Mendoza highlights ethical business practices

first_imgMendoza College of Business will host its 19th annual Ethics Week, devoted to examining different facets of ethical business practices, from Feb 8. to 11. The week will include a variety events and several different speakers. Lauren Weldon Mendoza teaching professor Brian Levey said the week is also a continuation of the legacy of John Houck, a Notre Dame management professor who died in 1996. “Our last two deans were very fond of saying ‘Ethics is in our DNA,’ and so much of what we do today goes back to this quote from Fr. O’Hara [the first dean of the College], that the primary function of commerce is to serve mankind,” Levey said. “We think of it in terms of management and marketing and accounting and finance, but all of that ultimately is to serve mankind on some level and create something where there is nothing.”The week is co-sponsored by the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership, and the events are free and open to the public. Levey said the events are aimed at the entire Notre Dame community, as well as the South Bend community. John D’Arcy, associate professor at the University of Delaware, will deliver a presentation titled, “Data Breach: Failures and Follow-ups,” at the Giovanini Commons in Mendoza on Monday at 12:30 p.m. D’Arcy is a former assistant professor for Mendoza.“His expertise is IT security and his particular topic is data breach,” Levey said. “He’s going to talk about things like the Target data breach, going back a few years ago – this was probably the biggest and earliest exposure of credit card information.” Larry Katzen, a former partner at the accounting firm Arthur Andersen, will speak about the collapse of the company Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Giovanini Commons.“ … The popular narrative about that company is it started as a firm of technical competence and integrity but somehow lost its way, leading to its demise,” Levey said. “Although the firm collapsed, he’s made it his mission in retirement to tell a competing narrative about the firm and the many people that went down with the ship — in his view — wrongfully. Eighty-five thousand people lost their jobs, and he’s on something of a mission to tell that story.”The keynote speaker for Ethics Week, Susan Ochs, will give her presentation Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at Giovanini Commons. Ochs is a senior fellow and founder of the Better Banking Project and will speak on improving corporate ethical behavior. “Her focus is on organizational culture and, in particular, financial institutions, banks, investment banks, Wall Street,” Levey said. “One of the things she’s come upon when looking at banks is this notion of complexity. On Wall Street, folks seem to value complexity – the more complex the better. In most other walks of life, we try to keep things simple, and there seems to be some sort of bias toward complexity.”Ethics week closes Thursday night at 7 p.m. with a showing of the movie “Margin Call,” followed by a panel question-and-answer session in the Jordan Auditorium in Mendoza. The 2011 film follows people at an investment bank during the first 24-hour period of a financial crisis. “Each of the characters deals with this very practical, but also ethical, issue of what they should do,” Levey said. The panel following the film will include professional specialist Walter Clements, associate professional specialist Jessica McManus Warnell and senior management consulting major Kevin Frost.“Ethics and asking more of business is a hallmark of the Mendoza College of Business. Students have many opportunities to explore issues of ethics in business in and outside the classroom,” McManus Warnell said in an email. “Ethics Week is a chance for our Notre Dame community to come together and hear from experts in the field on key issues facing business today. These events allow us to hear from and discuss real-world implications of ethics in business — an important part of developing our own capacities to lead and serve.”Levey said Ethics Week is just a part of Mendoza’s dedication to making its students aware of ethical issues that arise in business. “We certainly have a reputation for ethics, and Ethics Week is just a part of that — it’s part of this ongoing and cumulative effort to expose students to ethical issues and raise their awareness, give them tools and hope it does some good in the long run.”Tags: business, Ethics week, mendoza college of businesslast_img read more

