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Kelley School of Business

The Business Value of Ethics, Sustainability, & Governance

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This one-day executive course offers a unique opportunity to learn from experts in ethical decision-making from the Kelley School of Business and Old National Bank, an organization that has repeatedly earned the Ethisphere Institute’s “most ethical business” award. Old National Bank leaders Joan Kissel, EVP and Chief Audit and Ethics Officer, and Bob Jones, Chairman and CEO, will be kicking off the program.

How can you help create an ethical and trustworthy organizational culture that benefits everyone?

Building an ethical organizational culture in your business benefits everyone from employees to shareholders, but it’s not always as easy as it may seem. Being unaware of common values and cognitive biases can hinder good, ethical decision-making that will further success for both you and your company.

Working with leaders from both Kelley and Old National Bank, you will learn how make ethical decisions within your organization while also balancing the needs of shareholders, employees, and the community. You will also discover the practical steps you can take as a leader and manager to build an ethical business culture.

Understand why value-based leadership and management benefits both stakeholders and the bottom-line

In this one-day course, you’ll discover how the sincere pursuit of a value-based business strategy creates trustworthy organizations that benefit shareholders, employees, communities, and one’s own conscience. You’ll learn from the leadership of Old National Bank, a company that has won seven consecutive “most ethical business” awards from the Ethisphere Institute. Leaders from Old National Bank will discuss the leading value-based management theories and demonstrate how their practical approach integrates and builds upon those theories. In a discursive, open atmosphere, you’ll learn from their stories and experiences. You’ll also have an opportunity to consult with them about implementing value-based leadership in your own organization.

Learning outcomes: what you’ll take back to the office

In this one-day course you will:

  • Understand how psychological biases often prevent us from making good, ethical decisions
  • Practice the integration of shareholder, employee, and community interests in making decisions
  • Learn steps to building an ethical organizational culture
  • Enhance your personal, cultural, and ethical awareness

Who should attend

This course is ideal for mid- and upper-level managers and business leaders whose jobs increasingly demand exercising critical judgment.

In addition, independent business owners, whose jobs entail critical leadership decisions, will also find this course useful.


Timothy L. Fort, PhD and JD, holds the Eveleigh Professorship in Business Ethics and is a professor of business law and ethics at the Kelley School of Business. Fort has written nearly 80 articles and 15 books including two winners of the Best Book Award from the Academy of Management for Social...
Randall T. Shepard, JD and LLM, is a member of the Compensation and Management Development Committee and the Community and Social Responsibility Committee at Old National Bank. He also currently serves as a Senior Judge in the Indiana Court of Appeals. Until his departure in 2012, he has served ...
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