Center for Leadership and Ethics

The Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University established the 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 Business Leadership and Ethics Day takes place every April.

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

2017 Speakers
  • Patti Aspenleiter, LeadersNow
  • Josh Brewster, '12 MBA, Trozzolo Communications
  • Maria Butz, '10, Crawford Butz Insurance
  • Matt Callegari, '12, and Alex Laughlin, Idea Jab
  • Honorable Bill Collins,'79, Cass County, Missouri Circuit Judge
  • Tyler Corlew, '16, Sphere3
  • Jim Dawson, '90 MBA, Truman Medical Center
  • Jay Dittmann, Ph.D., Hallmark (retired 2016)
  • David Fowler, Instructor of Management, Leader of Magis Program
  • Duane Hallock, American Red Cross
  • Derek Hamilton,'96,'99 MBA, Waddell and Reed
  • Gary (Brian) Hoban,'96, Mutual of Omaha
  • Micah Hobbs, '93, Shook, Hardy & Bacon
  • Stacey Hoffman, '02 MBA, American Century Investments
  • Janet & Susan Horowitz, Big Whale
  • Scott, '86, and Kathleen Hummel,'86, Our Little Haven
  • Bruce Ianni, ShotTracker
  • Fawn Jamerson, '15 MBA,  Federal Reserve Bank
  • Alex Laughlin, '13, Idea Jab
  • Bridget McCandless, M.D.,'07 MBA, FACP, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
  • Eli, '11, and George Medina, Reece Nicholes Real Estate
  • George Meiners, '88, Mechanical Breakdown Protection, Inc.
  • Ward Nixon, CrossFirst Bank
  • Mark O'Donnell, '99, Lansing Trade Group
  • Danny O'Neill, '93 EMBA, The Roasterie
  • Allison Rank, '08, Reece Nichols Real Estate
  • Joe Reardon, '90, Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
  • Jim Reavey, '95, Vixxo
  • Albert Rees, Alpha 1 Foundation
  • Susie Thompson, Wood & Huston Bank
  • Christine Yannitelli, non-profit board member and volunteer
2016 Speakers
  • Joe Anello, J. Patrick Marketing
  • Mark Benedict, Husch Blackwell
  • Nate Brancato, Brancato Enterprises
  • Debra Bronston, On-Point Career Strategies
  • Dan Cosgrove, Jeffrey Byrne + Associates
  • Terri Curran, Mattie Rhodes Center
  • Mark Deuel, TAG Aerospace
  • Jeff Dunn, ApolloMed Software
  • Darryl Getter, Congressional Research Service
  • Andrés Rivera Hurtado, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City  
  • Hunter Johnson, Tesla
  • Lenetra King, Menorah Medical
  • Patricia Mosher, HNTB
  • Audrey Navarro, Clemons Real Estate
  • Stephanie Neisen, HighPointe Financial Group
  • Keri Olson, Chocolate Cork, LLC
  • Lindsey Roy, Hallmark Cards
  • Sydney Shaw, S&S Financial Services
  • Tom Terry, UMB
  • Dan Walsh, Inspired Homes
2015 Speakers

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  • Matthew Barksdale, ’04 EMBA, co-founder and president, Engage Mobile Solutions
  • Jeri Bartunek, ’86 MBA, president, Bartunek Technology Group
  • Dave Biersmith, ’58, founder, Truman Road Corridor Association
  • Bill Conway, ’92, ’95 MBA, managing director, CC Capital Advisors
  • Ron Cox, ’83, ’87 MBA, president, Dale Carnegie
  • Mike Czinege, senior vice president and chief information officer, AMC Theatres
  • Wendi Fox, ’95, ’14 EMBA, director, Employee Services
  • Chris Gentile, ’99 MBA, Honeywell 
  • Gladys Hankins, Ph.D., ’75, ’78 MBA, independent management consulting professional
  • Barnett Helzberg, former CEO and owner, Helzberg Diamonds
  • Mike Kelley, ’08 EMBA, chief sustainability officer and vice president, external affairs, YRC Worldwide Inc.
  • De Ann Lehigh, ’87, assistant district counsel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Mary Lewis, ’10 MBA, supply chain management and sustainability, Sprint
  • Missy Ling, ’12 MBA, vice president, client finance director, grey healthcare group 
  • Matthew Maggi, ’13 MBA, corporate treasurer, Hawthorn Bank
  • Todd McCullough, ’98, owner, Proshred
  • Tom McCullough, ’64, retired COO, DST Systems
  • Scott McGinn, ’14 EMBA, regional director, Aramark
  • James McGraw, former CEO, Marion Laboratories
  • Bill Mullins, ’67, principal consultant, Better Choices Consulting
  • Brian O'Laughlin, ’79, owner, Funeral Advocates
  • Therese Ragsdale, ’80, vice president, human resources, DEMDACO
  • Dennis Schmidt, '15 EMBA, general manager, Techniwaterjet
  • Charlie Tholl, vice president of sales, Interface Solutions at Holland 1916
  • Terry Urness, ’89, ’01 MBA, director of business development, Touchnet Information Systems
  • Donna Valponi, ’86 MBA, vice president, communications and membership, American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Ace Wagner, ’89 EMBA, president, Ace Wagner Coaching
2014 Speakers

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  • 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