Ethics for Professionals

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 PM Central Time

Education Track: Other/Ethics
Audience Level: All
Price: $50 for Members/ $65 for Non-Members
Credit: 1.5 Professional Development Hour
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Join two-time former IECA President, Dr. David T. Williams, to explore the challenge of workplace ethics and how to take a proactive stance, develop an effective and sustainable set of guidelines for your organization, and implement best practices for dealing with ethically challenging situations. In this presentation, we’ll discuss how to develop a strong and sustainable set of workplace ethics and guidelines designed to mitigate ethics creep, avoid legal implications, and build a solid, ethical foundation for a healthy workplace culture. We’ll explore common ethical topics and challenges and detail the best practices to utilize when faced with ethically challenging situations. We’ll also highlight the difference between a Code of Conduct and a Code of Ethics and review several effective example Codes of Ethics for both working professionals and public officials. And finally, we will go over real-life ethical situations that will get you thinking about what has been taught in the presentation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the pitfalls of ethics creep (slowly eroding your ethics)
  2. Identify how to determine an ethical path when doing business with others
  3. Gain guidance in establishing personal and professional moral compasses related to ethics
  4. Recognize the difference between a code of conduct and a code of ethics
  5. Gain a clearer picture of the problems that are presented in ethically challenging situations
  6. Know how to determine the course(s) of action for various ethical dilemmas
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Presented by David T. Williams, PhD., P.E., PH, CPESC, CFM

David is President of David T. Williams and Associate in the Denver, Colorado area. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (PE) in 10 states, a Life member and Fellow of ASCE, and Fellow of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of ASCE. With over 100 publications in journals and conference proceedings, his education includes a PhD in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and a BS and MS in Civil Engineering, both from the University of California, Davis. His work history includes National Technical Director for Water Resources, PBS&J (now Atkins); National Director for Hydrology and Hydraulics, HDR Engineering; President and co-founder of WEST Consultants; Engineering and Research Development Center (formerly Waterways Experiment Station), Vicksburg, MS; Acting Chief, Hydrology and Hydraulics Section, Baltimore District Corps of Engineers; Nashville District Corps of Engineers; Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC); and Infantry Platoon Officer and Airborne Combat Engineer Officer, 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, NC

David’s primary experience and interests are hydrology, hydraulics, fluvial geomorphology, streambank protection, risk and uncertainty, and bridge scour and teaches these topics for such entities as ASCE and numerous other professional organizations. In Ethics related experience, he participated in a 1week Federal Course on Equal Employment Opportunity Counseling which included ethics for managers and employees; was an Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Counselor; Asian and Pacific Islander Program Manager at the USACE; taught Ethics course for such entities as the Floodplain Management Association, IECA, Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management, American Society of Civil Engineers/Environmental Water Resources Institute, City and County of Dallas, as well as numerous flood control agencies and counties. He is an ordained minister and was once a Southern Baptist Preacher.


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