Thomas Plante Talks Ethics with Students

Dr. Thomas Plante was a guest speaker in Dr. Leslie Sekerka's Business Ethics class on September 15. He has written the book Do the Right Thing: Living Ethically in an Unethical World. He discussed how one addresses ethical challenges in today's world, while using personal strengths to build a moral life. Dr. Plante's background includes current professorial positions at both Stanford University School of Medicine and Santa Clara University. He is the director of the Center for Professional Development at SCU and a licensed psychologist, with a private practice in Menlo Park. (photo:Dr. Leslie Sekerka and Dr. Thomas Plante)

Class member Gelli Adelman '11 said, “As a student studying ethics and as a member of the Ethics In Action Club, I found Dr. Plante's lecture to be very interesting and engaging. He took a complex topic, such as ethics, which has various facets, and brought it to a level that made it appealing to college students. He used examples that we could relate to and shared many stories to make ethics that much more real. Dr. Plante showed us how the gifts we are given along with the privileges we are granted culminate in our responsibility. It is our responsibility to make a change and find solutions to the ethical issues we meet everyday. I am glad I was able to attend and experience Dr. Plante's talk.”

A highly sought after expert, Dr. Plante has written hundreds of journal articles and a number of books. His appearances on a variety of media venues include the PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer and radio programs on NPR. His work is regularly noted in the popular press (Time Magazine, US News and World Report, USA Today, Newsweek, The New York Times, LA Times, London Times, Washington Post, etc.).

“Tom is an amazing person—easygoing, fun to listen to, engaging, and a remarkably brilliant scholar,” exclaimed Dr. Sekerka, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior. “His speech about why it's hard to “do the right thing” from a psychological perspective included real life stories about his practice, and how top executives from Silicon Valley come to him for help, when their lives are suddenly in trouble because of ethical lapses in judgment. He's extremely interesting and an exemplary academic, practitioner, and author. We were fortunate to welcome him to our campus!”

Dr. Plante's book is now available at the Menlo bookstore.