Forum for Ethics in the Workplace
The Forum's mission is to provide opportunities for people to come together for study, reflection, conversation, and action on ethical issues in the workplace, especially in the Greater Lehigh Valley.
The Forum functions as a subsidiary corporation of DeSales University, under the administration of the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture. Its work is guided by a board of directors and managed by the director of the Salesian Center.
The Forum for Ethics in the Workplace hosts a quarterly ethics breakfast on the first Thursday of the month of each financial quarter in the University Center at DeSales University unless otherwise noted.
More about the Forum
The Forum for Ethics in the Workplace hosts an ethics breakfast on Thursday, from 7:30 am to 9:00 am, during the academic year. The event takes place in the University Center at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA (**unless otherwise noted). Campus Map
The series sponsor for 2019-20 is ALTRONICS.
Registration is required for these events and can be done online.
Our series topic is Back to Basics: Examining the Building Blocks of an Ethical Workplace
December 5, 2019 - panel will discuss "Integrity Across the Generations”
March 19, 2020 - featuring Tom Scalici, CEO of Cornerstone Advisors Asset Management to discuss Community Integrity - POSTPONED
June 4, 2020 - TBA
2020-2021 FORUM FOR ETHICS IN THE WORKPLACE BOARD MEMBERS
Paul Kane - (President of the Board) SVP, Actuarial, Underwriting & CRO / Independence Blue Cross
Michelle Gaynor - (Vice President of the Board) VP, Client Services / Klunk & Millan Advertising
Bob Dietzel - (Secretary of the Board) Co-Founder/Principal / KMRD Partners, Inc.
Robyn Barebo – Digital Marketing & PR Coordinator, Otterbine Barebo, Inc.
Scott Blair – Associate VP for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion / DeSales University
Kevin Campbell – President & COO / Barry Isett & Associates
Thomas Craig – McCabe Chair of Business & Society / DeSales University
Jim Devine – Sr. VP & HR Practice Leader / Univest Insurance, LLC
Ron Eichenberg - Commercial Sales & Development / BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors|
Deanne Fenstermacher – Comptroller / DeSales University
Tom Garrity – Managing Partner / Compass Point consulting
Bob Heimbecker – General Manager / Altronics Security Systems
Andrew Hoffman – Attorney / Zator Law
Murtaza Jaffer – Owner / Express Business Center (EBC)
Renee James – Marketing Director / The Bach Choir of Bethlehem
Audra Kahr – CFO, COO & Treasurer / Cedar Crest College
Art Kardos – Owner / TV Marketing & Promotion
Karen Kent – Director, MBA Program & Assistant Professor of Business / DeSales University
Kati Labuda – VP, Wealth Management / Raymond James
John Lushis – Attorney / Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.
Drew Maron – President & CEO / Paragon Strategic Wealth
Ron Miller – Attorney, Ashby Law Offices
Andy Plank – Owner, President / Blue Eagle Logistics, Inc.
Michael Rice – VP, Marketing / Follett Corporation
Katie (Wallace) Santana– Director, Photography, ASR Media Productions & The PEAK TV
Lisa Spradlin - Business Coach & Strategic HR Consultant / Empower2Achieve, LLC
Ed Taliaferro – VP, Internal Audit & Services, Lehigh Valley Health Network
Dan Villanti – Assistant Director, Alumni Relations / DeSales University
Pat Witmer - Director, Marketing & Corporate Communications, B. Braun Medical Inc.
In the Fall of 2000 a group of concerned citizens from Holy Spirit Lutheran Church met to discuss the lack of ethical conduct in many parts of our society today. Out of subsequent conversations came the formation of the Interfaith Coalition on Ethics in the Workplace, incorporated in July 2001. In 2003 the corporate name was changed to the Forum for Ethics in the Workplace.
Rather than deal with ethics on a grand, national scale, the Forum decided to focus on ethical issues facing persons in the workplaces of the many organizations in the Lehigh Valley (PA), including business, education, health care, public service, law, human services, and communications.
In the Summer of 2005, members of the executive committee of the Forum met with the director of the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture at DeSales University to discuss means of possible collaboration. Subsequent discussions led to the formation of a new corporate arrangement in which the Forum would become a subsidiary of DeSales University.
As a subsidiary of the University, the Forum receives administrative assistance to fulfill its mission and is able to capitalize on the success of related programs in the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture. By its partnership 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 Forum's board of directors approved the arrangement in September 2005, and the University's board of trustees gave its approval in November 2005. The new entity began operation on January 1, 2006.
Pint of Ethics
a FREE networking opportunity for Young Professionals in the Lehigh Valley to develop an ethical sensibility in their work as they become tomorrow's corporate leaders.
NO registration is required, just bring your business card!
Next event: date / speaker TBA
at the Copperhead Grille in Center Valley, PA
5:30 meet ‘n greet … a chance to network among Young Professionals (admission is free … your “ticket” to the event is your business card!)
6:00 another round (+ appetizers) … while we enjoy debating an business question
6:30 table-top thoughts … discussion among everyone
7:00 Q&A … with a wrap-up by the guest speaker
7:30 last call
** space is limited … first come, first served ** (must be at least 21 years old to participate)
Questions? Contact our director of programs, Valerie Wolfenden, Valerie.email@example.com
THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2019 featuring Jill Yapsuga
Societas Award for Responsible Corporate Conduct
The Forum for Ethics in the Workplace presents an annual award to one or more companies that demonstrate responsible business conduct. This award program honors those employers who meet the needs of others through the production of goods and services, the organization of good and productive work, and the creation of sustainable wealth distributed justly.
Click on the links below for information & forms relative to the processes associated with this award:
- Societas Award Fact Sheet
provides information about the nature and scope of the Societas Award
- Societas Award Entry Form
must accompany the application package
- Societas Award Nomination Form
to be submitted with nomination
- Societas Award Submission Guidelines
instructions for use by a company to submit an application package
Previous Award Recipients:
BerkOne (large company)
Concannon Miller (mid-size company)
KMRD (small company)
Air Products (large company)
- Societas Award Fact Sheet
FREE events - register online
June 11, 2020 - 8 am to 9 am - An open discussion on Zoom - "The Building Blocks of an Ethical Workplace: What is Integrity"