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UPDATE: UND Nistler College of Business & Public Administration to host symposium on ‘Ethics of Technology,’ Thursday, Nov. 18

Annual Olafson Ethics Symposium will feature consultant and author Juliette Powell as keynote speaker

UPDATE: The Olafson Ethics Symposium at the UND Nistler College of Business & Public Administration, which was scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 18, has been postponed until next spring. The new date will be determined later.


What: Olafson Ethics Symposium

Who: Keynote speaker Juliette Powell, television host, producer, consultant and author

Where: UND Campus, Memorial Union Ballroom and broadcasting live

When: Thursday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m.


The University of North Dakota Nistler College of Business & Public Administration will be hosting the 2021 Olafson Ethics Symposium on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The event, open to the general public, will also be livestreamed via HB Sound & Light.

Juliette Powell

Each year, the Symposium brings students, faculty, alumni and local business leaders together for conversations about ethics in business. This year, keynote speaker Juliette Powell will focus on the ‘Ethics of Technology’ – how technological innovation is accelerating change in the way people do business.

Powell, a former television presenter and producer, now operates as a consultant “at the intersection of technology, business and ethics.” She advises businesses on global business strategy and scenarios around artificial intelligence and data, banking, mobile, retail and social gaming, and has worked with corporate, government and media organizations including the United Nations, Warner Brothers, Microsoft, IBM and the World Bank Group.

Her live commentary has been featured on Bloomberg, BNN, NBC, CNN, ABC and BBC, and she has presented at institutions such as Harvard and MIT. She is considered a passionate advocate for digital literacy, critical thinking and collaboration.

In addition to authoring the 2008 book 33 Million People in the Room: How to Create, Influence and Run a Successful Business using Social Networking, Powell was the first Black woman to be crowned Miss Canada in 1989.

This event is free and open to the general public. The Olafson Ethics Symposium is funded through the support of UND alumnus Robert Olafson as well as sponsorship from the financial services company SEI.