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Upcoming conference to focus on ethics, corporate social responsibility

March 29, 2011

College students and business professionals will have an opportunity to learn about ethical decision-making and corporate social responsibility during an upcoming conference at Indiana State University.

The sixth annual Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Conference will take place April 4. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hulman Memorial Student Union on campus and includes over 20 concurrent sessions on a variety of topics and several general sessions. The theme of the conference is "Ethics: One Size Fits All?" Conference attendees will learn more about the ethical dilemmas people encounter on a regular basis, said ISU junior Kelsie Noble.

"They will also leave with a greater understanding of what to do in these types of situations, since most of the time there is no clear answer for how to be ‘ethical' or ‘socially responsible,'" said Noble, a double major in business management and marketing from Terre Haute who is helping to organize the event. "I think this is especially important because these topics are so common, and yet many of us may not know how to handle these situations appropriately."

David Robinson, ISU assistant professor of management, will open the conference with his presentation, "Ethical Choices Meet Hollywood Cinema." People attending the conference will have the option of listening to one of two keynote speakers, who will give lunchtime presentations. Michael G. McMillan, director of ethics and professional standards at the CFA Institute, will present "Ethical Decision Making in the Investment Management Industry," while Catherine S. Herr, senior director of global manufacturing procurement at Eli Lilly and Co., will present "Maintaining a Sense of Ethics in Difficult Times."

The sessions range in subject matter from discussing ethics and effectiveness in marketing to potential ethical dilemmas that could arise when college athletes are paid. Another presentation focuses on Social Security, as well as one on payday lenders.

In all, more than 40 presenters will be participating in the conference.

"The purpose of this conference is to create a greater awareness of current ethical dilemmas and situations across a wide variety of industries," Noble said. "The importance of ethics and social responsibility is becoming more and more prominent in the workforce, and it's essential for people to be aware of these issues."

More information about the conference can be found at: The conference is being organized by business students enrolled in the Networks Professional Development Program, a four-year comprehensive curriculum with focused activities designed to cultivate professional and leadership skills of ISU students. The award-winning program is part of the Networks Financial Institute in the Scott College of Business at ISU.

Contact: Kelsie Noble, Scott College of Business, Indiana State University,

Priscilla Wolfe, director of education, Networks Financial Institute, Scott College of Business, Indiana State University, 812-237-8271 or

Writer: Austin Arceo, assistant director of media relations, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or