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Winning with Integrity Symposium

Is Following the Rules Enough?

2019 Winning with Integrity Symposium

How can you build a culture of integrity? Are there times when ethics and compliance are at odds? How can creative leadership push beyond regulations to develop breakthrough results? Should leaders be required to go beyond compliance? St. Thomas vice president and director of athletics Phil Esten and retiring athletic director Steve Fritz will join business and professional sports executives to discuss the sometimes-tenuous relationship between compliance and ethics.


  • Phil Esten, Ph.D., Athletic Director/Vice President, University of St. Thomas, and former director of athletics and COO, Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Steve Fritz, retiring director of athletics, University of St. Thomas
  • Lara Juras, VP People and Culture, Minnesota Vikings
  • Manny Lagos, General Manager/Sporting Director, Minnesota United FC
  • Christie Farris Oberg, J.D., Deputy Chief Compliance Officer, CarVal Investors


  • Lea B. Olsen, Founder of Rethink the Win and Timberwolves/Lynx sideline reporter

Continuing Education Credits: We are applying for 2 hours CPE continuing education credits courtesy of FEI.

Ticket Prices:
$65 General Public
$45 CEP, FEI, & St. Thomas Alumni
$30 Nonprofits and St. Thomas Faculty & Staff
*Students are free to attend, but advanced registration is required.


Event Details:
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
7:45 a.m. | Registration
8 a.m. | Welcome
8:20 a.m. | Program

University of St. Thomas-Minneapolis Campus
Schulze Auditorium and Atrium
1000 LaSalle Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

About the Event

Winning with Integrity is an ongoing conversation on topics in sports, ethics and principled leadership. The program features speakers and panelists with important insights for organizations as they strive to develop future leaders and overcome organizational and ethical challenges. This series emerges from issues reverberating across the world of sports with questions about ethics and leadership that have implications for all kinds of organizations. Speakers and panelists highlight lessons learned through the lens of sports and the business of sports, lessons from victory and defeat, teamwork and resilience, overcoming ethical challenges and organizational barriers, and mentoring future leaders.