Stampede event to bring social responsibility out of boardroom, into community April 15-19

April 1, 2013 •

Ethics and values are indispensable within the workforce, so state the world's top CEOs. Now the public gets an opportunity to witness how the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder is elevating social responsibility in educating the next generation of business leaders.

The Center for Education on Social Responsibility presents the inaugural CESR Stampede: A Week of Driving Values in Business April 15-19. Through awareness, discussion and debate, the CESR Stampede provides a forum for students and professionals to explore the impact of positive values in business settings. Many activities are free and open to the public.

Highlights include a presentation by Cynthia Cooper, CEO of The CooperGroup. As former chief audit executive at WorldCom, Cooper and her team unraveled one of the largest corporate frauds in history. Her presentation, which is free and open to the public, takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, inside CU’s Muenzinger Auditorium. A live video stream of the talk will also be available in the Hale Science Building.

The CESR Stampede also includes the 4th annual Conscious Capitalism Conference. Scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, the conference features a lineup of influential business leaders to discuss how the tools of capitalism can be used to serve social needs. The Conscious Capitalism Conference fee of $50 includes lunch and parking. The conference is CESR’s annual flagship event.

In addition, the public may see coursework in action by attending any of the 18 CESR classes in session April l5-16. Panel discussions on social entrepreneurship, the organics food industry and climate change, a careers workshop and panel, case competitions and a project showcase round out CESR Stampede’s weeklong schedule of events.

“Dedicated to developing socially conscious, values-driven leaders of tomorrow, CESR and the Leeds School of Business are perfect hosts for the week of events,” says Donna Sockell, CESR director. “Leeds is recognized as one of the only public business schools in the country with a substantial infusion of values and social responsibility throughout all years of the business program.”

Studies show the growing influence of social responsibility in today’s business climate. In a recent survey conducted by IBM Corp. of more than 1,700 CEOs and senior public sector leaders from around the globe, 65 percent of executives single out the importance of ethics and values, more than any other organizational attributes.

To see a complete Stampede schedule and register online for all events visit