The Vocation of the Business Leader
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Lisa Strauch Eggers
Lisa Strauch Eggers is the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Callison, a global architecture and design firm based in Seattle, with offices in New York, London, LA, Dallas, Scottsdale, Beijing and Shanghai. Prior to joining Callison Lisa was General Counsel for GlobalScholar and Seattle Biodiesel, and practiced in the corporate securities group at Perkins Coie. She moved to Seattle to be Starbucks’ first international lawyer. Lisa worked at Amoco in Chicago and Geneva, Switzerland. She began her career in law on Wall Street, doing general corporate work and asset-backed financings at Mudge Rose. She has a BA from Johns Hopkins and a JD from Georgetown.
Sheri Flies began her career with Costco Wholesale Corporation over 19 years ago as Corporate Counsel, where she was responsible for Costco’s legal issues related to merchandising, its vendor code of conduct, intellectual property, pharmacy, export, e-commerce and privacy policies. In 2007, Sheri transitioned from legal into the buying side of the business in order to learn how to integrate sustainability practices into everyday buying decisions and her teams supported the development of Costco's private label “Kirkland Signature” products in numerous categories including nuts, snacks, confectionary, chocolate, and eggs. In January 2013 she joined the newly formed Global Sourcing department at Costco and currently holds the position of Assistant General Merchandising Manager. She is involved with various sustainability projects, both domestically and internationally, that explore public/private market based solutions to address poverty, malnutrition and illegal trafficking, with an emphasis on value chain analysis to source. Sheri is a frequent guest lecturer at various universities discussing topics related to business, ethics and sustainability and recently has been invited to share the results of her work with The World Justice Forum at The Hague, The World Bank, The World Food Programme, USDA/FAS, and US Department of State. She is a 2011 recipient of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award, is currently on the Advisory Board for the Center for Business Ethics at the Albers School of Business of Seattle University and a Trustee of The Bainbridge Graduate Institute. Sheri also managed Costco's participation in a private/public collaboration to develop and build a replicable, affordable and high quality early learning center for children and families. She is a past Board Member of the Foundation for Early Learning and served on the Governor's Commission on Early Learning for Washington State. Prior to joining Costco, Sheri was a partner in a Seattle law firm. She is the proud mother of two daughters who inspire her daily with their wisdom.
Tulio Garcia is Executive Director of Cuatro Pinos Cooperative, a collective social enterprise producer and exporter of vegetables with more than 550 Mayan indigenous members. The Cooperative exports mainly to United States, Canada and Europe. In 2010 he supported the constitution of Cuatro Pinos Women Cooperative with 410 members who are now entrepreneurs growing more than 300 hectares of vegetables and providing job opportunities for approximately 800 other families.
Mr. Garcia is Founder and President of the board of directors of Juan Francisco Garcia Comparini Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to develop social programs in education, training for youth, health care and food security to enhance the quality of life of Guatemalan families who live in poverty and extreme poverty in the rural areas. In addition, he is a member of Guatemala´s Monetary Board representing the private sector and a lecturer in many countries around the world.
His efforts and passion have been dedicated to work hard with unprivileged families convinced that the opportunities to participate in productive activities allow them to increase their income and quality of life.
Vanessa Garcia started her professional career as an English Teacher. She graduated as a Psychologist in 2007 and in the same year, together with Tulio Garcia, started the Juan Francisco Garcia Comparini Foundation. As Executive Director she has dedicated her efforts to improve the socioeconomic conditions of many Guatemalan families who live in poverty by focusing on four areas of development: Education, Training youth for new employment opportunities, Nutrition and Health Care. In 2010 she was invited to present her experiences to the Social and solidarity Economy meeting in Chamonix, France and share how the Foundation has impacted many people. In addition, she is participating in a National Project called Alliance for Nutrition where the biggest private organizations are working together to fight against the tremendous problem of malnutrition that the country faces.
