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Business Ethics Conference April 27 Explores Ethics of Persuasion

Florida Tech Event is Free, Open to Public   

MELBOURNE, FLA. — The ethics of persuasion, whether in fundraising, politics, the marketplace or the community, will be explored with discussions and panel presentations at Florida Institute of Technology’s 17th annual Business Ethics and Leadership Conference Thursday, April 27, in the Hartley Room at the Denius Student Center on the university’s Melbourne campus.

Sponsored by Harris Corp. and Community Credit Union and hosted by Florida Tech’s Nathan Bisk College of Business, the free, public event starts with registration and continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and concludes at 1 p.m., following the provided lunch.

After a welcome by Steve Rivet, director of Florida Tech’s Center for Ethics and Leadership, the conference’s first session will feature Michael Seeley, president of the Health First Foundation. His topic is, “Perspectives on the Ethics of Fundraising.”

Starting at 9:15 a.m., the day’s second speaker will be Kendall T. Moore, managing partner at Moore Eavenson Baughan PLC, Attorneys at Law. His 45-minute presentation is, “The Ethics of Persuasion in Politics.”

A panel presentation begins at 10:15 a.m. with five participants exploring “Ethics of Persuasion: Opinions and Solutions.” The panelists are Lori Booker, communications director at Orlando Melbourne International Airport; Tom Haynie, a business major at Florida Tech who will be graduating May 6; Cheryl Mall, public information officer for the City of Melbourne; Roy Milton, a longtime Harris Corporation employee where he specialized in program/financial management and ethics; and Matt Reed, assistant superintendent – government and community relations, Brevard Public Schools. Bisk College of Business graduate student Natalie Plaia, who will receive her MBA on May 6, will moderate.

After a 15-minute break, at 11:30 a.m., the winning team in Florida Tech’s recently concluded high school ethics competition, from Rockledge High School, will offer its case presentation, “Great Lakes Chemical Corporation: Lead Additive Production Distribution.”

Rivet will then offer concluding remarks, and lunch will be offered until 1 p.m.

Seating is limited and registration is required by emailing Dawn Thompson at dthompson@fit.edu.

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