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Leadership students learn about the importance of leading with integrity in the workplace

Bonnie Milecki recently hosted virtual guest speaker Karen Johnson, Executive Director of Compliance and Ethics at Bristol Myers Squibb, in her Leadership Theory and Ethics to speak on the importance of being a leader with Integrity. Two students, Misha and Sarah, shared reflections on the presentation.

Misha Meyer '21

I was at once starstruck to meet the woman starting ethical initiatives on an international scale and felt reassured that there was someone like Ms. Johnson—who values integrity above all else— leading such an influential company." - Misha

Last class, the students of Leadership Theory and Ethics had the opportunity to talk with Karen Johnson, the Executive Director of Compliance and Ethics at Bristol Myers Squibb. I was at once starstruck to meet the woman starting ethical initiatives on an international scale and felt reassured that there was someone like Ms. Johnson—who values integrity above all else— leading such an influential company. A lot of the study of ethics is based in theory and consists of dilemmas that don’t necessarily have one right solution, differentiating it from subjects like math. Having the opportunity to talk with Ms. Johnson grounded these intangible topics by showing us their real-life effects.

I also loved hearing about how Ms. Johnson came to find her dream job (especially now as I am going through the college process myself). Her career is not one that you would necessarily have heard of at a career fair. It was comforting to know that there are so many career options out there—including ones that we might not know about yet or that don't exist because we have yet to forge them ourselves.

Sarah Nagarkatti '24

Mrs. Johnson helped bridge the gap between knowledge and real life, informing us of the importance of integrity at the workplace and actions through which we can enforce ethical behavior throughout the company." - Sarah

This past Thursday, our Leadership Theory and Ethics class had the wonderful opportunity of hearing from Mrs. Karen S. Johnson, who is the Executive Director for Compliance and Ethics at Bristol Myers Squibb. In this class, we had the opportunity to understand how to integrate ethics into a business, whether it be through the company's mission statement or core values. Mrs. Johnson brought a fresh perspective to our understanding of business ethics by teaching us about her approaches to integrate ethics in the workforce. She set up a center where employees could report unethical behavior and worked to integrate internal organizations focused on educating matters of racism and sexism in the workplace. Mrs. Johnson informed us how important integrity is in the company's goals and behavior, showing us a video shared with each employee where each board member shared their meaning of integrity personally and professionally. Overall, Mrs. Johnson helped bridge the gap between knowledge and real life, informing us of the importance of integrity at the workplace and actions through which we can enforce ethical behavior throughout the company. 

 


 

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