2021 Pandemic, Ethics, and Leadership Speaker Series

The Leadership Institute and Center for Applied Ethics
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The Leadership Institute and Center for Applied Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Stout bring you the Pandemic and Ethics Leadership speaker series in Fall 2021.  Join us for learning, interaction, and insights around how the pandemic affected ethics and leadership in all areas of our lives.

We are excited to offer this series at NO COST to you with thanks to partial funding from EDA CARES grant ED20CHI3070030 that supports innovative leadership’s pandemic response. 

The 'Spectrum' of Conflict of Interest: When do your personal decisions impact your professional life?

A conflict of interest is when your personal interests might compromise your judgment, decisions, or actions in other areas of your life, like your workplace. In some fields, like journalism, a conflict of interest could be seen as detrimental to the credibility of the work that is being done. However, what about in politics?  Or government?  Or service organizations?  Or business and industry?  We will discuss a potential “spectrum of acceptability” when it comes to conflicts of interest arising in different sectors of our lives. How ethical is this spectrum?  Should we be pushing for stronger ethics in all sectors?  Join us for a Stout alumni panel interactive discussion about the different spectrums of conflict of interest and the ethical implications.

Thursday, October 14, 2021
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (CST)

Online via Microsoft Teams

UW-Stout Alumni Panel:

Craig Brown, ‘19, Manager, Craig Clifton, Inc.
Josh Hellenbrand, ‘20, Senior Specialist of Creative Strategies, Marketing and Communication Industry
Shannon Hoyt, ‘18, 10 PM Producer/Evening Anchor, WQOW News
Steve “Shep” Sheppard, ‘92, Manager – Federal Advisory Recruiting, KPMG

The Supply Chain, the Pandemic, and Ethics:  How were industries affected and how did they respond?

No doubt, 2020 was a unique year globally.  A worldwide pandemic forced rapid changes and new ways of working.  It also created some drastic changes in our supply chains in all industries around the world.  Not all supply chains operated with the highest level of ethics though.  Join us for an interactive and insightful panel discussion about how the pandemic affected our supply chains and the ethical implications of the response.

November 17, 2021
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (CST)
Online via Microsoft Teams

Session Panelists:

Chris Conard, President, PMI, LLC.
Mark Hatzenbeller, ‘79, Senior Account Executive, WMEP Manufacturing Solutions
Dr. Andrew Swanson, Assistant Professor of Economics, UW-Stout 
Dr. Kim Zagorski, Associate Professor of Political Science, UW-Stout

Working from Home: What Privacy Issues Arise in our Remote Workspaces?

The pandemic of 2020 forced nearly all of us to work from home.  We had to rapidly shift to creating a homework space for our jobs or our educations or both.  The focus was on ensuring our work got done, but what about the ethics of doing all of this from home?  How responsible are we for the security and privacy of data when we work or study from home?  Join us for a panel discussion about remote work environments, cybersecurity and privacy, and the ethics of the home office.

Thursday, December 2, 2021
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM (CST)
Online via Zoom

Session Panelists:

Dane Deutsch, CyberEthics Lecturer, UW-Stout
Michelle Gishkowsky, IT Program Manager, Mayo Clinic
Doris Mold, President, Sunrise Agricultural Associates
Cheyne Taylor, ‘15, Senior Technical Writer, JMA Resources