Council for Ethical Leadership


The Council's mission is to promote ethical leadership and accountability through advocacy of best ethical practices and applied ethics education. We want to change the mindset in which people approach ethics-related decisions. With assistance from our Advisory Board, we have identified events to further our mission. The purpose of these events is to 1) encourage ethical dialogue, 2) promote best ethical practices and 3) develop new ethical leaders. Although still in the planning stages, the Council is committed to the offering the following events during 2009-2010  
2010 Round Table Ethics Forum - Luncheon Series  

The Council will hold round table forums, featuring guest speakers and a discussion leader, to explore the ethical implications of the topics listed below.

  • Social Media ..................................................Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  • Public and Workplace Privacy ....................Thursday, May 13, 2010
  • Healthcare Reform .......................................Tuesday, July 13, 2010
  • Sustainable Organizations ..........................Tuesday, August 24, 2010
  • Intercultural Collaboration ............................Friday, October 22, 2010
  • Financial Crisis Update ...............................Thursday, December 16, 2010
  • All Roundtable discussions will run from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Capital University, Weiler Conference Suites
  • Located in the Harry C. Moores Campus Center
  • RSVP to or 614-236-7222


2009 Fall Event: The Importance of Setting the Right Ethical Tone at-the-Top  

Speaker: William J Lhota, President and CEO of Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)

  • Thursday, October 22, 2009
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Capital University, Schneider Lounge
  • Located in the Harry C. Moores Campus Center
  • Light appetizers and refreshments provided
  • RSVP to or 614-236-7222 on or before October 20th.


2009 Spring Event: A Community Dialogue on Ethical Leadership in Times of Crisis  

The Council's 2009 Spring event brought together Columbus leaders to discuss ethical leadership during times of crisis.
Panel Members:

  • Steven Keyes – Vice President for Associate Relations and Human Resource Policy, Nationwide Mutual  Insurance Company
  • Lisa Morris – Deputy Executive Director, School Employees Retirement System of Ohio
  • Denvy Bowman – President, Capital University


2008 Fall Event: A Symposium on the Economic Crisis  

The Council’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, A Symposium on the Economic Crisis, was a resounding success!  Over 200 Council members, community members, students and faculty attended to hear the following panel members speak about the nation’s current economic crisis:

  • Mark Schweitzer, Senior VP and Director of Research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland;
  • Ohio Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers;
  • Jim Coons, Principal of J.W. Coons Advisors and Chair of Gov. Ted Strickland’s Council of Economic Advisers;
  • Michael Distelhorst, Capital University Professor of Law (legal, business and leadership ethics) and immediate past Executive Director of the Council for Ethical Leadership;
  • Peter Klingelhofer, Senior Portfolio Manager for the State Teachers Retirement System; and
  • Erick Zanner, Principal of JDM Investment Counsel and Capital University Professor.

If you missed the event, click to see the recording: 25th Anniversay Celebration, A Symposium on the Economic Crisis.
Sponsored by our Benefactor Partner: Wendy's/Arby's Group

Ethics Officer Breakfast Forum: The Council will host a quarterly Ethics Officer Breakfast Forum. The purpose of these forums is for local Ethics Officers to learn from one another, brainstorm solutions to issues and share best practices. Topics for these forums will vary depending upon the needs of members.

Beyond the events listed above, the Council has many additional activities it plans to be able to offer in the near future. Some of these include the following:

  • an "Ethics Roadshow Series" in which member organizations host and set the topic for discussion. This series will be open to Council members as well as employees of the host organization; a "Best Practices Series" in which leaders from various disciplines will discuss ethical challenges they have faced and overcome; a "Leadership Development Series" in which new managers and managers in training will learn ways to approach ethical decision making; opportunities for collaborative interaction between Council partners and Capital’s diverse faculty, students and programs; and
  • networking opportunities to enhance access to community ethics resources and expertise. 

Copyright 2010 Council for Ethical Leadership at Capital University    

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