Ethical Issues Regarding Investments in Allentown Neighborhoods

by Lore McFadden | Nov 25, 2014

The Forum for Ethics in the Workplace will host an ethics breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, December 4, 2014, in the DeSales University Center on the Center Valley campus. This event, “Whose Neighborhood Is the Niz (Neighborhood Improvement Zone)?” will feature special guest speakers Donald Bernhard, Director of the Downtown Allentown Community Development Initiative and Yamil Sanchez Rivera, Executive Director of the Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley.

Bernhard spent 15 years as the City of Allentown’s Community Development Director and managed seven of the City’s bureaus. He is the former chairman of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, and serves as secretary and a 32-year board member of the Allentown Economic Development Corporation and is Chair of the Allentown Public Library Board.

Sanchez Rivera attended Kutztown University where he earned his Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and also his Certification in Secondary Education for Chemistry. He went on to attend Lehigh University, graduating in May 2010 with a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Most recently he was the Head of School and CEO for I-LEAD Charter School in Reading. His career history also includes working for the United Way of Delaware and of Berks County.

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

Those wishing to attend can register online at (scroll to Ethics icon) or send a check made out to the Forum for Ethics in the Workplace c/o Lore McFadden, DeSales University 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA, 18034. For more information, call the Salesian Center at 610-282-1100, ext. 1244, or email

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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