Eight Pillars of Leadership: Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Accepting Nominees

This is not intended to be an original piece and is meant to build a writing sample portfolio. This is a rewrite of original University of Utah press release found at eccles.utah.edu. Daniels’ biographical information was found at danielsfund.org.

Bill Daniels raised $300,000 for education, opened his home to nonprofit organizations for fundraising events and donated that same home to the City of Denver for use as its permanent mayoral residence.


No one wielded the power of ethics and philanthropy in business better than Daniels, who built his honest yet fair business acumen on eight standards that should be upheld by the leaders of Utah’s private companies, nonprofit organizations and government agencies in today’s business climate and well into the future.

The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative in the University of Utah’s David Eccles Schools Business and the Community Foundation of Utah are requesting nominees for the 2016 Utah Ethical Leadership Awards. Recipients will be honored as the very best of the Beehive State’s most ethical business officials during a breakfast ceremony on Sept. 9. Three finalists from each of the three categories will be featured in Utah Business Magazine.

“It’s important for our community to pay tribute to companies and organizations that exemplify ethical behavior and integrity in their operation,” said Dr. Abe Bakhsheshy, director and professor of the Eccles School Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative. “We’re honored to recognize the individuals who espouse ethical principles in their organizations at the annual Utah Ethical Leadership Awards.”

To apply for the award, please fill out the nomination form at utahcf.org by July 15.

Nominees will be evaluated according to Daniels’ eight standards and how they compare to the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative’s absolute ethical principles, criteria, quantitative measurements and qualitative measurements for …

  1. Integrity: Act with honesty in all situations.
  2. Trust: Build belief in all stakeholder relationships.
  3. Accountability: Accept responsibility for all decisions.
  4. Transparency: Maintain open and factual communications.
  5. Fairness: Engage in fair competition and create equitable and just relationships.
  6. Respect: Honor the rights, freedoms, views and property of others.
  7. Rule of Law: Comply with the spirit and intent of laws and regulations.
  8. Viability: Create long-term value for all relevant stakeholders.

“The Utah Ethical Leadership Awards recognize Utah businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government entities that embody best practices in ethical behaviors,” said Utah Governor Gary Herbert. “The finalists and awardees are a great representation of Utah’s principle-based ethical leadership.”

Daniels’ long-lasting innovations, like the Young Americans Bank that is still in operation today after being started in 1987 or ethics, values and personal integrity being woven into the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business curriculum, still influence today’s business world.

With any luck, the recipients of the 2016 Utah Ethical Leadership Awards will share a similar influence in the future.


Author: Mike DeVine

Writer and Editor. History buff. Doing sports things. Film fan. University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate [B.A. English '06]. @UWAlumni Lifetime Member.

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