Business Ethics Luncheon | Junior Achievement of Upstate South Carolina

Work Ethics Luncheon

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When: December 8th, 2016
Where: USC Upstate
Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm

Upstate businesses, community leaders, educators, and high school students are invited to a unique event that examines the real world application of ethics in business.

The topic will be "Ethics in the Workplace: Hired or Fired?" In preparation for this event, Upstate high school students studied the process of ethical decision-making and then applied it through an essay responding to questions about ethics in monitoring social media, use of technical resources for personal activities, or content filtering of the internet by businesses and schools.

Opportunity for intergenerational civic engagement that:

  • Helps young people understand the role of ethics in their lives
  • Introduces students to business and community role models
  • Demonstrates the value of strong written and oral communication skills in the world of work
  • Prepares young people to interact appropriately and personally with potential employers
  • Offers an opportunity to positively and personally present to the community the talent of area students
  • Offers the chance for school and individual recognition

Highlights of the event:

  • Panel presentation by experts in workforce readiness and economic development:
  • Moderator:
  • Allen Smith, President, Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce
  • Panelists:
  • Lawanna Dendy, HR Resources Business Partner, US LBM
  • Mark Fendley, CI Training Manager, BMW
  • John Lummus, President & CEO, Upstate SC Business Alliance
  • Corinne Mason, VP Talent and Organization Capabilities, Milliken & Co.
  • Lively discussion between adults and students at each table about the questions the students studied – a fascinating opportunity to see and hear the critical thinking and problem-solving skills of this generation compared with real-life experiences and considerations from the adults
  • Awards presentation to the top essay contest winners


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