Business Ethics Award Recipient to Speak on Sino-American Economic Relations
December 17, 2010
For Immediate Release
For more information: Elaine Englehardt (801) 863-6464
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Karissa Neely (801) 863-6351
Utah Valley University invites its faculty, staff, students and the community to learn more about how the global economy affects all individuals. Timothy Stratford, winner of the 2011 UVU Kirk Englehardt Excellence in Business Ethics Award, will speak on “Building Trust in U.S.-China Economic Relations,” Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. in the Ragan Theater in the Sorensen Student Center.
In Beijing, China, Stratford is a partner in a major law firm, Covington and Burlington, and a member of a prestigious international trade group. His practice focuses on advising international clients who do business in China, as well as on assisting Chinese companies seeking to expand their businesses globally. Formerly, he was a vice president and general counsel for General Motors’ China operations. He oversaw the company’s legal trade policy work in the region.
Stratford has also worked under President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush, developing and implementing U.S. trade policy toward mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Mongolia. He worked closely with senior U.S. and Chinese officials from numerous government departments and agencies to address problems encountered by companies engaged in bilateral trade and investment. He co-chaired a number of groups established under the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade and the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue.
Stratford is the seventh recipient of UVU Englehardt Award, which is annually presented by the UVU Center for the Study of Ethics to an individual who displays exemplary ethics in their life, both professionally and personally.
“Exemplary ethics demonstrates a sustained commitment to understanding the necessity of integrity and humanity in business pursuits. This individual demonstrates strengthening business ethics through fiscal responsibility, leadership, civic activity, and personal example,” said David Keller, director for the Center for the Study of Ethics. “We believe that Tim Stratford exemplifies the necessary traits of Englehardt Excellence in Business Ethics Award.”
Stratford’s lecture dovetails with the many events presented this year by the UVU International Center’s Global Spotlight: China program. The year-long focus highlights art, economic development, and a variety of salient issues relating to Sino-American relations.
And because China has emerged as a global presence in the world economy, including here in Utah, UVU President Matthew S. Holland is also leading an initiative in which the University will soon begin offering Chinese language courses and degrees.
A free breakfast will be served at 9:40 a.m. in the Ragan Theater foyer for all attendees. After the lecture, there will be an opportunity to meet Stratford at a reception in the foyer from 11-11:30 a.m. The breakfast, lecture and reception are open to the public.
About the Kirk Englehardt Excellence in Business Ethics Award
The award is named after local businessman Kirk R. Englehardt, who died of cancer in 2003. An astute businessman, he was president of Businessman Planning and Investment Research, Inc. for 24 years, specializing in securities and retirement investing. He also served during that time as a lobbyist and spokesperson for the investment industry and testified before the U.S. Congress. Throughout his life he was known for his integrity, wisdom, intellect, and commitment to honesty. His wife Elaine, children Rich and Kellie, and mother Gloria help the Center for the Study of Ethics sponsor this annual lecture and award in an effort to promote and strengthen awareness in business ethics.