Following a networking breakfast, conference emcees Susanna Gotsch and Cheryl Hart recognized the sponsors whose support made the event possible before introducing Keynote Speak Chuck Gallagher, President of the Ethics Resource Group who presented "Positive Choices for Business Ethics."
Gallagher's appearance generated laughter and confusion as he took the stage in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs. Recounting how he became a prison inmate in October 1995, Gallagher told attendees "Every choice has a consequence...Ethical lapses don't start BIG. It's easy to make unethical choices when they seem socially acceptable."
Attendees engaged in conversations about unethical actions that are socially acceptable, and Gallagher pointed out a few common unethical practices, discussed the primary reasons people have ethical lapses, and noted that this normally begins with seemingly innocuous actions which can quickly escalate into unethical or even illegal activities. Laden with personal anecdotes, Gallagher's presentation was incredibly entertaining and moving.
The second Keynote Speaker of the morning was AskPatty.com CEO Jody DeVere who spoke "On Becoming Extraordinary." Her inspirational presentation focused on developing one's strengths, identifying the things in life that motivate the individual, and eliminating fear and worry in order to be successful. DeVere ended by stressing, "There is no try; there's only 'do.'"
Several informative breakout sessions are scheduled for this afternoon, but the most highly anticipated event on Tuesday's agenda is this evening's MIW and Scholarship Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception. Visit Autobody News tomorrow morning for photos and an update from this evening.
For the Day 1 overview, click here.