With Borys Gudziak

Lviv Business School (LvBS) and Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU)  held its first Business Credo discussion on Feb. 3 at Kyiv.

The guest speaker at the event, the first of what are to be regular discussions on business topics, was Borys Gudziak, rector and head of the Ukrainian Catholic University.

Born in the U.S. of Ukrainian roots, educated in Europe and active in Ukraine, Gudziak's talk focused on "the price of honor" in Ukraine, the nation's business environment and society in general. Widespread corruption experienced by Ukrainians in both education and business was discussed.

"In the short-term, corruption is an easy way to get past difficult Ukrainian realities, barriers and bureaucracy. But in the long term, this process is destructive," Gudziak said.

The issues covered at the meeting include: 
- How much is dignity linked to human ability to go against the stream?
- How shall we determine the degree of balancing on the verge of commitment to principle and lack of principles?
- Who out of modern Ukrainian businessmen can be held up as an example for children?


The event was attended by more than 100 young Ukrainian professionals, top managers and politicians, including former Prime Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov.

Natalia Popovych, president of Kyiv-based public relations firm PRP Group, moderated the event.

 Read article in Kyiv Post "What is the cost of dignity?"

Father doctor Borys Gudziak, Rector of Ukrainian Catholic University studied at Syracuse University, Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Pontifical Oriental Institute. The disciple of Patriarch Josef Slipyj. In 1992 he got the degree of doctor in Slavic and Byzantine studies at Harvard. Since that time he has been working and living in Ukraine. He is the leading scholar in the sphere of church history, a public and a church figure. In 2002 he was inaugurated rector of Ukrainian Catholic University. Over the recent years he has had speeches on social and business topics at numerous conferences and events.

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