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Ethics in Community


Community Events

  • Anna Deavere Smith presented her lecture/one-woman performance titled “Health Care: A Human Story.” Many examples of medical ethics in action were presented. Anna Deavere Smith is an actor, teacher, playwright and creator of many one-woman plays based on her interviews with diverse voices from communities in crisis. This production took place on January, 15th, 2014.
  • The second installment of the ‘Ethics of Big Data’ Panel Series, December, 13th, 2013, was a big success. James Bamford, expert on the NSA, Pete Ashdown, founder of XMission and Eric Denna, Cheif Information Officer at the University of Utah were the panelists.
  • Rebecca Rosen, Sr. Associate Editor and journalist for The Atlantic, Ben Wizner, Director, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Shima Baradaran, associate professor of law at the University of Utah, were panelists for the first ‘Ethics of Big Data’ Panel Discussion on November 8th, 2013.
  • Dorothy Billingsly, CEO, Billingsly Associates, and Joel Rado, COO, Billingsly Associates. Presented by the MBA Program in partnership with the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative presented a keynote to the MBA program students on Sept. 16th, 2013.
Community Involvement & Giving

“Community Involvement & Giving:” A panel discussion sponsored by the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at the University of Utah, in partnership with the MBA Program, was held on Aug. 19th, 2013 to kick-off Day One of the MBA Program’s “Week Zero” events welcoming new MBA students to the David Eccles School of Business.

Three distinguished local business leaders graciously volunteered their time to participate in this panel discussion, as well as engaging the students in a Q&A session, and included Mr. Khosrow Semnani, President of SK Hart Engineering; Ms. Fraser Nelson, Executive Director of The Community Foundation of Utah; and Mr. Matt Minkevitch, Executive Director of The Road Home. Together with Harris Sondak, Professor of Management and Daniels Professor of Ethics, the panel discussed the importance of principled ethics in business and business education and focusing on leadership and community involvement. The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Abe Bakhsheshy, Professor of Management and Daniels Professor of Ethics, and Professor of Accounting Christine Botosan, Associate Dean of Graduate Affairs introduced the program.

Guest Speaker: Frank Casey

Guest Speaker: Frank Casey presented a keynote address to the DESB and U of U campus students and faculty, entitled, “Lessons from the Madoff Fraud,” on April 3rd, 2013.

Frank Casey, a financial expert, is one of three men responsible for discovering the Madoff fraud scheme and reporting the fraudulent activity to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Mr. Casey spoke on “…how the Madoff fraud unveiled financial industry due-diligence failures and regulatory incompetence, and discussed the need for setting a higher benchmark of ethical standards in business.”

Ethically Speaking: Perspectives from Utah Business Leaders

“Ethically Speaking: Perspectives from Utah Business Leaders” premiered in the SFEBB Auditorium in February, 2011, and its television broadcast premier took place on Thursday, Feb. 16th at 7:00 PM on KUED HD Channel 7.1.

Ethically Speaking is the product of several years of hard work by Finance Professor Cal Boardman, Cal spent countless hours interviewing twenty-four Utah business leaders who graciously gave their time to this project, and the film highlights the pivotal events and individuals who influenced their philosophies of life, business practices, and ethical behavior embraced by these Utah business leaders.

Ethically Speaking went on to receive a “Best Lifestyle Program” award in 2012 and continues to broadcast on KUED.

This DVD can be purchased at the University of Utah Bookstore for $10.00.

Upcoming Broadcast Dates:
Wed., Aug. 28th, 2013: 11:00 PM on KUED World Channel 7.2.

Dilemmas & Decisions Symposium: Ethical Issues in Commercialization

Dilemmas & Decisions Symposium: Ethical Issues in Commercialization

In the Fall of 2011, The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at the David Eccles School of Business, the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities, the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance, and Technology Venture Development, partnered to sponsor a three-part mini-series symposium on ethical issues encountered when pursuing commercialization in an academic setting. Through case discussion, participants discussed and identified the personal and professional ethical dilemmas that arise when taking an idea from “bench to bedside” and then to market. Discussion included insights from a panel of experts who identified ways to resolve those dilemmas, and the focus of the discussions centered on conflicts of interest.