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Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Conference set for March 30

March 9, 2009

Business and academic leaders will gather at Indiana State University to discuss ethical issues facing today's business world during the fourth annual Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Conference on March 30.

Hosted by the junior class of the Networks Professional Development Program in the ISU College of Business, the free conference is open to students and faculty from colleges and universities, as well as industry professionals and community members. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the conference will last from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. It will take place in the Hulman Memorial Student Union.

Keynote speakers include Howard Learner, president and executive director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center; James Morris, president of Pacers Sports and Entertainment; and Todd Rokita, Indiana secretary of state.

Learner will open the conference with a presentation on the environmental policies of President Barack Obama and the administration's plan to create five million green jobs. Morris will deliver a luncheon address titled "Setting the Pace." He will examine the efforts to restore the Pacers to their "glory days" over the past few years and how the program was able to rebuild with a commitment to ethical play and conduct. Rokita will conclude the conference with a discussion on efforts to ensure the state's vitality during challenging economic times.

A variety of other presenters will offer sessions throughout the day for participants to choose from. Topics will include whistle blowing, ethics in athletics, hiring and firing practices, fair use on the Internet, universal healthcare, ethical leadership and employee privacy.

The conference kicks of a week of activities centered on ethics. The week will feature more speakers and special presentations, along with a debate night.

"Ethics Week is a way to spread the message that ethics dilemmas are out there and that we will all face them. Hopefully by hearing from experts in their fields, students can see how professionals handle situations that have no clear right answer," said Stephanie Balbach, executive co-director of the conference and insurance major at ISU. "By promoting business ethics, we hope to increase awareness not only among students, but also in the community."

A complete conference schedule is available online at Online registration is open until March 20 and participants may also register the day of the conference.