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2016 Partners in Business Ethics Conference


The University of Kansas is honored to continue to support the collaboration between business and academia in efforts to promote business ethics research and leadership. We will explore the future of the field through presentations by business and academic leaders focused on the conference theme, "Where Business Ethics is Going."

September 29, 2016


Eldridge Hotel, Grand Ballroom

701 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence, KS 66044

5 - 6 p.m.

Welcome Reception

6 - 6:15 p.m.

KU and Deloitte Welcome

6:15 - 7 p.m.


7 - 8 p.m.

Walter S. Sutton Lecture - Keynote Speaker

  • Gen. David G. Perkins, Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
  • The Future Army: Leadership and Ethics in an Era of Persistent Conflict

8 - 9 p.m.

Networking Reception

The Jayhawker, Eldridge Hotel

701 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence, KS 66044

September 30, 2016


The University of Kansas School of Business

Capitol Federal Hall
1654 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 - 8:40 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

  • Jim Guthrie, Interim Dean, KU School of Business
  • Douglas May, Professor and Director, International Center for Ethics in Business, KU School of Business
  • Niki den Nieuwenboer, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior and Business Ethics, KU School of Business

8:40 - 9 a.m.

Beginnings of the Field of Business Ethics

  • Richard T. De George and Joe Reitz, Founding Directors of the International Center for Ethics in Business at the University of Kansas

9 - 9:30 a.m.

Ethical Leadership and College Athletics

  • Bill Self, University of Kansas Head Men's Basketball Coach

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

First Topical Session: The Changing Nature and Ethical Management of a Business’ Supply Chain

Speakers will explore ethical issues related to the management of an organization’s supply chain.
  • Speakers:
  • Roger Woody, Executive lecturer and Director of the Center for Supply Chain Management at the University of Kansas
  • Beth Ward, Senior Vice President for Supply Chain, Hallmark Cards

10:30 - 10:40 a.m.

Networking Break

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Keynote Speech

  • Murli Buluswar, Chief Science Officer, AIG
  • The Changing Nature and Ethical Management of the Firm/Customer Relationship and the Role of Big Data

    Murli Buluswar, Chief Science Officer for AIG, an American multinational insurance corporation with 88 million customers in 130 countries, will discuss the continually evolving role of big data in business and the ethical challenges involved in the use of data.

11:30 - 12:30 p.m.

First Topical Session: The Changing Nature of Entrepreneurship

Speakers will explore the emerging area of social entrepreneurship (i.e., virtuously using business principles to solve social problems). The presentations examine the ethical challenges an entrepreneur faces when creating a social venture.
  • Speakers:
  • John Tyler, General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer for the Ewing Marion Kaufmann Foundation, the world’s largest foundation devoted to advancing human welfare through economic growth with focus on entrepreneurship and education.
  • John Davies VP and Senior Analyst, Greenbiz

12:30 - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch/Networking Break

1:30 - 3 p.m.

Final Panel Session: The Next 40 Years — Inspiring Ethical Leadership in Generations to Come

Academics and practitioners will explore emerging ethical issues not covered in previous sessions. Panelists will also discuss ethics education and research in the next 40 years and the effect on organizational cultures.
  • Panelists:
  • Linda Trevino, Distinguished Professor of Organizational Behavior and Ethics, Pennsylvania State University
    Focus: behavioral ethics
  • Keith Darcy, Senior Adviser to Deloitte & Touche LLP’s governance, regulatory and risk strategies’ (GR&RS) enterprise compliance practice
    Focus: ethics and compliance officers
  • Heather Elms, Associate Professor of International Business at Kogod School of Business, American University
    Focus: stakeholder research
  • Marc Elkins Chief Compliance Officer and Associate General Counsel, Cerner Corp.
    Focus: health care, data use and cyber security
  • Moderator:
  • Gwyn Blanton, Director, Ethics & Compliance, Deloitte LLP

3 - 3:15 p.m.

Conclusion and Wrap-up

3:15 - 5 p.m.

Opportunity to explore the University of Kansas and Lawrence

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Networking Reception

Merchants Pub and Plate

746 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence, KS 66044


Speaker Backgrounds

* Please note: These speaker background statements were originally posted in 2016

General David G. Perkins

Commanding General

U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

As the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, General David G. Perkins is responsible for selecting and recruiting every U.S. Army Soldier, training and educating professionals, and designing the future U.S. Army to support National Security.

