Wheeling Jesuit University

Capitalism Series Featuring Professional Trainer & Consultant Andy Gillette

WHEELING, WV, Nov. 29, 2011 -- "Principled Entrepreneurship in the Firm" will be the topic of a business presentation at Wheeling Jesuit University at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 5. The second event in the Institute for the Study of Capitalism and Morality (ISCM) 2011 Distinguished Speaker's Program, this presentation will focus on Market-Based Management, a management philosophy that has enabled one of the most successful companies in the world, Koch Industries, to flourish over the past 40 years.

The program is open to the public and will take place in the National Technology Transfer Center auditorium.

"I am happy to welcome Andy to campus and know that our students will benefit from his inspiring presentation. We thank the BB&T Foundation for its continued support of our efforts at studying capitalism and morality," said Dr. Edward Younkins, Wheeling Jesuit professor of accountancy. The distinguished speaker program provides a forum for discussing issues regarding capitalism and morality, business ethics and related issues.

"As the name implies, the Market-Based Management system is based upon the free-market principles that have allowed many countries to prosper," said Gillette. "My talk will cover what those principles are, how we translate those concepts into the firm and how organizations can achieve long-term success through moral practices."

Gillette is a program manager, instructor and consultant at the Charles Koch Institute. For more than four years, he has taught numerous classes to non-profit professionals, ranging in topic from classical-liberal philosophy to Austrian economics. His current position focuses on delivering and developing training classes that help participants understand how the free market creates more prosperity for more people than any other system known, and how those free-market ideas can help organizations create more value than other management philosophies.

Gillette graduated from Wichita State University with degrees in English literature and entrepreneurship. After starting and managing Effective Tutoring, Inc. Gillette joined the Charles G. Koch Foundation in 2007 before transitioning to the Koch Institute this year. In addition to teaching, he has worked with multiple teams and organizations in a consulting capacity, and contributes to rootedinprosperity.com, the blog about all things MBM. He resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Genevieve.

Founded in the spring of 2006 as a result of this major gift from the BB&T Charitable Foundation, Wheeling Jesuit's ISCM is dedicated to an examination of capitalism and the promotion of an in-depth examination of a free society. The ISCM sponsors an annual series of programs, including lectures, seminars and undergraduate courses, to advance its mission of providing a deeper understanding of the moral, legal and economic foundations of such a society.

It supports the growth and development of teaching and research while establishing a forum for differing opinions to promote an appreciation of the concept, operation and effects of a Capitalistic system by engaging students and the community in programs and activities designed to stimulate discussion of these important topics.

For more information on the ISCM, please call 304-243-2087.

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