Ethics conference examines government and big business

Videos of a conference at SMU that explored the ethical practices of big business and government.

‘Ethics, Trust, Transparency’ examined Nov. 2 at SMU

DALLAS (SMU) – SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility — in conjunction with the Cox School of Business — explored the ethical practices of big business and government in a November 2, 2011, conference.

“At Issue: Ethics, Trust and Transparency: Business, Government and the Case for Voter Concern" focused on what business leaders and economic policy makers have done, and what more they can do, to ensure transparency in financial reporting and to recognize the interests of multiple stakeholders. It considered what relevant institutions — business, government, and education — should or should not do to affect positive change, financial stability, and, ultimately, economic growth.

Opening Keynote:
"The Trust Barometer": Why we should care?
Matthew J. Harrington, CEO, Edelman

Session 1:
Tell It Like It Is: The Ethics of Financial Transparency
Moderated by: Mark Vamos, William J O'Neil Chair of Journalism, Cox/Meadows, SMU
Terry Smith, President and CEO, Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas
Allan Sloan, Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune

Session 2:
Responsible Business Leadership
Moderated by: Keven Ann Willey, Vice President and Editorial Page Editor, Dallas Morning News
Mike Boone, Founding Partner, Haynes and Boone, LLP
Kathleen Edmond, Chief Ethics Officer, Best Buy
Doug Levy, Chief Executive Officer, imc2

Session 3:
Ethical Leadership in Government
Moderated by: Mike Davis, Senior Lecturer, SMU Cox School of Business
Arthur Athens, Director, Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, US Naval Academy
Judy Nadler, Senior Fellow in Government Ethics, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University
Don W. Fox, Director, United States Office of Government Ethics

Closing Keynote:
Earning Trust: A Demand for Ethical Leadership
John Allison, Distinguished Chair of Practice, Wake Forest University

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About Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University is a nationally ranked private university in Dallas founded 100 years ago. Today, SMU enrolls nearly 11,000 students who benefit from the academic opportunities and international reach of seven degree-granting schools. For more information, visit

About Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility

SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility strives to heighten ethical awareness by consistently recognizing, honoring and modeling ethical behavior and providing moral reflection that challenges perspectives on contemporary issues. For more information, visit

About Cox School of Business

SMU’s Cox School of Business offers a full range of business education programs, including BBA, full-time MBA, Professional MBA (PMBA), Executive MBA (EMBA), Master of Science in Management (MSM) and Executive Education.

The school also offers a number of unique resources and activities for students, ranging from its Business Leadership Center (BLC), Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship, Maguire Energy Institute and American Airlines Global Leadership Program (AAGLP) to its Associate Board Executive Mentoring Program and an international alumni network with chapters in more than 20 countries.

SMU Cox is ranked among the top business schools nationally and internationally by major publications, including Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Economist, Financial Times, Forbes and U.S. News & World Report. For more details, visit

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