Soderquist Center To Host Ethics Seminar

Siloam Springs, Ark. (April 2, 2004) — In 2002, Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in efforts to curb internal fraud. The act followed in the wake of revelations of fraud within large corporations such as Enron and Tyco. Since then business has changed dramatically. John Brown University’s graduate business program and the Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics hope that they can impact individuals within organizations by co-sponsoring the upcoming seminar, “The Changing Landscape of Corporate Governance: Sarbanes-Oxley.” The public seminar will be held Tuesday, April 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Bynum Theatre, located inside the Walton Lifetime Health Complex on JBU’s campus. Continuing education units are available and attorneys seeking CLE credit will receive four general credit hours and one ethics credit hour. “Sarbanes-Oxley is the most important piece of corporate legislation passed in the last 25 years,” Dr. John Copeland, professor of business and executive-in-residence for the Soderquist Center said. Featured speakers include former Enron executive and whistle-blower Lynn Brewer, author of “Confessions of an Enron Executive: A Whistleblower’s Story”; University of Arkansas legal ethics and professional responsibility professor, Dr. Howard W. Brill; California attorney and upcoming author, Rebecca Walker; and Tom Muccio, former president of Procter & Gamble’s Global Customer Teams. Don Soderquist, former Senior Vice-President for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and Copeland will open the day’s agenda. “[The speakers] are outstanding in their fields and have accomplished so much, especially at such young ages,” Copeland said. “These are the kinds of people that we need in business.” The seminar is co-sponsored by JBU’s Soderquist Center for Business Leadership and Ethics, the graduate business programs, and Tyson Foods. The Soderquist Center and the graduate business programs hope to make the conference an annual event, with topics centering on ethical issues that impact organizations in both the profit and not-for-profit sectors. Registration for the seminar is $150. For more information, contact the Soderquist Center at 479-524-7180. John Brown University is a top-tier university, ranked 11th by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,800 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.