A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1980, General Perkins has held numerous senior leadership positions over his career. These include Special Assistant to the Speaker of the House, 104th U.S. Congress; Battalion Commander, leading over 1,000 personnel during Operation Able Sentry in Macedonia; Brigade Commander, leading over 3,000 personnel during the invasion of Iraq in 2003; Executive Assistant to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Division Commander, leading over 10,000 personnel during the transition of U.S. Forces from Iraq in 2010- 2011. Most recently, from November 2011 to February 2014, General Perkins commanded the U.S. Army’s premier education and leader development institution at Fort Leavenworth, responsible for managing training development and support, developing U.S. Army doctrine, and synchronizing leader development, all of which< provides the foundational elements for the U.S. Army to conduct its mission.

General Perkins is a native of New Hampshire. He holds a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Masters degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

Jim Guthrie

Interim Dean

University of Kansas School of Business

Jim Guthrie is the interim dean of the University of Kansas School of Business and William and Judy Docking Professor in Business.

He joined the KU School of Business in 1988 as an assistant professor. Guthrie was promoted to full professor in 2002, and he was appointed associate dean of academic affairs for the business school in 2014. As a professor, Guthrie has taught courses in the human resource management field at the doctoral, master’s, undergraduate, and executive education levels. Guthrie has also been a visiting professor at the University of Limerick and Dublin City University in Ireland and the University of Waikato and the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Before joining KU, Guthrie was a research assistant and an instructor at the University of Maryland. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and an MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a doctorate in human resource management from the University of Maryland.

His research topics include human resource policies and practices and firm performance, employment instability, and reward systems. Guthrie is an author of more than 100 journal articles, proceedings and presentations that have been cited in many media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal and CNBC.com.

Bill Self

Head Coach - Men's Basketball

University of Kansas

In 13 seasons at Kansas, Bill Self is 385-83 (82.3 percent), averaging 29.6 wins per year. Overall, Self has a 592-188 (75.9 percent) record in 22 seasons as a head coach.

He was named just the eighth head coach in Kansas basketball history on April 21, 2003.

While at Kansas, Self has won one national championship, a KU-record 12-straight regular-season Big 12 Conference titles and seven league tournament championships. He is 206-9 all-time in Allen Fieldhouse and has won more league titles (12) than has home losses (nine). In his first trip to the Final Four in 2008, Self's team won the title. Self is one of 11 active coaches in NCAA Division I to have won a national title. Kansas' 12-straight conference titles (2005-14) rank second all-time in NCAA Division I history.

In Self's 13 seasons at Kansas, he has coached 10 NBA Lottery selections including Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, the No. 1 and No. 3 overall selections in the 2014 NBA Draft. Wiggins was the second-ever Jayhawk to go No. 1 with the other being Danny Manning in 1988.

A seven-time conference coach of the year, six of which came at Kansas (2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016), Self has guided his teams to 18-straight 23-win seasons dating back to 1998-99. Self's teams have won 16 league crowns in the last 18 years, including the 2015 title. The other two seasons resulted in runner-up conference finishes.

Kansas' four-straight 30-win seasons from 2009-10 to 2012-13 are the most consecutive 30-win seasons in NCAA history (note: Memphis did it from 2006-09 yet later vacated the 2008 season). Self has guided Kansas to seven of its 13 overall 30-win seasons. In his first 700 games coached for his career, Self's 529 victories rank eighth most all-time in NCAA Division I history.

He won his 500th all-time game at Iowa State (108-96 in OT) on Feb. 25, 2013. The fastest KU coach to reach 300 wins at Kansas, Self's milestone victory occurred during the 2013 NCAA Tournament against former KU coach Roy Williams' North Carolina team, 70-58. Kansas' 300 victories under Self in his first 10 seasons were more wins than any other NCAA Division I school in the previous 10 years.

Neeli Bendapudi

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

University of Kansas

Neeli Bendapudi is the Unviersity of Kansas Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, and a professor of marketing at the KU School of Business. She holds a doctorate from the University of Kansas, and she has taught at Texas A&M and the Ohio State University. Her research has appeared in Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Retailing and Harvard Business Review, among others.

Dean Bendapudi has taught at the undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA and Ph.D. levels, and has received numerous college, university and national teaching awards. She has experience on public and private boards, and served as EVP and Chief Customer Officer of Huntington National Bank.

