D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

Lecture Series 1999-2000

Virtue in Business: What is it? Why do we need it?

Nov. 1, 1999 – Marianne Jennings

A professor of legal and ethical studies in business at Arizona State University, Marianne Jennings earned an undergraduate degree in finance and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Jennings has written six books on business ethics and her bi-weekly column for the Arizona Republic, for which she received the Arizona Press Club Award in 1994, is syndicated around the country. She is a contributing editor for Real Estate Law and Corporate Finance Review and is a commentator on business issues for National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered." A collection of her essays, "Nobody Fixes Real Carrot Sticks Anymore," was published in 1994.

Academic Appointments

  • President, Arizona Association of Scholars (1999–present)
  • Professor, Arizona State University (1983–present)
  • Director, Joan and David Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics (1995–99)
  • Associate Dean, College of Business, Arizona State University (1986–87)
  • Associate Professor, Arizona State University (1980–83)

Selected Accomplishments

  • Member, State Bar of Arizona
  • Outstanding Professor of the Year, Arizona State University College of Business (1980, 1985)
  • Former Governor Bruce Babbitt’s appointee to the Arizona Corporation Commission (1984)
  • Recipient, Burlington Northern teaching excellence award
  • Distinguished Faculty Researcher, Arizona State University College of Business
  • Dean’s Council of 100 Distinguished Scholars since 1995
  • Serves on Board of Directors for:
    • Arizona Public Service
    • Zealous Capital Corporation
    • Center for Children with Chronic Illness and Disability at the University of Minnesota
  • Served as consultant for organizations that include:
    • National Leadership Institute
    • Dial Corporation
    • Motorola
    • IBM

The Death Penalty in America: A Profound Moral Contradiction

Nov. 10, 1999 – Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J.

For the past 10 years, Sr. Prejean has been the spiritual advisor to five death row inmates in the Louisiana State Penitentiary, accompanying three to the electric chair and witnessing their deaths. Her experiences have led her to speak out against capital punishment and advocate wider public understanding of the death penalty. She has also befriended murder victims’ families and helped found "Survive," a victim advocacy group in New Orleans.

Her book, Dead Man Walking was on the New York Times best seller list for 31 weeks. It was also on the international best seller list, has received numerous book awards, and has been translated into nine different languages. A major motion picture based on Dead Man Walking, starring Susan Sarandon as Sr. Prejean and Sean Penn as death row inmate Matt Poncelet, was released in 1996.

Awards and Honors

  • Pope John XXIII Award for Distinguished Service, Viterbo University (1999)
  • Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize (1998)
  • Ben Smith Award, American Civil Liberties Union (1998)
  • Pope Paul VI Teacher of Peace Award, Pax Christi (1996)
  • Vision 2000 Courage Award, Catholic Charities (1996)
  • Mirabella Magazine named her among "100 Fearless Women" (1994)
  • McCall’s Magazine chose her among its "Twenty Most Confident Women in America" (1993)
  • National Abolitionist Award, National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (1992)
  • Sanctity of Life Award, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (1990)

Ethics in Business and Society

April 10, 2000 – Raymond C. Baumhart, S.J., D.B.A.

A former dean and president of Loyola University in Chicago Fr. Baumhart is currently on leave of absence as Professor of Management at Loyola. He received a Doctorate of Business Administration degree from Harvard University and has served on numerous boards and councils including, the Council of Better Business Bureaus. Fr. Baumhart is the author of the book, An Honest Profit: What Businessman Say About Ethics in Business, and co-author of Cases in Business Ethics. His articles have appeared in numerous magazines including, America, Harvard Business Review, Social Order, and The National Catholic Reporter.

Selected Accomplishments

  • Board of Directors, Buehler Brothers, Inc. and Ceres Food Group
  • Member, Commercial Club's Health Care Center Task Force (1991–94)
  • Director, Catholic Health Alliance for Metropolitan Chicago (1988–93)
  • Subcommittee Chairman, Jobs for Metropolitan Chicago (1984)
  • Acting Vice President, Loyola Medical Center (1968–69)

Old Ethical Principles in the New Corporate Culture

April 12, 2000 – William J. Byron, S.J., Ph.D.

Fr. Byron is a Distinguished Professor of Management at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and is director of the Center for Advanced Study of Ethics. He specializes in business ethics and the social responsibility of business. His current research focuses on mid-career executive transitions. His publications include Finding Work Without Losing Heart, Quadrangle Considerations, Answers from Within: Spiritual Guidelines for Managing Setbacks in Work and Life, and The Causes of World Hunger. Fr. Byron has been the president of two prestigious institutions of higher learning: The Catholic University of America and The University of Scranton.

Selected Accomplishments

  • Board of Commissioners, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
  • Founding Director and Past Chair, Bread for the World
  • Serves as trustee of CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, Loyola College in Maryland, and the University of San Francisco