Mount Union to Hold Heffern Lecture

March 13, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The University of Mount Union will host the Gordon Heffern Business Ethics Lecture at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19 in Presser Recital Hall.

This year’s Heffern lecture will feature executive director and co-founder of Clean the World, Shawn Seipler. He will present “Clean the World as a Case Study in Social Entrepreneurship.” While on campus, he will also engage students through classroom discussion.

Seipler is actively involved in the sustainability community. He is a board member for the Orlando Chamber of Commerce and is on the City of Orlando’s Sustainability Task Force. He is also an advisory board member for amaZulu and with that, Seipler participates in the Athena PowerLink program at Rollins College, which encourages women-led businesses.

Seipler’s passion for corporate responsibility prompted the creation of the Clean the World campaign. Clean the World gives businesses in the hospitality industry an opportunity to participate in sustainable social responsibility programs.

Clean the World’s environmentally friendly soap recycling program repurposes leftover soap that has been donated by hotel partners. After first being founded in 2009, the program has partnered with more than 2,000 North American hotels, allowing for the distribution of more than 15 million bars of soap to children and families in the United States and 70 other countries.

After the lecture, there will be a reception and an opportunity to participate in Raider Relief’s community service project. The Raider Relief group will lead a hygiene kit assembly with students to benefit Seipler’s Clean the World campaign.

The Gordon Heffern Business Ethics Lecture was established by Mount Union Trustee Gordon Heffern to encourage dialogue about the practical ways in which spirituality can transform the workplace. Heffern, a graduate of the University of Virginia, served as chairman of the board of Society Corporation before retiring in 1987.

Presser Recital Hall is located in Cope Music Hall on the corner of Simpson Street and Union Avenue. Due to ongoing construction at the site of the new Performing Arts Complex, no on-site parking is available behind the building. Alternate parking is available on Simpson and Vincent Streets and in the Eells Art Center parking lot, as well as in other campus parking lots.

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