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UNI conference on business ethics to tackle corporate America's recent problems <br>

October 16, 2002

Donna J. Wood, David W, Wilson Chair in Business Ethics at UNI, (319) 273-2196
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a conference on ethics, 'Beyond Enron: A Crisis of Capitalism,' from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11 in Lang Hall Auditorium.

Donna Wood, who holds the university's first David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics, said the conference will address what many perceive as an epidemic of shady business practices in corporate America.

'The crisis in capitalism -- think Enron, Arthur Andersen, WorldCom, Tyco, ImClone, and so many more -- is deep and widespread,' said Wood. 'Without transparency and good information, how can investors, employees and others trust in our companies? Without trust, can a company, or capitalism itself, survive? What is required to restore and sustain trust in Americaᄅネs corporations? This conference will address what we as individuals, investors, employees, managers and citizens can do.'

A number of prestigious, well-versed speakers will participate. They are Norm Bowie, Elmer Andersen Professor of Corporate Responsibility, University of Minnesota; Charles Grassley, U.S. senator;

Marjorie Kelly, editor-in-chief, 'Business Ethics' magazine; Robert Koob, president, UNI; Jack Krogstad, former research director of the Treadway Commission, and professor at Creighton University; John Mahon, chair of International Business Policy and Strategy at the University of Maine; John Meyer, senior vice president, controller and chief ethics officer at Sprint; John Sorensen, president and CEO of the Iowa Bankers Association; Tim Throndson, International Tax Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers; David W. Wilson, president and CEO, Wilson Automotive Group in California and Arizona; and Wood.

'We expect an afternoon of lively discussion, resulting in broader and deeper understanding of the problems and possibilities facing a number of stakeholders such as investors, employees, communities and retirees,' Wood explained.

UNI is home to one of the largest and most prominent contingents of scholars in the field of business ethics and responsibility, according to Farzad Moussavi, interim dean of the university's College of Business Administration (CBA). 'We have the obligation and the standing to convene this important conference of discussion and learning about what needs to happen to restore the health and vigor of democratic capitalism,' he said.

Further, as a result of a $1 million gift from UNI alumnus David W. Wilson of Laguna, Calif., the university boasts an endowed chair of business ethics, shared by the colleges of humanities and fine arts, and business administration. James Lubker, dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, said the chair, established in 2000, 'enables UNI students to obtain a unique perspective on how ethics guide the decision-making process both in business and in everyday life.'

For more information about the conference, contact UNI's Conferences and Event Services, (319) 273-6899.