Doing Well and Doing Good: Hispanic Leadership Summit Examines Business Ethics

Event:Third Annual Hispanic Leadership Summit, presented by ATandT

When: Noon - 6 p.m., April 1

Where: Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

Tickets: $25 per person; visit Hispanic Leadership Summit for more information and to register.

The Hispanic Leadership Initiative at the McCombs School of Business of The University of Texas at Austin will host the third annual Hispanic Leadership Summit in partnership with ATandT and the Texas Exes. The theme of the event is "Doing Well and Doing Good: Ethical Business Leadership."

Ralph de la Vega, president of ATandT Mobility, will kick off the half-day conference with his keynote talk. After lunch, a first panel will discuss Crisis Management: Public Policy, Public Perception and Business Reality. A second group of experts will consider New Expectations for Corporate Social Responsibility. Panelists include:

  • John Buckley, managing director, the Harbour Group
  • Roel Campos, former Securities and Exchange Commission commissioner
  • Bob Inman (Admiral, U.S. Navy Retired), chairman of the board, Massey Energy Co.
  • Sonia Perez, president, ATandT Louisiana
  • Hector Ruiz, chief executive officer, Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions Inc., and former chief executive officer, Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
  • David Spence, associate professor, Law, Politics and Regulation, Department of Business, Government and Society, McCombs School of Business
  • Sol Trujillo, former chief executive officer, Telstra; director, Target Corp.

The conference convenes experts and leaders from across the country to examine the role of the business community in our society and the key role Hispanic Americans share in addressing these issues. Topics for consideration include: How can business leaders act with integrity in good economic times as well as downturns? What are our expectations for corporate social responsibility?

Following the panels, members of the 2010 Class of Subiendo: The Academy for Rising Leaders will be introduced. These high school seniors completed a five-day leadership development program last summer. Students apply for the program through a competitive process, and for those selected there is no cost to attend. Subiendo was created at The University of Texas at Austin to prepare new leaders to address the needs of the next generation, including a growing Hispanic population that has become the largest and youngest minority group in the United States.

Background: As the number of Hispanic Americans in the United States grows, so does the potential for the population to have more leadership roles. The McCombs School of Business, in partnership with the Texas Exes, continues to expand the Hispanic Leadership Initiative, which began in 2009. The initiative measures emerging political and policy trends in the Hispanic community, recognizes Hispanic leadership, develops and hosts relevant information and seeks to increase recruitment of students from diverse backgrounds to the university.