Murli Buluswar

Chief Science Officer


Murli Buluswar is the Chief Science Officer, reporting to Doug Dachille, Chief Investment Officer at AIG. Mr. Buluswar is responsible for building and leading the newly created Science Team, whose mission it is to help the business achieve a competitive advantage by infusing consistent science-driven innovation. He is tasked with establishing a world-class research and development function, focusing on data to support decisions in how AIG can adapt strategies for better business results and more value delivered for the customer. He is coordinating the division’s existing analytics teams, building additional capabilities in these areas and forging strategic links with scientists in academia in relevant disciplines.

Prior to joining AIG, Mr. Buluswar was Vice President of Enterprise Customer Experience at Farmers Insurance, responsible for defining and executing a complete customer experience vision with the goal of improving voice of the customer metrics and defined financial measures. His preceding role as Vice President of Insight and Innovation (I&I) at Farmers Insurance enabled him to establish the Internal Analytics Consulting Group to identify and drive new opportunities for the business.

Mr. Buluswar was also Vice President of Financial Analysis and Strategic Planning for Answer Financial; Business Unit Manager and Product Manager, Strategic Alliances for Progressive Corporation; and Senior Statistician and Business Analyst for Capital One. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Bluffton University, an M.S. in Statistics and Economics from Auburn University and an M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from the University of Chicago. He is regularly invited to speak at insurance and other industry conferences and is actively involved with the Los Angeles-based Harmony Project, an initiative to help inner city children achieve purpose through free music instruction.

Keith Darcy

Senior Adviser to Deloitte & Touche LLP’s governance, regulatory and risk strategies’ (GR&RS) enterprise compliance practice

Keith T. Darcy is Senior Adviser to Deloitte & Touche LLP’s governance, regulatory and risk strategies’ (GR&RS) enterprise compliance practice. Deloitte’s GR&RS practice provides consultative services to assist organizations and their boards in developing sustainable governance, compliance and risk management programs by helping to identify, monitor, mitigate, and manage their enterprise risks.

Prior to joining Deloitte as Senior Adviser, Darcy served nine years as Executive Director of the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association (ECOA). ECOA is the largest association exclusively for ethics and compliance executives with over 1,500 members in six continents and cutting across all business sectors. In that capacity, Darcy helped organizations worldwide address a wide variety of complex compliance, governance and regulatory challenges. In addition, he has worked actively with governments, multilateral organizations and non-governmental organizations to help them address issues of corruption and malfeasance.

Darcy has combined a 40-year career as a senior executive and corporate director with his passion for education, business ethics, compliance risk management, corporate governance and organizational leadership. Darcy is on the advisory board of the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership, South Bend, IN, is a Trustee of St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY, where he is Chairman of the advisory board of the Global Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility. He was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Center for Public Trust. From 2003 to year-end 2013 Darcy served as Chairman of the Board of the Better Business Bureau Foundation in NY, where he chaired the Audit Committee. Previously Darcy served on the board of directors of E*Trade Bank and its affiliates where he chaired the Nominating and Governance Committee, and served on the Audit Committee. He also served on the board of directors of New York National Bank, where he served on the Compliance Committee.

Since 1994, Darcy has been teaching Ethics and Leadership in the Executive Programs at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He previously served as Associate Dean and Distinguished Professor of Business at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. In March 2011, Darcy was named the first Provident Bank Charitable Foundation Chair of Corporate Responsibility at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY. From 2008–2012, he served on the Global Anti-Corruption Council of the World Economic Forum headquartered in Davos, Switzerland, and currently serves on the Steering Committee of The Chair of Excellency in Law and Business Ethics at the Universite’ Cergy School of Law in Cergy du Pontois, France. From 2005–2013, he was an Executive Fellow of the Ethics Resource Center in Washington, D.C., and is Executive Fellow (Emeritus) of the Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University in Waltham, MA.

In 2005, Darcy was appointed to the blue ribbon Committee on Food Marketing and the Diets of Children and Youth sponsored by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science. The findings were presented to congress and have resulted in a wide range of private and public sector initiatives to address the crisis of childhood obesity.

