Florida Tech To Host Business Ethics Conference April 1

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Seating is limited, registration is required

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Tackling leadership and ethical challenges in the global environment with a compelling roster of speakers and experts, Florida Institute of Technology’s 15th annual Business Ethics and Leadership Conference will take place Wednesday, April 1, in the Hartley Room at the Denius Student Center on the university’s Melbourne campus. (Florida Tech image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA — Tackling leadership and ethical challenges in the global environment with a compelling roster of speakers and experts, Florida Institute of Technology’s 15th annual Business Ethics and Leadership Conference will take place Wednesday, April 1, in the Hartley Room at the Denius Student Center on the university’s Melbourne campus.

FIT_Seal-580Sponsored by Harris Corporation and Community Credit Union and hosted by Florida Tech’s Nathan Bisk College of Business, the free, public event starts with registration and continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and concludes at 1 p.m., following the included lunch.

Seating is limited and registration is required by emailing Lyn Allison at lallison@fit.edu. Registration deadline is March 27.

Abram Walton

Abram Walton

Danny McNight

Danny McNight

After a welcome by Abram Walton, director of Florida Tech’s Center for Ethics and Leadership and associate professor of technology management and innovation, the conference’s first session will feature Greg Donovan.

Donovan, executive director of Melbourne International Airport, will discuss the status and challenges of the airport in a global environment.

The day’s second speaker, retired U.S. Army Col. Danny McKnight will discuss his “leadership standards” template for what makes leaders who effectively and efficiently provide purpose, motivation and direction to their charges. That runs from 9-9:45 a.m.

Greg Donovan

Greg Donovan

Mike Marks

Mike Marks

After a 15-minute break, the conference’s panel discussion will get underway. Focused on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the panel of business and legal experts features Joe D. Dunaway, John Gronda, Chukwugozie “Gozie” Onyema, Dave Alexander and Mike Marks. William Potter will moderate.

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From 11-11:30 a.m., the winning team in Florida Tech’s recently concluded high school ethics competition, from Rockledge High School, will offer its case presentation on the fire in a Bangladesh garment factory.

Danny McKnight actions were described in the book “Black Hawk Down” and featured in the 2001 Academy Award-nominated movie of the same name. McKnight left the Army following a distinguished career that lasted 28 1/2 year years and now lectures on leadership, management and homeland security. (Eastern Florida image)

Danny McKnight actions were described in the book “Black Hawk Down” and featured in the 2001 Academy Award-nominated movie of the same name. (Eastern Florida image)

And at 11:30 a.m., Mike Marks, co-founder of IRCG, will be awarded the Nathan Bisk College of Business Ethics and Leadership Award for Community Engagement.

Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Florida Tech’s Walton will then offer concluding remarks.

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BELOW VIDEO: Danny McKnight, a decorated former Army Ranger whose combat experience includes Panama and Somalia, discussed “Successful Leadership on the Tough Days” at the Simpkins Business Seminar for Entrepreneurial Development at the King Center for the Performing Arts Center on the Melbourne Campus.

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