Sandbulte Center for Ethical Leadership

Speakers, Presentations and other Ethics Events

The Sandbulte Center for Ethical Leadership is dedicated to fostering a robust discussion of ethics and their application in the Duluth community. It is only through this conversation, this back and forth with one another, that our individual ethical compasses can point in the same direction.

 


Recent Events

Leadership at the CEO and Board Level Speaker Series

The Sandbulte Center for Ethical Leadership is sponsoring a speaker series that focuses on leadership at the CEO and board level. Over the coming academic year there will be speakers that include for profit CEO's, not for profit CEO's and government leaders. Speakers are being asked to discuss their career path and offer advice on what helped them succeed as a leader. Speakers will offer their insights into what organizations can do to encourage ethical behavior at work.

A special thanks to business executive Bruce Stender who helped Rick Revoir plan the series.


                        

Ethical Leadership MOOC

The Sandbulte Center for Ethical Leadership will offer the Ethical Leadership Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) beginning September 15, 2014 free of charge. Students can enroll through December 1st. Students who successfully complete the course earn a certificate of completion. The creation of the MOOC was funded by the C. Charles Jackson Foundation and by the Sandbulte Center for Ethical Leadership. More information can be found at go.css/learn


                                                           Larry Goodwin               

October 21, 2014

Dr. Larry Goodwin, president of the College of St. Scholastica, provided an engaging presentation on different leadership styles. He had a chance to visit with Sandy and Verna Sandbulte after his speech (pictured above).


      

September 23, 2014

Jo Ann Hoag, retired President/CEO of Lake View Hospital

CSS alum Jo Ann Hoag spoke about her variety of leadership experiences in healthcare and discussed ethical dilemmas she has faced. Ms. Hoag retired in July 2014 from her position as the President/CEO of Lake View hospital. She is co-owner of Lake Superior Brewing and has served on a variety of boards

                 


Marc Courey

April 22, 2014

Marc Courey, Director of Risk Advisory and Forensic services for Wipfli

Marc spoke to 120 students about his work helping companies investigate fraud. Marc stressed the importance of monitoring and testing internal controls.  He also discussed what organizations can do to encourage ethical behavior.


April 1, 2014

Inmate Presentation

Three inmates from the Duluth Federal Prison Camp gave a presentation on campus. Brad, Nathan and Frank were convicted of corporate crimes and they discussed how their actions led to time in prison. The inmates discussed the role of corporate culture and the importance of testing and enforcing internal controls. Students had many questions for the inmates and one student commented "they seem like normal guys who not long ago sat in a college classroom just like us." Students discussed with inmates how "short cuts" and a corporate culture of "just get the job done" contributed to fraudulent behavior.


MBAA Conference

March 27, 2014   MBAA International Conference

Faculty members Dr. Rick Revoir and Dr. Tom Buck along with students Tyler Rohr and Krystal Hoheisel attended the MBAA International Conference in Chicago which attracts business academics from around the world. Tom Buck won the best paper award for his article titled Living the Case Study: Teaching Management and Leadership Ethics Online Through Serious Games. Rick Revoir gave a presentation titled: Developing and Delivering a MOOC Focusing on Ethical Leadership. Students Tyler Rohr and Krystal Hoheisel submitted papers to the conference that they had written for their management ethics class.


Rick Revoir

December 2013


Dr. Rick Revoir published an article titled: Exploring Learning During a YouTube Business Ethics Simulation in the Journal of Academic and Business Ethics.


Mayor Don NessInterview with Mayor Don Ness

Would you decline a $19,500 salary increase? On November 25, 2013 the Duluth City Council voted to increase the salary of the mayor by 25%. Dr. Rick Revoir met with Mayor Don Ness to discuss his decision to decline the salary increase. Please listen to the attached audio file to learn more about the mayor's decision.


 

Pascha Apter

November 19, 2013

Pascha Apter, CEO of Giant Voices

Pascha discussed her experiences working in the marketing industry and shared ethical dilemmas she as faced.  Her firm specializes in branding, advertising, public relations, e-solutions and training.  


