Full-time UST MBA Team Receives Top Honor at National Business Ethics Competition

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
The winning UST MBA team included (l-r) Sean Elder, Sara Speiker, Roman Savchenko, Ken Goodpaster and Kelsey Luers

A team of four University of St. Thomas (UST) Full-time MBA students won their division and received the highest overall honor at the national Intercollegiate Business Ethics Case Competition hosted by Loyola Marymount University (LMU) and the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association (ECOA) at the ECOA’s annual meeting held September 22-24 in Anaheim, Cal.

The St. Thomas team, which consisted of Sean Elder, Kelsey Luers, Roman Savchenko and Sara Speiker, was invited to deliver their winning presentation on “Social Media, Free Speech and the Ethical Corporation” as part of the awards ceremony at an evening ECOA event. One judge commented to Dr. Ken Goodpaster, UST Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics and the team’s mentor, ”Fantastic! I’ve been judging this competition for six years – yours is the best I have seen in all that time.”

Competing were teams from California State University (Long Beach, Cal.), Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), La Salle University (Philadelphia, Penn.), Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, Cal.) and St. Thomas.
Members of the winning St. Thomas team were selected last spring through the CEBC Ethics Case Competition that was hosted by the Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC), University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business and UnitedHealth Group. The winning team then competed in a virtual competition securing their advancement to the national competition. 

The CEBC Ethics Case Competition is one of several ethics education initiatives that the Opus College of Business and CEBC collaborate on to engage tomorrow’s business leaders in the challenges of building enduring ethical and profitable business cultures. This engagement takes a variety of forms including hosting public forums on emerging ethical issues, conducting Center-created business ethics simulations, speaking to – or arranging speakers to address – classes as guest lecturers, leading study abroad courses and arranging business site visits for MBA students interested in ethics and corporate responsibility issues.

About the University of St. Thomas  and the Opus College of Business

The University of St. Thomas (UST) is a comprehensive, coeducational Catholic university. Founded in 1885, St. Thomas is now the largest private university in Minnesota. Inspired by Catholic intellectual thought, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good. UST serves more than 11,000 students in its academic programs each year. 

With the mission of excellence in educating highly principled global business leaders, the Opus College of Business at St. Thomas serves more than 5,000 students in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. In addition, its professional development centers and institutes serve more than 18,000 participants annually.

About the Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business

The Center for Ethical Business Cultures, founded in 1978, is a non-profit organization within the University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business whose mission is to assist business leaders in creating ethical and profitable business cultures at the enterprise, community and global levels. Serving at the intersection between thought and practice leadership, the center brings together leading academic and business practitioners in the field of business ethics providing public programs; engaging in research; and building and delivering governance and leadership development programs and services.

To learn more, visit www.cebcglobal.org.

University of St. Thomas Press Release, 09/28/2010