Ethically Speaking: Perspectives From Utah's Business Leaders

Original Airdate: 
February 2012

Imagine being able to sit down with more than two dozen of Utah's top business leaders to talk about their secrets of success, including their philosophies on ethics and business. That's exactly what University of Utah finance professor Cal Boardman had the opportunity to do. Over the course of two years, Boardman interviewed such Utah business luminaries as Jon Huntsman, Ezekiel Dumke, Jr., Robert Garff and 23 other Utah executives to learn firsthand their approaches to doing business. Utah has been ranked number one for business by Forbes Magazine the last two years in a row.

Boardman's 40 hours of videotaped conversations have been distilled into a one-hour documentary presenting personal stories that are insightful, inspiring, candid and unexpectedly moving. Ethically Speaking: Perspectives From Utah Business Leaders airs Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m.

KUED's Erik Nielson used Boardman's interviews as the basis of the documentary, which includes additional interviews with Clayton Christensen, Harvard Business School Professor and author of The Innovator's Dilemma; Carl Richards, Certified Financial Planner, illustrator and author of The Behavior Gap who blogs for the NY Times; Donald Herrin, U of U Professor of Family and Consumer Studies; and Kristina Diekmann, U of U Professor of Business Ethics.

As Nielsen watched the interviews, he saw some common themes. In "Crucible Stories," business leaders talk about transformational moments in their lives. For Rodney Brady, past President of Weber State University, it was a teacher who told him to list everything he wanted to achieve in life. For Ezekiel Dumke, Jr. (pictured above) it was a visit to the Hoover Dam, which his father built. For Marilyn Tang, Founder/Owner of Certified Handling Systems, it was getting a loan from her then boyfriend when banks refused to give her a loan to start a business because she was a woman.

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