Center for Leadership and Ethics

The Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University has created the new Center for Leadership and Ethics with a primary focus on improving the quality of life for members of our community through the development of principled leaders. Consistent with Rockhurst's mission of learning, leadership and service, the center embraces ideas such as strategic philanthropy, in which organizations respond to real community needs in a way that aligns with their organizational mission and is good for business.

Rockhurst is dedicated to developing leaders prepared to shape the world around us. Our Jesuit educational experience reinforces the values that drive individuals to create a better community with a clear sense of connection with one another.

Business Leadership and Ethics Day

Occurs annually each April
The Helzberg School of Management's 2015 Business Leadership and Ethics Day will take place on Tuesday, April 7. View our tentative list of speakers (PDF) .

Community and business leaders volunteer their time throughout the day and evening, visiting classrooms to discuss various leadership and ethical issues. They focus on the theme of each classroom curriculum topic and relate their experiences, offer solutions, explain the approach to their successes and answer questions.

For more information, contact Acey Lampe, executive professor of management, at

2014 Speakers
  • Gary Beggs, '03 EMBA, entrepreneur
  • Angelo Brisimitzakis, Consultant, Advent International, Compass Minerals
  • Reece Clark, '11, '13 MBA, Senior Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • Jackie Emory, '13, Marketing Lead, The Briefcase, LLC
  • Jeff Goering, '91, CFO, Baltimore Ravens
  • Bob Grant, Vice President of Advancement, Rockhurst University
  • Diego Gutierrez, '05, '14 EMBA, On-air Commentator and Analyst, FoxSports1, Sporting KC TV Network
  • Scott Hanson, Vice President of Finance, Epiq
  • LaVaughn Henry, Ph.D., '84, Vice President and Senior Regional Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
  • LeiAnn Lacina, '13 EMBA, Manager of Logistics, Farmland Foods
  • Kim Littlejohn, '00, '10 EMBA, Vice President of Business Development, Quantum Health Professionals
  • Scott Marshall, '11 EMBA, Vice President of Operations, Webco Manufacturing
  • Guy Kirby Montgomery, '10, '11 MBA, Public Affairs Management, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • Kevin Murphy, Owner, Food-Chain Communications
  • Nate Olson, '11, Program Specialist, Kauffman Foundation
  • Caleb Phillippi, '11, '13 MBA, Co-founder, The Briefcase, LLC
  • Jeanette Prenger, CEO, President, Owner, ECCO Select
  • Maryanne Roepke, '78, Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, American Century Investments
  • Chuck Searle, '00, '05 MBA, Executive Director, Client Services, VML
  • Jared Steinshouer, '13 EMBA, AVP Application Systems, Kansas City Life Insurance Company
  • Beth Wade, Chief Marketing Officer, VML
  • Kelly Walls, '10 EMBA, Senior Vice President Human Resources, YRC Worldwide
  • Patrick White, '11, Senior Audit Associate, KPMG
  • William White, Senior Vice President Corporate Communications, Sprint
2013 Speakers
  • Gayle Brekke, '12 MBA, Chief Business Product Owner, Assurant
  • Pete Burney, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Business Enablement, Hallmark Cards
  • Michael Collins, '12 EMBA, President and CEO, KC Port Authority
  • Jonathan Dandurand, '12 MBA, Manager, Real Estate Development and Transactions, John Deere
  • Darryl Getter, '87, Specialist in Financial Economics, Library of Congress
  • Jim Glynn, '74, Principal, GlynnDevins
  • Bob Grant, Vice President of Advancement, Rockhurst University
  • Augie Grasis, '85, Founder and CEO, Handmark
  • Frederick Grossman, '12, Assurance Associate, Ernst & Young
  • David Herdlick, '88, Partner, RubinBrown
  • Andy Iseman, '87, CEO, Scout Investments
  • Jeff Klusman, '96, Co-founder and CEO, Planet Sub
  • Mary Lewis, '10 EMBA, Sourcing Manager, Supply Chain Management, Sprint
  • Matthew Maggi, '13 MBA, Vice President, Assistant Treasurer, Hawthorn Bancshares
  • Jake Meyer, '10, Tax Senior, Ernst & Young
  • Alana Muller, Kauffman FastTrac
  • John Mulvihill, '82, Director of Marketing Services, VML
  • Mike Nill, '86, Executive Vice President and COO, Cerner
  • Ned O'Connor, '83, '99 EMBA, Founder, Waterford Property Company, LLC
  • Chuck Searle, '00, '05 MBA, Chief Client Officer, VML
  • Gino Serra, Partner, Bryan Cave LLP
  • John Stephens, '80, Senior Executive Vice President and CFO, AT&T
  • Mike Thomas, '87, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • Denny Thum, '74, community leader, RU board chair
  • Angelo Trozzolo, '02, President, Trozzolo Communications
  • Pasquale Trozzolo, '75, Chairman, Trozzolo Communications
  • Dave Van Brunt, Vice President of Marketing, Companion Animal Products, Bayer HealthCare
  • Dan Ward, '84, Director of Trade Finance, Western Forms