Leading-edge ethics education for the next generation of business leaders
The CU Denver Business School works hard to build an ethical foundation for our students by integrating robust ethics education into our entire curriculum and through diverse opportunities for students to explore ethical challenges in relevant, thoughtful, and impactful ways.
Our graduates are prepared to enter the workforce with a strong sense of ethical responsibility and the tools needed to fill their lives and careers with integrity, honesty, and accountability.
The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative offers many diverse opportunities for students to learn and apply ethics to their lives and future careers. Taking advantage these opportunities will help students build an impressive resume, express important values to future employers, and develop the tools needed to build lifelong personal and professional integrity.
Ethics OnSite sends CU Denver students to companies around the U.S. to learn how they handle ethical issues. This fall, students will spend time with high-level executives exploring ethical challenges and opportunities at FirstBank, one of the largest privately held banks in the nation.
Applications are now closed. Keep checking back for Spring 2021 opportunities.
Ethical Leader of the Year
Every year, a team of Business School students evaluates the nominees and is invited to attend the award ceremony at the State of Small Business event hosted by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. The 2020 Bill Daniels Ethical Leader of the Year will be anounced soon.
Select students are invited to the annual DFEI Summit to gain a broader perspective on ethics in business and engage with ethically-minded business leaders who are active employers in the community. This year, the event will be held virtually on October 2, 2020.
Faculty Ethics Fellows
The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Fellowships are awarded to CU Denver Business School faculty who demonstrate excellence in academic activities related to applied business, professional and organizational ethics. Ethics Fellows are expected to make a substantial contribution to the objectives of the DFEI and spread learning opportunities in ethical thought and decision making in their respective area of focus.
Applications for Fall 2020 are now closed. Please contact Ira Selkowitz for more information about becoming an Ethics Fellow.
Fall 2020 Ethics Fellows
About the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative
Bill Daniels was a born entrepreneur, widely considered one of the great business visionaries of the twentieth century. Bill achieved phenomenal success by working hard, passionately following his instincts, acting with ethics and integrity, and treating everyone around him with respect and fairness. His word was known to be as solid as any contract. His brilliance in business was matched by his sincere compassion for people and the desire to help those in need. In many ways, Bill Daniels truly was, "larger than life".
The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative works with colleges, high schools and law enforcement organizations to provide principle-based ethics education and reinforces the value of ethical business and personal conduct.
The University of Colorado Denver Business School is one of 12 schools from nine universities—including four schools from the CU System—with a reach of more than 500,000 students, faculty, and businesspeople. The ultimate goal is to instill a high standard of ethics in our young people.
Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Consortium Schools
- Colorado Mesa University
- Colorado State University
- New Mexico State University
- University of Colorado Boulder
- University of Colorado Colorado Springs
- University of Colorado Denver
- University of Colorado Law School
- University of Denver
- University of New Mexico
- University of Northern Colorado
- University of Utah
- University of Wyoming
Bill Daniels: A man of compassion, ethics, and integrity
Bill Daniels believed integrity and unwavering ethical behavior provide "the ultimate business advantage".
Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Principles
Act with honesty in all situations
Build trust in all stakeholder relationships
Accept responsibility for all decisions
Maintain open and truthful communications
Engage in fair competition and create equitable relationships
Honor the rights, freedoms, views, and property of others
Comply with the spirit and intent of laws and regulations
Create long-term value for all relevant stakeholders
CU Denver students get hands-on experience with business ethics
Ethics OnSite connects students with high-level executives to explore real-world business ethics
Ethics Fellows champion principle-based ethics education
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Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative grant renewed at Business School
$1.25 million grant renewal provides ethics education for students
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CU Denver Business School DFEI Impact 2019-2020
Business leaders impacted