Nicor Gas president to give BELIEF Week keynote address

William McCoy
William McCoy

NIU’s College of Business will host its fourth annual ethics education event, now called “BELIEF Week, ” during the week of Oct. 6.

This event is five days of events and activities on campus geared at building ethical awareness.

Many alumni and corporate representatives will come to campus as guest speakers during the week to make presentations in business classes that reflect ethical dilemmas they might have been faced with and/or had to overcome. The speakers have played a huge part in bringing real-life experience into the classroom.

Beth Reese, president of Nicor Gas and senior vice president of AGL Resources, is the featured keynote speaker. Reese will address students, faculty and staff on “Appreciating Your Ethical Grounding” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8 at in Barsema Hall. This address is free and open to the public.

BELIEF Week is developed and managed by William McCoy, director of the BELIEF (Building Ethical Leaders using an Integrated Ethics Framework) Program, which was launched in 2006.

“Teaching ethics in our classrooms mean students can actively demonstrate ethical knowledge in the workplace, thus building ethical leaders” McCoy says. “BELIEF Week enhances our positioning statement of bringing classroom learning to the business world.”

Student-led activities also will occur during the week, further strengthening the foundation of professional ethical behavior. These activities will be run by the student organization LEAD (Leaders in Ethics and Academic Discipline).

The BELIEF Program, which is funded almost exclusively by donor contributions, has a history of ranking in Business Week’s Top 3 in Ethics: second in 2010, third in 2011, second in 2012 and third in 2013.

For more information on how to partner with or support the BELIEF Program, contact McCoy at (815) 753-7807 or wmccoy@niu.edu.

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