Her commitment is to work hard to change lives with love…
Julie Gedro, PhD
Julie Gedro is an Associate Professor of Business, Management and Economics at Empire State College / State University of New York (SUNY). She holds a B.A. in Economics and English from the College of William and Mary, an M.B.A. in Business Information Systems from Kennesaw State University, and a Doctorate of Education in Adult Education and Human Resource Development from the University of Georgia. Prior to her faculty position, Dr. Gedro served in Human Resource Management and Development positions of increasing responsibility in the finance, technology and telecommunications sectors in Atlanta, GA. Her research has been published in Human Resource Development Review, Human Resource Development International, the Journal of European Industrial Training, and others. At Empire State College, her research and scholarship have earned numerous awards, such as the Jane Altes Prize for Outstanding Community Service, and the Susan H. Turben Award for Excellence in Scholarship. She is the Founding Chair of Empire State College’s Workplace Civility Committee, and the Co-Architect of Empire State College’s Interdisciplinary Business and Environmental Sustainability Certificate Program. Dr. Gedro is the former Senior Warden of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Syracuse, New York. Her research interests include diversity, civility, leadership, and business and environmental sustainability. An avid, veteran of animal rescue, Dr. Gedro serves as the Vice President of Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue, which is a national non-profit headquartered on Nashville, TN. She lives in Syracuse, New York with her three Terriers.
Megan E. Gluth
Megan E. Gluth is Vice President & General Counsel at TRInternational, Inc., a global chemical distribution company with its headquarters in Seattle, WA. Ms. Gluth serves as a trusted advisor to the company’s Chief Executive Officer, and is a member of the company’s executive team. Ms. Gluth provides counsel and leadership in corporate matters and government regulations, human resources, tax law, purchases and acquisitions, international law, and a myriad of other issues of legal, financial, and operational significance. Ms. Gluth earned her BA in History from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, and her Juris Doctor from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is licensed to practice law in Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington. Before moving to Seattle, Ms. Gluth practiced in the areas of business/corporate law and civil litigation in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Portland, Oregon.
Ms. Gluth will speak about how her Catholic faith influences her approach to business and the workplace.
Kenneth E. Goodpaster, PhD
Kenneth Goodpaster earned his A.B. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and his A.M. and Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Michigan.
His research has spanned a wide range of topics, from conceptual studies of ethical reasoning to empirical studies of the social implications of management decision making. This work led to three books: Perspectives on Morality (1976), Ethics and Problems of the 21st Century (1979), and Regulation, Values and the Public Interest (1980).
He has published articles in a wide variety of professional journals, including the Journal of Philosophy, Ethics, Environmental Ethics, the Journal of Business Ethics, Thought, Business Ethics Quarterly, and the Harvard Business Review.
Goodpaster taught graduate and undergraduate philosophy at the University of Notre Dame throughout the 1970s before joining the Harvard Business School faculty in 1980. At Harvard, he taught both MBA candidates and executives and developed the second-year elective course, Ethical Aspects of Corporate Policy, as well as the first-year required module, Managerial Decision Making and Ethical Values (1989). He also authored two textbooks, Ethics in Management (1984) and Policies and Persons: A Casebook in Business Ethics (First Edition 1985, Second Edition 1991, Third Edition 1998). The Fourth Edition, entitled Business Ethics: Policies and Persons, along with the Instructor’s Manual on CD Rom is available from McGraw-Hill (2006).
In 1990, Goodpaster accepted the David and Barbara Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. At St. Thomas, he teaches in undergraduate, MBA and executive educational programs including a Great Books Seminar for graduate students in business. His latest book, Conscience and Corporate Culture, is available from Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2007. Released in August 2012 is the widely-recognized history for which Goodpaster served as Executive Editor Corporate Responsibility: The American Experience (Cambridge University Press). He is also preparing, with his business ethics colleagues at the University of St. Thomas, the 3rd edition of the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management volume on Business Ethics.
Goodpaster sits on the editorial boards of numerous journals in the field of business ethics, and is active with the Minneapolis-based Center for Ethical Business Cultures, the Better Business Bureau, and the International Society for Business, Economics, and Ethics (ISBEE).
Goodpaster's wife Harriet is an equestrian and a (retired) software engineer and they live in St. Paul, Minnesota). They have three children (ages 41, 39, and 25), four grandchildren, two horses, and a Jack Russell terrier.
