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“Dynamics That Help or Hinder Ethical Behavior” Webcast

“Dynamics That Help or Hinder Ethical Behavior” Webcast

“Roadblocks or EZ Pass? Dynamics that help or hinder ethical behavior” Webcast Offered by Aptima and the Human Capital Institute

Webcast Scheduled for June 16, 2011 3:00pm EDT

Washington, D.C., June 6, 2011 – Aptima, Inc. and The Human Capital Institute (HCI) announced today that Kathleen Edmond, Chief Ethics Officer of Best Buy, will be the featured speaker in the “Roadblocks or EZ Pass? Dynamics that help or hinder ethical behavior” webcast.

The presentation is the latest in HCI’s Leading Ethical Organizations learning track which was developed in collaboration with research and training conducted by Aptima. The webcast series explores creative techniques for leaders in promoting and enforcing ethical expectations, and inspiring employees to consider the ethical implications of their decisions.

Similar to building trust, establishing strong norms for ethical behavior can take significant time and effort as a leader. If not maintained, however, those hard-earned results take very little time to disappear. A strong ethical climate requires the shared assumption that all group members will consistently do the right thing, which is difficult in a business where cutting corners can lead to results that are often rewarded. Maintaining a belief in ‘doing the right thing’ requires deliberate efforts by leaders to remain transparent, promote discussion of ethical decision making, lead by example, reliably enforce organizational policy, and inspire others to adopt the leaders’ ethical standards.

As chief ethics officer for Best Buy, Kathleen Edmond develops and directs global vision for the company’s ethics and business conduct and is a key partner in the corporate social responsibility work. She helped build the company’s ethics office after joining the company in 2002. Edmond oversees a matrixed structure which engages leaders from all over the world, and at all levels of the organization (from store leadership to the board of directors). Prior to her role as ethics officer, Edmond held employment law positions with Best Buy and Musicland. She served as adjunct professor for the University of St. Thomas (business ethics) and William Mitchell College of Law (law). She also has extensive experience in social work and human resources/business management. In 2009 she was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Persons in Business Ethics by Ethisphere. She has been on the board of the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association (ECOA) since 2006.

Top companies worldwide now recognize that ethical behavior isn’t just a moral and legal obligation of its executives, but rather a way of conducting business that delivers true competitive advantages that shape its culture and impact the bottom line. “Are Your Ethics Heating Up” is the 6th in a series of eight quarterly webcasts to be held in 2010-2011 on “Leading Ethical Organizations,” presented by expert practitioners from top ethical organizations sharing cutting-edge research and organizational best practices for building ethical workplaces.

Register for this free event.

WHAT: Roadblocks or EZ Pass? Dynamics that help or hinder ethical behavior
WHEN: Airs live on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 3:00pm EDT
FOR DATES AND TIMES: roadblocks-or-ez-pass-dynamics-help-or-hinder-ethical-behavior
REGISTRATION: Open and free to HCI Community Members

Aptima is sponsoring the “Leading Ethical Organizations” series, which will select leaders from top ethical organizations each quarter to present c­­utting-edge research and organizational best practices for building ethical workplaces. With the growing demand for knowledge and best practices, the series will present ground-breaking organizational research on key leadership behaviors that are critical for reinforcing ethical behavior across the organization.

Aptima delivers programs, workshops, and distance learning software to help train leaders to create ethical climates, lead multi-cultural and multi-national teams, manage virtual and distributed workforces, and develop value-based decision-making skills for complex settings. More on Aptima’s advanced leadership competencies can be found at www.aptima.com/leadership.

About Aptima, Inc.

Aptima is a leading human-centered research, development, and engineering company focused on improving the capabilities of leaders in mission critical environments. Aptima’s multidisciplinary staff of leadership training experts, multimedia designers, and software engineers collaborate to design training solutions that increase the capabilities of leaders and leadership teams. Through blended-learning tools, leaders learn how to shape work environments that promote productivity across all levels of the organization.  Aptima is headquartered in Woburn, MA, with offices in Washington, DC and Dayton, OH. For more information, please visit Aptima.com.

About The Human Capital Institute (HCI)

HCI is the global association for strategic talent management and new economy leadership, and a clearinghouse for best practices and new ideas. Our network of expert practitioners, Fortune 1000 and Global 2000 corporations, government agencies, global consultants and business schools contribute a stream of constantly evolving information, the best of which is organized, analyzed and shared with members through HCI communities, research, education and events. For more information, please visit www.hci.org.