Meet the Ambassadors

Heavener’s Business Ethics Ambassadors was established in the Fall of 2014 by nine founding members, to give students an opportunity to practice and develop ethical leadership long before joining the workforce. The organization provides the skills and opportunities necessary to translate ethical leadership from backpack to briefcase.

Learn more about the students who are already putting their commitment to ethics into action:

2015-16 Ambassadors

  • Heather Blum

    Year: Junior
    Major: Marketing & Economics / Minor: Leadership
    Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida

    Bio

    I have always been interested in issues dealing with justice and inequality. When I took Dr. Darnell's Ethics in Global Business class, I realized that ethics could help me decipher between what I could call right and wrong. My life philosophy is centered around the quote "who's to say what is proper?" To me, I can only answer this question by utilizing ethics to guide my actions and decisions.
  • Monica Boemi

    Year: Sophomore
    Major: Major: Economics / Minor: Entrepreneurship & Sustainability Studies
    Hometown: Naples, Florida

    Bio

    Participating in the Warrington Welcome Ethics Case Competition initially sparked my interest in ethics. After my team placed first in the competition, I chose to enroll in Dr. Darnell's Ethics in Global Business class, which proved to be the most interesting and thought-provoking class I have taken at UF.
  • Chris Conway

    Year: Senior
    Major: Anthropology & Marketing
    Hometown: Indiantown, Florida

    Bio

    My interest in ethics was first sparked in the Business Ethics class here at UF, where I realized ethics is the intersection of business and anthropology. It instantly struck my interest and pushed me to join the BEA's, in order to help others be more ethical.
  • Mark Elliott

    Year: Sophomore
    Major: Finance & Psychology / Minor: Real Estate
    Hometown: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

    Bio

    Reading in the news and seeing how unethically some companies do business is what sparked my interest. The desire to make a noticeable difference in ethics is what drives me. I don't want the youth of the next generation to see how prevalent it has been in the past decades.
  • Abigail Fielding

    Year: Sophomore
    Major: Finance / Minor: Real Estate
    Hometown: Crystal River, Florida

    Bio

    My interest was first sparked in ethics when I participated in the Warrington Welcome Ethics Case Competition. The case competition was a great way for me to start thinking outside the box and it made me want to enroll in Ethics in Global Business.
  • Arie Hariton

    Year: Sophomore
    Major: Finance & Political Science
    Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela

    Bio

    I participated in debate competitions in high school where I argued about the merits of distinct ethical theories. It taught me to think broadly and carefully.
  • Jessica Ireland

    Year: Senior
    Major: Management / Minor: Entrepreneurship
    Hometown: Tampa, Florida

    Bio

    I became interested in ethics after enrolling in the Ethics in Global Business course, in which I had the opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation of the importance of ethics in not only the business world, but in everyday life.
  • Casey Moore

    Year: Sophomore
    Major: Business Administration; Area of Specialization in Environmental Engineering Sciences
    Hometown: Hobe Sound, Florida

    Bio

    My desire to work in a good environment, along with my fascination with philosophy, sparked my interest in ethics.
  • Evan Morris

    Year: Senior
    Major: Marketing / Minor: Retailing & Mass Communication
    Hometown: Gainesville, Florida

    Bio

    My interest in ethics stems from the teachings of my faith and family to do good always and put the needs of others above my own. However, my curiosity of the nature of "good" was refined through conversations with my peers about international justice and universal human rights.
  • Kelsey Noris

    Year: Senior
    Major: Business Administration
    Hometown: Lakeland, FL

    Bio

    The Warrington Welcome Ethics Case Competition initially sparked my interest in business ethics. The project was run by another student organization, but I became very involved in its operation. A year and a half later I took the Ethics in Global Business course and enjoyed diving deeper into theories behind ethics. I have now had the opportunity to talk about business ethics with other students through the case competition and am excited to continue to bring ethics initiatives to the college.
  • Brad Pratt

    Year: Senior
    Major: Management
    Hometown: Davie, Florida

    Bio

    The Ethics in Global Business course sparked my interest in ethics. After the class I continued my personal education of ethics by researching leaders in the field of ethics.
  • Sara Pressley

    Year: 5th year
    Major: Management / Minor: Communication Studies
    Hometown: Tampa, Florida

    Bio

    The concept of being an ethical individual in all areas of my life has always been important to me, and after taking Professor Darnell's course, I realized just how important it is in the business world as well. To me, acting ethically is important in creating a successful world for all individuals to thrive in.
  • Tyler Reynolds

    Year: Senior
    Major: Management
    Hometown: Fort Walton Beach, Florida

    Bio

    With my goal of having a career in Human Resources after college, I have become more focused on ensuring that both employees and employers are treating each other fairly and with respect. For me, ethics is a driving force behind every aspect of a company’s action, and the actions of the employees and employers within the company.
  • Devisha Sagar

    Year: Junior
    Major: Finance / Minor: Real Estate
    Hometown: New Delhi, India

    Bio

    Taking a philosophy course in high school initially sparked my interest in Business Ethics. Working at a banking institution allowed me to learn about the importance of ethical decision-making for my future career in the financial services industry. I believe that building a strong moral character is essential to being a good leader and becoming successful in any industry.
  • Mitchel Sinon

