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Taking a Stand: Michigan is First State to Ban Sales of Flavored E-Cigarettes

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To date, seven people have reportedly died from vaping-related causes. These cases stretch across the country, including California, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Oregon. This is a national issue and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is actively working to try and find answers.

In the meantime, it was announced that Michigan is the first state to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes to help curb potential use amongst teens. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered the state health department to issue emergency rules that immediately ban the sale of flavored vaping products that contain nicotine, both in store and online. Furthermore, her office announced that she will limit the marketing of such products. The objective is to prevent these companies from marketing their products as “clean,” “safe” or “healthy.”

Gov. Whitmer’s imposed six-month ban can be renewed for another six months, if deemed necessary. According to a September 2019 Time Magazine online article, the CDC identified 380 confirmed and probable cases of lung disease associated with vaping in 36 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“As governor, I’m going to do it unilaterally until I can get the legislature to adopt a statute and write it into law,” Gov. Whitmer told MSNBC. “This is too important.”

-Dina Barabash, NASBA Content Development & Web Specialist

How to Maintain Loyal Employees

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Employers know that the cost of replacing an employee is high. Between time spent interviewing new candidates and leadership’s time away from daily responsibilities, the entire process is costly. Therefore, employee loyalty and longevity are an asset to any company. Organizations fortunate enough to retain top talent for extended periods of time not only benefit financially but may even see improvements in other areas.

The question is, how do you encourage employees to stay loyal to your company and avoid a high turnover rate? One way is to understand your workers. Who is excelling and who appears bored, underwhelmed and not challenged? Focus on the employees who seem restless and do not appear committed. Improve employee outlooks by deciphering the challenges or obstacles that may be preventing them for fully engaging. What is holding them back? You may need to have one-on-one meetings with some of your staff or initiate other popular methods of investigation that include surveys and anonymous questionnaires.

When leading employees toward success, it is important to give them the opportunity to shine. When employees feel as though they are contributing to the collective good, by using their skills, they feel valued and respected. You want your employees to feel needed, and their experience and skills are being recognized and appreciated. If your team feels needed by you, they may not feel the need to go elsewhere.

Company culture is another key aspect of employee retention. Create an environment that breathes warmth, kindness, tolerance and patience. One way to do this is by emphasizing collaborations. Whether on projects that include most of your team, or are much smaller in size, collaborations are a great way for team members to feel their voices are being heard and they are contributing to the success of the company.

Lastly, be a good listener. Questions, concerns and personal matters are unavoidable in the office. To improve employee outlook, you must also improve working conditions, and this includes the ways in which matters are addressed. Listen to your staff and understand what it is that they want, fear or desire. You may not be able to resolve every concern, but you can be present and make sure they feel heard and comfortable speaking up when a matter does arise.

-Dina Barabash, NASBA Content Development & Web Specialist

Sunday, October 27, 2019 – CPT Ethics Workshop

Earn 2 hours of behavioral ethics CPE at the NASBA Center for the Public Trust’s Ethics Workshop.

Date: October 27, 2019 (3:30p.m.-5:30p.m.)
Location: The Westin Copley Place – Boston, MA (Room TBD)
Presenter: NASBA Center for the Public Trust
Presentation Title: Ethical Leadership: The True Sustainable Leadership

Session Description:

In this engaging and interactive session, participants will be introduced to a new and effective model for ethical decision making. During the session, participants will engage with each other while learning how to identify and resolve difficult, but common ethical issues. Participants will gain greater insight on how to empower those around them to lead with ethics and integrity. The True Sustainable Leadership educational program is prefect for leaders at all levels of an organization.

Conference Policies:

No fee is required to attend this conference.

For more information regarding program concerns and/or cancellation policies, please contact our offices by sending an email to

cpe2The Center for the Public Trust is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:


  • No fee is required to attend this workshop
  • Workshop attendees can earn up to 2 Behavioral Ethics CPE credits
  • Email to register

Additional Information


No prerequisites are required to attend this workshop.

Who Should Attend?

