Purpose of Award
The purpose of the award is to recognize and celebrate action that exemplifies integrity and, in a continuing and constructive way, encourage commitment to ethical conduct and the value of integrity.
Method of Selection
A subcommittee of the Rutland Institute for Ethics Advisory Board will select the award recipient. The subcommittee will include the director of the Institute as well as other persons designated by the RIE Advisory Board.
Criteria for Selection
Recipients will be recognized for action(s) and significant accomplishment that reveal deep and sustained commitment to ethical conduct and the value of integrity: nominations will include a narrative description of the action(s) and accomplishment(s) that prompt the nomination and be supported by independent references (i.e., sources in addition to the person submitting the nomination).
The Rutland Institute Advisory Board decided to name the Institute's award The James F. Barker Ethics in Action Award in recognition of the "ways in which he has exemplified integrity thereby bringing ethics into focus in the best possible way: by living it.... [and, accordingly, to make the award] an ongoing and constructive way to recognize and encourage commitment to ethical conduct and the value of integrity."
2015 Recipient: Scott T. Dishman
Scott spent 21 years in corporate marketing and brand strategy in both New York City and South Carolina, eventually serving as the Director of Communications for the $3 billion Michelin consumer brand in the United States. In 2006, he decided to leave the corporate world and look for ways to help neglected and abused children who- through no fault of their own- are being set up for failure in American life. He was serving as the Vice Chair for A Child's Haven in Greenville at the time, and resigned his Board spot to take a staff position for the agency.
Scott quickly developed a communications effort and successful capital campaign for A Child's Haven, working alongside Former South Carolina Governor and US Secretary of Education Dick Riley. In late 2009, the nascent Board of Directors for The Family Effect asked Scott to create and launch an effort to address addiction as the number one root cause of family collapse and harm to children in South Carolina. This work supports family and child-centered programming at The Phoenix Center in Greenville, which brought evidence-based treatment to more than 1,500 families with children in 2014. In addition to his work with The Family Effect, Scott serves as Vice Chair for the Board of Directors of Fostering Great Ideas- an innovative organization working to improve the lives of children in foster care.
He is the Immediate Past President of the Piedmont Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and also serves at the national level for AFP's Communications and Marketing Committee. Since 2012, Scott has served as a Mentor for young professionals in the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Pulse - Pacesetters program. He is the former Chair of the Greenville Forward Family & Social Services Task Force, and former Chair of the School Improvement Council at Stone Academy. Scott is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), having met a series of criteria that include tenure in the profession, education, high ethical standards, demonstrated achievement and a commitment to service with nonprofit organizations. His wife Lydia is a veteran business journalist for national publications, and together they have two beautiful and creative daughters.