Bill O’Rourke to Deliver the Michael Lester Wendt Character Lecture

Oct 6, 2017

DUBUQUE, Iowa – University of Dubuque’s Wendt Center for Character Education is pleased to announce that Bill O’Rourke, JD, will deliver the Michael Lester Wendt Character Lecture on Monday, Oct. 23, at 7:00 p.m. in John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center, 2255 Bennett St.

In his lecture, entitled “Leading with Justice and Integrity,” O’Rourke will consider the role of moral values in leadership and business and will discuss best ethical practices in the workplace.

O’Rourke joined Alcoa as a patent attorney in 1975 and held a number of leadership positions until 2005, when he served for three years as president of Alcoa-Russia. He was also the vice president of environment, health and safety and sustainability three times under three CEOs at Alcoa. He retired from Alcoa in September 2011.

O’Rourke is also a Fellow of the Wheatley Institution in the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University where he serves on the Ethics Advisory Board and teaches ethics to all Business School students. He also holds ethics advisory positions with various boards and non-profit organizations and lectures on business ethics and safety worldwide. In 2016, O’Rourke published the book The Business Ethics Field Guide with co-authors Dr. Bradley Agle and Dr. Aaron Miller.

Admission to the public event is free. However, tickets are required. Tickets are available Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Farber Box Office, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; by phone at 563.585.SHOW; or online at