Laura Pincus Hartman, PhD
Laura Pincus Hartman is Vincent de Paul Professor of Business Ethics at DePaul University’s Driehaus College of Business. During her tenure at DePaul, she has received the university’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the Spirit of DePaul Award, the Woman of Spirit Award, the University Public Service Award, the College Outstanding Service Award, and numerous university competitive research grants. Hartman co-founded and now serves as Board Chair of a trailblazing trilingual elementary school in Haiti, the School of Choice / l’Ecole de Choix, which provides high quality leadership development education to children living in the most extreme conditions of poverty. She was also instrumental in the hands-on design and implementation of a micro-development, finance and education system for people living in poverty in Haiti, Zafèn.
From 2009-2012, Hartman was Director of External Partnerships for Zynga.Org, through which Zynga players of FarmVille, Words with Friends and other online games have contributed more than $14 million toward the both domestic and international social causes. Hartman’s work, integrated throughout these endeavors and published in more than 80 articles, cases and books, demonstrates the potential for innovative and profitable partnerships to alleviate poverty while providing measurable value to all stakeholders involved.
Hartman serves as an advisor to a number of start-ups and has consulted with multinational for-profits, non-profits and educational institutions. She was named as 1 of 100 ‘visionary innovators’ on BAInnovate’s inaugural UnGrounded innovation lab and has been named to Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Woman.” Hartman graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University and received her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. She lives in Chicago with her two daughters, Emma and Rachel.
Gerard Jara is an entrepreneur and co-owner of “Candor-A Group of Specialists", an import/export business which acts as parent company of Cynara (Artichokes), Certified Origins (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) and Caro Nut (Cashews, Brazils, Almonds). Candor is a growing group specialized in limited source food products. Its committed teams run operations in Europe, North America, Central and South-America, Sub-Saharan Africa and China. The company was formed in February 2004 by Gerard and his US business partner David Mahaffy, and originally incorporated as Cynara Worldwide Sourcing, Inc. in the US and as Cynara EU, SL as the European based company. Their goal was to make Cynara the world's specialist in preserved artichokes, as there was no category leader or multinationals involved in the business. Six years later it was the world's largest artichoke operator, with on-going production in Spain, Chile, Peru and China. In 2008 Gerard and is partner expanded and reorganized their company into Candor AGS, as it currently exists today.
Gerard got an interesting start in business. His first working experience was in a dairy farm in Listowel, Ireland. He recollects that not only was it a great way to learn English but a way to learn discipline and hard farm work. While studying at school, he worked in a few other places, like Universal-Port Aventura theme park in Salou, Spain, which provided the opportunity for direct contact with consumers. A few months prior to his graduation Gerard was hired by Borges, a Spanish food group based in Reus, Tarragona, to work in the accounting department. He learned the basic bank rules and was in charge of national treasury (pesetas at the time!). He also experienced a large trading organization. A year later he was promoted to assist the US Area Manager based in Spain, and was in contact with Borges' sales operation in California. Another year later Gerard was promoted as US Area Manager and participated in management meetings both in the US and Spain. Over four years he learned the US retail industry, import/export procedures and the American way of doing business. Gerard graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration by the Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain. He completed his third year as Erasmus exchange program at the Montpellier University, France, and his fourth year in a private exchange program at the Modena University, Italy. He is fluent in English, French and Italian. His native languages are Spanish and Catalan.
Paulette Kidder, PhD
Paulette Kidder is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Seattle University. Her research interests include hermeneutics, ethics, Philosophy of literature and film, Catholic philosophy, and feminism. Central to her interests is an exploration of the ways that spiritual and religious concerns appear in unexpected places. Often what appear to be secular approaches to philosophical questions carry an unexpressed concern with questions of transcendence.
Fr. Thomas Lucas S.J.
Fr. Thomas Lucas S.J., is Rector Of the Arrupe Jesuit Community at Seattle University. He received his doctorate in Theology and the Arts at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, in 1992. He also holds degrees from the Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Rome; Fordham University, New York; The Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and Santa Clara University, California.
Lucas is an internationally recognized expert in Jesuit art history, and is well known as a liturgical designer and artist with an international portfolio.
Lucas' work as a liturgical designer has been recognized with an award from the American Institute of Architects, and his projects range from glass and liturgical furnishing designs for more than a dozen churches and chapels to service as design and technical consultant for the restoration of the St. Ignatius Cathedral, Shanghai, PRC.
