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.


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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.


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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 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.

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June networking luncheon

Moments that Matter: A conversation with Kim Yapchai, Whirlpool Corporation, and Royanne Doi, Prudential Financial
Our summer networking luncheon was held on a beautiful day on the suite level of the TD Ameritrade stadium. Two leaders in the ethics and compliance industry joined us for the program- Kim Yapchai, Chief Compliance Officer of Whirlpool Corporation, and Royanne Doi, Corporate Chief Ethics Officer of Prudential Financial. The two discussed how to build a “speak up” culture in organizations, the importance of trust, and how to measure the impact of an ethics program. The audience left with some great ideas to infuse into the ethics programs in their own organizations.


Fall Executive Breakfast

Managing Ethics, Compliance, and Reputation Risk in a Transparent World with Keith Darcy, Deloitte & Touche (NYC)

Our first ever Executive Breakfast Series speaker Keith Darcy returned for the Alliance's 10th anniversary. Keith is known as the grandfather of business ethics and compliance and has traveled the globe creating ethics and compliance communities. Keith captivated the audience with stories about corporate ethics scandals but ended on a high note, singing the praise of firms that are long-lasting, profitable, and ethical.


Fall Networking Luncheon 

The Business Impact of Ethical Practices & Behavior on Your Organization

We hosted a full house at our sold-out Fall Networking Luncheon. Panelists Dusty Davidson of Flywheel; Mike McMeekin of Lamp, Rynearson & Associates; and John Sorrell of Core Bank joined us for a conversation about whether it pays to practice good business ethics and the measurements we might use to answer such a question. 


2017 annual meeting

This was our 10th anniversary Annual Trustee Meeting! We had the pleasure of meeting Bob Bates' friend and mentee—Todd Drake, CEO of New Balance Commodities—and hearing Bob and Todd discuss ethical leadership and tools for living our values on a daily basis while running a profitable firm. Their conversation helped us see that great leaders concern themselves with being better than they were the day before even more than competition with others. It was inspiring and practical advice—the hallmark of Alliance work. 


Fall dialogue

The Ethical and Business Imperatives of Retaining Diverse YP Talent in Omaha

During this record-breaking Dialogue event, young professionals, business practitioners, and community leaders told their stories of workplace diversity and inclusion. We all want Omaha to be a beacon of ethics, to live up to our values of accountability, integrity, and moral courage. Recent surveys from the Chamber show that we have a lot of work to do. 

Thank you to our outstanding panelists, Cliff McEvoy, Lynda Shafer, Ashley Rae Turner, and Tom Warren, and to our moderator, Tim Burke. Their honesty and leadership helped set the tone for a conversation that inspired a call to action—a call to be accountable for the business climate we create and to have the moral courage to address inequities.