Darcy holds a B.S. degree from Fordham University's College of Business, an M.B.A from the Hagan Graduate School of Business at Iona College, and has done additional post-graduate study at New York Theological Seminary. He holds honorary doctorates from Manhattanville College and St. Thomas Aquinas College, respectively.

Mr. Darcy has contributed his deep experiences to numerous books and is widely published, quoted and referenced in newspapers and magazines. Over the years, he has been a keynote speaker and panelist in hundreds of venues. In December 2012, he spoke at the United Nations on the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day, and in November 2013, Darcy contributed to drafting the Seoul Declaration issued by the UN Global Compact. In December 2014 he was master of ceremonies for the gala event celebrating the tenth anniversary of the tenth principle of the UN Global Compact on anti-corruption.

John Davies

VP and Senior Analyst


John Davies is vice president and senior analyst at GreenBiz Group, heading up independent research regarding green strategies and business operations and the sustainability profession. John also leads the GreenBiz Executive Network, a member-based, peer-to-peer learning forum for sustainability professionals. The network is made up of senior executives from $1B+ corporations working together to share best practices and lessons learned for implementing sustainable development programs. Davies is an experienced entrepreneur and innovator who has applied his business and management skills to launching start-ups as well as improving the operations of existing businesses. Davies is a frequent keynote speaker at international events, is well-known for his supply chain and sustainability expertise and is the author of numerous articles in business, industry, and educational publications. John received his BA from SUNY at Fredonia and his MA from the University of Delaware.

Niki den Nieuwenboer

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior and Business Ethics

University of Kansas

Niki's research interests center on understanding the causes of (un)ethical behavior within organizations, with a special focus on the social dynamics and processes that cause otherwise “normal” people to engage in unethical behavior. Her current work focuses on the role of social status, socioeconomic status, envy and ostracism in people’s propensity to engage in (pro-organizational) unethical behavior, the improvisational practices that managers engage in to induce unethical behavior in their subordinates, and the challenges that ethics and compliance officers face in fulfilling the ethics role in organizations.

Niki has published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Annual Review of Psychology, and the Journal of Business Ethics. She has served as a reviewer for the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies and Business Ethics Quarterly, and she won reviewer awards from the OB (2010, 2011) and OMT (2011) Divisions of the Academy of Management. She has served on and chaired the Society for Business Ethics Best Dissertation Award Committee (2011-2013), as well as the Business Ethics Quarterly Best Paper Award Committee (2010-2011), and serves as a member of the OMT Research Committee of the Academy of Management (2013-2014).

Niki was runner-up in Duke University's annual Fuqua School of Business Center of Leadership and Ethics (COLE) Dissertation Proposal Competition in 2007 and runner-up in the Doctoral Dissertation Competition of the SIM Division of the Academy of Management in 2009. Prior to earning her Ph.D., Niki worked for KPMG Forensic in Brussels, Belgium, as a consultant in ethics management.

Marc Elkins

Chief Compliance Officer and Associate General Counsel

Cerner Corporation

Marc Elkins was appointed Chief Compliance Officer for Cerner Corporation in October 2014. In that capacity, he manages compliance activities in the broad range of U.S. regulatory obligations that impact Cerner, including FDA, CMS, and HIPAA; as well as global regulatory obligations such as the EU Medical Device Directive, EU General Data Protection Regulation, Australian TGA and Data Protection. Marc has served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel since February, 2003. In that capacity, he was responsible for Cerner’s litigation, arbitration, mediation and bankruptcy recovery activities. He continues to assist Cerner clients on issues relating to the discovery of electronic medical records in malpractice litigation.

Prior to joining Cerner, Marc was a partner at Stinson Morrison & Hecker (now Stinson Leonard Street) of Kansas City, Missouri where he was co-chair of the firm’s Energy and Telecommunications Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Creditor’s Rights Practice Groups. While at Stinson, Marc represented competitive local exchange carriers and wireless telecommunication providers before the Kansas Corporation Commission and in intercompany transactions. He also represented banks and commercial lenders in complex commercial foreclosure matters, lender liability litigation, bankruptcy proceedings and work-out negotiations.

Between 1986 and 1998, Marc represented the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation, the Resolution Trust Corporation and the Federal Home Loan Bank Board in connection with bank and savings and loan failures around the country. He represented the regulators in closing failed financial institutions and in investigating the reasons for their failures and possible claims against directors, officers, attorneys, and accountants in connection with the failures. He also represented the regulators in challenges to the closing of banks and savings and loans and served as over-sight counsel for the operation of the conservatorship of a large savings and loan in Maryland. In addition, he represented the receivers and conservators of a number of banks and savings and loans in Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Virginia and Maryland in a variety of lawsuits relating to the assets of those failed financial institutions.

