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UNG holding symposium on ethics in Forsyth
Event Friday at conference center open to public
2014-08-12 Symposium preview

At a glance

* What: Return on Investment of Ethical Leadership in Business symposium

* When: 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday

* Where: Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center

* Cost: Tickets are $99 for general admission, $129 for continuing education unit credit and $49 for UNG students.

FORSYTH COUNTY — The University of North Georgia’s Mike Cottrell School of Business is holding a symposium Friday about what it means to be ethical in business.

Set for 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, the Return on Investment of Ethical Leadership in Business Symposium is a joint effort of the business school and the BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership.

“It really is to bring some awareness to the implications of ethical culture and leadership in business to our region,” said Rose Procter, director of the BB&T Center. “We have a pretty strong foundation in the region, but we want to just bring in more awareness and more critical thinking around the day-to-day practices of leaders in the region.”

The event, which is open to the public, will feature four speakers from across business to show listeners the value of ethics in business.

“We were looking for the best of the best in business ethics, trying to find people who were nationally known on the topic and that could bring knowledge and leadership to our region,” said Nick Kastner marketing manager for the college of business. “All of the speakers that were chosen were very much seen as leaders in this specific area.”

The speakers include: Joel Manby, president and CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment; Bruce Weinstein, Huffington Post Business contributor and author; Mary Gentile, author and director of “Giving Voice to Values;” and Chuck Gallagher, chief operating officer of American Funeral Financial and president of Ethics Resource Group.

The event is intended to give attendees firsthand experience from industry leaders on how a person becomes successful in business is just as important as success.

“We don’t want the next Bernie Madoff to have graduated from here … And so it’s really important that while we have their attention that we focus on that kind of stuff and talk about the whole development of the person and not just the hard skills,” Procter said.

Tickets to the symposium are $99 for general admission, $129 for continuing education unit credit and $49 for UNG students.