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Loras College to host business ethics and crisis leadership lecture April 14

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College will host its inaugural Andrew P. Studdert Business Ethics and Crisis Leadership Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the Hoffmann Auditorium of the St. Joseph Hall of Science on the Loras College campus, 1450 Alta Vista St., Dubuque.

Al Gini, Ph.D., professor of business ethics and chairman of the Department of Management in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago, will present “Three Critical Characteristics of Leadership: Character, Stewardship, Experience.” Gini will also visit three classes at Loras, business ethics, introduction to philosophy and principles of management.

“The leadership equation is never set or fixed,” Gini said. “Time, place, specific problems, the particular parties involved all play a role in the leadership equation. Nor is there one specific list of attributes, virtues or skills that all leaders must and do possess. Nonetheless, I want to argue that at its core, all forms of ethical leadership are based on three elemental ingredients: character, stewardship, and experience.”

Gini is the co-founder and long-time associate editor of Business Ethics Quarterly, the journal of the Society for Business Ethics. For more than 26 years he has been the resident philosopher on National Public Radio’s Chicago affiliate, WBEZ-FM, and regularly lectures to community and professional organizations on issues of business and ethics.

The Andrew P. Studdert Business Ethics and Crisis Leadership Lecture Series was established to provide the Loras community and public access to nationally-recognized thinkers and experts involved in the exploration of issues of current relevance and perennial significance related to business, ethics, and crisis leadership.

The lecture series is made possible through the generosity of Studdert.

Studdert serves as chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer at NES Rentals. Studdert previously served as the chief operating officer of UAL Corporation/United Airlines from 1999-2002. Before joining United, he established Andrew Studdert & Associates, a private information technology consultancy, and served as Executive Vice President for First Interstate Bancorp, then the seventh-largest U.S. bank holding corporation operating in 14 western states. Studdert served on the Board of Regents of Loras College from 2005 to 2011, and was awarded an honorary LL.D from Loras in May 2014.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Roman Ciapalo at