Fun With Ethics: APA-NC Conference make-up webinar

APA North Carolina Chapter


Thursday, December 6, 2018
12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. EST

CM | 1.50
E | 1.50

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Please note: This session has been created for the use of APA-NC conference registrants. This session was canceled due to Hurricane Florence and is being provided to conference registrants exclusively.

Ethics isn't some abstract concept or series of principles that can be compartmentalized into our work environment. Ethics is who you are - you either have them, or you don't. Participants will be inspired and entertained, as integrity-based cultures are explored, inherent character questions are considered, and common, everyday crises of conscious are unpacked. Focus will be on the very personal nature of ethics, and why it is impossible to separate ethics from the individual. Participants will be challenged to question what makes up the foundation of their ethical decisions, and will be provided tools for identifying their own core values.

The "Principles to Which We Aspire" portion of the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct will provide the backdrop for this interactive and lively session. While the session will be "scenario-free," real world case studies in bias, discourse, commonality, and values will be on parade. Participants will leave this session with an entirely new perception of ethics sessions and their own personal responsibility to their profession, those around them and themselves.

The format will be a hybrid of traditional presentation, interactive opportunities, and discussion. The two speakers have developed a "banter" style of presenting, where each one plays off of the other's content, creating a "build" to the session with payoffs. Speakers will trade off regularly to keep things lively, while also engaging the audience throughout the session.

Key topics include:

• Self-serving bias: how it affects objectivity and the presentation of planning theories and data.

• Diversity vs. division: one is a strength, the other is a weakness.

• Core values: they affect every decision you make, but how do you identify them?

• Integrity-based cultures: making the leap from fear of punishment to pride in knowing and doing what's right.


Brian Carter

Invited Speaker

Brian E. Carter, AICP, ICMA-CM is the City Administrator in West Columbia, SC. He earned a MS in Management from Southern Wesleyan University. Brian has 20 years of government experience, during which he specialized in administration, planning and zoning, public safety, and emergency planning. Brian is humbled to lead a ... Read More

Johanna Cockburn

Invited Speaker

Hanna Cockburn, AICP has practiced transportation and land use planning in the public sector in North Carolina since 1998. Hanna joined NCDOT in February 2018 as the Director of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Division. Hanna holds a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell College and a Master of Arts in ... Read More

Ernie Boughman

Invited Speaker

Ernie Boughman, AICP is Toole Design Group's Director of Operations for the Southeastern US. With over 20 years of experience in planning and design, Ernie has been privileged to hold leadership positions in companies ranging from 10 to 60,000 employees, affording him the opportunity to experience many different ... Read More

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