RecognizeGood is proud to announce a new partnership with Leadership Austin for the 15th Annual Ethics in Business & Community Awards. Leadership Austin will select alumni from its renowned program to serve as the selection panel for the 2017 awards.
“We’re honored to be part of this effort,” says Leadership Austin CEO Christopher Kennedy. “The Leadership Austin core values of Community Trusteeship, Inclusiveness, Collaborative Decision Making and Personal Responsibility align so well with the vision of RecognizeGood. We are excited to be part of the process that celebrates those businesses, non-profits and civic leaders who practice these values each day.”
Ethics in Business & Community Program Director Scholley Bubenik commented, “When I first got involved with the program, it was more of an annual event. Through the efforts of many people who care deeply about the value of what Ethics in Business & Community represents, it’s gained lots of momentum over the past few years and has truly become a year-round movement. We are honored to expand the movement to include Leadership Austin.”
The Ethics in Business & Community Award recognizes the best in Central Texas leadership.
The community nominates businesses, nonprofits and individuals in five categories for their exemplary ethical leadership and outstanding ethical practices. These organizations and individuals represent business principles including respect, fairness, honesty, justice, and sustainability. First, students in the College of Business at Concordia University Texas review and research the nominees and select 15 finalists. Next, the students begin a rigorous, in-depth review of each finalist. Lastly, they present their findings to an independent selection committee who decide the final award recipients. The student involvement is led by Dr. Lynette Gillis, Dean of the College of Business at Concordia University Texas. Adjunct professor Dr. Jack Allen teaches the course.
“The Ethics in Business & Community awards program is truly an exceptional educational experience,” Gillis said, praising the program and its impact on her students. “Our students have the opportunity to witness firsthand a community that comes together to support and celebrate the ethical business practices of honesty, fairness, respect, social justice, and sustainability.”
Finalists will be announced March 2nd at Concordia University’s campus. The final awards will be presented at the annual awards luncheon on May 18th at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, TX.
Hundreds of Central Texas business leaders attend the luncheon each year, with more than 600 attendees expected in 2017. Honorary Chairs are Bobby Jenkins, CEO of ABC Home & Commercial Services, and Earl Maxwell, CEO of St. David’s Foundation. For more information about the event, sponsorships, and tickets, please visit recognizegood.org.
RecognizeGood is a nonprofit that provides a means to illuminate selfless volunteers, charitable acts and community service throughout greater Austin. There are several active programs that work toward this mission. The common theme is simple – the illumination of GOOD in our community. The mission of RecognizeGood is to elevate the spirit of community by catalyzing a movement of good deeds. This comes through recognizing, rewarding and promoting good in our businesses and the communities in which they reside.
Concordia University Texas is an award-winning institution of higher education. Concordia offers undergraduate, graduate and an Accelerated Degree Program for adult students. The main campus is located in Northwest Austin with four university centers in central Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio. Some programs offer online classes. A privately-held, accredited, liberal arts university, Concordia is under the auspices of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. It is a member of the Concordia University System with more than 31,000 students nationwide.
Leadership Austin ignites passion for community leadership. Since 1979, the organization has developed and created community among leaders from the business, non-profit and public service sphere. Leadership Austin offers a variety of programs that explore critical community issues. They develop the leadership skills to address those issues, and foster relationships to work collaboratively for positive change. Members of the Leadership Austin family influence the community in meaningful ways to improve the quality of life for Austinites.