More than 200 members of the local business and sports community joined UST faculty, staff, and students on January 28 to discuss the intersection of sports, ethics and leadership. The inaugural symposium, “Winning with Integrity,” was moderated by John Tauer, Ph.D., head coach, Men’s Basketball and professor of Psychology, University of St. Thomas. Panelists included Lisa Kihl, Ph.D., associate professor of Sport Management, University of Minnesota; Tom Kurvers, senior advisor to the General Manager, Tampa Bay Lightning; Kevin Warren, chief operating officer, Minnesota Vikings; and Chris Wright, president, Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx.
Panelists shared their views on whether athletes who learn and practice integrity while playing sports and working as a member of a team can translate those values and behaviors to the business world. The discussion centered on the ever present pressure to win, balanced against the ethical decisions that challenge players and business executives to win with integrity. Panelists shared examples of these challenges and the subsequent impacts on performance and outcomes.
The event was co-sponsored by The University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business Department of Ethics and Business Law, The Veritas Institute and the Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC). Additional support was provided by the Katherine B. Andersen Fund at The Saint Paul Foundation Twin Cities, FEI, and Twin Cities Orthopedics.