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      August 19, 2002    

The Bottom Line on Business Ethics: Is there one?
Roundtable Discussion Hosted by the San Diego MIT Enterprise Forum

    SAN DIEGO - How ethical are today's business leaders? How do you define the 'high road' on corporate values and business ethics given the current economy and investor expectations? What can emerging growth companies learn from recent business practice scandals both locally and nationally? These will be some of the hot topics up for debate at the San Diego MIT Enterprise Forum program The Bottom Line on Business Ethics, a roundtable discussion, to be held on Wednesday, September 18, 2002, from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the UCSD Faculty Club on the UCSD Campus in La Jolla (a new Forum venue).

The program will be moderated by Craig P. Dunn, Associate Professor, Entrepreneurial Management Center, San Diego State University and will include panelists Jessie Knight, President and CEO, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Dave Rickey, Chairman and CEO, AMCC, Barry Minkow, Author, "Clean Sweep", and John Onoda, a member of Fleishman-Hillard's International Advisory Board.
The San Diego MIT Enterprise Forum is a non-profit organization that promotes the growth and success of emerging technology companies. In addition to monthly case study presentations by local companies, the Forum hosts special programs that focus on timely topics. In September's program, the Forum has assembled a stellar panel to discuss the role of business ethics in corporate governance, including:

-- How will corporate governance reform legislation inhibit the growth of
emerging technology? -- How will the trend toward independent, outside board members affect
pre-IPO and emerging market companies?

-- How can a CEO balance the interests of stockholders, lenders, customers
and employees?

-- How can the CEO/Board create an environment where ethical decision-
making is rewarded?

-- What are the 'real' business arguments for taking the high road?

-- Who is responsible for setting guidelines and implementing policies
pertaining to ethical corporate behavior?

-- Is there an appropriate balance between inside and outside board
members? What are the trade-offs?

-- What impact will the new focus on director/officer potential liability
for "unethical" behavior have on being able to find directors to serve
on public or private board of directors?

Networking and registration begins at 5:00 P.M. and the roundtable discussion starts at 6:15 P.M. The program charge includes a buffet dinner and parking. Ample, secure, well-lit parking with clear signage and a parking attendant will be provided in close proximity to the UCSD Faculty Club. The cost is $35.00/person for those pre-registered by Friday, Sept. 13th and $45.00/person for walk-in guests. For information, directions to the Faculty club and registration, call (619) 236-9400, fax (619) 236-8940 or go to


SOURCE San Diego MIT Enterprise Forum

CONTACT: media, Jennifer Carroll, Executive Director of San Diego MIT Enterprise Forum, +1-619-744-8407, or fax, +1-619-236-8940



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