Madame Kone Minata
Madame Kone Minata began her career as Librarian at the Ministry of Agriculture in 1982, where she served for 16 years. She then spent 4 years as Manager of Nayele Service Sarl before joining the Society of Industrial Processing Cashews in Burkina Faso (Sotria-B) as manager at its inception in 2003. Sotria-B has been a major contributor to the development of the Region of Burkina, working to eradicate poverty. It employs 350 to 500 people, and more than 80% are women. Most employees are from the most disadvantaged sections of the population, mainly from the suburbs of Banfora. Socio-economic benefits are realized throughout the value chain by producers, traders, collectors, and trackers. Sotria-B is the first Burkina exporter of cashew kernels in the U.S. market. Its products are distributed through one of the largest retail chains in the U.S., Costco Wholesale. Its products have also been sold in the markets of the sub-region (CEDEAO zone), the Maghreb (Northwest Africa), the Middle East and Europe. In addition, they produce for local markets roasted almonds, marzipan cashews, almond oil, cashews, extracted potato alcohol, and juice. The shell is a by-product used as fuel. We also foresee the use of extract balm in the cosmetic industry. Madame Kone graduated from the University of Dakar (Senegal) in 1982. Other professional training includes ACCESS / CCI in Ouagadougou in 2007; Training on Exporting in Casablanca at CCI / BID in 2008; Training of Women Entrepreneurs in Paris by AFD in 2010; Training in Ouagadougou by CCI / Enterprise House in 2011; and Training African Women Business Leaders in the U.S. in June 2012. Since March 2013 she has been in a mentoring program for business management and finances with the Cherie Blair Foundation from London. She has also traveled abroad extensively: She participated at the Fair of Chicago and visited markets in Finland, Portugal, Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, and UAE (Dubai). Madame Kone received honors in 2007 from the Knight of the Order of Merit of Burkina Faso for Social Action, and again in 2009 for Commerce. She is a member of African Cashew Alliance (ACA); Agro Africa Export Association (AAFEX); and Federation of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Women of CEDEAO section of Burkina (FEFA). Madame Kone is a mother of two married children and grandmother of a little girl. She is a Muslim who made the pilgrimage to Mecca in 2012; her children are Catholic.
Valerie Myers, PhD
Prof. Valerie Myers will speak about the "Calling to Leadership," based upon findings from her recent book, "Conversations About Calling: Advancing Management Perspectives" (Routledge Press). Myers joined the University of Michigan faculty in 2003 and teaches at the Ross Business School. She is also the President and CEO of Myers Management Consulting. Myers earned a dual doctoral degree from the University of Michigan after working in management and marketing in the automotive industry.
Michael Naughton, PhD
Michael Naughton is the holder of the Alan W. Moss Endowed Chair in Catholic Social Thought at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) where he is a full professor with a joint appointment in the departments of Catholic Studies (College of Arts and Sciences) and Ethics and Law (Opus College of Business). He is the director of the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought, at the Center for Catholic Studies, which examines Catholic social thought in relationship to business theory and practice. As director he has organized international conferences on the theme of Catholic social thought and management as well as various faculty and administrative seminars on the mission and identity of Catholic universities.
He is the co-author and co-editor of nine books and over 30 articles. His most recent books include Leading Wisely in Difficult Times (Paulist, 2011), Bringing Your Business to Life (Regal, 2008—translated into Hungarian), Rediscovering Abundance: Interdisciplinary Essays on Wealth, Income and Their Distribution in the Catholic Social Tradition (edited, University of Notre Dame, 2006) Rethinking the Purpose of Business: Interdisciplinary Essays from the Catholic Social Tradition (edited, University of Notre Dame, 2002) and Managing as if Faith Mattered (University of Notre Dame, 2001—translated into Spanish, Chinese and Hungarian).
Naughton serves as board chair for Reell Precision Manufacturing, a global producer of innovative torque solutions for transportation, consumer electronics, medical and office automation products. He has also served on the board of several non-profit organizations including Seeing Thing Whole. He received his Ph.D. in theology from Marquette University (1991) and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas (1995).