Mark Weitz

October 31, 2013

Mark Weitz, PhD, JD,  shareholder with Leonard, Street & Deinard

Mark provided an analysis of the mortgage collapse of 2008 and what it tells us about behaviors in a free enterprise system.  Mark focuses his practice on general corporate law, finance and securities law, and mergers and acquisitions. He is recognized as one of America's Leading Business Lawyers by Chambers USA and has been selected for inclusion in Minnesota Super Lawyers for the past 15 years.  


Deb Adele

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Deborah Adele, Author, The Yamas and Niyamas:  Exploring Yoga's Ethical Principles

Deborah Adele, MA, has a background in theology, business and yoga philosophy.  For over 14 years, she used her knowledge to build Yoga North, now a thriving yoga  center in Duluth, MN.  Deborah has made several trips to India for study and exploration and currently spends her time writing and teaching.  She is the author of The Yamas and Niyamas:  Exploring Yoga's Ethical Principles and two CDs The Art of Relaxation and The Practice of Meditation.  

Deborah feels it is important to continually ask ourselves the question, "What does it mean to be human?" by putting ourselves in places we can be challenged and changed, by telling ourselves the truth, and by sitting in some form of prayer, meditation, or reflection daily.

Click below to listen to the talk.


April 3, 2013

Dr. Rick Revoir gave a presentation to the Duluth Chamber of Commerce titled: Encouraging Ethical Behavior at Work. The presentation was part of the Chamber's Professional Development Series.


March 26, 2013

Federal Prison Camp Inmate Presentation

Two inmates from the Federal Prison Camp, Duluth visited campus to discuss their experiences. Over 100 students listened to the presentation by Brad, a former hedge fund manager and Nate, a former accountant as they shared how their decisions and actions led to time in prison. Students asked many questions during the presentation.

After the presentation one student commented, "I learned about how the culture of an organization is truly one of the biggest influences in forming an atmosphere of ethical or unethical behaviors." Another student noted, "I agree with Brad that we don't just make one bad decision but a series of smaller decisions that lead us to a point where we don't automatically do the right thing."


March 21-24, 2013

Society for Advancement of Management International Business Conference

School of Business and Technology faculty members Rick Revoir and Tom Buck along with students Thad Picott, Nate Beaufeaux, Brian Houdek, Matthew Feuling and Jake Snyder were in Washington, D.C. March 21-24, 2013 to attend the Society for Advancement of Management International Business Conference.  The students presented papers they wrote for their Management Ethics course.

Thad Picott - SAM Conference

 

Senior Thad Picott discusses the ethics of transfer pricing
at the Society for Advancement of Management
Conference.SAM Conference Participants  

 

 

 

The group met with Senator Amy Klobuchar's
staff to discuss higher education issues.
On March 22nd, after a tour of the Capitol,
the group sat in the Senate gallery to observe
the historic "voto-rama" on the federal budget.

 


March 1, 2013

SB&T faculty members Jennifer Pilon, Bob Hoffman and Rick Revoir presented at the MBAA International Conference in Chicago, IL.  The title of their presentation:  Unethical Behavior and the Collapse of Eurozone Economies.  The MBAA Conference draws business academics from around the country.


January 2013

Kurt Linberg, Ph.D. and Kathy Modin, M.A. had the article "Strategic Initiatives to Advance Business Ethics Education:  Reflecting on a 17 Year Journey" published in Journal of Academic and Business Ethics.   http://www.aabri.com/manuscripts/121388.pdf


Briana von Elbe

November 27

Briana von Elbe was the guest speaker for the November 27th Character Builder Lunch.  She spoke about her experiences as a marketing entrepreneur and ethical dilemmas she has faced.

