YPSILANTI, Mich., March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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.
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.
Ethos Week has experienced significant growth in its five-year history. Thirty five business leaders have spoken at the event, including Randy Cohen, a former ethics columnist for The New York Times; and ethicist Bruce Weinstein, a nationally known ethics columnist for BusinessWeek.com.
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.
"This week of events reinforces what we emphasize in the classroom," said Dave Mielke, dean of the College of Business. "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."
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.
Presentations will take place in room 114 of the College of Business. All events except the luncheon, in the Student Center, are free and open to the public.
Friday, March 18: The luncheon will run from 12:30-2:30 p.m. McQuade will speak from 1:40 p.m. to about 2:25 p.m.
Tickets for the luncheon can be by phone, 734-487-2282 or online at emutix.com
SOURCE Eastern Michigan University