Community leaders examine ethical issues

As part of a year-long curriculum of professional development seminars, members of Chautauqua Leadership Network’s Class of 2013 gathered at the Cassadaga Job Corps last month to explore the many ethical issues facing today’s leaders in various industries throughout Chautauqua County.

During the half-day “Ethics in Business” session, CLN class members participated in a dialogue with five Chautauqua County leaders – all CLN alumni – who provided an overview of the ethical challenges unique to their respective profession: Jodi Rzepka of SUNY Fredonia on human resources; Donna Flinchbaugh of M&T Bank on banking and finance; NY Assemblyman Andy Goodell on law and politics; Michael Pease of The Chautauqua Center on health care; and Matt Ewalt of Chautauqua Institution on journalism.

Following brief presentations, panel members introduced a real-life ethical dilemma in their field as a case study. Class members then deliberated each case study and presented a resolution to the problem. The day’s discussion was followed by a tour of the Cassadaga Job Corps facility led by Adam Dolce to learn more about the local residential education and vocational training program for economically disadvantaged youth.

The professional ethics session is one of several events throughout the year for CLN’s current class. The curriculum is designed in part to educate and engage CLN class members on regional issues that go beyond one’s day-to-day professional responsibilities and demonstrate the opportunities for businesses and organizations to work together for the good of the larger community.

Now in its 21st year, CLN is a not-for-profit organization designed to identify, recruit, train and network area professionals. To date, close to 500 county residents have participated in the program, which was founded to develop effective community leaders and address the challenges and opportunities facing Chautauqua County.

Chautauqua Leadership Network is currently considering candidates for the Class of 2014. For more information about CLN, please visit the organization’s website at CLN’s leadership training and the network that supports these leaders is made possible through the support of its sponsors, Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York, The Resource Center and Nestle Purina.