CBS Senior Vice President Hazel-Ann Mayers called on Mount St. Mary’s seniors to be ethical members of the business world in her guest speech at the university’s annual Ethics Pledge Signing on Apr. 16. Mayers, who also acts as CBS’ Assistant General Counsel, Litigation and Chief Compliance Officer, discussed the role of ethics in the modern workplace and talked about her own experience of maintaining authenticity in the corporate world.
“I stand before you today as someone who works in corporate America, can sleep at night and still look in the mirror and like what she sees,” Mayers said.
The speech was a part of the Richard J Bolte, Sr. School of Business’ Ethics Pledge event, held in Knott Auditorium. This year’s version marked the first time that seniors of all undergraduate majors, not just business, were allowed to read and sign the pledge.
Speakers included Provost David Rehm., Dean of the School of Business Karl Einolf, senior student Lauren Brown and Mayers. Each offered students advice for becoming responsible and productive members of the business world.
Mayers spent much of her speech reinforcing the need for individuality, and shared that, for a long time in her career, she felt that she couldn’t be “authentic Hazel.” She credits a mentor with encouraging her to be herself.
“As you enter your professional lives, you need to be comfortable being just you,” she said.
The guest speaker explained that her job involves reviewing allegations of company violations, disciplining employees and making changes to ethical procedures. Mayers believes that one can still be ethical in the modern workplace by navigating challenges properly.
“I am still very much Hazel-Ann, the little girl who grew up in Brooklyn and Queens, the first generation daughter of immigrants from Barbados,” she said.
After Mayers finished her presentation Brown led the senior class in reading the ethics pledge. Seniors were invited to sign the pledge and received a pen for their commitment to ethics.