ST. PAUL, Minn. – March 2, 2018 – John Taft, Baird Vice Chairman, received the Center for Ethical Organizations’ (CEO) Citizenship award on March 1.Taft was one of three individuals to receive an inaugural award from CEO at its Principled Leadership Spotlight event. The Principled Leadership Spotlight awards honor individuals who exemplify the qualities of a principled leader by putting their own self-interests aside for the benefit of the common good.

The event took place at the University of St. Thomas School of Law Atrium. Attendees had the opportunity to network and hear CEO President Dr. Bill Brende, speak on the topic: "Bringing Humanity Back to Work."

John Taft

About The Center for Ethical Organizations
The Center for Ethical Organizations is a non-profit organization associated with the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas. CEO’s mission is to help develop ethical cultures across all types of organizations by focusing on three pillars: Principled Leadership, Organizational Citizenship and Meaningful Work. CEO offers customized ETHOS training programs, continuing education courses for all types of industries, consulting services including customized assessments, customized interventions and implementation strategies and virtual learning services. For more information, please visit

About Baird
Baird is an employee-owned, international wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Established in 1919, Baird has approximately 3,500 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird has more than $200 billion in client assets as of Dec. 31, 2017. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked No. 12 on FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2018 – its 15th consecutive year on the list. Baird is the marketing name of Baird Financial Group. Baird’s principal operating subsidiaries are Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated in the United States and Robert W. Baird Group Ltd. in Europe. Baird also has an operating subsidiary in Asia supporting Baird’s investment banking and private equity operations. For more information, please visit Baird’s Web site at

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