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Ethics and the Financial Meltdown Focus of UTSA College of Business Ethics Symposium Oct. 21

ethics“Ethical Behavior and the Financial Meltdown” 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. 21 and is free and open to the public.  The daylong program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 3:15 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.

Professor John Dienhart, the Boeing Frank Schrontz Chair of Business Ethics at Seattle University, will discuss “Preventing the Next Financial Crisis: Ethical Leadership, Institutions, and Organizational Design” at 9:30 a.m.  Dienhart is director of the Albert Business Ethics Initiative, a five-year program to promote ethics in organizations, and is a fellow of the Ethics Resource Center in Washington, D.C.

Patricia Diaz-Dennis, retired senior vice president and assistant general counsel for AT&T, will present at 11 a.m. “Cowgirls Didn’t Start the Fire–How Wall Street Could Have Avoided the Financial Crisis.” Diaz Dennis’ career has spanned both labor and employment law and included federal appointments on the National Labor Relations Board, the Federal Communications Commission and ultimately as assistant secretary of state for human rights.

The symposium will conclude at 2 p.m. with a panel discussion, “The Practice of Corporate Ethics.”  The panel will include prominent San Antonio business leaders Ray Berend, CPA, Padgett Stratemann & Co., LLP; Ruth Berggren, MD, Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; Martin Naegelin Jr., Rush Enterprises, Inc.; and Robert L. Worth Jr., R.L. Worth & Associates, Ltd.

“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.

Streaming Video

9:30 a.m.
Introduction and Welcome
Dr. Pepe Chang, assistant professor and coordinator of the ethics program

Dr. John Dienhart
“Preventing the Next Financial Crisis: Ethical Leadership, Institutions, and Organizational Design”

11 a.m.
Introduction and Welcome
Dr. Lynda Y. de la Viña, Dean and Peter Flawn Professor of Economics

Patricia Diaz-Dennis
“Cowgirls Didn’t Start the Fire–How Wall Street Could Have Avoided the Financial Crisis”

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 5,800 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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