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The first Ethics' Conference in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia met all of its' goals.


This Conference is, initiated by Honorable Baasankhuu Oktyabri, Member of Mongolian Parliament with support of Honorable Enkh-Amgalan Luvsantseren, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, in conjunction with Civil Service Council and UNDP’s “Towards a Professional and Citizen-centered Civil Service in Mongolia”, over all implemented by “Grow Together” non-governmental organization based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

We are planning to have Friday Night and Saturday morning presentations, including time for discussion with the speakers. Our guest speakers are experts in the area of governmental and business ethics. Their practical applications will be from a Mongolian viewpoint. The emphasis will demonstrate beyond any doubt the truth that strong ethical actions bring great benefits to nations, people, families and work places. These will be practical, Mongolian ideas – not Western, Chinese or Russian. The presentations recognize the uniqueness of Mongolia and suggestions are based on Mongolian culture and background. The sessions are guaranteed to improve personal lives and professional skills of everyone that attends. There will be time for questions and answers, lively interaction, honest, realistic discussion on the day-to-day issues of government, inter-department management and improved personal relationships.



are from America – Seattle, Washington and Washington D.C.
Эльберт (Эл) М. Эрисман

Dr. Al M. Erisman

* 32-year career at The Boeing Company, Director of R&D for computing and mathematics

  • Executive editor of Ethix magazine
  • Interviewed more than 100 world leaders on the topics of ethics
  • Taught graduate courses at Seattle Pacific University while working with the Center for Integrity.
  • Conference speaker at six Asian nations on the subject of Governmental ethics
Edmund C.Moy

Edmund C. Moy

* Former Director of the US Mint running the world’s largest manufacturer of flat currency on circulation, coins, and precious metal bullion.

  • Worked with US Department of the Treasury, Congress and the Federal Reserve during the US Financial Crisis and Great Recession.
  • Served the White House as a special assistant to the President
  • One of the first senior government official to embrace block chain and crypto currencies and their potential.

Ethics is a part of any flourishing society.  It is the basis for trust, for collaboration, and for the confidence people need to take good and appropriate risks for the benefit of all.  Ethics certainly includes avoiding bad behavior, such as the avoidance of corruption and bribery. But avoiding these things is not enough.  Positive growth and development require a clear mission for the growth and flourishing of a nation.  As we prioritize integrity of public servants and initiate this movement for ethics and its related values, not only we would see significant changes in the stabilizing of our economic growth, but also gaining the needed credibility of our nation and its branding in the international arena.


Corruption leads to bad outcomes for the country.  There is a strong correlation between economic well-being and human flourishing in a country.  And there is a strong inverse correlation between corruption and both economics and human flourishing.  In short, the more corruption, the less well off the country.  A flourishing Mongolia requires strong ethical leadership.  Leadership in this way is about serving others. Unfortunately, too many world government leaders view their role in government in terms of what they can personally gain.  We need to put systems in place to create accountability for ethical behavior.  Here are some examples: Laws, regulations, and rules, Transparency for accountability (FOIA, free press), Encouragement of watchdog organizations, Legislative oversight, Whistleblower protection, Political Leadership commitment etc.

We also need a set of values, that guide us in places where it is not clear what to do.  We will discuss eight: Humility, Accountability, Power under control, Excellence and Justice, Forgiveness and Compassion, Integrity, Collaboration, Courage. We observe that this is not something only done by ourselves, but also in collaboration with others.  We need to be able to see beyond our own blind spots.  This is one of the reasons for the second of the values.

In addition, ethics is more than compliance, or avoiding bad behavior, but relates to our mission.  It is about doing good which is bigger than not doing bad.

  • Ethics is importance in particular for government leaders because it is tied to both the economic and human well-being of a nation.
  • We all need to act ethically for personal as well as missional well-being, all leading to the flourishing of Mongolia.

We will use this to work through some ethical challenges.


It applies to cultural aspects of Mongolia based on numerous talks, discussions and interviews with Mongolian leaders since its’ peaceful transition to free market economy.
The Conference is for all levels of Mongolian public servants who vowed to the people for their commitments and will gain a huge benefit not only individually, but also for their colleagues to grow and flourish together in long term.
You can learn practical steps to become ethical leaders of the nations and role models. Understand and internalize keys to growth and flourishing process of the nation.
The messages contained in the presentations are not only based on International or Western, Eastern behavior values, but also aligned with Mongolian tradition, heritage.
Speakers are experts in both the private sector and public sector of most powerful economy of the world with rich experience described in their portfolio.
The delivery method is not only theories behind it, but also applicable cases, examples to be discussed among the small groups during the sessions.

What does it mean to act ethically as a leader? 

Ethics is about complying with the laws, both nationally and internationally.  This requires adherence to laws even for those in a position of privilege, and also requires some oversight attention. This is a good start, but ethics is much more than this.  In a rapidly changing world, influenced by technology changes and globalization, there are many new situations where there are no explicit laws.  Ethics is about acting appropriately in these situations, seeking the good of others even when there is not clear law prohibiting certain behavior.  How do we make a decision in this case?

