Business Day 2016: Ethics

Workplace Ethics and Culture

The Colorado State University College of Business celebrates April 14 as Business Day, an annual event that brings business leaders to campus for both formal and informal interaction with students, faculty and the entire campus community. This year’s presentations will be on the theme of ethics.

Blue Ocean Enterprises and Otter Products

Jim Parke
Jim Parke

Business Day begins at 9 a.m. with opening remarks by CSU President Tony Frank. At 9:10 a.m. Jim Parke, CEO of Blue Ocean Enterprises and CEO of Otter Products, will present the keynote address in the Lory Student Center Theatre on campus. Parke manages company departments such as legal, real estate, accounting, security, sales, marketing, supply chain functions and IT, along with other groups. He also provides board-level advice and mentorship to his affiliated companies and says his goal is “to grow and facilitate business in a profitable and ethical way.”

Events are free, but ensure seats with tickets

The events throughout the day are free and open to the public, but tickets are required to ensure seats. Tickets are available online at or at the Lory Student Center information desk.

“The College of Business is celebrating the 38th year of Business Day,” said business major Michael Wells, chair of this year’s Business Day. ”This year’s theme is ethics, one of the few topics that can be found everywhere in life. Ethical decision-making is something that everyone will face at some time in their life, and through Business Day our hopes are to give students and community members the opportunity to understand ethical issues, specifically in the workplace.”

Michal Kmita Invictus
Michal Kmita

Invictus Initiative

Michal Kmita, president and co-founder of The Invictus Initiative, will speak at 2 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Theatre. The Invictus Initiative is a nonprofit organization developing sustainable solutions in the areas of engineering, business, agriculture, education, human rights and health around the globe. Recent projects include fighting malnourishment in Kenyan schools through aquaponics technologies and helping with earthquake disaster relief in Nepal through clean water, women’s health education and business start-up initiatives.

Leprino Foods

Barbara Kallay

Barbara Kallay, senior vice president of human resources at Leprino Foods, will speak at 3 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Theatre. Leprino Foods has revenues of $3 billion and employs approximately 4,000 people globally. In her role, Kallay leads the company’s human resource function in setting the human capital strategy and execution that aligns with the company’s strategic initiatives.

Workshops and full schedule

In addition to speakers throughout the day, an Internship Panel Workshop and Ethics in Sustainability Workshop will be held.

Business Day is created and organized entirely by student leaders in the College of Business.

The complete schedule of events can be found here.

Celebrating 50 years of student success

CSU’s College of Business celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. As one of the best business schools in the nation, the College of Business at Colorado State enrolls more than 2,300 undergraduate majors, more than 1,400 graduate students and more than 1,500 undergraduate minors from the other seven colleges in the university.