Pandemic and Ethics Leadership Speaker Series offers free, virtual events

Alumni, business leaders, educators to provide insights
Kim Zagorski, UW-Stout associate profesor of political science and one of the speakers for the Pandemic and Ethics Leadership Speaker Series, teaches a class in 2016
Pam Powers | September 30, 2021

University of Wisconsin-Stout’s Leadership Institute and Center for Applied Ethics are hosting a Pandemic and Ethics Leadership Speaker Series this fall. The series will provide learning, interaction and insights around how the pandemic affected ethics and leadership in all areas of people’s lives.

The virtual series is offered free because of partial funding from the EDA CARES grant that supports leadership and the pandemic response. Participants must register with the Leadership Institute.

Shannon Hoyt
Shannon Hoyt / Photo courtesy of Shannon Hoyt

The first in the series ‘Spectrum’ of Conflict of Interest: When do Your Personal Decisions Impact Your Professional Life? is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14.

A UW-Stout alumni panel will lead an interactive discussion about the different spectrums of conflict of interest and the ethical implications. Panel members include: Craig Brown, ’19, manager at Craig Clifton Inc.; Josh Hellenbrand, ’20, senior specialist in creative strategies, marketing and communication industry; Shannon Hoyt, ’18, 10 p.m. producer and evening anchor of WQOW TV 18, Eau Claire; and Steve “Shep” Sheppard, ’92, manager – federal advisory recruiting, KPMG.

From 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17, the session will be The Supply Chain, the Pandemic and Ethics: How were Industries Affected and How Did They Respond?

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Craig Brown / Photo courtesy of Craig Brown

The pandemic created drastic changes in the supply chain around the world. An interactive panel discussion will be held on how the pandemic affected supply chains and the ethical implications of the response. Panelists include: Chris Conard, president of PMI; Mark Hatzenbeller, ’79, senior account executive for WMEP Manufacturing Solutions; Andrew Swanson, UW-Stout assistant professor of economics; and Kim Zagorski, UW-Stout associate professor of political science.

The final session will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2: Working from Home: What Privacy Issues Arise in Our Remote Workspaces?

A group of panelists will discuss remote work environments, cybersecurity and privacy and the ethics of the home office. Panelists include: Dane Deutsch, UW-Stout cyber ethics lecturer; Michelle Gishkowsky, IT program manager for Mayo Clinic; and Cheyne Taylor, ’15, technical writer for REEF Technology.


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