But ethics is even bigger than this.  It is about having a clear mission and doing those things that support that mission.  This is where we think about the mission of “Grow Mongolia.” The question is bigger than:  can I do this and get by with it.  It is rather, does this help Mongolia flourish?

And why should a government leader care about ethics? 

Ethical leadership is required for the mission.  Worldwide statistics show that the more ethical the government and business leaders are in a country, the higher the country is positioned on the economic scale and on the human flourishing scale.  The more corrupt a country is, the lower it is on both the economic scale and the human flourishing scale.  The flourishing of Mongolia depends on ethical leadership.  This requires a leader to seek the good of others, not just himself.  As Chinggis Khaan said, “A leader can never be happy until his people are happy.”

In this session we will build the key pieces for knowing why ethics is important, what can be done through ethical leadership, and learning key steps to carrying this out in practice.


Ushering the participants, registration, networking and exchange of business cards


Opening remarks
Keynote speech by His Excellency Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh, 28th Prime Minister of Mongolia (TBC) /Master of Ceremonies (MC)/
Introduction of the two speakers:  Al M. Erisman and Ed C. Moy  /MC/


Part 1
Is ethics just about avoiding bad behavior, or is it more than that?

  • What do we mean by ethics?/Al Erisman (Al)12’/
  • A case study of ethical challenge in the government. /Ed Moy (Ed)12’/
  • Questions to discuss in small groups  /MC16’/


Part 2
Why is ethics tied to a flourishing Mongolia?

  • The link between ethical government leadership and prospering societies. /Al 12’/
  • Examples of these links in government experience. /Ed 12’/
  • Questions to discuss in small groups  /MC 16’/

19:50 – 20:30

Dinner served
(discussion of these questions over dinner).


Brief Q&A regarding the importance of ethics in a flourishing society. /MC 40’/


Part 3
What are the key motivations for acting ethically, both for myself and my organization?

  • Why should I (as a leader) act ethically in government? Why is it necessary for every person at every level to understand these things? /Al 10’/
  • Case study. /Ed 10’/
  • Questions to discuss in small groups /MC 10’/
  • A preview of the key issues that will be discussed. /Ed and Al in dialogue 10’/


Closing remarks /MC 10’/
Reminder of the events of Saturday

If ethical leadership is important for a flourishing Mongolia, what are the steps needed to get there?  It starts with commitments from a leader to focus on the needs of others.  We outline 10 commitments of an ethical leader which are fundamental to the flourishing of others.  Secondly, we need a set of values, those things important in establishing the kind of government you want to have, that provide guidance in areas where the law may not be clear.  We discuss 8 traits of a healthy organizational culture.

In light of the mission for a flourishing Mongolia, in light of the commitment to ethical leadership, and in light of the set of values, how do these come together to decide what to do in certain situations?  We outline a step-by-step process to analyze the situation and make a decision.  We will illustrate this process with example cases that can be worked through in small groups.


Ushering the participants, registration, networking and exchange of business cards


A brief recap of FRIDAY evening messages
Introduction of the two speakers:  Al M. Erisman and Ed C. Moy /MC 5’/
We discussed three parts of being an ethical leader. /Al 10’/


Ethical Leadership principles
Part 1—Leadership practices

  • 10 Ethical Leadership principles /Al 10’/
  • A case study showing practices in action /Ed 10’/
  • Questions to discuss in small groups /MC 15’/
  • Brief Q&A /MC 10’/


Creating values and structures that guide organizational culture tied to the mission
Part 2—Developing healthy practices within an organization.

  • 8 Traits of a Healthy Organizational Culture /Al 15’/
  • Creating structures that support ethical behavior /Ed 15’/
  • Questions to discuss in small groups /MC 15’/


Coffee Break


Brief Q&A


Making an ethical decision
We now have a number of key pieces in place, but how do you make an ethical decision?  What are the key considerations that should be a part of ethical decision making?

  • A case study for small group discussion /MC 10’/
  • Short report out and brief discussion /MC 10’/
  • A model for making ethical decisions /Al 10’/
  • Experience at making ethical decisions /Ed 10’/



  • Reexamine the cases you looked at earlier in light of the model. What might change? /MC 10’/
  • Discussion of the case. /Al and Ed 25’/



  • Reexamine the cases you looked at earlier in light of the model. What might change? /MC 10’/
  • Discussion of the case. /Al and Ed 25’/


Wrap Up and Open discussion

  • Key elements of learning—the role of ethics, the tie to flourishing, the need for leadership, and the need for building trust. /Al and Ed 8’/
  • Q&A /MC 15’/
  • Survey of the conference /MC 2’/



Novotel Hotel, “Khaan” Ballroom, 4th floor

Registration starts at 5:30 pm on 05/03/2019.                                        
(Dinner served)


Registration starts at 08:30 am on 05/04/2019.
(Light breakfast served)



Seats are limited.

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