Archive for October, 2009

CEE mentioned in Entrepreneur Magazine

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Entrepreneur cover webCEE and Rockford University were mentioned in the October 2009 issue of Entrepreneur Magazine as part of its “Top 50 Entrepreneurial Colleges for 2009” feature.

Interview with Jerry Kirkpatrick on Philosophy’s Importance to Business

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Dr. Stephen Hicks, CEE’s Executive Director, talked recently with Fall 2009 guest speaker Dr. Jerry Kirkpatrick about why having a philosophical background helps businesspeople attain greater clarity and confidence in making important, ethically-charged decisions. Below are parts I and II of the interview.

Part I:

Part II:

Video clip on our Templeton Award

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Here’s a short video clip about CEE‘s winning a 2009 Templeton Freedom Award from the Atlas Economic Research Foundation:

This video is also at AERF’s Atlas Network site.

How Do Innovators Think?

Monday, October 26th, 2009

synapse“What makes visionary entrepreneurs such as Apple’s Steve Jobs, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Ebay’s Pierre Omidyar and Meg Whitman, and P&G’s A.G. Lafley tick?”

Read this article at Harvard Business Review to find out.

Also of interest: Harvard Business Review’s Creativity at Work package.

October 2009 issue of Kaizen

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

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In our latest issue of Kaizen we feature an interview with David Checketts, former CEO of New York’s Madison Square Garden, and now Chairman of SCP Worldwide, which owns the St. Louis Blues of the NHL and the Major League Soccer team Real Salt Lake.

Also featured are a course-development project by Professor Bill Lewis, a paper given by Professor Shawn Klein at a sports ethics conference, and an international conference organized and hosted by Professor J. J. Asongu.

A PDF version of Kaizen is available here. We will soon post separately the full interview with Mr. Checketts.

If you would like to receive a complimentary issue of the print version of Kaizen, please email your name and postal address to CEE [at]

CEE wins Templeton Freedom Award

Monday, October 19th, 2009

tfalogoExcellent news: The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship has won a Templeton Freedom Award. The awards are decided and given by the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.

From the AERF press release announcing the 2009 Templeton Freedom Awards:

“Award for Special Achievement by a University-based Center – The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship at Rockford University in Illinois is awarded the University-based prize for launching six courses focusing on the ethical infrastructure of entrepreneurship and the preconditions of the free society in ethics.”

We are very proud of what we have accomplished in less than three years, and we are very happy to get the recognition and the $10,000 prize.

More information about the 2009 awards is at the AERF site.

“Personal Kaizen”: Applying continuous improvement to everyday life

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Personal Kaizen “Though Kaizen is a tool used by corporations to achieve greater innovation, productivity, and general excellence, it’s also an approach, an approach that we can learn from and apply to our own lives as we strive for continuous improvement on a more personal level. We can call this ‘Personal Kaizen.'”
Read more at Presentation Zen.

Interview with Steve Mariotti

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Steve MariottiSteve Mariotti is the founder of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). Before NFTE, Mr. Mariotti was a successful entrepreneur and a teacher in some of New York’s most challenging schools. Because of his innovative methods for teaching business concepts Mariotti was named Teacher of the Year for New York State in 1988. We met with Mr. Mariotti in New York to explore his thoughts on his passion for teaching and entrepreneurship education as an exit strategy from poverty for at-risk youth.

Kaizen: You were mugged in 1981 by three teenagers in New York’s Lower East Side, and that led you to a major career change?

Mariotti: It did. The mugging caught me emotionally off guard, and I had a lot of flashbacks afterward. It got me interested in the question of why some kids would humiliate me over a small amount of money. And I started to think: Had they been able to sell me something or ask me to invest in a business deal, they could have gotten a lot more money and it would have been a win/win situation for everyone. And that really got me interested in a new career path in education, which turned out great.