Past Leading with Integrity Luncheons
May 7, 2010
Rushworth M. Kidder, president and founder of the Institute for Global Ethics and executive editor of Ethics Newsline®, was the featured speaker at The Ethics Recession: How Collapsing Integrity Crashes the Economy…and What We Can Do About It. In the summer of 2008, as the recession was deepening, we appeared to be entering a standard economic collapse. By the following spring, it was clear that we were immersed in an ethics recession, where the root causes were less financial than moral. In this wide-ranging talk, Dr. Kidder traced the collapse of integrity, the abandonment of responsibility, and the failures of moral courage that underlie some of today’s financial numbers and identified some of the changes in thinking needed to bring us back into balance. Kidder, renowned ethicist and journalist, authored the book The Ethic Recession: Reflections on the Moral Underpinnings of the Current Economic Crisis.
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July 30, 2007
More than 50 human resource professionals and other business leaders joined our expert panel in a dialogue entitled People Wisdom for Difficult Times: Responsibly Meeting the Challenges of Today’s Business Environment, Preparing for Tomorrow’s.
Amidst near-historic levels of unemployment and widespread reductions in force, these corporate leaders and HR professionals came together and shared their unique perspectives on the challenges of our time. They considered our obligations to employees nearing retirement, ways to maintain morale in a downsized workforce, employee communication issues, effective outplacement services and the future of human resources in this difficult time.
The panel of experts included Stacie Hagan, chief people officer, Earthlink; Ryland Harrelson, executive vice president, chief human resource officer, TSYS; Gary Jones, chief human resource officer, Grizzard Communications; and Lois Rickard, vice president, human resources, WebMD. Tom Darrow, founder and principal of Talent Connections LLC and Career Spa LLC moderated.
February 9, 2007
Corporate Responsibility and Global Challenges, a facilitated discussion with Dr. Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE, and Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was presented. They discussed the roles and responsibilities of businesses in collaborating with humanitarian and governmental agencies in addressing complex global trends in population, poverty and disease.
February 8, 2007
In Birmingham, Alabama, the program featured a presentation by Ms. Karen Katen, vice chairman of Pfizer Inc. A global leader of her industry and of Pfizer, the largest producer of pharmaceuticals, Karen spoke about ethical issues and other challenges facing her industry in today’s environment of heightened public scrutiny.
January 11, 2007
Unenlightened Self-Interest: the Wrong Way to Adapt to Market Capitalism, featuring Mr. Daniel Yankelovich, chairman of Viewpoint Learning, of Public Agenda and of DYG, Inc. was presented. Founder of one of America’s leading market research firms, Yankelovich, Skelly & White, Mr. Yankelovich is author of the new book Profit with Honor. He is a director of Loral Space & Communications Inc. and director emeritus of CBS, US West (now Qwest Communications), the Meredith Corporation, Diversified Energies and ARKLA.
December 8, 2006
Excellence Without a Soul? Higher Education and the Shaping of Moral Character featured an address by Dr. Harry R. Lewis, former dean of Harvard College, with a panel response by Dr. Michael F. Adams, president, University of Georgia; Dr. Walter D. Broadnax, president, Clark Atlanta University; and Dr. Daniel S. Papp, president, Kennesaw State University. Dr. Lewis is author of the popular new book Excellence Without a Soul, in which he argues that universities “have forgotten their larger educational role for college students,” which is to develop “people of good character who will know they owe something to society.”
September 29, 2006
This luncheon debate addressed the question: Big Oil: Fair Profits or Profiteering? Our speakers were Dr. Mark Cooper, chief economist for Consumer Federation of America, and Ms. Rayola Dougher, manager of Energy Market Issues for American Petroleum Institute. Our moderator was Dr. Rajeev Dhawan, director of the Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State University.
The program featured Mr. Steve Odland, CEO of Office Depot. Mr. Odland chairs the corporate governance task force for Business roundtable and is an outspoken proponent of ethics in governance and management.
Ms. Karen Katen, vice chairman of Pfizer Inc. and president of Pfizer Human Health, presented The Moral Basis of Competition. Responsible for managing nearly $50 billion in global revenues, she ranks ninth on Fortune‘s 2005 list of the most powerful women in business, and is among The Wall Street Journal‘s “50 Women to Watch.” She serves on boards including General Motors and Harris 3M. She was introduced at the luncheon by Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Today’s pharmaceutical industry faces complex ethical issues in such matters as direct-to-consumer advertising, clinical trials, drug costs in developing countries, patent protection, reimbursement, product liability and bioethics.
The luncheon featured former United States Senator and Georgia Governor Zell Miller. Keynote speaker at the 2004 Republican National Convention, Mr. Miller is author of the book A Deficit of Decency. He is one of three people ever to serve as both U. S. Senator and Governor in Georgia.
