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8th Partners in Business Ethics Symposium

McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business


The Department of Business, Government & Society at the McCombs School of Business invites you to the 8th Partners in Business Ethics Symposium on November 6-7, 2019.  

This conference rotates among several top business schools including the University of Colorado Boulder, University of Illinois, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Texas. 

This symposium is designed to promote business ethics in business and academia by bringing together business school deans, scholarly thought leaders in business ethics, and corporate leaders to share ideas, challenges, and best practices for preparing young professionals to lead with integrity in today's world.

The theme for the 2019 PBE Symposium is Leadership Ethics. Among the topics to be addressed are: 

  • Leading in the "Me, Too" era
  • How leaders can best foster an ethical organizational culture


Symposium Details

Location >



The symposium will be held at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705.

For more information, visit the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center website.


AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center Hotel

Just steps away from the center's meeting and dining facilities, the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center hotel offers 276 guest rooms and 21 suites with inspiring views of the university's Main Building Tower, the State Capitol, or our serene central courtyard. Walk to exhibits at the Blanton Museum of Art or shows from the collections of the Harry Ransom Center or the LBJ Library, and enjoy a performance at the famed Performing Arts Center. Or explore the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, cheer the Longhorns at Texas Memorial Stadium, and shop on colorful Guadalupe Street—all within walking distance.

Booking at Special Conference Rate

There are two ways to book a room for the conference at the designated conference rate.


To book a room call AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center Hotel Reservations at 512-404-1900 or 877-744-8822 toll free. Be sure to reference the "8th Partners in Business Ethics Symposium" when you call so that you can get the special rate given to symposium attendees.


You can also use the dedicated online reservation site for the conference. Just click the button below.

Book a Hotel Room Now!

Please be sure to book your room before October 8th, 2019 for the special rate.

Other Accommodations


Partners in Business Ethics Symposium 2019

Wednesday, November 6



6:30-7:00 PM

Evening Reception: Realizing Ethical Leadership

Robert Prentice, McCombs School of Business, PBE Steering Committee Member
Dean Jay Hartzell, McCombs School of Business


7:00-7:30 PM


Keynote Address
Speaker TBD


7:30-9:00 PM

Dinner and Networking




Thursday, November 7



8:00-8:30 AM

Breakfast & Coffee


8:30-8:40 AM


Dean Jay Harzell, McCombs School of Business
Speaker TBD

8:40-9:00 AM

Daron Roberts, Founding Director, Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation, UT-Austin


9:00-9:15 AM

Preview of New Ethics Unwrapped Videos

Cara Biasucci, Program Director & Creator


9:15-10:30 AM

Panel Discussion #1: How Leaders Can Foster an Ethical Culture: A Behavioral Ethics View from Academia
Moderator: Julie Irwin, McCombs School of Business, UT-Austin
Panelists: Amit Kumar, McCombs School of Business, UT-Austin
Nick Epley, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Mary Kern, CUNY Zicklin School of Business

10:30-10:45 AM

10:45-12:00 PM

Panel Discussion #2: How Leaders Can Foster an Ethical Culture: A View from Industry

Moderator: Ethan Burris, Director, Center for Leadership & Ethics
Panelists: Martin Otto, CEO & COO, HEB
Cheryl Hughley, Managing Director Culture, SWA
Paul Kinscherff, former International CFO, Boeing


12:00-1:00 PM

Address: Prof. Joanne Ciulla, Rutgers Business School



1:00-2:30 PM

Panel Discussion #3: Leading Ethically in the Age of "Me, Too": Special Challenges

Moderator: Meme Drumwright, Leader, Communication & Leadership Degree Program, UT-Austin
Panelists: Kathleen McElroy, Director, School of Journalism

2:30-2:45 PM


2:45-4:00 PM 

Panel Discussion #4: The Role of Leaders in Fostering a Compliance Culture


4:00-4:15 PM

Concluding Remarks
Invitation to PBE Symposium 2020



RSVP here! Conference attendance is restricted to registered attendees only.



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