Marc joined Morrison & Hecker following his graduation from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1982 where he was an Associate Editor of the Kansas Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. Prior to law school, he graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in nuclear engineering.

Marc is admitted to the bars of Kansas and Missouri and the federal bars for Kansas, Western District of Missouri and Arizona. He is a member of the Missouri, Kansas, and Johnson County Kansas Bar Associations and is a co-founder of the Young Lawyers Section of the Johnson County Bar Association. In 2013, he was appointed by the chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court to the Court Budget Advisory Panel which was charged with advising the Chief Justice on addressing shortfalls in the Judiciary’s budget.

Marc has made numerous CLE presentations in the areas of electronic medical records, data privacy, attorney client privilege, bankruptcy, foreclosure and failed financial institutions. He has also served on the faculties of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and the FDIC National Fraud Investigations School.

When not providing counsel to Cerner, Marc is active in the Heart of America Council of the Boy Scouts of America serving on the Council’s Executive Committee of the Board of Directors as Chairman of the Audit and Governance Committee. He also serves as Chairman of the Leawood, Kansas Planning Commission and a member of the Board of Directors for the Leawood Community Foundation.

Heather Elms

Associate Professor of International Business at Kogod School of Business

American University

Heather Elms is Associate Professor of International Business at the Kogod School of Business, American University. She currently teaches graduate courses in critical thinking, business at the private/public intersection, and undergraduate courses in international business. Her research focuses on the relationship between corporate and stakeholder responsibility in the global context, including the role of professionals in those responsibilities. She has investigated that relationship and role in different industries (e.g., health care, security) and in different regions of the world (e.g., Central and Eastern Europe). Professor Elms has published her work in outlets including Academy of Management Review, Business Ethics Quarterly, Organizational Research Methods, Strategic Management Journal, and Strategic Organization. She is an elected member of the Society for Business Ethics' Board of Directors, a former Associate Editor of Business Ethics Quarterly, and is currently on the Editorial Boards of Business & Society and International Journal of Emerging Markets.

Douglas May

Professor and Director, International Center for Ethics in Business

University of Kansas

Professor May currently directs activities associated with the International Center for Ethics in Business. He has worked with H. Joseph Reitz and Richard De George to conduct curriculum development workshops for faculty and graduate students on international business ethics as well as for science and engineering faculty from KU, KSU, and UMKC. He worked with students in the KU School of Business to establish the positive code of conduct, RESPECT, and coordinates the selection of recipients of this award each year.

Professor May has used his research expertise and business experience at IBM to consult on job and work environment changes with organizations in health care, manufacturing, telecommunications, and government. He presents seminars on business ethics for executive education programs. Professor May is a member of the Academy of Management, Midwest Academy of Management, International Association for Business and Society, and the Society for Business Ethics. He served previously on the Academy of Management's Advisory Council and the Social Issues in Management Division's Research Committee. He has been an invited speaker on publishing, theory development, and research funding at both the SIM and HR Doctoral Consortia of the Academy and served as co-chair for both the 2004 and 2005 SIM Doctoral Consortia.

Professor May has also been active in the governance of the Midwest Academy of Management, serving as its President in 2000 and on the Board of Governors. Professor May has served on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Management and Business Ethics Quarterly. In addition, he serves as an ad hoc reviewer for such journals as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Business and Society, and the Journal of Business Ethics. Finally, he received a Best Reviewer Award for his reviewing work from the Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management in 2000.

Glenn Stastny Jr.

Partner, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer

Deloitte, LLP

Glenn Stastny is the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for the 80,000 professionals of Deloitte US. As a 30-year Deloitte veteran, Glenn’s appointment to this new role follows his many years of audit, accounting, and quality control experience in a variety of industries.

Today, Glenn oversees Deloitte’s ethics program, providing guidance and resources that are available not only to Deloitte professionals across the US, but also externally accessible to clients, universities, and vendors. Additionally, he oversees the monitoring of key professional compliance areas including independence, CPA licensing, continuing professional education compliance, and mandatory training.

