Over 150 students attended the annual Ethics at The Beach seminar offered by the Associated Business Students Organization Council, Student Center for Professional Development, and Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership on March 22, 2019. Through dynamic keynote presentations and a reflective interactive exercise, students had an opportunity to enhance their ethical leadership skills while exploring the seminar’s theme, Riding the Waves of Change.
Tony Gomes, American Honda Motor Company’s assistant vice president of its parts, service and technical division, kicked the morning off with a lively presentation on creating an ethical culture within an organization. To complement Tony’s talk, attendees received a copy of Ken Blanchard’s and Sheldon Bowles’ book, Gung Ho! Turn on the People in Any Organization.
CSULB alum Cliff Meidl shared his inspirational story of overcoming adversity and achieving success through hard work and determination. After a life-threatening construction accident, Cliff completed his degree while still on crutches and went on to become a competitive athlete in flat-water kayaking. A two-time Olympian, Cliff was elected by his teammates to carry the U.S. flag during the opening ceremonies at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
A current CSULB student, Christie Nesbit, led an uplifting exercise for students, encouraging them to “pay it forward” with kindness. Students were given KIND cards to write a personal thank you message to someone who has made a positive difference in their life.
Ethics at The Beach was sponsored by ASI, Boeing, Coca-Cola, County of Los Angeles, KIND Bars, Passion Planner, and 49er Shops. The next seminar will be offered in March 2020.