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Ethics, Leadership, and Accountability Symposium

Date: 5/3/2012

Integrity and Governance: A Symposium on Ethics, Leadership, and Accountability

Friday, May 18th, 2012, 7:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Alvernia University Upland Center


The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Reading Chapter (PIPCA) and Alvernia University are collaborating to bring this symposium and networking opportunity to professionals in the Reading area. Attendants will earn 4 hours of CPE Ethics Credits.

Today’s business environment requires principled, engaged professionals and leaders who contribute to the greater good in all areas of the workplace and society. This half-day program presented by the PICPA, Leadership Berks, and Alvernia University, will cover:
> The philosophical framework and background of ethics and leadership
> A basic understanding of ethics and leadership
> The importance of ethics, leadership and their interconnectedness
> The major theories and principles of ethics
> The nature of professional organizations and their contributions to society

The first portion of the symposium will include lecture to provide a theoretical framework on ethics and leadership and their interconnectedness and to explore specific questions relative to the behavior of systems, professional organizations and its members. The idea of a profession and its claim to special ethical expertise will also be examined with particular attention to ethical issues encountered in the finance, accounting, and legal professions.  

The second portion of the symposium will focus on practical application exercises of concepts covered in the lecture. Small group breakout sessions will include real world exercises and reporting back to larger audience for a broad discussion and analysis with a primary focus on: decisions and procedures for resolving ethical dilemmas in the workplace, specifically, corporate; personal and professional responsibilities.

Travis A. Berger, M.Ed.
23rd IUP Foundation Doctoral Fellow
Administration & Leadership Studies 
Business Department Faculty at Alvernia

Bongrae Seok, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy at Alvernia

Breakfast Keynote Address
The Honorable Jeffrey L. Schmehl 
President Judge, Court of Common Pleas of Berks County, Pa.

Schedule of Events:
7:45 a.m. Networking Breakfast 
8:15 a.m. Keynote Address 
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Program  

PICPA Members - $59
Nonmembers - $99
CLE - additional $25

Alvernia University 
Upland Center 
540 Upland Ave. 
Reading, Pa.  19611

Attendants will earn 4 hours of CPE Ethics Credits. For more information and to register, visit

  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.