Students to Select Finalists in 15th Annual Ethics in Business Awards
Article written by Joel Coffman of RecognizeGood
AUSTIN, TX – RecognizeGood is proud to announce a new partnership with Leadership Austin for the 15th Annual Ethics in Business & Community Awards. Leadership Austin will select alumni from its renowned program to serve as the selection panel for the 2017 awards.
“We’re honored to be part of this effort,” says Leadership Austin CEO Christopher Kennedy. “The Leadership Austin core values of Community Trusteeship, Inclusiveness, Collaborative Decision Making and Personal Responsibility align so well with the vision of RecognizeGood and we are excited to be part of the process that celebrates those businesses, non-profits and civic leaders who practice these values each day.”
Ethics in Business & Community Program Director Scholley Bubenik commented, “When I first got involved with the program, it was more of an annual event. Through the efforts of many people who care deeply about the value of what Ethics in Business & Community represents, it’s gained lots of momentum over the past few years and has truly become a year-round movement. We are honored to expand the movement to include Leadership Austin.”
The Ethics in Business & Community Award recognizes the best in Central Texas leadership. Businesses, nonprofits and individuals in five categories are nominated by the community for their exemplary ethical leadership, outstanding ethical practices and excellent business principles including respect, fairness, honesty, justice, and sustainability. Students in the College of Business at Concordia University Texas review and research the initial nominees and select 15 finalists. Next, the students begin a rigorous, in-depth review of each finalist and present their findings to an independent selection committee of business and community leaders who will decide the final award recipients. The student involvement is led by Dr. Lynette Gillis, Dean of the College of Business at Concordia University Texas, and the students are taught by adjunct professor Dr. Jack Allen.
“The Ethics in Business & Community awards program is truly an exceptional educational experience,” Gillis said, praising the program and its impact on her students. “Our students have the opportunity to witness firsthand a community that comes together to support and celebrate the ethical business practices of honesty, fairness, respect, social justice, and sustainability.”
Finalists will be announced March 2nd at Concordia University’s campus, and the final awards will be presented at the annual awards luncheon on May 18th at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, TX. The luncheon itself is attended each year by hundreds of Central Texas business leaders and is expected to again draw more than 600 attendees in 2017. Honorary Chairs are Bobby Jenkins, CEO of ABC Home & Commercial Services, and Earl Maxwell, CEO of St. David’s Foundation. For more information about the event, sponsorships, and tickets, please visit recognizegood.org.
Proceeds from this event benefit the Samaritan Center, who organized and presented the Ethics in Business Awards until the program was adopted by RecognizeGood on its 10th anniversary. Samaritan Center is a nonprofit counseling center that provides professional counseling, integrative medicine and community education to prevent and treat abuse, teach healthy life skills, and strengthen families. The Center serves children and adults of all ages who are struggling with a variety of problems such as stress, depression, abuse and addiction. The Samaritan Center’s Hope for Heroes program has received statewide recognition for helping service members and military families heal the emotional wounds of war and reintegrate back into our community. More information about the Center can be found at www.samaritan-center.org.
RecognizeGood is a local nonprofit that provides a means for individuals and organizations to illuminate selfless volunteers, charitable acts and community service throughout greater Austin. There are several active programs that work toward this mission from different angles, but the common theme is simple – the illumination of GOOD in our community. The mission of RecognizeGood is to elevate the spirit of community by catalyzing a movement of good deeds and unselfish charity through recognizing, rewarding and promoting good in our businesses and the communities in which they reside.
Leadership Austin ignites passion for community leadership. Since 1979, the organization has developed and created community among leaders from the business, non-profit and public service sphere. Leadership Austin offers a variety of programs that explore critical community issues, develop the leadership skills to address those issues, and foster relationships to work collaboratively for positive change. Members of the Leadership Austin family influence the community in measurable, meaningful ways to improve the quality of life for all in our region.