Bertrand P. Holley Business Ethics & Social Responsibility Series
The School of Business recognizes the importance of business ethics education as a vital part of the integrative learning experience. Guest speaker Justin Paperny was on campus in February of 2011 to discuss the topic of business ethics in classes. He also conducted two open presentations that the campus community and the public were invited to attend:
"Lessons from Prison"
Paperny is a former investment executive who now uses his talents and experiences to educate others on the perils associated with white-collar crime. He is the author of Lessons From Prison and Ethics in Motion. He has been a keynote speaker to business and academic audiences across the nation. His story and presentations have been featured by ABC News, NBC News, Forbes, and Radio America, amongst many others.
After graduating from the University of Southern California, Paperny began building his career at such storied firms as Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns, and UBS. He managed more than $150 million in investor assets as a top-earning stockbroker, but personal pressures clouded his judgment. That ethical lapse ensnared him in a fraud. He pleaded guilty to violating securities laws and served an 18-month sentence at Taft Federal Prison Camp.
Paperny provides audiences with insight into the motivations, actions, and consequences of white-collar crime. Rather than speaking theoretically, he draws upon personal experiences to narrate with honesty and eloquence how an inattention to values-based decision-making can lead an individual into debacles that may include imprisonment.
Paperny is uniquely qualified to lecture on ethics and specifically the consequences that follow an inattention to ethics because of his experience of having served time in federal prison, and because of the lessons he learned from living in that community of felons. Paperny has spoken extensively at colleges and universities throughout the U.S., including NYU, Penn State, Wake Forest, DePaul University, USC, King’s College, and Pepperdine. He is scheduled to conduct sessions with agent trainees at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He has recently released another book, “Ethics in Motion,” a work widely praised in academic and professional circles. For Paperny's full biography, click here.
School of Business
Bertrand P. Holley
Business Ethics & Social Responsibility Series
Dr. Bertrand P. Holley served as a distinguished and dedicated business professor at Eastern Illinois University for over 43 years. The Bertrand P. Holley Business Ethics and Social Responsibility Fund was established in order to perpetuate the ideals of Dr. Holley who was committed to advancing social responsibility.
Business ethics education is a vital part of the integrative learning experience, as it:
- Encourages honesty & transparency in the workplace
- Transforms corporate/organizational culture
- Fosters characteristics essential to leadership
- Recognizes that laws alone are never enough
- Engenders sound corporate governance
- Emphasizes the social responsibility of businesses
- Focuses on ways to improve conditions for wealth creation
- Imparts principles of “moral courage”
This event is co-sponsored by Beta Gamma Sigma. The Mission of the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to foster personal and professional excellence, to advance the values of the Society, and to serve its lifelong members.