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From Fool’s Gold to Financial Integrity

The Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) hosted a group of speakers and panelists to reflect on the lessons and insights on the banking and financial crisis. In the eyes of Joe Nocera, a weekly op-ed columnist for The New York Times, the 2008 financial crisis was not about a failure of ethics, but a failure of incentives to align with broader social goals.
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How is the Modern Corporation Responsible?

The Center for Ethical Business Cultures launches a new book that examines the journey of American business in corporate responsibility, tracing ideas across nearly two centuries.
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Six Characteristics of the Immigrant Perspective on Business

In a global world the lessons immigrants have to offer can be the difference between success or failure in business, Glenn Llopis, founder of the Center for Hispanic Leadership, spoke to a group of corporate and nonprofit participants about the six characteristics of the immigrant perspective.
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From Feeling Guilty to Finding a Way to Help: The Creation of Kiva

Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva, the world’s first peer to peer micro lending website, joined the UST Symposium of Social Entrepreneurship to talk about creating an entrepreneurial life. Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty, one person at a time. Talking with current and aspiring social entrepreneurs at the symposium, Jackley shared the story of how her entrepreneurial life has unfolded.
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(A)rising to the Challenge

Angela Selden ’87 leads Arise Virtual Solutions to success and invites the nation’s leaders to use technology to put Americans back to work.
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Entrepreneur’s Story: Megan Tamte Founder of Hot Mama

Every entrepreneur has their own story about the adventure they began when launching a new venture. Megan Tamte, co-founder and CEO of the Hot Mama retail chain shared her story with a full house of graduate business students and alumni at a recent Master’s Pub event.
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Harvard and Stanford: Thank You for the Credibility

MBA programs have come under fire from many directions in recent times. Depending on the source, MBA students are alleged to be overly analytical “lone wolves” who do not work well in teams, lacking in the so-called soft skills that build interpersonal relationships, and willing to compromise on shady ethical principles to sustain profits and market dominance.
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Study Abroad Matters: An Alumnus Looks Back

"It’s increasingly important that business leaders are aware of other cultures and are able to understand and appreciate the differences; both in the way we communicate, and the way we do our jobs." Patrick Fogarty, an undergraduate alumnus form the University of St. Thomas, shares his main lessons from his study abroad class.
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Views of Election 2012 from Senator Durenberger: The Value of Democracy

Nothing was as devastating to representative government in the last four years as U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’s pledge that his party would make President Obama a one-term president. The 2010 elections appeared to demonstrate the effectiveness of the tactic, but the elected and the Republican presidential primary showed Americans something different. Dividing America rhetorically served to divide us as family and as community. That’s just not who we are.
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International Perspective: Business Ethics

The Center for Ethical Business Cultures' recent Members Roundtable – An International Perspective on Business Ethics – featured a lively presentation from 3M’s Istanbul-based Ray Eby, director of compliance & business conduct for the company's western & central east European regions. Eby argued compliance risk can arise from a company’s strategic plan as well as from conflicts of interest.
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MBA Student Profile: Ryan Cathcart

When Ryan Cathcart talked about his experience during the Full-time program, he kept it simple: “it’s been great so far. More than anything, I love the people here. The faculty and staff are great, but I especially love the relationships I’ve been able to build with my classmates and the tight community within the program.” He values close relationships—especially with his family.
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Cheers: UST Student Named Finalist in Entrepreneurship Contest

University of St. Thomas student, BreAnna Fisher, is one of six regional finalists who will compete in the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards in Chicago. Fisher is the only student from Minnesota nominated for the 2012 competition.
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Happy Halloween: May the force not force you

Recently while teaching a class, technical difficulties developed with the audio in the room after I launched a YouTube video of the VW commercial with the kid dressed as Darth Vader. While fiddling with wires, I realized the class was still engaged in the video. The story in the images works even without the synchronous Star Wars music because of the many symbolic elements...
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Commentary: Romney Can’t Buy Happiness

Maybe it's the fact that if you removed the 'R', "Romney" would be an anagram for "money". It seems as though he really believes that money can buy happiness.