2011 August Power Breakfast
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Ethical Leadership: Building a Culture that Supports Ethical Behavior
Tuesday, August 9, 2011 | 7:00am - 9:00am | Mercer University - Atlanta Campus

Bad ethical decisions have enormous business implications. Lately, there are a number of examples of how ethical violations have eventually led to enormous costs to individuals, businesses, stockholders and society. These examples reflect actions, decisions and a culture created by companies' senior leaders. In this interactive and engaging panel discussion, attendees will be provided with concrete perspectives and ideas to build a culture that supports ethical behavior and will also be provided with real-world examples to illustrate how these concepts can become a reality. Audience participation will be encouraged throughout the meeting.

Moderator: Stephen M. Paskoff, Esq., Founder, President and CEO of ELI

-Todd Helms, SVP Human Resources, Genuine Parts Company 
-Timothy Hourigan, VP of Human Resources, Home Depot
-Mary Slaughter, Chief Learning Officer, SunTrust, 
-Sylvia Taylor, Executive Vice President, The Weather Channel

Stephen M. Paskoff, Esq., is the founder, president and CEO of ELI®, a training company that teaches professional workplace conduct, helping clients translate their values into behaviors, increase employee contribution, build respectful and inclusive cultures, and reduce legal and ethical risk. Mr. Paskoff is a nationally recognized speaker and author on workplace legal issues. He has written extensively on topics related to workplace compliance and legal issues and how to affect culture change in order to build lawful, professional operations that align with an organization’s mission and values. He has been named the highestranking speaker at the national conference of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and has been selected to speak at a number of other national conferences. Prior to establishing ELI® in 1986, Mr. Paskoff was a trial attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a partner in a management law firm. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and is a member of the Pennsylvania and Georgia bars.

Tim Hourigan is a Human Resource Vice President for The Home Depot, Inc.  Founded in 1978, The Home Depot, Inc. is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer and the fourth largest retailer in the United States with fiscal 2010 retail sales of $68.0 billion and earnings from continuing operations of $3.3 billion. The Home Depot has more than 2,200 retail stores in the United States (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and the territory of Guam), Canada, Mexico and China. Tim has approximately 30 years of experience in the retail business arena.  Prior to joining The Home Depot, Tim held executive positions at a number of retailers including Sears, Roebuck and Company.  Earlier in his career, he received significant exposure to international business when he worked with BAT Industries, a UK based multinational organization.  He has held both operating and human resource positions and is a certified public accountant.  His expertise has been refined by addressing the diverse challenges of rapidly expanding organizations as well as companies seeking to reposition their business to improve operating performance. 

Mary Slaughter is Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer for SunTrust Bank (STI), a financial holding company headquartered in Atlanta, GA, that serves consumer, commercial and investment clients. As CLO, she has enterprise responsibility for talent development and supports 30,000 U.S. teammates and 3000 partners across Asia, North and South America. As part of her talent management role, she drives executive and senior leadership development, focused on the firm’s business transformation in the midst of rapidly changing industry and regulatory environments. Mary holds a B.S in Chemistry and Psychology, as well as a Masters in Communications and Public Relations. Beginning in 2011, she serves on the Board of Directors for the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). She is a member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) where she is certified as a Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR). 

Sylvia Taylor is executive vice president of human resources for The Weather Channel Companies (TWCC).  A seasoned professional known for her strategic approach to HR, Taylor has a significant role in teh future growth of the company, investing in people and recruiting and retaining top talent at TWCC. Taylor brings more than twenty five years of strategic and operational HR experience in all functional areas of HR.  Most recently, Taylor served as vice president of human resources at AutoTrader.com, the Internet's leading auto classifieds marketplace and a division of Cox Enterprises.  Before joining AutoTrader.com in 2004, Taylor spent the majority of her career at Fortune 500 corporations such as PepsiCo, General Motors and ExxonMobil. Taylor earned both a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in business administration from Howard University.

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