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Archive: 2007 Business Ethics Forum

By Franci Rogers

From a woman who was named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World (Forbes Magazine), to a man who spent time in prison following his conviction for white collar crimes, this year's Dale P. Jones Business Ethics Forum will explore ethical issues surrounding conflict of interest.

This year's forum, hosted by Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business, will feature keynote speeches by two people who achieved fame for very different reasons.

Opening the conference on Oct. 24 will be Walt Palvo, a former mid-level MCI Communications executive, who pleaded guilty to embezzling $6 million from his employer and served two years in federal prison.

Sharon L. Allen will present a very different rise to fame when she addresses invited guests of the Ben H. Williams Distinguished Speaker Series at a luncheon on Nov. 2. Allen is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Deloitte & Touche USA, LLP. She is responsible for an organization with more than $8 billion in annual revenues and oversees the firm's relationships with a number of major multinational clients.

Allen will also serve as a panelist of that afternoon's Corporate Governance Roundtable, with Sharon Allen as well as Charles Niemeier, member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and Charles Bowsher, former Comptroller General of the United States.

Also highlighting the forum is Baylor's first MBA Case Competition in Ethical Leadership, which will bring teams from all over the nation to Waco to compete in front of judges who will decide which team responds best to presented ethical dilemmas. Nine teams, including those from Babson College, Clemson University, Notre Dame University, Pepperdine University, Texas A&M University, University of Arizona, University of Florida, University of Washington and Baylor, will compete Oct. 31 - Nov. 2. Undergraduate and graduate teams from Baylor will participate in an internal case competition earlier in the forum schedule.

The Dale P. Jones Business Ethics Forum is Oct. 24 - Nov. 7 on the campus of Baylor University. Most events are free and open to the public. Details and a complete list of events can be found at:www.baylor.edu/business/ethics/2007schedule.

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