October 4, 2022
Gunter Hall 1720
Alfonzo Alexander - “Ethical Wisdom for Young Professionals”
Alfonzo Alexander is NASBA's Chiedf Ethics and Diversity officer.
October 12, 2022
Kent Noble - What Do You Stand For?
Kent Noble is the Bill Daniels Chair of Business Ethics at the University of Wyoming.
In 2018, Kent received the Professor of the Year distinction at the UW College of Business. Also in 2018, Kent earned the Campus Being a Difference Award from the NASBA Center for the Public Trust. In 2019 and 2020, UW’s Mortar Board Honor Society recognized him as a "Top Prof", and in 2021 it presented him with UW's Outstanding Service and Dedication Award.
Kent was appointed by former Governor Matt Mead to the Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics in 2018, and he was reappointed in 2021 by Governor Mark Gordon. He also serves on the board of directors of the John P. Ellbogen Foundation and the Better Business Bureau Foundation Board of Advisors for Northern Colorado and Wyoming.
For his outreach efforts, Kent has developed engaging ethics-based presentations which he delivers to diverse audiences. Since 2013, he has conducted hundreds of sessions for business, government, and community organizations. In total, participants representing all 50 states have enjoyed his talks.
This is Kent’s second stint with the UW College of Business. Previously, he served as Assistant Dean for External Relations. In this role, Kent teamed with former Dean Brent Hathaway to raise approximately $25 million for the College of Business.
Kent’s first professional connection to UW was in the Athletics Department. As the Senior Associate Athletics Director, he secured a multi-million dollar agreement to outsource the department’s media rights; negotiated a seven-figure naming-rights commitment for its multi-use facility; increased gross revenue from corporate sales by more than 50%, while net revenue increased in excess of 100%; and chaired an effort to ensure compliance with the NCAA’s mandated attendance policy for Division IA football programs.
He and his wife, Leslie, have three children, Lindsey, Tate, and Ella.
Kent’s aspirational code to live by:
- Remember, at the end of the day, it’s all about God, family, and friends.
- Figure out why you’re here—then go get it done.
- Effort and attitude can trump intelligence, but nothing trumps integrity.
- Make the room better when you enter it.
- Find the humor and share it.
- Live each moment like your kids are watching.
- Don’t make it more difficult than it really is.
- Strive for win-win situations.
- Bet on those who buy into the “half-full” theory.
- Some things matter, some things don’t—don’t confuse the two.
- All it takes is all you’ve got.
October 24, 2022
11:15am - 12:05pm
Weston Smith - The HealthSouth Story – A Case of Ethical Malpractice
Weston is an instructor, lecturer, motivator and advisor with an emphasis on the promotion
of fraud prevention and ethical conduct. His background is unusual. He was once mired
within a Fortune 500 company where a nearly $3 Billion financial statement fraud occurred.
Regrettably, the most damaging consequences of the fraud weren't on the participants,
but on the innocent.
Since then, he have spoken worldwide for universities, professional groups, and corporations, and have been published in Issues in Accounting Education. Weston also appeared on CNBC, Fox Business Network, and other media outlets. Today, Weston hopes to lead and guide others in his commitment that strong ethical behavior should always be the fabric of who we are, no matter where we are.
October 18, 2022
MCB Ethics Case Competition
Beyond the Social Dilemma: Creating a More Ethical Social Media Future!
Stay in touch with panelists Safiya Umoja Noble (@safiyanoble), Dipayan Ghosh (@ghoshd7), and moderator David Ryan Polgar (@TechEthicist). For continuing the conversation, check out the books Algorithms of Oppression by Safiya Umoja Noble and Terms of Disservice by Dipayan Ghosh and All Tech Is Human’s recent report, Improving Social Media: The People, Organizations and Ideas for a Better Tech Future.
If you would like to continue the discussion around creating a more ethical social media future, you can join All Tech Is Human’s Slack group. And if you are looking to build your career in the nascent responsible tech space, All Tech Is Human has a Responsible Tech Guide and recently launched a Responsible Tech Mentorship Program.
As a follow-up to The Social Dilemma, check out the film Coded Bias which came to Netflix on April 5th.
The Innovest Experience with Inspiration from Bill Daniels
Rich Todd, CEO, Innovest Portfolio Solutions
Rich is the CEO and Co-Founder of Innovest Portfolio Solutions. He has more than 30 years of experience in investment consulting and currently provides consulting services to both institutions and families. Rich has been named as one of America’s top 100 independent investment advisors by Barron’s and was selected a 2017 outstanding CEO by ColoradoBiz magazine. He earned the Certified Investment Management Consultant (CIMC) designation from the Institute for Investment Management Consultants Association. Rich is a Registered Fiduciary™, earned through Strategic Ethos and Dalbar, Inc., in conjunction with the Foundation for Fiduciary Studies at the University of Pittsburgh's Katz Graduate School of Business. Rich has a business finance degree from Western Colorado University.
He has been a frequent author on fiduciary and investment related matters. He has been a columnist for the Denver Business Journal and has been published in Financial Advisor Magazine, Private Asset Management, Defined Contribution News, On Wall Street, Journal of Compensation and Benefits, Colorado Society of CPA’s News Account, Registered Rep, Pensions & Investments, The Denver Post, Accounting Today, Chief Executive, Family Office Magazine and PLANSPONSOR. Additionally, Rich has been a guest lecturer at conferences across the nation.
Rich was appointed by former Colorado Governor Hickenlooper to serve on the Western Colorado University Board of Trustees in 2018. Rich is also a member of Colorado Concern, an organization of influential Colorado CEOs committed to enhancing and protecting the business climate in Colorado. Rich is the former President of Legatus of Colorado.
He is member of the Philanthropy Roundtable and is on the board of Regents for the Augustine Institute. In addition, he is the Past Vice Chairman of Seeds of Hope Charitable Trust, an organization that provides Catholic education opportunities to at-risk children, as well as the Past Chairman of Families of Character, a national organization that helps parents raise children with strong character and moral integrity. Rich is also a member of the Arrupe Jesuit High School Board of Trustees. Arrupe is a member of the Cristo Ray Network, a consortium of inner-city religious schools that provide a college preparatory education to disadvantaged youth through a corporate work study program providing tuition assistance. Rich and his wife Joanie have been married for more than 35 years and have two children, Alex and Reagan, and their first grandchild Sofia Rose.
Caroline McMichen, principal of McMichen Consulting LLC, currently provides expert advisory services in all areas of ethics and compliance based on her many years of experience working to develop programs that promote an ethical culture, engage employees and drive performance.
Caroline retired in June 2020 as Vice President, Global Ethics and Compliance at Molson Coors Brewing Company, where she was responsible for their ethics and compliance program (including the anti-corruption program) worldwide. Caroline has experience in all aspects of ethics and compliance program management, with recognized expertise in Code of Conduct and policy development and implementation, training and communications, and issue management and investigation.
Caroline is an active Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional and is a frequent speaker on ethics and compliance topics at professional association events where her practical and creative approach to values-based ethics and compliance program elements is well known.
Prior to working in the ethics and compliance field, Caroline spent 18 years in the internal auditing profession in both financial institutions and manufacturing organizations where she developed expertise in internal audit management, risk assessment, fraud investigation and Sarbanes-Oxley which she regularly draws on in her ethics and compliance practice.
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