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Activities

Events planned by the Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics at Belmont University are often open to the public. Though reservations may not be required, seating is often limited. We encourage you to register if you plan to attend.

Past speakers have included 'best-selling' authors, religious leaders, a Nobel laureate, Fortune 500 CEOs, and several US House of Representatives (TN and TX). Richard K. Davis, Chairman of US Bank, visited the campus and spoke with both students, faculty and local area bankers about the importance of creating an ethical environment in the workplace. Sherron Watkins, former Enron vice-president and whistleblower concerning Enron’s accounting practices, Walt Pavlo, former executive at a telecom business, shared his story of corporate fraud and the penalty he paid for his unethical conduct. John Seigenthaler, founder of the First Amendment Center and special assistant to Attorney General Robert Kennedy, and his journalist son (NBC Nightly News), John Seigenthaler, Jr. shared their thoughts about the role the media has in conducting responsible journalism in the elections. Dr. Lynn Sharpe Paine, author of "Value Shift", Dennis Bakke, author of "Joy at Work", David Callahan, author of "The Cheating Culture", Harry Markopolos, author of "No One Would Listen", (the uncovering of the Bernie Madaoff Ponzi scandal), Cynthia Cooper, author of "Extraordinary Circumstances: The Journey of a Corporate Whistleblower (World Com) and Dr. Bruce White, author of "Drugs, Ethics and Quality of Life" are among a number of speakers who have visited the campus to share their views and experiences.

The Center for Business Ethics is proud to present the annual "Harry N. Hollis Student of Integrity Award." Dr. Harry Hollis began his teaching career at Belmont in 1990. Over and above his teaching responsibilities, Harry co-founded and served as the Director of the Center for Business Ethics from 1994 to 2009. Through the speakers he brought to campus and his passion to serve, Dr. Hollis nurtured Belmont University to lead the discussion about the role of ethics in the business community and reinforced the importance of integrity to our students. The First Place Award of $1000 is presented to a student at the annual Jack C. Massey College of Business Awards Event whose winning essay was selected by the judges. A Second Place Award of $500 is given to the runner-up winner. Each year the selected topic for the competition is reflective of a current and relevant ethical issue facing business leaders in today’s society.

The Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics in association with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) sponsors the Belmont student chapter of CPT. The mission of the Student Center for Public Trust is to promote ethical thinking in the developing character and conscience of students. Activities include student led presentations and discussions of current ethical issues in business, Ethics in Action video competition, leadership development, community service and ethics case competitions. The Belmont chapter is a multi-year Golden Star Chapter winner.