The Business Ethics Podcast is operated with a shared understanding of the importance of ethical business practices and the power of honest conversations. We believe in the potential of business to impact society. We believe in the right of every employee to feel valued, respected, appreciated, and heard. And we believe that by listening, learning, and communicating with one another, we can create a better, more ethical tomorrow.
Vaccine Mandates In the Workplace, Are Business Ethics Involved?
Blake and Ralph Kellogg, the assistant vice president of HR at Lutheran Family Services, sit down to discuss the ethical questions surrounding vaccine mandates in the workplace.
Guest Bio: Ralph Kellogg serves as the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources for Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska. Mr. Kellogg has an extensive background in strategic planning, training, corporate communications, and human resources, to include the areas of employee relations and labor union management. Kellogg works as a human resources consultant for area small businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Kellogg is an advocate in the areas of LGBTQIA rights and belonging at work, and frequently speaks to organizations on the subjects of authenticity, and how leaders can help team members who are challenged by anxiety and panic within the workplace.
Kellogg has had articles published in Forbes.com, the Society for Human Resources Management Blog, and the HR Gazette.
Episode 6- Relationships and Equity, with Jamar Dorsey
Jamar and Blake sit down to discuss the role relationships play in business and community development, as well as the importance of people having equity in their work and communities.
Episode 5- Ifeanyi Onubogu
In this episode, Blake sits down with Ifeanyi Onubogu to discuss the future of blockchain and how it will revolutionize the business world.
Visit Waltoria: https://www.waltoria.io/
Connect with Ifeanyi: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ifeanyi-onubogu/
Episode 4- Tony Vargas
In this episode, Blake and Tony sit down to talk about the relationship between business and politics.
Visit Tony's website: https://www.vargasfornebraska.com/
Tony Vargas has served Nebraskans as an elected official for the last decade. Tony learned the values of community, hard work, and perseverance from his parents, who, coming from humble beginnings, sacrificed everything to provide their children with an opportunity for a brighter future. No matter how busy the family was, they had dinner together every night, where his parents encouraged Tony to “stay grounded, but reach for the stars.”
Tony devoted his career to public service and improving opportunities for all Nebraskans. He has served our community since 2013, first as a member of the Omaha Public Schools Board and then as a member of the Nebraska Legislature. As a senator, Tony has developed a reputation for civility and working with anyone to get things done for Nebraska workers and small businesses.
He has successfully passed legislation to strengthen our public schools, improve access to health care, encourage technology and innovation, and improve consumer protections.
Tony began his career as a public-school teacher, receiving “Most Outstanding Teacher” and “Teacher of the Year” awards, and has worked in the non-profit and education sectors, striving to improve the quality of life and educational opportunities for thousands of children across the United States.
The first generation of his family to graduate college, Tony earned his Bachelors of Arts degree at the University of Rochester and a Masters in Education at Pace University. Tony and his wife, Lauren, are raising their two young kids, Ava and Luca, in Omaha. They are proud parishioners of St. Frances Cabrini Church, where Tony and Lauren were married.
Episode 3 - Van Deeb
On this episode, Blake and Van sit down to discuss reinventing yourself both in business, and personally.
Van's Website: https://vandeeb.com/
Van's new book: https://vandeeb.com/baxter-my-first-dog-at-59/
Book Van to speak at your company: https://vandeeb.com/speaking/
Big Omaha Realty: https://bigomaharealty.com/
Van Deeb is the country’s foremost expert on building relationships and is dedicated to helping others become successful in the sales and service industry. He has inspired tens of thousands of professionals throughout the country to succeed through his motivational and informative keynote speeches, workshops, speaking events, newsletters, and books.
Van learned from an early age that if he wanted something, he was going to have to work for it. Growing up, Van was nonconforming, rebellious and had his own agenda. A turning point in his life was making the football team at University of Nebraska-Omaha, after being told he was not “cut out for it.” Making the football team ahead of some of his all-state high school teammates gave Van the mindset that with drive, desire, and determination you can accomplish anything you want in life. That is Van’s main message.
After college, Van left his hometown to attend a real estate specialty school in Dallas, Texas and discovered his passion, the real estate business. Over the next 10 years, Van won more than 100 regional and national sales awards as a successful real estate agent in Dallas. Van decided to returnhome to Omaha, Nebraska. Three of the Omaha’s top real estate firms aggressively recruited Van, but he was determined to build his own firm. When he launched DEEB Realty in 1993, Van worked as the sole agent from the basement of his home. In just 15 years, Van grew DEEB Realty to over 350 agents, making it one of the largest independent firms in the United States.
The success of the company relied heavily on Van’s ‘people first’ philosophy. By providing superior training and setting agent-friendly policies, DEEB Realty flourished. With his leadership and direction, DEEB Realty developed a reputation as having a work environment and culture that was unmatchable in the industry. Van revolutionized the way real estate companies were managed and many firms have adopted the practices and procedures he created.
That same passion Van developed for real estate in 1983 has now shifted to helping others achieve the same success. Over the last 20 years Van has been speaking to sales and servicepeople, business owners and leaders across the country empowering them to become successful and incorporating the attitude: “There is nothing I can’t do with the proper mindset, drive and determination.”
Van’s philosophy about focusing on the basics and fundamentals continues to motivate, inspire and guide professionals to realize their full potential. Van is one of the very few national speakers and trainers that has “been there and done that.”
Amongst his peers, Van is recognized as ‘The Real Deal’. He will connect with everyone in the audience and do it with a little humor, usually at his own expense. Van’s audiences rave about his enthusiasm, passion and ability to motivate others. Van truly cares about your success.
Episode 2 - Casey Putney
In this episode, Blake gets to know Casey, VP of Leadership Development with the Business Ethics Alliance. They talk about Casey's background, military career, and how he discovered his passion for leadership.
Casey also talks about the future of the alliance and what we can look forward to from their programing.
Connect with Casey: https://www.linkedin.com/in/caseyputney/
Casey's leadership podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/1DQyKP9hqQHl4kEuPTXDlQ
Business Ethics upcoming events: https://www.businessethicsalliance.org/