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PC hosts 2019 Michael Smith Regional Ethics Case Competition

For the first time, the Providence College School of Business opened its annual ethics competition to other colleges and universities.

On April 6, the PCSB hosted the 2019 Michael Smith Regional Ethics Case Competition. In the past, the competition has been restricted to teams from Providence College. However, this year, the PCSB allowed teams from higher education institutions from across the northeast to participate. Teams from Johnson & Wales University, LaSalle University, Simmons University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute joined PC in taking part.

For the competition, teams of three to four members analyzed a business ethics case over a two-week period before presenting a solution to a panel of judges. Teams were asked to analyze the opioid crisis from an ethical standpoint and make recommendations to the U.S. Congress on actions that might be taken to improve the situation.

The PCSB would like to thank the ethics competition judges:

  • Brendan P. Doherty, director of special investigations, Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Karen Grande, partner, Locke Lord LLP
  • Michael A. Grande ’83, practitioner faculty in accountancy
  • Kathleen Hittner, M.D., emeritus clinical professor of surgery, Brown Medical School
  • Dr. Terence A. McGoldrick, associate professor of theology
  • Erin O’Neill Hogan, M.D., internal medicine physician, Kent Hospital
  • Sam Polyak, portfolio manager, Fidelity Investments
  • Ben Ricci ’83, senior regional vice president of operations, Brookdale Senior Living Solutions
  • Laura N. Wilkinson, associate general counsel, Locke Lord LLP

Congratulations to LaSalle University, which placed first in the competition, and Johnson & Wales University, which came in second! Thank you to all the participants for a job well done.

Students presenting their case to a panel of judges.
Three of the competition’s judges offer their feedback on a presentation.