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Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership Dedication Ceremony

Over the last several years, Deloitte has teamed with three well-known universities (University of Illinois, University of Texas and University of Notre Dame) to develop ethics programs that bring together students, faculty and business professionals to address the topics of ethics and professional responsibility. Not only is this an important obligation we have as leaders in our profession, but these endeavors also help build eminence for Deloitte and enhance our efforts to develop future business leaders.

In 2011, Deloitte joined with the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, which has been nationally recognized for ethics and sustainability leadership, to establish the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership (“NDDCEL”).  The Center focuses its activities on ethical leadership with a particular focus on character ethics that puts the role of individual character and values center stage in advancing ethical leadership in business.

The NDDCEL dedication ceremony
Deloitte is active in the NDDCEL through participation on the Center’s Advisory Board and involvement in programs that bring together scholars and business practitioners.  Deloitte will continue to financially support the Center through funding of an endowment over the next several years.

Last month, the Center held a dedication ceremony, in the physical space on campus that will house the Center, in which Notre Dame and Deloitte officially recognized the work on which the Center is embarking.  Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) Global CEO, Barry Salzberg, participated in several activities that were scheduled around this celebration, including presenting to students and faculty as part of a Boardroom Insights Lecture Series, meeting with professors as part of their research focused on “How CEO’s Can Improve Critical Decision-Making,” and participating in a meeting of the NDDCEL Advisory Board.

Joining Barry in the dedication ceremony were Roger Huang, Interim Dean for the Mendoza College of Business, Ed Conlon, Faculty Director for NDDCEL, John Affleck Graves, Executive Vice President, Lou Nanni, Vice President, University Relations and Deloitte leaders James Jaeger, Mike Zychinski, and Mark Chain.  NDDCEL Advisory Board members, Notre Dame faculty and administrators, and Deloitte leaders and professionals were also in attendance.

Global CEO, Barry Salzberg, speaks at Notre Dame
While at the celebration, Salzberg talked about his perspective on ethics, reinforcing his belief that ethical principles should be incorporated into all course work for today’s and future students – their exposure to professional ethical dilemmas is critical to fostering practical skills for ethical decision-making in business.

In addition, Barry touched upon some of the work of Mary C. Gentile, PhD, the Director of Giving Voices to Values, a business curriculum now based at and funded by Babson College.  Much like the messaging offered by Deloitte to its people, Barry made the point that businesses should endeavor to create a culture of speaking up, and expressed his view that the opportunity exists to embed a holistic ethical culture within the DTTL Member Firms.  However, that culture also fortifies the notion that you don’t have to make tough decisions on your own, that you can always speak to a mentor or supervisor.

“We are pleased Deloitte is working with us to create the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership,” said Roger Huang, Interim Dean for the Mendoza College of Business.  “When academia and business come together the way Notre Dame and Deloitte have been able to, the resulting development of curriculum designed to develop tomorrow’s ethical business leaders is a winning proposition for students, faculty, and professionals.”

About the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership (NDDCEL)
The work of the NDDCEL is aimed at impacting the academic and business communities through relevant research, course content and teaching for universities and businesses, and outreach and dissemination of content that has application for students, faculty and practitioners.  To begin this journey, the Center has appointed a well-respected advisory board, hosted its first NDDCEL Forum, Innovating Ethics Pedagogy in the Classroom and the Corporation, developed its own website, oversaw the building of a teleclassroom on the Notre Dame campus, and is producing an ethical leadership video series highlighting interviews with well-known CEOs and other business leaders.

For a complete list of NDDCEL advisory board members, 
visit: http://business.nd edu/Ethics_Centers/Deloitte_Center_for_Ethical_Leadership/About_Us/Advisory_Board/

As used in this document, “Deloitte” means Deloitte LLP. Please see www.deloitte.com/us/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries.

 

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