Ethics Symposium hosted by The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business. The symposium will be held Wednesday, Oct. 20 and is free and open to the public. The daylong program will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m. All lectures will be held in the Richard S. Liu Auditorium (2.01.02) in the Business Building on the UTSA Main Campus. The symposium is sponsored by San Antonio Federal Credit Union.

Earnest Broughton, executive director and ethics program coordinator at USAA, will discuss “An Inquiry into the Nature of Character” at 11 a.m. Broughton serves on the executive committee of the board of directors for the Ethics and Compliance Officers Association, the world’s largest professional association for ethics and compliance practitioners.

Dr. Lindsay Thompson, associate professor of management at Johns Hopkins University, will present at 2 p.m. She will present on “Globalization Politics and Multinational Enterprise: A Neoconservative Perspective.” Her research interests include ethics and gender equity, corporate social responsibility and leadership. She is the author of “The Moral Compass: Leadership for a Free World.”

The symposium will conclude at 3:30 p.m. with a panel discussion “Business Ethics in Practice” featuring past recipients of the San Antonio Ethics in Business Awards. The panel will be moderated by Jeff Farver, president and chief executive officer of San Antonio Federal Credit Union. Panelists include Eric Cooper, president and chief executive officer at the San Antonio Food Bank; Leo Gomez, vice president of public and government affairs at Spurs Sports and Entertainment; and Abel Martinez, vice president of partner relations, risk solutions and compliance at H-E-B.

“We are training students to think critically about the decisions they make as individuals and as future business practitioners,” said Pepe Chang, assistant professor and coordinator of the college’s business ethics program. “We take ethics seriously in the College of Business, and the business world takes ethics seriously.”

The symposium allows students, faculty, business and community leaders to engage in an ongoing dialogue about the practice of business ethics and the role of moral wisdom for corporate social responsibility. For more information, call (210) 458-4313.

About the College of Business
Nationally ranked and recognized, the UTSA College of Business is one of the 40 largest business schools in the nation with more than 5,600 enrolled students and 37 different graduate and undergraduate business programs. Accredited by AACSB International, the college is dedicated to raising its academic profile to become one of the best business schools recognized for developing “Knowledge for a New World.”

Wendy Frost—

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