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Guest business ethics speaker kicks off business profession program

Procter & Gamble executive turned theologian to address spirituality’s role in business

08/29/03

Denis Beausejour, a former marketing executive at Procter & Gamble who left his job in 2000 to follow a calling to theology, kicks off the Williams College of Business’ business profession program this fall with a talk on "The Forgotten Essential of Leadership—The Leader's Character." The talk is at the Cintas Center on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

Beausejour is specifically addressing the importance of having character as a business professional, truth and honesty in the workplace, personal work ethics, and dealing with problems as they occur in the workplace setting.

After leaving his lucrative upper-management position at Procter & Gamble, Beausejour completed his master’s degree in religion at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, near Chicago. In May, he founded the Dr. Henry Cloud Answers for Life center in Blue Ash, Ohio. A unit of Campus Crusade for Christ International, the center promotes spiritual development as the solution to many problems in the business field and in society as a whole.

Tom Clark, director of the business profession program, says he chose Beausejour as a speaker not only because of his transition into a spiritual life, but because he had worked in both the for-profit and the nonprofit fields.

In keeping with the Jesuit mission, the non-credit business profession program consists of a series of seminars geared toward shaping business students into professionals of ethical and moral integrity. Now in its second year, the program is required of all incoming Williams College of Business students.

About 500 students, faculty and community members are expected to attend Beausejour’s speech. Business students carry passports that are stamped each time they attend a business profession event. They are required to attend two to four of the seminars each year, which may include career testing sessions and resume workshops.

The winter semester’s business ethics speaker, scheduled for Feb. 4, is Ed Rigaud, head of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and vice president at Procter & Gamble.