IHMA Necessary Conversation with Mary Gentile on Giving Voice to Values

Join IHMA for a Necessary Conversation with Mary Gentile on “Giving Voice To Values: The “How” of Values-Driven Leadership”

Please join the International Humanistic Management Association (IHMA) for a Necessary Conversation with Dr. Mary Gentile to discuss “Giving Voice To Values: The “How” of Values-Driven Leadership”

Date: Friday, March 24, 2023

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (ET)

Location: Web conferencing, details will be sent before the event once your RSVP is received.

This Necessary Conversation is sponsored by the Donahue Center for Business Ethics & Social Responsibility in the Manning School of Business at University of Massachusetts Lowell.

The topic for this Conversation is “Giving Voice To Values: The “How” of Values-Driven Leadership”

What is Giving Voice To Values?

Giving Voice to Values (GVV) is an innovative approach to values-driven leadership development in business education and the workplace, pioneered by Dr. Mary C. Gentile . GVV is based at University of Virginia-Darden School of Business, having been launched by Aspen Institute as Incubator & Founding Partner, with Yale School of Management; then supported at Babson College 2009-16. Drawing on actual experience and scholarship, GVV fills a long- standing critical gap in the development of values-centered leaders.

GVV is not about persuading people to be more ethical. Rather GVV starts from the premise that most of us already want to act on our values, but that we also want to feel that we have a reasonable chance of doing so effectively and successfully. This pedagogy and curriculum are about raising those odds.

Rather than a focus on ethical analysis, the Giving Voice to Values (GVV) curriculum focuses on ethical implementation and asks the question: “What if I were going to act on my values? What would I say and do? How could I be most effective?”

Conversation Highlights:

“Dr. Gentile will share an innovative approach to preparing business managers and leaders for values-driven decision making. Drawing on both the actual experience of business practitioners as well as cutting edge research, GIVING VOICE TO VALUES (GVV) fills a long-standing and critical gap in our understanding of how to enable ethical practice. Rather than a focus on ethical analysis, GVV focuses on ethical implementation and asks the question: “What if I were going to act on my values? What would I say and do? How could I be most effective?”

Developed by Gentile, a veteran of Harvard Business School and pioneer in both ethics and diversity management curriculum, GVV has been shared and/or piloted in over 1,400 educational and executive settings. Giving Voice to Values holds the promise to transform the foundational assumptions upon which the teaching of business ethics is based, and importantly, to equip future business leaders to not only know what is right — but how to make it happen.”

About Mary C. Gentile:

Mary C. Gentile, PhD, is Creator and Director of Giving Voice to Values (www.GivingVoiceToValuesTheBook.com), launched with The Aspen Institute and Yale School of Management and hosted at Babson College for 6 years, now based at UVA-Darden. This pioneering curriculum for values-driven leadership has been piloted and/or presented in over 1,365 sites globally and has been featured in Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, McKinsey Quarterly, etc. Gentile is a consultant, speaker and author on GVV and was formerly the Richard M. Waitzer Bicentennial Professor of Ethics at UVA Darden (2016-2022) and was previously at Harvard Business School(1985-95). She holds a B.A. from The College of William and Mary and Ph.D. from State University of New York-Buffalo.

Gentile’s publications include: Giving Voice to Values: How To Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right; Can Ethics Be Taught? Perspectives, Challenges, and Approaches at Harvard Business School (with Thomas Piper & Sharon Parks); Differences That Work: Organizational Excellence through Diversity; Managerial Excellence Through Diversity: Text and Cases, as well as cases and articles in Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Risk Management, CFO, BizEd, Strategy+Business, etc. Gentile was Content Expert for the award-winning CD-ROM, Managing Across Differences (Harvard Business School Publishing). Among numerous honors, Gentile was named a “Top Mind 2017” by Compliance Weekly and has been short-listed for the Thinkers 50 2017 ‘Ideas into Practice’ Award.

Selected Awards/Recognition:

Gentile was inducted into the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame, 2021. GVV won the Bronze Medal in the 2017 REIMAGINE EDUCATION “Ethical Leadership” category and was short-listed again in 2020. Gentile has been inducted into the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame in 2021 and was short-listed for the 2019 & 2017 Thinkers50 “Ideas Into Practice” Award. She was named one of the “Top Minds 2017” in ethics, compliance, risk and leadership by CompianceWeek. Gentile and GVV received the 2013 “Humanistic Management Leadership Award” for Teaching and Education at the Academy of Management convening in Orlando, FL in August. GVV was selected as one of the Semi-Finalists for the Ashoka Innovation Award in 2013. The book from Yale University Press won the Axiom Business Book Awards 2011 Gold Medal in the Business Ethics Category. Mary Gentile has also been recognized independently for her work with GVV, and named by Trust Across America as one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” over several years and received their “Lifetime Achievement Award,” as well as named to Good Business New York Leading Women for 2012 for “21st Century Leadership – Women Who Are Changing The World: 25 Dynamic Leaders Actively Creating a Better World Through Work & Business.”

About Erica Steckler:

Erica Steckler, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Management and Co-Director of the Donahue Center for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility in the Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. In 2016 Erica launched the IHMA Necessary Conversations Research Forum and is honored to facilitate these important discussions. Her scholarship includes conceptual and empirical work on sustainability, corporate responsibility, organizational authenticity, social entrepreneurship and change, business ethics, and humanistic management. Her work advances an understanding of key dynamics and timely opportunities for positive transformation among organizations, organizational leadership, and stakeholders in global social issue contexts. Published in influential management journals and edited volumes, her research has been recognized with awards and honors. She currently serves as Associate Editor at Business and Society Review, Representative-at-Large of the Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management, and has contributed in founding leadership roles within the International Humanistic Management Association. Erica strives to steward humanistic management and sustainable development in honor of humanity and nature and in celebration of future generations, including her three children.

The International Humanistic Management Association (IHMA) Necessary Conversations Global Research Forum is an initiative of the United Nations PRME Working Group on Humanistic Management.