Poverty Topic Of Discussion at Forum for Ethics Breakfast

by Lore McFadden-Westwood | Feb 13, 2012

 Forum for Ethics in the Workplace

The Poor In Our Midst: And How That Impacts ALL of Us!

March 1, 2012 
7:00 a.m.
DeSales University Center

The Forum for Ethics in the Workplace will host an ethics breakfast at 7 a.m., Thursday, March 1, 2012, in the University Center on the DeSales campus in Center Valley. The event is titled, "The Poor In Our Midst: And How That Impacts ALL of Us!" featuring guest speakers, Jon Scott, president & CEO, Berks Economic Partnership and Stephen Drachler, director, United Methodist Advocacy Co-Chair, PA Budget Coalition.

Scott has served in his current role with Berks Economic Partnership (BEP) since 2004. The group is the lead marketing agency and primary point of contact for economic development inquiries related to the Greater Reading and Berks County area. BEP's goals include retaining existing business, attracting new industries and fostering a competitive business environment through aggressive marketing aimed at creating sustainable and diverse employment opportunities for current and future generations.

In addition to his role with Berks Economic Partnership, Scott currently serves on the Greater Reading Young Professionals Advisory Board, the Foundation for Reading Area Community College and the Penn Corridor Initiative. Scott has also been honored with several awards in recognition of his outstanding service to the community.

Drachler was an award-winning journalist for more than 20 years in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. His reporting of state government in Harrisburg for the Allentown Morning Call was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He worked inside the system as well, serving as press secretary to the speaker and majority leader of the House of Representatives in Harrisburg for nearly eight years.

He served as director of media relations for the entire denomination and provided communications and crisis counsel to the worldwide Council of Bishops for seven years. As executive director of United Methodist Advocacy in Pennsylvania, he combines his communications expertise with his deep understanding of the political process as he represents the 2,400 Pennsylvania congregations before the Pennsylvania General Assembly, organizing grass roots’ responses to issues important to United Methodists.

Breakfast attendees will have an opportunity to interact with the presenters and engage with others on the topic. Participants will enjoy a buffet breakfast and table discussions based on the keynote address. Registration and breakfast is $25 per person or $175 for a table of 8.

Those wishing to attend can register online at www.desales.edu/salesian or send a check made out to the Forum for Ethics in the Workplace to Lore McFadden-Westwood, The Forum for Ethics in the Workplace, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA, 18034. For more information, call the Salesian Center at 610-282-1100, ext. 1244, or email ethics.workplace@desales.edu.         

The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture

The Forum for Ethics in the Workplace is a partnership institution of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales University on January 1, 2006. The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture was established in 2000 to promote the interaction of faith and culture, in a mutually beneficial engagement, through academic initiatives that focus on the authentic integration of social concerns and gospel values. By its collaboration with the Forum, the Salesian Center is able to extend its mission of social engagement into the corporate world and is able to capitalize on the working relationships that the Forum has already established in the business community. The Salesian Center supports intellectual activity in research studies, dialogue events including public forums and lectures and partnership programs. 


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Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University
2255 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034

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Tom.McNamara@desales.edu