Archive: Baylor University to Host Dale P. Jones Business Ethics Forum 2009: Where Finance Meets Ethics

By Ryan Pierce

Ethical issues in business underlie much of the current global financial crisis. Baylor University's Dale P. Jones Business Ethics Forum, "Where Finance Meets Ethics," will address these issues, engaging students, faculty, alumni and business leaders in discussions of the major ethical issues related to finance, the struggling world economy and the implications for business and society.

This year's annual forum will take place Oct. 28 to Nov. 13, and will bring together students and professionals from an array of business fields, including renowned economists, financial journalists and CEOs.

A lecture from Jim Zarroli, a business journalist for National Public Radio (NPR), will open the forum Oct. 28 at 6:00 pm on the 5th Floor of Cashion Academic Center. Zarroli covers a wide range of economic subjects, including employment, the stock market, the Federal Reserve System, deregulation, trade and the media. His pieces air regularly on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and he is a contributor to NPR's On the Media. The lecture is open to the public along with Baylor faculty and students. Registration is required.

Lamar Smith, the Director of Torchmark Corp., will address the forum on Nov. 12 at 7:00 pm on the 5th Floor of Cashion Academic Center. Smith's varied career ranges from decorated Air Force fighter pilot in Vietnam to CEO of a financial services company. He advocates living a balanced life and is the author of There's More to Life Than the Corner Office. This lecture is also open to the public along with Baylor faculty and students. Registration is required.

For the 2009 Ben H. Williams Distinguished Speaker Series, Baylor will welcome Dr. Michael C. Jensen, the Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, at Harvard Business School. Jensen is also a Senior Advisor at the Monitor Company and well-known for his research and publications. His most recent book is CEO Pay and What to Do About It: Restoring Integrity to Both Executive Compensation and Capital-market Relations. Jensen will speak at a luncheon at 11:30 am. The luncheon is by invitation only.

A dramatic reading of the play The Voysey Inheritance will highlight the forum's second week. David Mamet's adaptation of the 100 year old dramais startlingly relevant. Edward Voysey is thrust into a moral crisis when he learns the family firm is operating a Ponzi scheme. He must decide whether to come clean or protect his family's interests. The Baylor Drama Department will present this tale of financial and family intrigue in Kayser Auditorium Nov. 3 at 6:00 pm.

Throughout the forum, Baylor Business students will be discussing and exploring real-world ethical issues. Corporate executives and ethics officers from various industries will visit with students in classrooms throughout the Business School. Introduction to business classes will take part in "Ethics Slam" competitions in which students will declare their voice on ethical challenges. Winners will be determined by a live vote in front of 500 of their peers. And all Baylor Business undergraduate and graduate students will be given the opportunity to take part in the Fourth Annual Ethics Case Competition. Student teams will present the case and their recommendations in a formal business presentation before judges.

In the forum's final week, MBA students from prestigious programs across the country will gather at Baylor for the Third Annual MBA National Case Competition in Ethical Leadership, Nov. 12-13. The competition will include students from the University of Notre Dame, the University of Florida, Wake Forest University, the University of Washington, the University of Iowa, Pepperdine University, the University of Illinois, Clemson University and Baylor University. Over $8,000 in prizes will be awarded to the participants, and winners will be announced during the Ethics Panel on the 13th.

The Forum will culminate with a panel discussion on finance and ethics. The panel will feature a host of experienced experts including Don Chew, of Morgan Stanley, Trevor Harris, of Columbia University, Michael C. Jensen, of Harvard Business School, Jeff Sandefer, of Sandefer Capital Partners and the Acton School of Entrepreneurship, and Sheridan Titman, of the University of Texas at Austin. The discussion will begin at 1:00 pm on the 5th floor of the Cashion Academic Center and is open to the public along with Baylor faculty and students. Registration is required.

The Business Ethics Forum is sponsored by the Dale P. and Nita Jones family, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Endowment for Christian Ethics in Business, Hankamer School of Business, Texas Farm Bureau, KWBU FM & TV, the Steve Angel Foundation, Extraco Banks, Salient Partners and ConocoPhillips.

Additional details along with a full schedule of the forum's events and event locations can be found at

Dale P. Jones Business Ethics Forum 2009
Baylor University