Glenn’s audit experience profile includes serving as a lead audit partner or engagement quality control reviewer on multinational clients in numerous industries such as manufacturing, industrial products, insurance, media and entertainment, and service companies. His current assignment is as an Engagement Quality Control Reviewer on Deloitte’s largest attest media and entertainment client.

He also spent from 2004 – 2010 in a national role designing and implementing Deloitte’s global audit methodology and consulting with lead client service partners on how to best serve our audit clients. Prior to that he spent several years in New Jersey and New York serving as an engagement quality control reviewer on numerous audit engagements.

Glenn graduated from Loyola University (Maryland) and is a longstanding member of the American Institute of Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA.) He is married with two sons and a daughter, and just recently welcomed his first grandchild into the world.

Linda Trevino

Distinguished Professor of Organizational Behavior and Ethics

Pennsylvania State University

Linda K. Treviño is Distinguished Professor of Organizational Behavior and Ethics, and Director of the Shoemaker Program in Business Ethics in the Smeal College of Business where she has been on the faculty since 1987. She served as Chair of the Department of Management and Organization from 1999-2004. She holds a Ph.D. in management from Texas A&M University. Her research and writing on the management of ethical conduct in organizations is widely published and is known internationally. She has published more than eighty five journal articles and has co-authored a textbook with Katherine Nelson entitled Managing Business Ethics; Straight Talk About How to do it Right, published by John Wiley in 1995. The sixth edition was published in 2014. The book, which is being used to teach undergraduates, MBAs, and executives, addresses how people can manage their own ethical conduct and the conduct of their employees in today's business organizations.

Professor Trevino's research focuses on understanding ethical and unethical conduct in work organizations.Her current research includes work on the ethics and compliance officer role, the financial crisis, reactions to the ethical crisis at Penn State, ethical leadership, impacts on speaking up, the role of status in organizational ethics and how dyslexics navigate the workplace. She also studies academic integrity issues including honor codes as organizational change initiatives.

John Tyler

General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer

Ewing Marion Kaufmann Foundation

John Tyler is general counsel, secretary and chief ethics officer for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, which is dedicated to fostering economic independence by advancing education and entrepreneurship.

In addition to managing the legal aspects of the Foundation’s programs and operations and serving the Foundation across the spectrums of theory and practical execution, Tyler has authored or co-authored several law review articles and book chapters on distinctive aspects of impact investing and social entrepreneurship, including fiduciary duty, regulation, public private partnerships, social impact, and advocating clarity about approaches priority of purpose and accountability and the opportunity for a new form that prioritizes social good with fiduciary accountability.

Tyler also frequently speaks about impact investing, social entrepreneurship and enterprise, public private partnerships, and hybrid business forms, including for law schools at Columbia, Georgetown, NYU, Notre Dame, Texas, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Washington University; business schools at Northwestern and UMKC; USASBE; Independent Sector; Social Enterprise Alliance; Council on Foundations; and others. Tyler also speaks and publishes on other topics such as the role of private foundations in society, advancing university innovation, and U.S. policy on high-skilled immigration.

Beth Ward

Senior Vice President - Supply Chain


Beth Ward is senior vice president – supply chain, and a corporate officer at Hallmark Cards, Inc.

In this role, Ward is responsible for global supply chain planning, manufacturing, logistics, global procurement, product integrity and supply chain technical resources.

Ward joined Hallmark in 1996 and has served in a number of roles including retail operations vice president for team Walmart, facilitating the creation of Hallmark’s new Walmart office in Bentonville, Arkansas. She also served as director – logistics services and general manager of order distribution at Hallmark’s Liberty Distribution Center. Prior to joining Hallmark, Ward worked as an industrial engineer for JC Penney.

Ward holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Kansas.

Prior to her role in Hong Kong, Ward was an active community servant in Kansas City on behalf of the United Way and the Central Exchange.

Roger Woody

Executive lecturer and Director of the Center for Supply Chain Management

University of Kansas

Roger Woody is an Executive lecturer and Director of the Center for Supply Chain Management in the School of Business, at the University of the Kansas. He is a past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Over the course of three decades, Roger has demonstrated expertise in supply chain process design and improvement, and supply chain solution development. He is currently teaching supply chain management courses at the University of Kansas, including courses in the MSB SCM program for the Army Command and General Staff College through KU at Fort Leavenworth.


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