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Business Leader to Discuss Real-Life Challenges of Ethical Practices

Business professionals will learn practical tools and techniques for dealing with ethical issues in the workplace at a daylong regional business ethics conference, Ethics in Practice: Benefits for Business, at Duquesne University on Thursday, June 14.

The keynote address will be delivered by John P. Friel, president and chief executive officer of MEDRAD Inc. A recipient of the American Business Ethics Award, MEDRAD is one of the region’s most recognized organizations for strong values and ethical practices.

“Friel will discuss the potential disconnect between simply saying that it is good to act ethically versus the true challenge of upholding ethical values when staring at a decision in which acting ethically might on its surface be extremely difficult or detrimental in the short-term,” said Michael Urick, an organizer of the event, and manager of customer and vendor relations for Duquesne’s Center for Corporate & Executive Education (CCEE).

Developed by the CCEE in partnership with the Beard Center for Leadership in Ethics, the conference targets managers, executives and members of professional business associations.

“The conference is really geared toward having an impact on business,” Urick said. “It seems that sometimes we hear talk of ‘business ethics,’ and it’s treated like a buzzword without much meaning or substance behind it. This conference will create reality out of the buzzword and show business people what benefits being ethical will have upon profitability and for other stakeholders.”

Conference session topics include a panel discussion addressing insights into global ethics, as well as the presentations Ethical Considerations of Crisis Management; Risk Assessment and Criminal Behavior: Who Cares About Going to Jail?; and Valuing Human Capital: An Ethical Perspective, among others.

In addition to providing networking opportunities with professionals and business and academic experts, the conference allows attendees the option to earn continuing education/professional development units.

“Recent examples of breaches of ethical performance in business point to a loss of a moral compass and the importance of ethics as a reasoning skill, rather than an abstract set of principles or values,” added Dr. James Weber, director of the Beard Center and professor of business ethics and management at Duquesne. He will present Foundations for Success: An 'Ethics in Practice' Framework at the conference. “Now, more than ever, we need ethical behavior—ethics in practice—in business.”

The cost to attend Ethics in Practice is $350, which includes all conference materials, lunch and on-campus parking. To register or for more information, visit www.duq.edu/ethicsinpractice or call 412.396.6190.

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