Briana von Elbe is a lifelong resident of the Northland.  In 1998, at the age of 23, she started her advertising agency, Pearson & von Elbe Advertising LLC.  Ten years later she launched a promotional products company, Footprint Promotional Advertising.  Briana assists clients in building, maintaining and executing their marketing campaigns in the most efficient and cost effective way while having the greatest impact.  She believes in putting out the highest quality of work for her clients so that it produces the biggest results for their business and, in turn, their customers. 

Briana volunteers for many organizations in the community.  She is a board member of PAVSA, Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank and the MN Ballet; a member of the Duluth and Hermantown Chambers of Commerce and the Arrowhead Builders Association and she serves as a volunteer on several committees for non-profit organizations and assists them with their marketing, special events and fundraising efforts.


November 9-10

Dr. Perwaiz B. Ismaili, Assistant Professor and a member of the Multicultural Organization Development (MCOD) team within the School of Business and Technology was invited to present talks in Atlanta. He delivered two sessions one in Duluth, GA, and the other in Atlanta, GA, exploring The Communal Ethics of Elderly Care Using a Faith-based Approach.  Both sessions were well received by the community in attendance of 461 in Duluth, GA and 675 in Atlanta, GA. 


October 18

Skip Fischer, Ph.D., retired Senior Professional Staffer, U.S. Senate Banking Committee, presented "Ethical Dilemmas Involving Defense Contractors and Congress" from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Burns Wellness Center 249 on October 18th.  Dr. Fischer served as a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives and as an Assistant for Foreign Policy Skip Fischer, Ph.D.

Weren't able to attend Dr. Fischer's presentation? 
Click below to listen to a recording.


October 3

Bob Hartl, M.A., Associate professor, Management, The College of St. Scholastica, School of Business & Technology, presented "Continuous Change and the Ethics of Decision-Making" from noon - 1:00 p.m. in the Duluth Chamber of Commerce Office, 5 W. First Street, Suite 101, Duluth, MN on October 3rd.


Eric VandersteltFall Semester 2012 

SB&T alum Eric Vanderstelt ('08) met with students to discuss his  experience working abroad and ethical issues that he faced.  Eric  also gave students career advice as they prepare to apply for internships  and full time positions. 


June 18-20

Karen Schuder, MA in Management Alumni and member of the SB&T Business Ethics Committee presented at the 8th International Catholic Social Thought and Business Education conference in Dayton, OH. Her paper is titled "Expanding Business: A Qualitative Study of Business Schools Integrating Ethics."   

Summary of 8th International Conference on Catholic Social Thought & Management Education.

Renewing Mission and Identity in Catholic Business Education

University of Dayton, Ohio, June 18-20, 2012
by Rev. Karen Schuder

Karen Schuder

With support from the Sandbulte Endowment I was blessed to represent the CSS School of Business and Technology at the 8th International Conference on Catholic Social Thought and Management Education at the University of Dayton in June. The theme of the conference was "Renewing Mission and Identity in Catholic Business Education" with an emphasis on integrating ethics and applying Catholic Social Thought principles to business school curriculums.  Individuals from more than 23 countries participated in speeches, research presentations, and discussions focused on the integration of ethics and social principles in business education.  

Read the full text


March 26

Sabah Alwan, Associate Professor in Leadership and Organizational Behavior , School of Business and Technology was notified that his paper titled  "Leadership Ethics between Supportive Application and Reluctant Endorsements"  will be published  by the Global Business Development Institute. 


Arend J. "Sandy" Sandbulte

Arend J. Sandbulte is the former president and CEO of ALLETE, Inc. (formerly Minnesota Power) and a strong believer in the importance of ethics not just in business but in everyday life as well.

Sandbulte is a leader in the Duluth community, having served as a member of the Duluth Chamber of Commerce, the State of Minnesota Commission on Reform and Efficiency, St. Scholastica's Board of Trustees, the Duluth United Way Campaign, the Duluth Industrial Development Task Force, the Lake Superior Center, and the St. Luke's Hospital Board.

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Contact us

Dr. Rick Revoir
Director of the Sandbulte Center for Ethical Leadership
rrevoir@css.edu
(218) 723-6424

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-- Dr. Rick Revoir