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Symposium on Corporate Social Responsibility

Mount St. Mary's University's Bolte School of Business takes pride in presenting the Symposium on Corporate Responsibility. The subject serves as a bridge between a strong business and economics programs, and the University's traditional emphasis on the liberal arts.

Corporate Social Responsibility Symposium

Business Ethics and White Collar CrimeWeston Smith

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Location: Knott Auditorium
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Weston Smith, former CFO of the Fortune 500 company Healthsouth Corporation, is the featured speaker. 

Smith became a Wall Street darling as Healthsouth grew from one location to over 2000 in all 50 states. However, underneath the glimmering corporate office, the fleet of corporate jets, and “consistent” earnings reports, laid a multi-year multi-billion dollar financial statement fraud. Weston voluntarily came forward and exposed the fraud, and accepted responsibility for his own actions.

Weston speaks frequently to universities and professional groups. In what he calls “Crossing the Line- An Insider’s Perspective of the Healthsouth Fraud”, he describes the culture of the company and the mechanics of the fraud and how detection was avoided. For audiences with auditors or regulators, he highlights both financial and non-financial red flags of corporate misconduct. Most importantly, Weston challenges and motivates all groups “to simply do the right thing.”


Past Events

2105 •  Panel Discussion: The Ethics & Economy of Healthcare in America

2014 • Panel Discussion: NFL Concussions, Who's Responsible, Who Pays?

2013 • Lecture: Where am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Our Clothes with Kelsey Timmerman, investigative reporter.

2012 • Panel Discussion: Occupy Wall Street and Corporate Social Responsibility

2011 • Lecture: Made in China: Blood, Sweat and Tears? with Katie Quan, Labor Expert and Associate Chair; University of California, Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education. Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.

2010 • Panel Discussion: H2Over: What Happens When the Earth's Well Runs Dry?

2009 • Panel Discussion: Bailout Bonanza: Where Does This Leave Capitalism?

2008 • 1st Annual Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Case Competition on ethics in business

2007 Lecture: Pharmaceutical Consumer Advertising: What's the Controversy? with Mr. Thomas E. Costa, C'73 Vice President, Bristol-Myers Squibb

2006 Lecture: Business, Sports, and Ethics in the 21st Century with Tony Agnone, President, Eastern Athletic Services, Inc.

2005 • Lecture: The Living Wage and Corporate Accountability with Robert W. Hearn, Ph.D. Senior Advisor, Education and Municipal Services Division, The Staubach Company

2004 Lecture: AIDS, Africa, and Accountability with Brenda Blanchard, Vice President, Novartis and The Rev. Michael Perry, Advisor to the U.S.C.B.B.

2003 • Lecture: Global Coffee Paradox with The Hon. Sam Farr, U.S. Congress

2002 • Lecture: Ethical Responsibilities in the Buyer-Seller Relationship with Dr. Patrick Murphy, University of Notre Dame

2001 No Symposium

2000 • Lecture: Global Business Concerns and Challenges with Dr. Patricia Werhane

1999 • Lecture: Religious Teachings Regarding Business with Dr. Edwin Epstein, Dean, St. Mary's College, Moraga, California and Dr. David McCarthy and Attila Sweillam

1998 • Lecture: The Use of Sweatshop Labor with John Sweeney, President, AFL-CIO

1997 • Lecture: Environmental Responsibilities with Anne Howland Ehrlich, Stanford University; Luis Camacho, Vice President, University of Costa Rica and poet; Thomas Berry, Cultural Historian, Theologian, and Mount Alumnus

1996 • Lecture: Managing Diversity in the Workforce with Robert Holland, CEO Ben & Jerry's

1995 • Lecture: Corporate Social Responsibility, an Overview with Ralph Nader, Consumer Activist and Presidential Candidate

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