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April 11, 2022

Winners of 2022 Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Case Competition — University of Denver and University of Wyoming

The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative’s tenth annual Collegiate Program Case Competition took place April 8 in Denver. The event included two separate competition tracks — one for graduate students and one for undergraduate students. Students from the University of Denver were the first place winners in the graduate track and the University of Wyoming placed first in the undergraduate track.

The Case Competition exposes college students to a thought-provoking business ethics case, and is designed to challenge students’ ethical reasoning, give them tools for ethical decision-making, and raise awareness of the importance of principle-based ethics.

SHIFTCareerPictured: Graduate winning team from the University of Denver (left to right): Nick Orzechowski, Amanda Camilotti, Sue Keeley, and Elie Maksoud.

In the graduate track, the second place team was from the University of Utah and the third place team was from Colorado State University. University of Northern Colorado placed second and University of Colorado Boulder placed third in the undergraduate track

Student teams received a business case based on a fictional auto parts company and took on the role of a consulting firm hired to identify ethical issues, which included fair competition, diversity, conflicts of interest, nepotism, and more. Each team analyzed the ethical issues involved and presented their recommendations to a panel of judges comprised of business and community leaders playing the role of the company’s human resources executive. Judges evaluated presentations against criteria including the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Principles: integrity, trust, accountability, transparency, fairness, respect, rule of law, and viability.

“Bill Daniels believed that ethics and integrity were key to long-term success in business, and that they should be an integral part of education,” said Hanna Skandera, President & CEO of the Daniels Fund. “This competition prepares students for the kinds of ethical challenges they may face in their professional careers by giving them a framework to identify issues and work through them.”

University of Wyoming teamPictured: Undergraduate winning team from the University of Wyoming (left to right): Joe Rubald, Sean Donovan, Brynn Sedar, Payson Birkeland, Ellie Keeler, and Tucker Norman.

The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program was established in 2010 to instill a high standard of ethics in students and strengthen principle-based ethics education in participating schools. The program consists of eleven university partners in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

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