Ethics — The Silken Trap

Ethical Challenges in Today’s Mega-Wired Business World

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Category: Ethics

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.”

It’s as old as Elizabethan poetry. It’s as new as Twitter. Ethical communication has played a part in human interactions since prehistoric times, when conquests were recorded on the walls of caves — deeds that often were embellished in the process. Today, we have social media to expedite the process. Join us for a lively discussion of ethical challenges facing communicators in today’s mega-wired business world.


Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA, associate professor, communication/public relations, Curry College

Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA, associate professor, communication/public relations, Curry College; member, BEPS Board of Directors. Before moving into academia, Hazlett practiced nonprofit and government public relations for more than 35 years, managing communication programs for healthcare and member services organizations, as well as the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force in Vietnam, the Philippines and the United States. He has served as a member of the PRSA National Board of Directors, and has held leadership positions with the PRSA Educators Academy, PRSA Northeast District, and the PRSA Boston and Hawaii Chapters.


Marlene Neill, Ph.D., APR, assistant professor, department of journalism, public relations and new media, Baylor University

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Neill, APR, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media, Baylor University; Member, BEPS Board of Directors. Neill teaches courses in public relations, writing for new media and strategic communication research at Baylor University, where she also serves as faculty adviser to the PRSSA Baylor Chapter. Her research interests include public relations management and ethics.


Philip Tate, APR, Fellow PRSA, senior vice president, Luquire George Andrews

Photo of Philip Tate, APR, Fellow PRSA

Philip Tate, APR, Fellow PRSA, is senior vice president for Luquire George Andrews (LGA), a leading advertising, public relations and digital agency in Charlotte. He currently serves as chair of the PRSA College of Fellows.


Maria Sonin, associate director, marketing and communications, Ethics and Compliance Officer Association

Solveig Maria Sonin leads all the association’s marketing and communications initiatives. She joined the team in May 2008 and since that time has developed a passion for organizational ethics, especially global anti-corruption and ethical culture-building.


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