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D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

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Research Fellow 2009–10

Alissa Oelfke

Alissa OelfkeAssociate Professor, Business
aloelfke@viterbo.edu
608-796-3087

Alissa Oelfke worked for 16 years in the insurance and financial services industry before becoming a teacher. She earned an MBA at Viterbo University, and a Ph.D. in organizational management, specializing in management education from Capella University. She has taught courses in Financial Management, Managerial Accounting, Operations Management, and Management Science. Oelfke worked for three years as a faculty advisor for Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), an organization that promotes volunteerism in the community and conducts projects related to financial literacy, entrepreneurialism, and sustainability. In this role, she was awarded a Sam Walton Free Enterprise Fellowship. She is a parent volunteer at her children's schools, volunteers on the YMCA Annual Fund campaign, and volunteers as a job shadowing host and Career Day speaker for Upward Bound in La Crosse. She is also a member of the Western Technical College Supervisory Management Program Advisory Board. Oelfke wrote her dissertation on the perceptions of business faculty regarding the importance of the social and environmental responsibility of business.

Speaking Topic: Socially Responsible Financial Management

This is a summary of various practices used by financial management professionals in firms that have committed themselves to socially and environmentally responsible business practices. These firms define their success in terms of their triple bottom line by looking at their social, environmental, and economic results.