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Events & News

At the Veritas Institute, our goal is to encourage socially responsible organizational practices. To this end, we produce and host a selection of events and share community updates designed to further that goal.

Recent Events

OCB’s Veritas Institute and Center for Ethical Organizations host 3rd annual Winning with Integrity

View the video of the October 19, 2017 symposium here.

How do business and sports organizations develop principled leaders and overcome ethical challenges? At the third annual Winning with Integrity: Charting a Course to Leadership symposium on Oct. 19 at the University of St. Thomas-Minneapolis, Beth Brooke-Marciniak, global vice chair of public policy for EY, provided a glimpse of EY’s approach to leadership development and its initiative to mentor women transitioning from athletics to leadership roles in business and society.

“I learned nothing by winning. I learned everything by losing,” said Brooke-Marciniak. She continued, “Athletes make great entrepreneurs. They only see breaking through the wall.”

Brooke-Marciniak was joined by a panel of local sports and business executives to highlight lessons learned in business and sports that can help emerging leaders build ethical cultures and stay true to their core values. Participating panelists included:

  • Mike Max, sports reporter/anchor, WCCO-TV and WCCO-AM (Moderator)
  • Karin Nelsen, vice president of legal and human resources, Minnesota Vikings
  • Trent Tucker, athletic director, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Jamie Spencer, executive vice president business development, Minnesota Wild
  • Michelle Radzik Morgan, associate director of athletics, University of St. Thomas

As a former college athlete and business scholar, I know first-hand the important role ethics plays in sports and business,” said Stefanie Lenway, dean of the Opus School of Business at the University of St. Thomas. “As a result, I’m convinced themes of victory and defeat, teamwork and resilience, challenges and overcoming organizational barriers, and ethical grey areas offer lessons for all of us.”

Winning with Integrity: Charting a Course to Leadership Symposium is part of an annual conversation on topics in sports, ethics and principled leadership, co-organized by the Veritas Institute and the Center for Ethical Organizations (formerly the Center for Ethical Business Cultures) located at the University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business. Other supporting organizations included the University of St. Thomas Athletics Department and the Opus College of Business.

Event sponsors included EY (presenting sponsor); Veritae Group, Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Wild (silver level sponsors); Twin Cities Orthopedics and Zimmerman Reed Attorneys (bronze level sponsors); and promotional partner FEI-Twin Cities Chapter.

 About the University of St. Thomas

The University of St. Thomas is a comprehensive university that prepares students for the complexities of the contemporary world. As Minnesota’s largest private university with more than 10,000 students from 50 states and 63 countries, St. Thomas has urban campuses in St. Paul, Minneapolis and Rome. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate majors with opportunities for cross-disciplinary coursework in the liberal arts, and 60 graduate degree programs, including engineering, business and law. Rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, students are taught to think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good. For more information on the University of St. Thomas, visit


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