Next Generation Ethics Conference

Friday, March 30, 2018 - 09:00


The Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making's Next Generation Ethics Conference is a unique opportunity to join leading academic and industry experts as they discuss important ethical dilemmas that we all face today or will face in the near future. It will feature speakers from Google, the National Governors Association and numerous other organizations as well as renowned academics from a host of prestigious universities.

The event will be held March 30, 2018 on the USC campus and include:

Ali E. Abbas - Director of the Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making

Ali E. Abbas is Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Professor of Public Policy at USC. A leading authority in  decision and risk analysis, Dr. Abbas received his M.S. in electrical engineering; M.S. in engineering economic systems & operations research; PhD in management science and engineering, and PhD minor in electrical engineering all from the school of engineering at Stanford University. Read More.

Ben Allen - California Senator

California State Senator Ben Allen was elected in 2014 to represent the 26th Senate District, which consists of the Westside, Hollywood and coastal South Bay communities of Los Angeles County. Allen serves as chair of the Senate Education Committee and the legislature's Joint Committee on the Arts.  Read More.                                                                                                     

Vint Cerf - Internet Pioneer and "Father of the Internet"

Vint Cerf is  recognised as one of the father's of the internet. The co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He is vice president for Google where he contributes to global policy development and continued spread of the Internet.  Read More.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 Gary Cook - Managing Director of Cook & Company

Gary Cook is the Managing Director of Cook & Company. He is an executive coach, senior consultant, and leader with over twenty-five years of leadership experience in a broad range of large and small private and public enterprises. He is a pioneer in using innovative technologies to create change and improvement, as documented in his book, Consilience Leadership. Read More

James Ellis - Dean of the Marshall School of Business

Dean James Ellis has overseen the USC Marshall School of Business since 2007. Previously he served as the University's Vice Provost for Globalization, Marshall's Vice Dean for External Relations, and Marshall's Associate Dean for the Undergraduate Program. As an instructor, he has been named professor of the year by many organizations. Read More.

Marsha Ershaghi Hames - Global Executive Management Advisor in Corporate Ethics & Compliance Programs 

Marsha Ershaghi Hames is a Global Executive Management advisor in corporate ethics & compliance programs driving organizational transformation. Dr. Ershaghi Hames leads international organizations on strategies to enable effective education programs around compliance-based solutions to drive ethical corporate cultures towards greater productivity and performance. Read More. 

Kenneth Fletcher - Former Chief Risk Officer, Transportation Security Administration

Kenneth Fletcher is the former Chief Risk Officer of the Transportation Security Administration and currently heads Kestrel Hawk Consulting a consultancy firm focused on providing risk management and Enterprise Risk Management consulting services to government, private sector, and non-governmental organizations. Read More.             

Kirk O. Hanson - Executive Director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University

Kirk O. Hanson is Executive Director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and John Courtney Murray S.J. University Professor of Social Ethics, positions he has held since 2001. In 2001, he took early retirement from Stanford University where he taught in the Graduate School of Business for 23 years and is now an emeritus faculty member. Read More.

Josh Hyatt - Executive Director, Integrated Risk Management,  Keck Medicine of USC 

Dr. Hyatt is a healthcare risk manager, medical ethicist, compliance professional, lecturer, and professor. He has worked in healthcare and risk management for more than 27 years, achieved the designation of certified professional in health care risk management and was appointed a Fellow at the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management. Read More.

Marianne Jennings - Author of The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse: How to Spot Moral Meltdowns in Companies...Before It's too Late

Professor Marianne Jennings is a member of the Department of Management in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and is a professor of legal and ethical studies in business. At ASU she teaches graduate courses in the MBA program in business ethics and the legal environment of business. Read More.

Jack H. Knott - Dean of the Sol Price School of Public Policy

Dean Jack H. Knott has overseen the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy in August 2005. He is the C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair and Professor. Before joining USC, Dean Knott served from 1997 until 2005 as professor of political science and director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Chicago. Read More.                                                                                                                 

James O' Toole - Director Emeritus of the Neely Center for Ethical Leadership

Professor O'Toole' has addressed dozens of major corporations and professional groups, and has over one hundred published articles and seventeen books including Corporate Stewardship, The New American Workplace, and Transparency. Read More.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Scott Pattison - Executive Director of the National Governors Association

Scott Pattison serves as executive director and CEO of the National Governors Association (NGA), the bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors. The group speaks with a collective voice on a wide range of issues—everything from health and education to cybersecurity, energy and transportation—and works to influence the federal government on innovative ideas that can be implemented nationwide. Read More. 

Max Senges - Google

Max Senges works as Program Manager for Google Research and Education, where he leads an Internet of Things program. He is passionately thinking and working on the crossroads between academia and the private sector, internet politics, innovation, culture and philosophy of technology.  Read More.

Varun Soni - Dean of Religious Life

Varun Soni is the Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California. Dean Soni received his B.A. degree in Religion from Tufts University, where he also earned an Asian Studies minor and completed the Program in Peace and Justice Studies. Read More.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Yannis C. Yortsos - Dean of the  Viterbi School of Engineering

Yannis C. Yortsos is the Dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the Zohrab Kaprielian Chair in Engineering, a position he holds since 2005. Prior to that he served from 2001 to 2005 as Associate Dean and then as Sr. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Yortsos served as chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering between 1991 and 1996 and since 1995 he also holds the Chester Dolley Professorship. Read More.

Frank Zerunyan - Mayor of Rolling Hills Estates and Professor of the Practice of Governance at the Sol Price School of Public Policy

Frank Vram Zerunyan, J.D. is a Professor of the Practice of Governance at the Sol Price School of Public Policy and Director of Executive Education at USC Price Bedrosian Center on Governance. His key areas of expertise include Local Governments, Public Private Partnerships, Civic Leadership, Land Use, Regulation, Negotiation and Executive Education. Read More.

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