Academics

Speakers

Keynote Address:

Dr. Al Gini, Loyola University Chicago

Al Gini

Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics and Chair of the Department of Management in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago. He is also the co-founder and long-time Associate Editor of Business Ethics Quarterly, the journal of the Society for Business Ethics. For over twenty-six years he has been the Resident Philosopher on National Public Radio’s Chicago affiliate, WBEZ-FM, and he regularly lectures to community and professional organizations on issues of business and ethics. His books include: My Job My Self: Work and the Creation of the Modern Individual (Routledge, 2000); The Importance of Being Lazy: In Praise of Play, Leisure and Vacations (Routledge, 2003); Why It’s Hard to Be Good (Routledge, 2006); Seeking The Truth of Things (ACTA, 2010); The Ethics of Business with Alexei Marcoux (Rowan & Littlefield, 2012).

 

Workshop Leaders

Beth Dellegrazie

Elisabeth Dellegrazie Concordia-Chicago, faculty, "Ethics and Marketing"

Elisabeth Dellegrazie teaches marketing strategy in the MBA program and within the undergraduate focuses on marketing communications, advertising and new product management. Within, these classes she works with small businesses and not-for-profit organizations, which allow students to gain hands-on experiences, and provides marketing solutions to the businesses in the surrounding community. In addition, to helping students in the classroom, Professor Dellegrazie is active in the development of international business programs at Concordia; joint degrees, faculty exchange and study abroad programs.
Prior to coming to Concordia, Professor Dellegrazie, worked as a marketing expert for companies such as Boise, Inc., Illinois Tool Works (ITW), Grohe America, Chicago Faucets and Dominick’s Finer Foods. In addition, she has marketing experience in the retail, business to business, and commercial channel areas. She has been a member of Concordia’s faculty since 2008.

Wanda Foster

Wanda Foster, Concordia-Chicago, faculty, "Ethics in Business"

Wanda Foster teaches Principles of Management, Finance, Corporate Finance, and Business Ethics and Concordia University Chicago. Her areas of expertise include transition of professionals into management and management of healthcare organizations. Foster's current research is in corporate ethics and leadership development.

She served as the department chair for the College of Business. Prior to serving Concordia-Chicago, Foster worked as the director of the bachelor in healthcare management program and Calumet College of St. Joseph. Foster has corporate experience at Baxter and SANOFI International Corporations and has also worked at Kallestad in the diagnostic division. Foster has been a member of Concordia's faculty since 2006. 

 

Todd Hauser, Concordia-Chicago, faculty, "Ethics in Social Media/Journalism"

Todd Hauser (MA Communication - University of Missouri – Columbia)  joined the CUC Communication and Theatre Department in 2014 to teach Journalism and Newswriting, and advise the student newspaper, The Spectator.  He has taught at several institutions in Central Illinois, including Millikin University, Lincoln College-Lincoln, and in the Lincoln College-Normal ABE Program, a hybrid, accelerated program for adult learners.  He also taught at Richland Community College, where he taught various communication courses and advised the student newspaper, The Communicatur.  

His research interests include political communication and visual literacy.  Todd has recently returned to running, and enjoys time spent with his family in the outdoors and on “adventures” on the road.

 Kathy Heetel

Kathe Heetel, Concordia-Chicago, staff, "Ethics and Academic Integrity"

Kathe Heetel is the Director of the Honor Code System at Concordia University Chicago.  She serves as a resource for both students and faculty to mediate and resolve academic dishonesty allegations through the Honor Code process, and promotes integrity both inside and outside of the classroom. She co-created a study skills workshop series in a proactive effort to provide students with awareness and resources to avoid situations that trigger academic dishonesty.  She is currently working on an on-line tutorial to gauge students’ knowledge about plagiarism. Because the importance of serving and leading with integrity is stated in the CUC mission, she has made it her mission, along with other members of the community, to demonstrate and share the message of the importance of integrity in all aspects of one’s life.

 

Rev. Dr. Jeff Leininger, Concordia-Chicago, Campus Pastor, "Ethics and Church Leadership"

Elizabeth Peterson

Elizabeth Peterson, Concordia-Chicago, faculty,"Ethics and Academic Integrity

Liz Peterson joined the Concordia University Chicago faculty in the fall of 2013, and teaches courses in economics to both undergraduates and MBA students. She is working to establish a major/minor in economics, and has already established a minor in entrepreneurship. Liz is the adviser to CUC’s newly formed chapter of Phi Beta Lambda. She is A.B.D. in economics from the University of Utah, and in addition to teaching has also spent many years as an entrepreneur.

Art Safer

L. Arthur Safer, Ph.D. Concordia-Chicago, faculty, “Ethics and Education”

Safer is Full Professor of Leadership in the Department of Leadership within the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs where he also served as Executive Director of the Division of Research and Doctoral Programs. Prior to his appointment at Concordia he had a one year volunteer assignment with the AmeriCorps VISTA program with the Chicago Public Schools coordinating after-school tutoring programs for students living in Chicago’s 26 homeless shelters.

Previously, Safer was Professor (tenured) and Chair of the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies at Appalachian State University (UNC System) from which he retired in 2007. He is Professor Emeritus at Loyola University Chicago where he was Associate Dean of the School of Education and Professor (tenured) of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.  He was appointed Special Assistant to the Deputy Under-Secretary of Education in the U.S. Department of Education under President Carter.

Safer received his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Northwestern University, a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and his B.A. from Miami University (Ohio).

   



 

 

 

 

Dr. John Hildebrand and Professor Elisabeth Dellegrazie, Concordia-Chicago faculty, "Ethics in Marketing and Advertisement"

Professor Hildebrand teaches courses on Introduction to Marketing, Consumer Behavior, Global Marketing, Marketing II, and Multicultural Marketing. He is also the Business Club advisor.

Professor Dellegrazie teaches classes focusing on marketing communications, advertising and new product management. Within, these classes she works with small businesses and not-for-profit organizations, which allow students to gain hands-on experiences, and provides marketing solutions to the businesses in the surrounding community. In addition, to helping students in the classroom, Professor Dellegrazie helps students set up internships through the Directed Study Program and Internship Opportunities. 

Prior to coming to Concordia, Professor Dellegrazie, worked as a marketing expert for companies such as Boise, Inc., Illinois Tool Works (ITW), Grohe America, Chicago Faucets and Dominick’s Finer Foods. In addition, she has marketing experience in the retail, business to business, and commercial channel areas. She has been a member of Concordia’s faculty since 2008.

 

Wanda Foster, Concordia-Chicago faculty, "Good Ethics is Good Business"

Professor Foster teaches Principles of Management, Finance, Corporate Finance and Business Ethics. Her areas of expertise include transition of professionals into management and management of healthcare organizations. Professor Foster’s current research is in corporate ethics and leadership development.

 

L. Arthur Safer, Ph.D. Concordia-Chicago faculty, “Ethics and Education”

L. Arthur Safer, Ph.D. is Professor of Leadership in the Department of Leadership, College of Graduate and Innovative Programs where he teaches Ethics and Policy Analysis. Previously, he was Professor (tenured) and Chair of the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies at Appalachian State University (UNC System) from which he retired in 2007. He is Professor Emeritus at Loyola University Chicago where he was Associate Dean of the School of Education and Professor (tenured) of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Safer served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of Education in the U.S. Department of Education under President Carter.  He received his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Northwestern University, a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and a B.A. from Miami University (Ohio).