Do young professionals know unethical business practices when they see them?

Posted on Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

Donna Wood, professor, UNI College of Business Administration, (319) 273-2196,
Stacey Christensen, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- From an idyllic boyhood on a Grundy Center farm, to life on the run, to a federal penitentiary sentence, Patrick Kuhse has learned a thing or two about business ethics. At 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12, the University of Northern Iowa Wilson Series in Business Ethics will host a seminar featuring Kuhse. His lecture, 'Straight From the Heart: An Iowa Ex-Con Talks Business Ethics,' will take place in the Curris Business Building, Room 109.

Kuhse, an Iowa native and former financial planner and stockbroker in California, became involved in major illegal activities, and eventually lived as a fugitive in the jungles of Costa Rica before being incarcerated.

He now travels throughout the United States speaking to students and business professionals about his story and the dilemmas that can too easily trap the unsuspecting young professional.

His presentation emphasizes how to recognize the warning signs before it's too late.

'Each of us is faced with moral and ethical dilemmas every day. At times ethics can be a

moving target that hides behind the seductive siren of greed. I will show the warning signs and preventive techniques to keep a moral compass pointing true north,' said Kuhse.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to request a parking pass, contact Donna Wood at the UNI College of Business Administration, (319) 273-2196 or

The event host is UNI professor, Donna J. Wood who holds the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics, Iowa's only endowed chair in business ethics. This is the university's first-ever joint endowed chair, bringing together the Colleges of Business Administration and Humanities & Fine Arts. The chair was established through a $1 million gift from university alumnus and Laguna, Calif., resident David W. Wilson, president and owner of the one of the largest privately owned automotive groups in the country. Wilson graduated from UNI in 1970 with a B.A. in philosophy.

Wood holds a joint appointment in the Management Department of the College of Business Administration and the Department of Philosophy & Religion in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Her next book, to be released in fall 2005, is Global Business Citizenship: Transformative Ethics and Sustainable Capitalism.