Lena Kirchner | Reporter
Oct. 18, 2016; 7 a.m.
This fall’s Business and Ethics Panel hosted by the Hammond Institute will feature President Michael Shonrock and two local entrepreneurs who will discuss ethics issues in business.
The event will take place Oct. 20 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dunseth Auditorium in Harmon Hall.
“The panel is meant to offer students a framework to help improve ethical decision-making by giving real-world examples from active professionals,” said Rotarian and panel moderator John Clark. “The world is growing more global, and ethics translate across cultures much more effectively than language.”
The panelists will tell stories about things that happened to them in the business world and then they will explain their process for resolution, including how they handled the problem and avoided unethical or inappropriate behavior.
“I think it is always good to have that kind of hands-on ‘this actually happened to me in a business environment’ learning experience,” said Carol Felzien, director of administration at the Hammond Institute. “It is very much solution-oriented and great for students to have that kind of two-way interaction.”
Lindenwood started the semiannual event in conjunction with the St. Charles Rotary Club multiple years ago, said Felzien.
It was spearheaded by John Clark and the director of the Liberty and Ethics Center Rachel Douchant.
The St. Charles Rotary Club, as stated on its website, is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
No panel has a centralized theme, however; each panel is different because of the participants.
“I think this one will be interesting becauseour president will be part of the discussion. It will be interesting so see what he brings to the table compared to the other individuals,” said Felzien.
Shonrock also commented on what the discussion will be about.
“We are all faced with problems, and some of them are ethical,” Shonrock said. “There are always going to be consequences for our actions. Say you know someone stepped over the line, and they are a friend. How do you tell them they are fired?”
Besides the university’s president, attorney and Ferguson City Council member Wesley Bell will talk about his experiences.
“I think he will be able to bring some interesting dynamics to the table,” said Felzien.
Joi Niedner, who has a very long business background in commercial real estate will complete the panel.
She said it will be a great task to make young entrepreneurs learn from her experience.
“I’d like to be able to see lots of interaction from the students about what is being said,” said Niedner. “I am absolutely thrilled for the event.”
The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
According to Felzien, the Hammond Institute wants students from other departments and disciplines besides the business department to attend the panel.
“We had a really good turnout in the spring,” said Felzien. “It is certainly a good way for students to interact with students as well as for students to interact with the businesspeople.”
The community participating in these events adds a whole new layer of engagement, Felzien said.
Students will have the opportunity to not only interact with faculty members, businesspeople and each other, but also with members from the community.