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18th Annual Olafson Ethics Symposium is Nov. 16

Business leader and UND alum Kelly Caruso will be the keynote speaker at the 18th Annual Olafson Ethics Symposium on Thursday, Nov. 16, hosted by the University of North Dakota’s Nistler College of Business & Public Administration.

Caruso will be speaking in Nistler Hall’s Barry Auditorium at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Each year, the Olafson Ethics Symposium gives students and the business community the chance to explore the importance of both personal and professional ethics. Funded through support from Robert Olafson, a mathematics and business-administration graduate of UND, the University is able to bring influential business leaders to campus to discuss ethics across a variety of topics and contexts.

Caruso is the founder of Regarding Design, an interior design firm, and former CEO of Shipt, a last-mile delivery company. From 2011 to 2019, Caruso served as an officer for Target Corporation in several senior leadership positions.

After Target acquired Shipt for $550 million in 2017, Caruso served as Shipt’s CEO from 2019 to 2022.

Caruso graduated from UND in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She is a current member of the UND Alumni Association & Foundation board.

Her 25-year career in business encompasses omni-channel retail, eCommerce, supply chain, technology and design. Caruso excels in providing vision and strategic direction, as well as optimizing operations for revenue and profit growth. What’s unique in her approach is establishing a clear and compelling purpose for the organization, one that extends beyond profits and aligns values to create a cohesive culture.

Caruso’s emphasis on culture fosters a sense of shared identity and belonging, making her known for creating highly engaged teams. Her career demonstrates how instilling purpose and values in the heart of an organization creates a thriving and inspired culture that drives business success.

This symposium is sponsored by the Nistler College and SEI Investments Company.