As Chair of the NASBA Center for the Public Trust, I welcome you to our first edition of Ethics Matters, a newsletter recounting the good news and charged by the Center’s mission: To engender and foster confidence and trust in American corporations and institutions and the professions that serve them.

The CPT hosted a variety of events this past year aimed at educating and promoting ethics, as well as highlighting those who elevate the ethical threshold in the business world.

In doing so, the CPT worked with Lipscomb University’s Institute for Conflict Management to co-sponsor “Beyond Compliance: Transforming Ethical Dilemmas through Courageous Leadership” an interdisciplinary conference; and joined with the Baruch College Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity to jointly sponsor “Ensuring Integrity:The Second Annual Auditing Conference.”

A new event, “Night of 100 Stars Talent Show,” was introduced at the NASBA 100th Annual Meeting in Maui, Hawaii. Hosts Michael and Sheryl Bryant entertained the audience with improv between vocal, instrumental, comedic and magical performances.

The Being A Difference Awards recognized the first of its 2007 recipients at a presentation during an annual meeting luncheon. Mitch D’Olier of Oahu, Hawaii, received the honor for inspiring public trust by changing the Hawaiian business community through his leadership efforts and significant contributions to support the vital services of Hawaii’s community.

This award is given nationally to individuals who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating ethical leadership, high standards of social responsibility and good corporate citizenship. At regional presentations, the CPT recognized the following Being A Difference Award recipients:

Richard Cowart, of Nashville, Tennessee and head of the Health/Public Policy Department for Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, who is noted as the “ethical rudder” of his firm which under his guidance leads continuous efforts that respond to local and national tragedies.

Nathan Garrett, of Raleigh, North Carolina, a past president of NASBA, has played a vital role in the civil rights movement and has affected change in the hiring and advancement of minorities. He is known nationally as a strong moral compass for his dedication to ethical principles.

Tammy Morealle, of Tampa, Florida, Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), championed the firm’s major community service initiatives and motivated thousands of PwC partners and staff to contribute more than 100,000 volunteer hours.

I am proud to report the tremendous successes of this past year and of the complimentary reviews of our highly acclaimed speakers and informative topics. However, I am also looking forward to this year’s full schedule and invite you to join us in supporting this most important endeavor of promoting and advancing ethical practices in American businesses.

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