Community Leaders Examine Ethical Issues Facing Today’s Professionals

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(L to R) Kelly Horton, Jennifer May-Desmond, Kirk Young, Daniel Heitzenrater, NYS Assemblyman Andy Goodell and Leanna Luka-Conley of The Resource Center.
(L to R) Kelly Horton, Jennifer May-Desmond, Kirk Young, Daniel Heitzenrater, NYS Assemblyman Andy Goodell and Leanna Luka-Conley of The Resource Center.

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Chautauqua Leadership Network

As part of a year-long curriculum of professional development seminars, members of Chautauqua Leadership Network’s Class of 2015 gathered at the Cassadaga Job Corps to explore the many ethical issues facing today’s leaders in Chautauqua County.
During the half-day “Ethics in Business” session, CLN class members participated in a dialogue with two Chautauqua County leaders – both CLN alumni – who provided an overview of the ethical challenges unique to their respective profession: NYS Assemblyman Andy Goodell on law and politics and Leanna Luka-Conley of The Resource Center on healthcare.
Following brief presentations, panel members introduced a real-life ethical dilemma in their field as a case study. Class members then deliberated each case study and presented a resolution to the problem. The day’s discussion was followed by a tour of the Cassadaga Job Corps facility to learn more about the local residential education and vocational training program for economically disadvantaged youth.
The professional ethics session is one of several events throughout the year for CLN’s current class. The curriculum is designed in part to educated and engage CLN class members on regional issues that go beyond one’s day-to-day professional responsibilities and demonstrate the opportunities for businesses and organizations to work together for the good of the larger community.
Now in its 23rd year, CLN is a not-for-profit organization designed to identify, recruit, train and network area professionals. To date, more than 500 county residents have participated in the program, which was founded to develop effective community leaders and address the challenges and opportunities facing Chautauqua County.
For more information about Chautauqua Leadership Network, please visit the organization’s website at www.chautauqualeadership.org.