Retired Alcoa Leader to Discuss Business Ethics During Talk at Wheeling Jesuit

  WJU Communications
  Friday, April 6, 2018 9:50 AM
  WJU News, Academics

Wheeling, WV

Retired Alcoa executive, Bill O’Rourke, will discuss “Leading with Integrity” during his talk at Wheeling Jesuit University April 18.

The talk, which will take place inside Acker Science Center’s Hawk Auditorium, will be held at 7 p.m. and is sponsored by WJU’s Institute for the Study of Capitalism and Morality (ISCM).billo-for-web.jpg

O’Rourke’s talk will focus on ethics and highlight the 13 categories of business ethics issues that are described in his book, “The Business Ethics Field Guide.” During his presentation, O’Rourke will pose a number of specific business ethical dilemmas and discuss how best to address those situations.

Following his retirementfrom Alcoa in September, 2011, O’Rourke continued to serve on the Board of the Alcoa Foundation and teach “Values” at Alcoa’s Corporate Executive Development Programs until 2013.

He joined Alcoa as a patent attorney in 1975 and held a number of leadership positions including corporate patent counsel, vice president of global business services (Financial Services, HR Services, Aircraft Operations, etc.), chief information officer, vice president of procurement, corporate auditor and assistant general counsel. From 2005 to 2008 O’Rourke was the president of Alcoa-Russia.

Additionally, O’Rourke is a Fellow of the Wheatley Institution in the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University, where he serves on the Ethics Advisory Board and teaches ethics to all Business School students. He is on the Board of Directors of John Carroll University in Cleveland and serves on the Ethics Advisory Counsel of the Healthcare Group Purchasing Initiative in Washington, DC.

O’Rourke received his undergraduate degree from John Carroll University and his law degree from Duquesne University. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps.

Founded in 2006 as a result of a gift from the BB&T Charitable Foundation, Wheeling Jesuit’s ISCM is dedicated to an examination of capitalism and a free 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 activities designed to stimulate discussion of these important topics. 

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