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Past Ethics Symposium Speakers

2021-2022 "Giving Voice to Values: The 'How' of Values-Driven Leadership Development" Mary C. Gentile download poster
2020-2021 “Exploring Moral Neutrality in a Morally Complex World” David Goldman chairman of the Board of Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics. The video of Mr. Goldman’s talk can be found online.
2018-2019 “Ethics as a Business Imperative” Dr. Leo S. Makay, Jr., Senior Vice President, Ethics and Enterprise Assurance, Lockheed Martin
2017-2018 “Truth-Seeking in an Age of Tibalism: Lessons from the Flint Water Crisis and its Aftermath” Dr. Marc Edwards, Charles P. Lunsford Professor, Virginia Tech.
2016-2017 “Leading with Integrity,” Bill O’Rourke, Retired Alcoa executive. The video of Mr. O’Rourke’s talk can be found on-line.
2015-2016 “Fraud, Lies, and Hermes Ties,” Aaron Beam, Founder and first CFO of HealthSouth
2014-2015 “Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility: The Ethical Responsibility of Business in Social Change,”  Tom Clarke, CEO of Kissito Healthcare. The video of Mr. Clarke’s talk can be found on-line.
2013-2014 Mark Whitacre, Whistle-blower, former felon, Archer Daniels Midland
2012-2013 Doug Wagoner, Senior Vice-President, SAIC
2011-2012 “Parking lines to Ponzi Schemes: The Ethical Spectrum,”  Brigadier General Jack Grubbs (Ret). The video of General Grubbs’s talk can be found on-line.
2010-2011 “Ethical Leadership: The Power of One,” Jack Radke, Attorney, Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.
2009-2010 “Ethics R U: Finding Your Moral Compass,” CE Andrews, president of RSM McGladrey
2008-2009 “From Prominence to Prison: Why Smart People Do Dumb Things”   Patrick Kuhse, Ethics Fellow at the University of Florida and Suffolk University
2007-2008 “The Cheating Culture,” David Callahan, author
2006-2007 cancelled
2005-2006 “Leadership and Ethics Lessons from Katrina,” Jeff Senior, Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing for Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Clint Bruce, former Navy SEAL
2004-2005 “Tyco” Restoring Trust in the Corporate World & Related Lessons Learned,” Eric Pillmore, Tyco’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Governance & former CFO of Multilink & CFO of General Instrument
2003-2004 “Confessions of an Enron Executive,” Lynn Brewer, author and former Enron executive
2002-2003 “The Crisis in Business Ethics,” Eugene Fife, Retired Chairman, Goldman Sachs International


  • Patricia Werhane, University of Virginia, “Why Do Good People Do Bad Things”
  • Brian Mihalik, Virginia Tech, “Ethics in Hospitality & Tourism Management”
  • Eugene Fife, “Reflections on the Crisis in Business Ethics”
  • Earving Blythe, Vice President for Information Technology, Virginia Tech, “Innovations in Technology & Their Impact on Our Expectations for Privacy & Ownership”
  • Elizabeth Murphy, Chief, Office of Rule Making, Division of Corporate Finance, Securities & Exchange Commission, “Enhancing Corporate Financial Responsibility”
  • Ken Hunter, President, Council of Better Business Bureaus in the U.S., “Ethics in Marketing”
  • Shirley Edwards, Partner, Ernst & Young, “Professional Ethics: It Does Make A Difference”
2001-2002 “The Ethical Challenges of Leadership,” Joanne Ciulla, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond
2000-2001 “Cloning of Humans & Animals: Ethical Implications,” David Moore, Assistant Vice Provost for Research Compliance, Virginia Tech
1999-2000 “No Place to Run, No Place to Hide: New Business Rules Emerge from the Sweatshop Debates,” Nick Didow, University of North Carolina
1998-1999 “Ethical Leadership in a Newly Competitive Media Environment,” Walter Rugaber, Publisher, Roanoke Times
1997-1998 “The Ethical Responsibility of Business,” Ralph Nader, author
1996-1997 “Leadership and the Ethics of Power,” Joanne Ciulla, University of Richmond
1995-1996 “Values in Tension: Business Ethics Away From Home,” Tom Donaldson, Georgetown University
1994-1995 “The Moral Dimension,” Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University
1993-1994 “Untying the Economy-Ecology Knot: Are We Pulling the Wrong Strings?,” William Frederick, University of Pittsburgh
1992-1993 “Corporate Social Responsibility in Japan and the U.S.,” James Fallows, Washington Editor, The Atlantic Monthly
1991-1992 “Is There Any Room for Ethics in Business?,” Liam Fahey, Boston University
1990-1991 “Ethics and Profits,” Norman Bowie, University of Minnesota