SNIC Speaker Spotlight – Business Ethics: From Theory to Practice

2015-10-20

SNA is providing you with a “sneak peek” into some of the speakers we have lined up for the upcoming School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC). Read on for a Q+A with Wendy Patrick.

Join us on Saturday, January 16, prior to the conference kick-off, to take advantage of this unique, timely educational opportunity. Ethics has become an all-consuming staple of modern life, especially since we live in a culture that is sliding toward zero tolerance of ethical violations of any type. Wendy Patrick, the San Diego Deputy District Attorney and renowned speaker on the subject, will discuss business ethics theories and concepts in this bonus session for all SNIC attendees. In this interactive session, Patrick will outline different ethical theories and help you determine the ethical lens you use to problem solve on and off the job.

As a follow-up to the broad perspective Patrick will offer, school nutrition industry consultant, Barry Sackin, will review the prescriptive regulations which govern procurement for school foodservice, so you gain an understanding of the rules that help buyers avoid costly pitfalls.

You will gain an understanding of the practical aspects of business ethics in today´s world and how the issues and concepts involved impact daily decision making—professionally as well as personally.

SNA asked Patrick a few questions to gain additional insight into her program and her background:

In your opinion, what are the most important trends and issues impacting business ethics?
We live in a culture that is sliding toward zero tolerance of ethical violations of any type. This trending reality is having a significant impact on corporate culture where the tone at the top and the proliferation of “unwritten rules” can no longer carry the day. Consumer trust is integral to maintain a competitive edge in modern business culture, and bad business press within our social media savvy world has an immediate impact.

Describe a little bit about your background.
Although I am a prosecutor by day, for the last two decades, the field of ethical decision making has defined the course of my career. I am a past Chair and Advisor of the California State Bar Ethics Committee (Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct), and past Chair of the San Diego County Bar Association’s (SDCBA) Legal Ethics Committee where I served a six-year term. I am widely published in the field of ethics, had my own ethics column in the San Diego Daily Transcript for more than a decade, and teach ethics nationally on a regular basis.

At San Diego State University I teach upper division business ethics in the Management Department of the College of Business Administration, both locally and abroad. In the last two years in addition to teaching regularly at the San Diego campus, I taught ethics classes in Barcelona, Spain, and Prague, Czech Republic.

What are you most excited about for the conference?
The chance to share the practical aspects of business ethics in today´s world and how the issues and concepts involved impact daily decision making—professionally as well as personally. I am eager to discuss how the public perception of business ethics is changing the way we do business in every aspect of our daily lives.

This bonus session will be held Saturday, January 16, from 1:00-4:00 pm. Please indicate your desire to participate in this complimentary session when registering for the conference. Registration is required and on a first-come, first-served basis. To register and to learn more about SNIC, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SNIC. Register soon—the early bird deadline is November 6, 2015.

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