PK & SCLE Host Ethics Conference

Siloam Springs, Ark. (May 18, 2005) - Promise Keepers (PK) and the Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics are co-producing a conference on business ethics for America’s top business executives. “The CEO Summit: Purposeful Leadership” will be held June 9–10, 2005 at the Embassy Suites hotel in Rogers, Ark., in advance of PK’s men’s conference in Fayetteville. “The current business climate indicates a lack of moral clarity,” said Tom Fortson, Ph.D., president and CEO of Promise Keepers. “Influencing the marketplace can go no further than the ethical practices of those who lead industry and commerce. The time is right for this conference and the Soderquist Center is uniquely positioned to offer some badly needed perspective.” The conference aims to help participants find real solutions to common business challenges including: • Why would you terminate your entire senior leadership team at the same time? • How to address faith in the workplace and honor God in your company. • How to be a good steward with the influence you’ve been given. Speakers include Ken Blanchard, world renowned speaker and author of seventeen business best-sellers, including The One Minute Manager® with Spencer Johnson; Don Soderquist, former Vice Chairman of Wal-Mart Stores and founding executive of the Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics; Bill Pollard, best-selling author of The Soul of the Firm and Chairman Emeritus of ServiceMaster; call-in guest Rick Warren, best-selling author of The Purpose Driven Life; Eric Pillmore, Senior Vice-President - Corporate Governance for Tyco International; Don Valencia, former Senior Vice President of R&D for Starbucks Coffee, and others. “How do companies make the tough calls is this ultra-competitive, global economy? The right calls come from a strong set of ethical values and practices,” said Don Soderquist, founder of the Soderquist Center based at John Brown University. “Today’s headlines are screaming for more appropriate behavior from our business leaders. We invite them to join us to press for solutions.” The two-day seminar is $295 and includes materials, meals, and registration for the PK event at Razorback Stadium. Chief executive officers and their direct reports can register at, or by calling 800-888-7595. The Soderquist Center’s mission, Equipping People with the Transforming Power of Ethical Leadership, is grounded in scripture and consistent with the vision of Promise Keepers – Men Transformed Worldwide. The Soderquist Center ( and PK believe Christian business leaders do not have to leave the marketplace to serve God. This year, PK celebrates 15 years of ministry. Since 1990, the international organization has directly reached more than five and a half million men. The Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1998 in affiliation with John Brown University’s Division of Business and Graduate Business Studies. Located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, the center is a global resource equipping people in the corporate and non-profit world with the transforming power of ethical leadership. For more information visit -- 30 -- The CEO Summit precedes the June 10-11 PK event at Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, where more than 15,000 men have already registered.

Press release provided by Promise Keepers of Denver, Colo.

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