7th Annual Moral and Ethical Leadership Conference

Utah State Capitol (Rotunda) - 350 State St Salt Lake City, 84103 - View Map Salt Lake
Wed, Oct 20, 8:30 AM (MDT)

About this event

7th Annual Moral and Ethical Leadership Conference 

#GlobalEthicsDay - Join us and celebrate Global Ethics Day! 

To further our mission to “promote moral and ethical leadership,” the Salt Lake Chapter of the BYU Management Society (BYUMS) held its inaugural Moral and Ethical Leadership Conference (MEL) in Salt Lake City, UT seven years ago. Drawing from business, government, and education leaders year after year, its purpose is to provide the inspiration, education, and connections that our attendees need to explore the role of morals and ethics in a globalized world. 

We will hear from scholars on ethics (details below) and will have a giveaway of a signed Jersey from 3-time Defensive Player of the Year, Rudy Gobert as well as prizes including AirPods, an apple watch, and more!

*October 20th is also the the Carnegie Council's Global Ethics Day! Share highlights from the day, and tag #GlobalEthicsDay2021 Learn more here.* 

2021 Conference Theme

Radical Resilience: Enhance your Leadership Toolkit

  • What is your life calling?*
  • Who are you as a leader?
  • What does resilient and ethical leadership look like?
  • How can I stand strong in any situation? Tools to be resilient in practice

Join us to gain tools from our incredible speakers, learn how to be resilient, and answer these questions! 

Community members are welcome and invited. Register early as space is limited. Professional dress is recommended; masks are encouraged. Virtual access is not currently available; however, if this becomes an option, we will update that information here and send an email to the chapter member list. 

Speakers & Event Schedule

We are thrilled to announce an incredible line-up! 

The conference will begin with our Keynote speaker, Dr. Jeffery Thompson, Director of the Sorensen Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership and professor at Brigham Young University’s Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics. We look forward to a full day of rich learning and thought-provoking conversations! Learn more about our speakers below.

  • 8:30 AM  Check-in Reception & Light Breakfast

  • 9:00 AM  Keynote: Dr. Jeffery Thompson, Finding Your Calling*
  • 10:00 AM  Dr. Ben Schilaty & Charlie Bird (Cosmo 2016-2018**), Leading without Becoming the Light
  • 11:00 AM  Break
  • 11:15 AM  Dean of BYU Marriott, Brigitte C. Madrian, Mission Driven: Developing Leaders of Faith, Intellect, and Character
  • 12:30 PM  Lunch, Scholarship Program Highlight
  • 1:30 PM  Dr. Eva Witesman, Fighting Corruption: What does resilient and ethical leadership look like?
  • 2:30 PM  Aaron Miller, Ethics Workshop
  • 4:15 PM  Wrap-up

Additional Conference Networking Events

  • 7:00 PM  Young Professional Evening Social (Ages 20-35) - Tickets for this event may be purchased separately from the day conference. Julie McKee (julie.robin.mckee@gmail.com) is the YP social contact if you have any questions.
  • Oct. 30  BYU v. Virginia Football Game (Home) - Details below.

*Registered attendees will receive a copy of "The Zookeeper's Secret: Finding Your Calling in Life" by Dr. Thompson.

**You may recognize Charlie as Cosmo the Cougar from his viral performance in 2017 here. #GoCougs!


Linked here is a parking map. In addition to the two parking lots for the public, people may also park along East Capitol Blvd and come in through the main Capitol entrance (which is starred on the map).

Join a Global Network

Join our Global LinkedIn Networking Group.

Join connect.byu.edu for career and mentoring opportunities.

By attending, we hope to support our local chapter's effort to "Grow Moral and Ethical Leadership Around the World". The BYU Management Society has 80+ chapters around the world and by participating in the Salt Lake chapter, you are a part of a greater network. You have the opportunity to:

  • Leverage your ability to influence reversing the decline of moral standards
  • Expand your sphere of influence and advance your leadership opportunities
  • Provide you with a means of developing and deepening relationship with others who share your values

Therefore, we seek to envision, create, and sustain an organizational structure that meets that need. We likewise seek to affiliate with individuals and institutions that can accelerate our ability to fulfill our vision. Additionally, our chapter provides student scholarships. Donations help us fund our scholarship efforts, pay it forward here. Thank you for your generosity and support of our student scholarships.

Continuing Education Credits

This conference will provide 6.0 CE credits. There will be a volunteer available with evaluations and attendance registration; you may also check at the registration table with additional questions. 

Post-Conference Meet Up: BYU vs. Virginia Football Game (10/30/21)

Saturday, Oct. 30 at Time TBA at LaVell Edwards Stadium

If you would like to attend the BYU vs. Virginia Football game on Saturday, Oct. 30 with other BYU Management Society fans, friends, and family, we have a group section for our chapter available. You do not need to have attended the conference to join for the game. 

Get your tickets here or visit https://tickets.byu.edu/football and select "Single Game Tickets" and enter the promo code: BYUMS

*Tickets are $40 (section 146, a group of seats in rows 19-22). If tickets are not purchased, they will be released to the public a week before the game.*

**If you have questions about the event, you may email Kristina at ksoutham@gmail.com.**

(Utah State Capitol Photo by Samuel Sweet)


  • Dr. Brigitte Madrian

    Dr. Brigitte Madrian

    Dean of the BYU Marriott School of Business

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  • Dr. Jeffery Thompson

    Dr. Jeffery Thompson

    Brigham Young University

    Director of the Sorensen Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership

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  • Dr. Eva Witesman

    Dr. Eva Witesman

    Brigham Young University

    Associate Professor of Public Management

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  • Aaron Miller

    Aaron Miller

    Brigham Young University

    Associate Teaching Professor

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  • Dr. Ben Schilaty

    Dr. Ben Schilaty

    Brigham Young University

    Honor Code Administrator

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  • Charlie Bird

    Charlie Bird

    Author and Cosmo the Cougar (2016-2018)

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  • When

    Wednesday, Oct 20
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (MDT)


    Utah State Capitol (Rotunda)
    350 State St Salt Lake City84103


  • Kristina Southam

    Kristina Southam

    Stella H. Oaks Foundation

    Program Manager

  • Tara McKee

    Tara McKee

    Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation

    Program Manager

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  • Connie Sokol

    Connie Sokol

    Balance reDefined

    Owner and President

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  • Organizers

  • Allison Johnson

    Allison Johnson


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  • Lant Webb

    Lant Webb

    Stoker Ostler Wealth Advisors

    Immediate Past President

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    President Elect

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  • Nathan Giullian

    Nathan Giullian

    Executive Secretary

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  • Jason Parker

    Jason Parker

    Larson & Company


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  • Matt Pickerd

    Matt Pickerd

    Chair of Membership Committee

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  • Emily Webb

    Emily Webb

    Marketing Chair

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  • Julie McKee

    Julie McKee

    Connor Group

    YP Co-Chair

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  • Summer Shepherd

    Summer Shepherd

    Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions

    YP Co-Chair

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  • Victoria Garrow

    Victoria Garrow

    Philanthropy Chair

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  • Dave Austin

    Dave Austin

    Chair of Professional Development Committee

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  • Kristina Southam

    Kristina Southam

    Stella H. Oaks Foundation

    Moral & Ethical Leadership Committee Chair

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  • Ashley farr

    Ashley farr

    Distinguished Utahn Committee Co-Chair

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  • Michael Poulter

    Michael Poulter

    Distinguished Utahn Committee Co-chair

  • Steven Roberts

    Steven Roberts

    Scholarship Committee Chair

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  • Gary Snyder

    Gary Snyder

    Recruiting Coordinator

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