    Year: Junior
    Major: Marketing / Minor: Mass Communications & Entrepreneurship
    Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida

    Bio

    Ethics has always been important to me; the various ethics cases I've been involved in and the Business Ethics class have only furthered my interest in it. Among other things, they taught me to think about all aspects of a situation in order to make the best decision.
  • Ariela Steinberg

    Year: Senior
    Major: Finance
    Hometown: Recife, Brasil

    Bio

    Working on Wall Street opened my eyes to the importance of ethical leadership and navigating the "grey" areas of business. Because of the scrutiny and increased regulation on banks, acting with integrity and a strong moral compass is vital to being a successful leader within the financial services industry.
  • Joonsung Suh

    Year: Sophomore
    Major: Finance / Minor: Information Systems & Accounting
    Hometown: Tampa, Florida

    Bio

    I have a passion for ethics and doing what is best for me and those around me. This organization is a great way to embody my passion and help spread ethical awareness in the business school in order to make the future of business a bright one.
  • Taylor Ziegler

    Year: Junior
    Major: Marketing
    Hometown: Orlando, Florida

    Bio

    I have always had an interest in ethics but my first time delving deeper into the theories and arguments during Ethics in Global Business is what truly captured my attention. I love looking at all the different perspectives and analyzing the situation to find the most ethical course of action.

Past Ambassadors

Founding Members

  • Neda Anvary

    Year: Senior
    Major/Minor: Management/Entrepreneurship
    Hometown: Melbourne, FL

    Bio

    Starting in high school I was very involved with a business ethics case competition team and ever since then I've seen how the topic has been spreading and growing and there’s so much that can be learned from studying this!
  • Alix Claude

    Year: Senior
    Major/Minor: Management/Retailing Leadership
    Hometown: Arlington, VA

    Bio

    I had always been interested in learning how business could aid in humanitarian pursuits but I never fully understood just how relevant ethics is to socially responsible business practices. After I took Dr. Darnell's business ethics course I found myself really interested in the application of ethical principles in real world business issues. I hope to learn even more about ethics in business as well as help promote further education in ethics to prepare our future business leaders.
  • Maria Frias

    Year: Senior
    Major: Economics
    Hometown: Orlando, FL

    Bio

    I first became interested in ethics and its importance after taking Dr. Darnell's business ethics course my junior year. It really opened my eyes to the many ethical dilemmas faced by individuals in everyday life and by professionals in the business world.
  • Michelle Gittino

    Year: Senior
    Major: Management
    Hometown: Palm Harbor, FL

    Bio

    Working in the healthcare industry since I was 16 I saw a lot of unethical things that I knew needed to be changed. Having this opportunity to be a founder member of Heavener's Business Ethics Ambassadors helped me become part of the change in bringing ethics awareness to the healthcare industry and the business world in general. I plan on continuing my education and obtaining my masters in healthcare administration, and implementing what I have learn from my experience in this organization into the real world.
  • Sam Grace

    Year: Senior
    Major/Minor: Finance/Entrepreneurship
    Hometown: Orlando, FL

    Bio

    I've always believed good character is vital to being successful and happy in life, and being ethical ties directly to building strong character. Furthermore, as a Finance major, I'd heard about many ethical scandals in the industry so I decided to take Ethics in Global Business with Professor Michelle Darnell in order to build my ethical character. The course was one of my favorites and I enjoyed reading lots of different ethical viewpoints in order to shape my own definition of what ethics truly means. Now I plan to continue building upon my ethical foundation as I begin my professional career.
  • Connor Jones

    Year: Senior
    Major: Business Administration
    Hometown: Orlando, FL

    Bio

    Even as a young child, I have always stood up for what I thought was right and just. Ethics has always been a part of who I am. When I became a Christian and saw how deeply God cared for justice with no compromise, the passion for ethics from my youth was fanned into flame. I deeply desire that no matter what positive trade-off I face in business I will always deal fairly and honestly, because I believe that is what honors God, others, and myself.
  • Kelsey Noris

    Year: Senior
    Major: Business Administration
    Hometown: Lakeland, FL

    Bio

    The Warrington Welcome Ethics Case Competition initially sparked my interest in business ethics. The project was run by another student organization, but I became very involved in its operation. A year and a half later I took the Ethics in Global Business course and enjoyed diving deeper into theories behind ethics. I have now had the opportunity to talk about business ethics with other students through the case competition and am excited to continue to bring ethics initiatives to the college.
  • Miriam Pinedo

    Year: Senior
    Major: Business Administration
    Hometown: Boca Raton, FL

    Bio

    I love taking conceptual ideas and bringing them into the practical. This is especially important when dealing with ethics. We all have belief systems, but normally don't take the time to think about the subconscious process we take when deciding what we ought to do or not do. These are the decisions that form the culture in which we live. Having the ability to identify the different approaches to ethics can help us reach common grounds and ethical standards. That is what sparked my interest in ethics.
  • Ariela Steinberg

    Year: Senior
    Major: Finance
    Hometown: Recife, Brasil

    Bio

    Working on Wall Street opened my eyes to the importance of ethical leadership and navigating the "grey" areas of business. Because of the scrutiny and increased regulation on banks, acting with integrity and a strong moral compass is vital to being a successful leader within the financial services industry.

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