Miami Carnival Spotlights Board Member Gilda Swasey

first_imgSOUTH FLORIDA – As we celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month, Miami Carnival spotlights their Board Member Gilda Swasey.Q: What is your backstory?A: I was born in the beautiful county of  Belize, Central America. I am the daughter of a farmer and the 5th child of 9. I graduated from Belize Teachers College.  I taught school in Belize for the Seventh Day Adventist and the government of Belize. I started a school call Biscayne in Belize, with the assistance of my father Geoffrey and brother Norman.We began with 37 students and now have over 100 students. I was a pioneer school teacher for the Belmopan Junior School when the capital was moved inland to Belmopan because of flooding from hurricanes. I migrated to the United States, NY then CA  at age 21. I earned my fellow designation, LUTCF  from the American College. Did Radio and Television broadcasting at the Colombia School of Broadcasting in Hollywood, CA.Hosted Caribbean Connection Radio show in CA and Your Hour of Power for  WAVS 1170 in Florida.I started my Insurance Career as a manager at the Thomas Kline Insurance Agency in Beverly Hill, CA.  I then opened my own agency, Hill Insurance and Annuity Services in Glendale, CA, where we housed 50  brokers.When I relocated to South Florida in 1992, I continued in this business working for companies like Western and Southern Life and AIG as manager and then recruiter Trainer.After a few months in retirement in 2017, I decided that I could continue doing what I loved by mentoring and training up and coming insurance agents.  I launched Access Life Financial in that same year.Because of the relationships, I have been fortunate enough to build over the years, recruiting agents to my agency was a smooth and easy process. Once agents were made aware of Access Life Financial, they joined the agency.I currently have 45 brokers at Access Life Financial. Q: The most challenging part of being an entrepreneur?A: Not having enough hours in the day to work with new agents who need you.Q: Most rewarding part of being an entrepreneur?A: Seeing agents grow and become successful, earning a living at the same time helping families protect their loved ones in the event of death or critical, chronic or terminal illness, planning their retirement, college funding, mortgage protection or simply replacing income. Watching them cross the stage at conventions to receive awards they work so hard to achieve and knowing you had a hand in it.Q: Favorite Social media channel?A: LinkedInQ: Favorite book?A: “Between a Rock and a Hard Place” by Aaron Ralston, whom I had the chance to meet personally.Q: Favorite quote?A: Make your life a masterpiece, imagine no limitations on what you can be or do. Brian Tracy. I try to instill this in my daughter and my granddaughters and anyone who looks up to me for advice.Miami Carnival will be held on Sunday, October 13th.last_img read more

Dundee goalkeeper Scotland call-up for Euro 2016 qualifier with Republic of Ireland

first_imgGordon Strachan has handed Dundee goalkeeper Scott Bain his first call-up to the Scotland squad for the June 5 friendly with Qatar and the Euro 2016 qualifier with the Republic of Ireland eight days later.The 24-year-old Dens Park stopper has been rewarded for his impressive displays for Paul Hartley’s side this season.Meanwhile, Dark Blues boss Strachan has recalled Charlie Mulgrew despite the Celtic utility man having missed the last five and a half months with hamstring trouble, while Hoops team-mate Leigh Griffiths and Stoke’s Charlie Adam are also included.Mulgrew made his return to action against St Johnstone on Friday night as he was given the second 45 minutes of the goalless draw in Perth.Adam has not featured for his country since the Warsaw friendly with Poland in March last year, while Griffiths – Celtic’s top scorer with 19 goals this term – will hope to win his fifth cap, just under two years from his last in a Hampden World Cup qualifier with Belgium.However, there continues to be no room for his Parkhead team-mates Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven, despite the impressive nature of their displays since switching from Dundee United at the end of January.Dropping out of Strachan’s selection are Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor and strikers Stevie May, Jordan Rhodes and Ross McCormack.Scotland will use the challenge match with the 2022 World Cup hosts at Hibernian’s Easter Road as vital preparation for their Dublin clash with the Republic of Ireland as they prepare to keep their Group D qualifying bid on track.Scotland squad to face Qatar and Republic of IrelandGoalkeepersScott Bain (Dundee)Craig Gordon (Celtic)David Marshall (Cardiff City)DefendersChristophe Berra (Ipswich Town)Craig Forsyth (Derby County)Gordon Greer (Brighton & Hove Albion)Alan Hutton (Aston Villa)Russell Martin (Norwich City)Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic)Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen)Andrew Robertson (Hull City)Steven Whittaker (Norwich City)MidfieldersCharlie Adam (Stoke City)Ikechi Anya (Watford)Barry Bannan (Crystal Palace)Scott Brown (Celtic)Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion)James Forrest (Celtic)Shaun Maloney (Chicago Fire)James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion)James McArthur (Crystal Palace)Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth)ForwardsSteven Fletcher (Sunderland)Leigh Griffiths (Celtic)Steven Naismith (Everton)Johnny Russell (Derby County) 1 Scotland manager Gordon Strachan last_img read more