  • Accounting Professionals
  • Ethics and Compliance Officers
  • Finance Professionals
  • Legal Professionals
  • Medical Professionals
  • Sales and Marketing Professionals
  • HR Training Staff
  • Managers and Directors with Direct Reports
  • Corporate Executives

Advanced Preparation:

No advanced preparation will be needed before attending this workshop.

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This workshop is hosted by the NASBA Center for the Public Trust

Tips for Your Next Job Interview

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Now that you are ready to become an ethical leader in the workplace, you must first ace the job interview before you set off on your successful career path. Many can attest to the fact that the interviewing process can be stressful, intimidating and even a bit confusing. However, with preparation and anticipation, you can avoid the perspiration. How can you prepare before the big day? Below are a few tips and tricks to review before your next job interview.

First, it is important to do your research on the organization or firm that will be interviewing you. Understand the company’s history, strengths, competitors and what sets it apart, just to name a few. This step is crucial as it will prepare you for the many different questions you may be asked and will help you familiarize yourself with the company.

To anticipate questions you may be asked, there are a few things you can do. Be sure to put yourself in interviewer’s position and ask yourself, “To fill this role, what might they want to know about me?” This may be an opportunity to recall many of your successes or achievements you would like to highlight. Additionally, be sure to research commonly used interview questions online. There is no guarantee these questions will be asked during your interview, but it can help get you into the mind of an interviewer.
Remember, being punctual is key! Being “on time” does not mean arriving at the exact time of your scheduled interview, it means arriving between five and 10 minutes early. This allows enough time for the receptionist to alert your interviewer and have you fill out necessary forms, if applicable.

Understand that the interview process can be challenging. If you remain calm, do your research, prepare and arrive on time, you’ll be better equipped to put your best foot forward. The world is waiting to see what you can do, so go with gusto!

-Dina Barabash, NASBA Content Development & Web Specialist

2019 CPT Golf Classic

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Ethics Matters

July/August 2019

On July 8, the NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) hosted a golf fundraiser at The Governor’s Club in Brentwood, TN. Twelve teams competed in a scramble tournament to help support student chapter programs across the nation. Those in attendance included current and past chair of the CPT, Donny Burkett and David Costello (2012 – 2018), current members of the NASBA Board of Directors, Jimmy Burkes (Treasurer) and Mike Fritz (Secretary), past chair of NASBA, Michael Daggett (2010 – 2011), NASBA employees, and business professionals representing the Middle Tennessee area.

Special thanks to the event sponsors, hole sponsors and players: RN’B PARTS, CGI, Smokin sensations.

If you are interested in participating in next year’s tournament, please contact Sara Urbaniak at or for sponsorship and event details.

Student NEWS

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Ethics Matters

July/August 2019

Do you want to start a StudentCPT Chapter in your state? Contact Ashley Metivier, Student Programs Manager,

See Why Herb Chain, Assistant Professor at St. John’s University, Incorporates the Ethical Leadership Certification Program Into His Classes.

“I have required my students to complete the NASBA Center for the Public Trust’s Ethical Leadership Certification Program as part of our graduate accounting degree capstone course, Accounting Ethics and Professionalism.

I have found it to be a valuable supplement to our class discussions and required preparation materials, and recommend its incorporation into other, similar courses.”

Herbert M. Chain, MBA, CPA
Assistant Professor
St. John’s University
Retired Deloitte Partner

LEAD WITH INTEGRITY: Education, Experience and Relationships

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Ethics Matters

July/August 2019

Reflecting on my professional journey, I was reminded about the variety of lessons I have learned, impacting my career and life. Some lessons came from formal education opportunities, others from experiences, and more from relationships. My belief is that these three platforms have provided me with tremendous exposures that are helping me continue to grow as a leader. Today, I am sharing my thoughts on each to encourage you on your journey.

Education is critical for our development as ethical leaders, and it can come in many ways. Education includes formal courses we take for credit or certification, or they can be less formal workshops taken in class or online. This type of education is important because it often gives the technical learning we need. It also helps us be disciplined. Formal education with a graduation or certification at the end of the process usually requires us to exercise discipline to complete the process. I am confident that my formal education experiences gave me understanding of the parameters and the discipline to get things done.

