Ethics and Integrity in Business Lecture at Benedictine College

Ethics and Integrity in Business

Guest Speaker to talk about experiences at Enron

Published: Friday, March 11, 2016

Benedictine College students in the White Collar Crime class taught by adjunct instructor and Kansas City area lawyer Christopher E. Kopecky, will have a rare chance to learn about business ethics on Wednesday, March 16, from a former Enron executive. Ryan Siurek, former Director of Transaction Support at Enron, will speak about “Ethical Relativism – Developing a Culture of Ethics and Integrity” at 6:30 p.m. in the McAllister Board Room in Ferrell Academic Center. His talk is free and open to the public.

Although facing scrutiny from the SEC and FBI at Enron, Siurek was never under criminal investigation and helped federal authorities with their case. After his experiences at Enron, he reshaped how he views business. He is passionate about speaking to student groups about to enter the workforce and delivering a meaningful message on ethics and integrity in business organizations.

Siurek is currently Chief Financial Officer for Sprint’s Prepaid & Wholesale division, one of Sprint’s three business units.  From 2013 to 2014, he held the position of CFO for Sprint’s Enterprise Solutions business unit.  In November 2009, he was appointed Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer.  As Chief Accounting Officer, Mr. Siurek was responsible for Sprint’s books and records, including the Company’s regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  He served as Vice President and Assistant Controller from January 2009 to November 2009. 

Siurek received his Bachelor and Master degrees from Texas A&M University. He said the best part of his college experience was meeting his wife of 18 years, Kimberly. Together they have eight children ranging in age from 16 months to 17 years and live in Overland Park, Kansas. The Siurek family is active in their parish, volunteering as altar servers, lectors, pianists, cantors and on church committees. Their Catholic high school children cover the spectrum of extracurricular activities, including volleyball, basketball, baseball, choir and band. 

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.