2017 Past Signature Programs


Women in America: Work and a Life Well-Lived
Our first Executive Breakfast of 2017 featured Jane Miller, COO of Gallup. Jane told the audience about Gallup's new report on women in the workplace and its ethical implications. She gave three "calls to action" that executives can use to make their organizations more attractive to female employees: focus on flexibility, make work personal and relentlessly pursue female talent. “If businesses don’t change — and right now men are in a majority of leadership positions and they aren’t listening to this — they’re going to be left in the dust because they’ve got to make these changes to be able to recruit,” Jane explained.

The topic was very timely and audience members appreciated the chance to talk about this relevant research with an expert like Jane.


March networking luncheon

The Ethical Issues Women Face in the Workplace
Our Spring Networking Luncheon featured a panel discussion on ethical issues women face in the workplace with Katie Barton, Executive Director - Software Development and Services, Gallup; Heidi Guttau-Fox, Partner, Baird Holm; and Tom Waldman, AVP, Chief Compliance Officer and Counsel- Group Protection, Lincoln Financial Group. The discussion was moderated by Susan Koenig of Koenig | Dunne. The panelists discussed ethical issues that women face such as the need for flexible schedules, a desire for meaningful work, a lack of inclusion in workplace social networks, and gender discrimination. The panelists' stories and practical tips left attendees with tools to implement in their own organizations.


april dialogue

The Ethics of Technology Across Industries
Our Spring Dialogue featured a panel discussion on ethical issues in technology across industries with Joe Olsen, Founder, Rova; Connie Ryan, President and CEO, Streck, Inc.; and Lynne Sangimino, Market VP-Omaha, Cox Communications. The discussion was moderated by Alliance executive director, Beverly Kracher. The panelists discussed ethical technology issues in different industries such  as the medical field, communications, transportation, and technology services. Attendees left with a decision making tool to make the most ethical decisions possible when facing technology questions in their own lines of work.


april ethics on trial

The Boardroom Edition: Automation of the American Workforce
Our 5th annual Ethics on Trial explored the ethical dilemma of replacing traditionally human jobs with automated technology. The audience considered the ethical dimensions (such as purpose of business, safety, dignity, efficiency, human rights, etc.) of “employing” robots or humans —a hot and relevant topic.

This year’s format was somewhat different than prior years.  Instead of a person being on trial for a decision they already made, the backdrop was the annual shareholder meeting of a recycling company.  The audience members functioned as a company shareholders and voted to decide whether to automate these traditionally human jobs. A moderated discussion followed the trial. Contact the Business Ethics Alliance for information on obtaining a video of the trial.