Experience compliments education and it is often how we learn best. On many occasions, I have gone into situations and had to make decisions about new circumstances. In fact, experience is ongoing training. I have now learned that my experience trumps my knowledge in almost every case. I am best when I operate in areas where I have experience that I can use along with my education. The greatest thing about experience is that when we are open, we grow from our positive and negative experiences. As the saying goes, “Experience is the best teacher.”

Relationships are very important in the development of an ethical leader. I can attribute a significant amount of success on my journey to relationships established along the way. Through relationships, we gain mentorship from other leaders. We can also establish meaningful relationships with like-minded individuals who can lead us to opportunities to grow, personally and professionally. My relationships are so important to me because I learn from watching others, and I use my relationships to teach others from my experiences.

Education sets the tone and is a guide for ethical leaders. Experience provides invaluable, broad and flexible training for ethical leaders. Relationships allow ethical leaders to save time by learning from the successes and failures of others.

All three have been instrumental for me, and I hope you reflect on these to help you Lead with Integrity.

Why I Give (Donald H. Burkett, CPT Chairman)

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Ethics Matters

July/August 2019

Donald H. Burkett serves as CPT chairman and is a proud supporter of the organization.

Why did you first give to the NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT)?

I believe in the CPT’s mission and every dollar contributed allows the organization to touch more lives. The CPT staff truly makes a difference!

What do you believe would transform ethical leadership the most?

Leaders who not only talk about ethical leadership but lead by example. My dad was the most ethical man I have ever known by the example he set for his children.

  • To be kind to people, he always was
  • To reach out and help people who needed help, he always did
  • Do not talk bad about people, he never did
  • Earn a day’s wage, he always did

We need ethical leaders who “walk the walk.”

Who is an ethical leader you look up to? Lou Holtz was the head football coach at University of South Carolina, and I admire his ethics. My favorite quote of his is, “I follow three rules: do the right thing, do the best you can, and always show people you care.”

Why do you continue to give toward the CPT’s mission?

I want to support the CPT’s wonderful staff and help give them the monetary resources to succeed.

Good News: Warren Buffett to Donate Shares Worth Billions to Charity

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Ethics Matters

July/August 2019

Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and the world’s fourth wealthiest man, is donating shares of Berkshire Hathaway, an American multinational conglomerate holding company, to five charities. The sum of his donation is said to be worth a staggering $3.6 billion. The selected charities are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, Sherwood Foundation, Howard G. Buffett Foundation and NoVo Foundation.

Buffett began donating some of his shares to charity in 2006. In 2010, he helped launch The Giving Pledge. With that pledge, hundreds of the wealthiest people in the world promised to donate a large portion of their wealth to philanthropic organizations. Buffett has vowed to donate over 99 percent of his fortune to charity. To date, he has donated roughly $34 billion to charity. The CPT loves Good News stories. Do you have one to share? Email us at

Student Leaders Gather in Nation’s Capital for Annual Leadership Conference

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Ethics Matters

July/August 2019

The NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) hosted its 9th annual StudentCPT Leadership Conference (SLC) in Washington, D.C., June 10-12. Fifty-two student leaders from around the United States came together for two days of leadership development and chapter training.

The conference commenced with CPT’s newest staff member and Operations Director, Sedrik Newbern, speaking to students about speaking about perseverance and overcoming obstacles to succeed in life. Next, students learned how to navigate networking with Ashley Metivier, Student Programs Manager, and Sara Urbaniak, Development and Student Programs Specialist. They then got the opportunity to put their new knowledge to the test while joining NASBA members for lunch.

Dr. William Latham, Chief Student Development and Success Officer at the University of the District of Columbia, had students examine their strengths in an interactive presentation and taught students how they can best use them as it relates to leadership.

On the final day, teams of students presented on numerous case studies they were introduced to the night beforehand. Students were asked to give counsel and advice to the fictional characters in each case. CPT Board Members played the role of fictional characters and advisors. The day concluded with Metivier and Urbaniak sharing tips and tricks on how chapters can achieve Golden Star Chapter status.

The CPT is grateful for the generous sponsors, speakers and volunteers who made the conference possible for 52 bright leaders!