Also in 2005, the series featured Herb Baum, chief executive officer of Dial Corp., the $1.4 billion consumer goods company with such brands as Dial soaps, Purex laundry detergents, Renuzit air fresheners and Armour Star canned meats. His presentation was entitled Transparency: the Antidote for Uncertain Times. Mr. Baum is author of the new book The Transparent Leader: How to Build a Great Company Through Straight Talk, Openness, and Accountability, which was available to luncheon attendees.
Prior to joining Dial, Mr. Baum was president and chief operating officer of Hasbro Inc., the $4 billion maker of toys, games, interactive software, puzzles and infant products. Previously, he was chairman and chief executive officer of Quaker State Corporation, a leading manufacturer of motor oil and other products. Earlier in his career he spent 15 years at Campbell Soup Company, where he held positions including executive vice president and president of Campbell North and South America. He is a director of The Dial Corporation, PepsiAmericas, Meredith Corporation and America West Airlines.
The program featured Deval L. Patrick, executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of The Coca-Cola Company, speaking on the topic Crisis as a Platform for Change: Lessons from Coke and Corporate America.
Mr. Patrick discussed the tough challenges corporate leaders face when dealing with large-scale discrimination lawsuits. He is uniquely qualified to address this topic, having overseen litigation in Coca-Cola’s highly publicized, class-action racial discrimination case. He also gained experience with such issues at Texaco, where he was named vice president and general counsel after serving as the federal court-appointed chair of the company’s Equality and Fairness Task Force. Mr. Patrick’s experience prior to joining corporate America includes an appointment by President Clinton to the post of Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Civil Rights Division of the U. S. Department of Justice.
Debra Waller, chairman and chief executive officer of Jockey International, spoke on the topic Integrity and Profits: Can Companies have Both in a World Where ‘Sex Sells’?
Ms. Waller focused on the negative social impact of some corporations’ advertising and promotions, especially when sexually explicit or suggestive messages are targeted at youths. Ms. Waller believes business leaders should weigh more seriously their social responsibilities for the effects of their messages.
The program featured William McDonough, chair of the new Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, created by Congress in the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation addressing corporate scandals. His topic was The Challenge for Private Sector Leaders, a presentation on CEO compensation and other issues of integrity. He is the former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and has been an outspoken critic of excesses in executive pay.
This luncheon focused on the challenges facing today’s leaders of intercollegiate athletic programs. The Ethical Crisis in College Sports was a panel discussion featuring Dr. Gordon Gee, chancellor of Vanderbilt University (pictured right); Damon Evans, senior associate athletic director at the University of Georgia; and Dr. Terry Don Phillips, athletic director at Clemson University.
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue spoke at the first Leading with Integrity Luncheon, presenting his plans for continuing ethics reform in state government. A recording of this program is also available.
Other Programs for Leaders
Since 1993, the topics addressed by our forums for leaders have included global trade, environmental performance, corporate ethics management, responsible investing, truth in advertising, product safety, values-based management and other timely issues. The programs have also featured such speakers as Mr. Jack Ward, CEO of Russell Corporation; Dr. David Batstone, author of Saving the Corporate Soul and executive editor of Sojourners magazine; James P. Kelly, Chairman of the Board and CEO of UPS; Arthur M. Blank, president and CEO of The Home Depot; Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin; Robert J. Rutland, Chairman of the Board, Allied Holdings Inc.; James R. Lientz Jr., recently retired president of Bank of America’s MidSouth region; Leo F. Mullin, chairman and CEO of Delta Air Lines; Dr. Edward Zinbarg, author of Faith, Morals & Money: What the Major World Religions Say About Ethics in the Marketplace; Neil Williams, general counsel of AMVESCAP, plc; James S. Balloun, chairman, president and CEO of Acuity Brands; Robert Kuttner, syndicated columnist for The Washington Post and BusinessWeek; Edward Petry, executive director of the Ethics Officer Association; Ray Anderson, chairman and CEO of Interface Inc.; Stephen L. Carter, best-selling author and Yale law professor; John Swanson, creator of the well-known ethics program at Dow-Corning Corp.; Robert Benham, chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court; Dan Cathy, president and CEO of Chick-Fil-A; Dr. Robert Holland, former member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and senior fellow at the Wharton School; Tom Chappel, CEO of Tom’s of Maine; Peter Kinder, author of Investing for Good; Charles Brewer, CEO of Green Street Properties and founder and former CEO of MindSpring Enterprises; James Blanchard, chairman and CEO of Synovus; and Fritz Heimann, U.S. chairman of Transparency International.