October 19, 2016
3rd annual Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Summit
to take place in Salt Lake City
175 students and faculty from 11 universities and
business leaders to participate
DENVER – The 2016 Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium Summit (#DFEthicsSummit) is taking place Oct. 21-22 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. The Ethics Summit is designed to stir interaction and conversation among participants, through a series of keynote presentations, panels, and small-group discussions focused on the theme of "Building an Ethical Culture."
Participants include undergraduate students and faculty members representing 10 business schools and one law school in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, all members of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative. Business leaders from the university’s communities also are participating, with the goal of extending the Summit's relevance and value beyond the campus and into the business world. Between sessions, students, faculty and business leaders will gather together in small, integrated groups to share perspectives on the issues raised.
"The goal of this summit is to demonstrate that principle-based ethics are central to the creation of long-term value in business and society. This year’s theme is of particular relevance given the examples of ethical issues we’ve seen in the headlines in recent years," says Linda Childears, president and CEO of Daniels Fund. "Our founder, Bill Daniels, believed that his reputation for ethics and integrity was his most valuable business asset."
Bill Daniels is known in Salt Lake City for having been the owner of the American Basketball Association (ABA) Utah Stars team. The Stars won the 1971 ABA Championship, but had to declare bankruptcy as the league folded a few years later. In a highly ethical move, Daniels returned to Salt Lake City after regaining his financial health to repay all creditors and season ticket holders with 8 percent interest, despite having no legal obligation to do so.
The Summit kicks off Friday evening with a dinner, emceed by KSL News anchor, Dave McCann, and a keynote address given by Bill Brierly, chief ethics and compliance officer for CH2M.
Saturday's schedule includes keynote speakers Sonny Cave, executive vice president and chief compliance and ethics officer of ON Semiconductor; Jim Parke, CEO of Otter Products and Blue Ocean Enterprises; and Jim Quigley, CEO emeritus of Deloitte.
The program will also include a business panel and a faculty panel designed to bring their own unique perspective to the Ethics Summit. The business panel includes Matt Minkevitch, executive director of The Road Home; Nicole Mouskondis, co-CEO of Nicholas & Company; and Jill Taylor, regional president of KeyBank. The faulty panel includes Martha Eining, director of the School of Accounting, and Lynn Suksdorf, associate instructor, both at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah.
About Daniels Fund and the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative The Daniels Fund is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program and ethics initiative. Daniels Fund continues the legacy of generosity established by its founder, Bill Daniels, a cable television pioneer known for his compassion for those in need and his unwavering commitment to ethics and integrity.
The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative strives to deliver principle-based ethics education and reinforce the value of ethical business and personal conduct. The Ethics Initiative encompasses four components — the Collegiate Program, the High School Program, the Law Enforcement Program, and the online Case Bank — each with a specific approach and target audience.
The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program was launched in 2010 with a $7.5 million grant and eight participating schools, and was renewed for another five years (2015-2019) with an $11.25 million grant and the addition of three more schools. The Collegiate Program involves 10 business schools and one law school that comprise the Ethics Consortium: Colorado Mesa University, Colorado State University, New Mexico State University, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, University of Colorado Denver, University of Colorado Law School, University of Denver, University of New Mexico, University of Northern Colorado, University of Utah, and University of Wyoming. Learn more at DanielsFund.org.
Media Contact: Bruce Wilmsen