Community Members Invited to Attend UW-Stout Speaker Series


UW-Stout is hosting a Pandemic and Ethics Leadership Speaker Series. The public is invited to attend. The following article was written by Pam Powers and is used with permission.


University of Wisconsin-Stout’s Leadership Institute and Center for Applied Ethics are hosting a Pandemic and Ethics Leadership Speaker Series this fall. The series will provide learning, interaction and insights around how the pandemic affected ethics and leadership in all areas of people’s lives. The virtual series is offered free because of partial funding from the EDA CARES grant that supports leadership and the pandemic response. Participants must register with the Leadership Institute.

The first in the series ‘Spectrum’ of Conflict of Interest: When do Your Personal Decisions Impact Your Professional Life? is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14.

A UW-Stout alumni panel will lead an interactive discussion about the different spectrums of conflict of interest and the ethical implications. Panel members include: Craig Brown, ’19, manager at Craig Clifton Inc.; Josh Hellenbrand, ’20, senior specialist in creative strategies, marketing and communication industry; Shannon Hoyt, ’18, 10 p.m. producer and evening anchor of WQOW TV 18, Eau Claire; and Steve “Shep” Sheppard, ’92, manager – federal advisory recruiting, KPMG.

From 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17, the session will be The Supply Chain, the Pandemic and Ethics: How were Industries Affected and How Did They Respond?

The pandemic created drastic changes in the supply chain around the world. An interactive panel discussion will be held on how the pandemic affected supply chains and the ethical implications of the response. Panelists include: Chris Conard, president of PMI; Mark Hatzenbeller, ’79, senior account executive for WMEP Manufacturing Solutions; Andrew Swanson, UW-Stout assistant professor of economics; and Kim Zagorski, UW-Stout associate professor of political science.

The final session will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2: Working from Home: What Privacy Issues Arise in Our Remote Workspaces?

A group of panelists will discuss remote work environments, cybersecurity and privacy and the ethics of the home office. Panelists include: Dane Deutsch, UW-Stout cyber ethics lecturer; Michelle Gishkowsky, IT program manager for Mayo Clinic; and Cheyne Taylor, ’15, technical writer for REEF Technology.

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