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Examining the moral and ethical foundations of capitalism

EMBA McColl alumni and current EMBA students at the U.S. National Whitewater Center

Twenty two alumni and current Executive MBA students got together at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in March for the annual springtime BB&T Leadership Challenge.

Each year as part of the Challenge, students, faculty and alumni engage in spirited debate around the moral and ethical foundations of capitalism.  All participants read Ayn Rand's seminal work Atlas Shrugged and come prepared to dive into lively discussion and dialog.

Co-led by Dr. Will Sparks, associate professor of management science and director of the Office of Leadership Initiatives and of the McColl School's Master of Science in Organization Development, and Dr. Norris Frederick, director of the Center for Ethics and Religion and professor of philosophy at Queens, the day's program included a historical analysis of the morality of capitalism and a free society.  This year's participants discussed the impact of free markets, entrepreneurship and capitalism in the development of the U.S. economy.

Later that afternoon, the group headed outside to put their leadership skills to work in teams with a whitewater rafting experience.  They concluded with a social hour on the patio, complete with a fire to warm everyone up.

According to Jamie Grauel, director of alumni relations for The McColl School, "The great thing about the BB&T Leadership Challenge is that it gives our students and alumni the chance to exercise their minds as well as their leadership and social skills.  It's always a fantastic day."
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