Industry Leaders Promote Ethical Action

The Business Ethics class with guest speaker Nancy Higgins.

November 4, 2011

The Ethics in Action speaker series concluded this week with three special guests: Jay Mumford, Accenture’s Ethics and Compliance Program Director; Nancy Higgins, the VP and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer for Bechtel; and Lynne Henderson, Ph.D., Program Leader for the Heroic Imagination Project. The series brought workplace practitioners as well as academics to Menlo to speak about applied ethics with the college’s Business Ethics and Organizational Behavior classes.

“Students love the program,” said Dr. Leslie Sekerka, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Menlo College and Director of the Ethics in Action Research and Education Center. “It gives life to the theories they read about in their textbooks. The speakers underscore the essential nature of ethics in managers' every day business decisions.”

Bringing executives into the classroom is an essential part of the curriculum at Silicon Valley’s Business School, connecting scholarship and practice. It also creates networking opportunities for students, which is vital for internships and job prospecting. Sekerka plans to invite senior managers from NetApp, Symantec, Visa, StoneTurn, HP, and other local leaders to speak to her students in the future.

The guest speaker series is sponsored by the Ethics in Action Club and is affiliated with the Ethics in Action Research and Education Center. It is funded, in part, by a generous donation from the James Hervey Johnson Charitable Educational Trust. Additional ethics-related events will be unfolding throughout the school year, including the a “Pay it Forward” contest, soon to be announced by the Ethics in Action Club President.