Alison Kramer and Sahar Baig, two members of the student organization Leaders in Ethics and Academic Discipline (LEAD), won second place in their division at the annual Templeton Ethics Case Competition. The competition was held in February at Stetson University. Kramer and Baig represented NIU’s LEAD organization, as well as the NIU College of Business and the college’s BELIEF program (Building Ethical Leaders using an Integrated Ethics Framework).
This year’s case challenged participating teams to examine the ethical implications of allowing commercial water bottlers to draw large quantities of water from ecologically sensitive parts of Florida. Kramer and Baig’s second place finish occurred in a competitive division with teams from schools around the country.
Fellow LEAD members Zane George and Katherine Lavoie (pictured above) also attended the case competition as observers in preparation for future competitions. All LEAD students were joined by their faculty advisor Neil Doughty (pictured above), who is also director of the college’s BELIEF program. BELIEF’s mission is to build ethical leaders through the integration of program development, faculty support, business community involvement and learner engagement. Fulfilling this mission equips all participants with a lasting set of practical tools to apply ethical values in business practices.
by M. De Jean, Director of Marketing, NIU Business. Photos courtesy of N. Doughty, Director of BELIEF and LEAD faculty advisor.