Through our Ethics Day event, we have touched the lives of thousands of young adults whom we view as the future of our business community. Ethics Day engages the entire senior class of South Lakes High School in a day of ethical decision making, facilitated and led by our Chamber members. We are proud to share that we were the first chamber in Northern Virginia to offer this forum.
Ethics Day is a program that was initiated by one of Reston's key business leaders Charles A. Veatch over 23 years ago. Mr. Veatch saw an opportunity to bring the business community together with Reston's youth to consider the importance of integrity in action. Mr. Veatch approached the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) to produce the program. Ethics day has become a model for similar programs across Fairfax County and the region.
The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) hosted its 23rd annual Ethics Day event on November 24, 2015 from 8:00am to 2:00pm at the Sheraton Reston. Each year the Reston Chamber invites the entire senior class of Reston's South Lakes High School to travel off-site to the Reston Sheraton. More than 550 students spend the day working through ethical dilemmas and learning how decision making will affect their adult lives.
The students, were met by more than 75 Chamber member volunteers facilitating conversation as table leaders, are given a series of real-life scenarios and asked to reach decisions on topics including personal relationships and accountability, medical emergencies, texting and driving, public safety, substance abuse and cyber bullying.
This year students were introduced to a new room sponsored by Leidos called "What Would You Do?" Students were given voting devices and challenged to think outside the box on several different real life situations.
To learn more about this year’s Ethics Day program, including volunteer sign up and sponsorship opportunities, please visit our Ethics Day 2016 web page.