U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade to serve as keynote for fifth annual Ethos Week at EMU, March 14-18

Event at College of Business has grown in stature, significance

by Geoff Larcom, Published March 03, 2011

YPSILANTI - Barbara McQuade, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, will serve as the keynote speaker for the Eastern Michigan University College of Business' Fifth Annual Ethos Week, to be held March 14-18. McQuade's office oversaw the indictment of former Detroit mayor Kwame Kirkpatrick and is conducting the investigation into corruption in Detroit city government,

McQuade, 46, began serving as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan in Jan. 2010. She is the first woman to hold the post. Before that, she had served as assistant U.S. attorney in the district since 1998.  She worked as an associate attorney at Butzel Long, P.C. in Detroit from 1993 to 1998.

She graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and is a former sports editor of U-M's student newspaper, The Michigan Daily.

The week-long ethos event, the only University-sponsored week of its kind in the nation, seeks to promote business ethics and to further ethics education. The week begins and ends with marquee events. It starts early Monday (March 14) morning, when the Paul W. Smith show from WJR 760-AM makes its annual visit to broadcast from the college. Smith and the crew from one of the Midwest's most popular and powerful morning radio news and talk shows will broadcast from 5:30-9 a.m.

McQuade, whose keynote talk Friday, March 18 anchors the week, is part of a lineup of expert speakers who will share their insights and perspective.

"We have a terrific lineup of speakers for this year's Ethos Week, including a professional whose ethics are playing a central role in the welfare of our country and our state - U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade," said Dave Mielke, dean of the College of Business.

Ethos Week has experienced significant growth in its five-year history. Thirty five prominent business leaders have spoken during sessions at the event, including keynote addresses by Randy Cohen, a former ethics columnist for The New York Times; and ethicist Bruce Weinstein, a nationally known ethics columnist for BusinessWeek.com. Last year's speaker was Robert Bobb, emergency financial manager for The Detroit Public Schools.

McQuade's talk marks the second year in a row that a transformational leader deeply involved in helping revive and clean up Detroit has served as an Ethos keynote, Mielke noted.

The number of sponsors has gone from seven in the inaugural year to more than 25, and The Ethos Honors Society now has 2,500 students, EMU faculty and staff and business people as members.

 The genesis of the week came about in 2006, when College of Business faculty decided that it wanted to develop a strong statement of the ethics and values that represent the spirit of the college. The resulting Ethos Statement lists six values as the core for the college: integrity, honesty, trustworthiness, respect, learning and work ethic. The statement is attached to the syllabus for every course offered by the College of Business. 

The student members of the Dean's Board of Student Advisors developed the concept and planned the events for the first Ethos Week in 2007. The board is composed of student leaders in the College of Business.

"This week of events reinforces what we emphasize in the classroom," Mielke said. "Business ethics are a pillar in a successful company. We at the COB continue to build a culture - an ethos - based on ethics and values. This foundation for the college brings a sense of pride to our students, faculty and staff."

Some other highlights of the week include:

Tuesday, March 15, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Bill Kowalski, vice president of Rehmann Investigative Services, will speak on ethics and accounting. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Kathleen Yaremchuk, chair of otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) for Henry Ford Health Systems, will speak on ethics and health care.

Wednesday, March 16, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: James McGrath IV, a managing partner in the law firm of McGrath and Grace, Ltd, will speak on ethics and the law. From 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Dwayne Meeks, president of the Great Lakes Region UPS, will speak on ethics and sustainability.

Thursday, March 17, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Chad Frazell, vice president of human resources for Kohl's, will speak on ethics and retailing. From 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Ari Weinzweig, co-owner and founding partner of Zingerman's, will speak on the 12 natural laws of business.

 All presentations other than the keynote will take place in room 114 of the College of Business, located at 300 W. Michigan Avenue.  All events except the luncheon are free and open to the public.

Friday, March 18, McQuade will the honored guest in a reception in the EMU Student Center Ballroom from 12:30 - 1 p.m. The luncheon will run from 1-1:40 p.m. McQuade will speak from 1:40 p.m. to about 2:25 p.m., with Ethos Honor Society induction and concluding remarks ending the luncheon at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets for the luncheon can be purchased through the following methods at a cost of $5 for students (limit 2 per person) and $35 for non-students:

  • At the Quirk, Convocation Center and Student Center box offices.
  • By phone, 734-487-2282 (additional $4 processing fee).
  • Online (additional $4.50 per ticket processing fee), at emutix.com







Geoff Larcom



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