"Go out and conquer the world, but remember your commitment to each and every one of these values," Rose Cardamone Crane '81 told a roomful of Beta Gamma Sigma inductees gathered at the Hewitt Union Forum.
The honors society dedicated to the values of honor, wisdom and earnestness in business inducted 32 juniors, seniors and graduate students April 24. A former executive at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Johnson & Johnson, Crane underscored the importance of integrity in business.
In recent years, business values have been compromised by high-profile corporate scandals, she said. Crane recalled the Johnson & Johnson company credo that helped guide her career.
"It essentially [told] employees to put the needs and well-being of their customers first," she said. The credo included commitment to the community and respect for colleagues.
"It is a wonderful reminder of how the business world should -- and often does -- work," said Crane, current chief executive officer of Epocrates, a private firm supporting the health care field.
Candidates for induction into Beta Gamma Sigma must achieve a grade point average that ranks in the top 10 percent of their class. That translated to a 3.5 GPA or above for this year's inductees.
Only colleges with accreditation by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business may have Beta Gamma Sigma chapters. About one-third of U.S. business schools, including Oswego, are accredited.
"You are the best of the best and for that, I offer my sincere congratulations," said Crane, who was visiting campus with her husband, Douglas Crane '80.
The couple recently established the Crane Business Scholarship. They've also made significant contributions to the Rich Hall renovation and the School of Communication, Media and the Arts in the past.
-- Shane M. Liebler
Rose Cardamone Crane '81, center, was this year's Beta Gamma Sigma honoree. She is pictured with School of Business Associate Dean Pamela Cox and Dean Richard Skolnik in the Hewitt Union Forum.
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