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ADA – Shannon Warren, founder and chief executive officer of the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium (OK Ethics) will deliver East Central University’s 28th Annual Oscar L. Parker Ethics Lecture on Tuesday, April 10, at 1 p.m. in Foundation Hall of the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

OK Ethics sprung up after a small discussion group in 2003. Her initiative became a forum for the promotion of high ethical standards in business. Today, the organization has flourished with nearly 1,000 members, representing over 200 companies in chapters established in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Shannon achieved a masters in leadership and management from Oklahoma City University. She writes a monthly business ethics column for The Journal Record and also serves as an adjunct professor for graduate students in the area of bioethics and business ethics.

With the help of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers, Shannon has also established a sister organization, the OK Ethics Foundation (now known as the Student Education and Ethics Development Foundation or S.E.E.D.). Designed specifically to reach out to students, this group sponsors annual student ethics bowls for high school and university students.

Prior to establishing OK Ethics, Shannon served as human resources executive for hospitality and energy entities as well as an international publishing company in Tulsa. She held progressively responsible leadership roles with the Tulsa Area Human Resources Association and was later honored by the organization with an Excellence Award.

She moved back to Oklahoma City to care for aging parents, who taught her the values of honesty and generosity of service. Today, she continues her work with OK Ethics in honor of their memory.

The Oscar L. Parker Center for the Advancement of Ethical Standards in Business and Society was established in late 1988 as a fitting and lasting memorial to Oscar L. Parker, a highly respected educator, businessman, college administrator, and civic leader of Ada, and an active supporter and long-time employee of ECU.

The mission of the center is to be an accessible resource on ethics for business and society, promote ethics education and ethical behavior, and foster discussion on ethics and ethical issues. Its vision is a world where sound ethical principles guide the decisions and actions of people in business, government and society.

For more information, contact Dr. Michael Scott, the director of the Oscar L. Parker Center for the Advancement of Ethical Standards in Business and Society, at or 580-559-5284.

The Harland C. Stonecipher School of Business at ECU has over 500 students majoring in accounting and business administration. The school provides a high quality student-focused learning environment delivered to students by a dedicated team of well-qualified faculty members. The mission of the School of Business is to deliver a quality business education focused on a student-centered learning environment to develop business professionals in the state of Oklahoma and beyond.



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