Register below for this on-demand webinar.

Seminar description

To say that today’s business and employment environments are complex is a vast understatement. Leaders are facing situations and making decisions related to discrimination, harassment, health and safety, diversity, equity, business and personal confidentiality, individual responsibility, skyrocketing prices, competitive challenges and so much more! So how do we make decisions that are fair, ethical, and good for the business? This workshop offers a perspective that ethical leadership guides good decision-making and leads to a more fair, positive, and engaging workplace, which gives you competitive advantage. The session is grounded in the well-established lens of five different ethical perspectives that leaders must understand to get past binary thinking to work with the world as it is, not as we think it should be. You will even identify and explore your own ethical framework —and understand why it can be hard to work with people who see things differently than you do.

Learning objectives
1. Examine five ethical perspectives: Utilitarian, Altruistic, Communitarian, Justice as Fairness, and the Categorical Imperative.

2. Review examples of each perspective and how they work in the business environment.

3. Through the use of real-world architecture scenarios, examine how ethical leadership impacts decision making.

4. Discover tools for everyday decisions including right vs. wrong ethical tests, right vs. right, and the SAD moral reasoning process.


Debra Magnuson, MA, CPCC, is an executive coach and leadership consultant with more than 25 years of experience working with clients to accelerate individual and team development. She is co-author of the books, Work with Me: A New Lens on the Multigenerational Workforce and The ReFirement Workbook. She has served on the faculty of AIA Minnesota’s Leadership Forum since 2010, teaching topics including managing generational differences, courageous conversations, and creating motivation and engagement in today’s complex workplace. She taught business and professional ethics and strategic communications at the graduate level at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. Debby holds a Master’s degree in counseling psychology from St. Thomas University and she is an ICF-accredited Certified Professional Coach. 


AIA members $50
Non-members $65

Continuing education credit

This program has been approved for 2.0 LU Hours for AIA; and based on our review, should also qualify for the 2 hours of Ethics required for Minnesota licensing.


  • Complete registration and payment
  • You will then receive a confirmation email with the link and password to access the webinar 
  • View the two-hour webinar and then complete the ten-question quiz (must score 70% or above for credit)
  • Within 48 business hours you will receive a certificate of completion and/or credits will be recorded to your AIA member transcript


Contact Deanna Christiansen, Continuing Education Director.