Moses Pava, PhD
Moses Pava is the Dean of the Sy Syms School of Business, the Alvin Einbender Professor of Business Ethics, and Professor of Accounting. He has been teaching at Yeshiva for the past 24 years. A 1990 PhD graduate from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a 1981 graduate from Brandeis University, Dr. Pava has numerous books, including: Jewish Ethics In A Post-Madoff World, Business Ethics: A Jewish Perspective, Leading With Meaning, The Jewish Ethics Workbook, The Search for Meaning In Organizations, and Jewish Ethics As Dialogue. He has authored scores of articles, including “Corporate Social Responsibility and Financial Performance,” one of the most cited articles in the field of corporate social responsibility. He serves on the editorial board of Journal of Business Ethics and is Treasurer of the Society of Jewish Ethics. He lectures across the country and around the world on Jewish business ethics, spirituality in business, and corporate accountability.
Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, PhD
Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos is Associate Professor in Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University where she is currently Director of the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture as well as the Catholic Studies Program. She received her PhD from the University of Notre Dame in Systematic Theology and her masters and undergraduate degree from the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. She teaches courses in religion and science, Catholic traditions, and Christian anthropology. Her research interests include the intersection theology and science, and liberation theologies, Filipin@ theology, and Ignatian Spirituality. Her work has been published in journals like the East Asian Pastoral Review, the American Journal for Theology and Philosophy, and Philipiniana Sacra.
Mike Simpson is Founder and Executive Director of One Sky – The Canadian Institute of Sustainable Living. He is a former award winning documentary producer who has worked with many different groups on human rights, environment and development. After some 15 years of work with a variety of environment and development NGOs, including founding The Gaia Project (the international arm of the Sierra Club of BC) and being the Western representation for the Canadian Environmental Network, he then founded the non-profit organization One Sky in 2002. With One Sky, he has lead successful sustainable development projects throughout West Africa and Latin America for over ten years. He runs One Sky on the cutting-edge of practice, always seeking what will truly work in sustainable development, continuously exploring new innovations in private-public-nonprofit partnerships, and designing and field-testing new integrative approaches to complex issues.
John Terrill serves as director of the Center for Integrity in Business at Seattle Pacific University. Drawing on theological and management scholarship and best practices, the Center serves, inspires, and equips business leaders for personal, organizational, and societal transformation.
Prior to SPU, John served as national director for Professional Schools Ministries with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, where he was responsible for overseeing ministry to MBA, law, healthcare, religious and theological studies, social work, journalism, and government students and faculty. Before this role, John served with InterVarsity in the Boston area leading student and faculty work at Harvard Business School, as well as serving as InterVarsity’s National Director for MBA ministry.
Before joining InterVarsity, John consulted with the HayGroup, an international human-resources consulting firm. He worked in both the Compensation and Organization Development practices and assisted companies in a wide range of industries. Prior to consulting, John served with NationsBank (now Bank of America) as a real estate and commercial lender.
John holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University), and Master of Arts in Theology and Master of Arts in Religion degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is presently pursuing a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He serves on advisory boards for non-profit and for-profit organizations, and is a regular contributor to web and print-based publications. You can follow John on Twitter @johnterrill or the Center for Integrity in Business @IntegrityShop.
Patricia H. Werhane, PhD
Patricia H. Werhane is the Wicklander Chair of Business Ethics, Managing Director of the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics at DePaul University, and Ruffin Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia. She has been a Rockefeller Fellow at Dartmouth College and visiting professor at Cambridge University. Professor Werhane has published numerous articles and is the author or editor of over twenty-five books, including Adam Smith and his Legacy for Modern Capitalism, Moral Imagination and Management Decision-Making, both published by Oxford University Press, Women in Business with Posig, Gundry, Powell and Ofstein, and Profitable Partnerships for Poverty Alleviation with L. Hartman, D. Moberg and S. Kelley. She is the founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Business Ethics Quarterly, the journal of the Society for Business Ethics, former president of the International Society for Business, Economics and Ethics, and she is an Academic Advisor to the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics. She is currently the co-producer of a documentary television series, “ Big Questions,” which explores global projects for poverty alleviation, social enterprise, and education.