screen-shot-2016-10-15-at-2-17-04-pm Members of the Business Ethics in Action Club, “TJ” Huseyin Yildirim and Zach Bothelio share key
points about “Being a Better Bear” with children at the local Ronald McDonald House.

Dr. Leslie Sekerka, Professor of Management, has two papers recently accepted for publication, “Positive Organizational Ethics: Adult Moral Development in the Workplace” and “Professional Moral Courage: Fostering Principled Performance at Work,” to appear in management practitioner outlets. Her article with Dr. Marianne Marar Yacobian, “A Guide to Doing Business in Iran,” appeared in Fortune Magazine. Dr. Sekerka was also quoted in a recent Mercury News article about Uber, discussing the ethics of its aggressive approach.

Her research on durable moral courage and preventing demoralization has been a highly sought-after topic this term, with papers accepted and presented at the Society of Business Ethics (Vancouver, BC), Academy of Management (Vancouver, BC), and European Academy of Management (Warsaw, Poland). Her paper on social self-conscious emotions in moral decision-making was also presented at the Association for Psychological Science (New York, NY). Dr. Sekerka’s book, Ethics is a Daily Deal: Choosing to Build Moral Strength as a Practice, is also now available from Springer Publishing. The professor’s service among the broad community of scholars was honored this year, with the 2015 Outstanding Reviewer Award from Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence, recognizing significant contributions to the field.

Perhaps the most joyful work that Dr. Sekerka has been engaged in this year is to bridge her scholarship with activities that engage students in community service. With her “Being a Better Bear” reading program, members of Menlo’s Business Ethics in Action Club visit local area children’s groups, encouraging young people to realize what it means to be ethical.

Being a Better Bear, the book she recently published with Menlo Imprint, is used to support this effort. The literary work continues to gain acclaim and attract positive press for the College. After her guest appearance on the television program Good Day Sacramento, a variety of charter schools throughout California have expressed interest in learning about how to incorporate ethics education within their preschool venues.

The James Hervey Johnson Charitable Educational Trust generously awarded a Reading Program “Being a Better Bear” Introduces Young Learners to Ethics $12,800 grant to the Ethics in Action Research & Education Center to commence this initiative. The Ethics in Action Speaker Program brings a variety of Silicon Valley professionals to the campus including leaders from Adobe, Google, Driscoll’s Berries, StoneTurn, Visa, and The Gap, to name a few. Menlo students continue to hear that more and more leaders ardently believe ethics in business is a duty, one that’s nonnegotiable.