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Mary Gentile, Ph.D., is a Professor of Practice at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and Creator/Developer of Giving Voice to Values (GVV), a pioneering curriculum for values-driven leadership.

GVV was launched by The Aspen Institute and Yale School of Management, with interim support at Babson College, and is now based at University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Developed by Gentile, a veteran of Harvard Business School and pioneer in both ethics and diversity management curriculum, GVV is now being piloted in over 1,085 educational and executive settings on all seven continents. It has been featured in Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review and McKinsey Quarterly, among other publications.

Dr. Gentile is the award-winning author of Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right. Among numerous honors, she was named a “Top Mind 2017” by Compliance Weekly and was short-listed for the Thinkers 50 2017 'Ideas into Practice' Award. Gentile was also named one of the “100 Most Influential in Business Ethics” by Ethisphere in 2015 and one of the “Top Thought Leaders in Trust: 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners” by Trust Across America-Trust Around the World.


About Mary Gentile’s pioneering work, Giving Voice to Values: How To Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right

McKinsey Quarterly Video Interview with Mary Gentile:

UVA Darden School of Business Giving Voice to Values website:


Richard Bilodeau, Lecturer of Entrepreneurship, USM School of Business

Professor Bilodeau is an entrepreneur who is an partner in two businesses, a direct marketing company in the alternative health space located in Maine and a television network providing vacation information located in the South East. Prior to joining USM full time, Professor Bilodeau dedicated his time to starting and growing these two ventures while also teaching in the adjunct faculty. Over the years, he has taught courses in entrepreneurship, marketing, professional selling, and product development. He also managed the USM's Student Business Plan Competition for 8 years and was a senior advisor at the Center for Entrepreneurship. Prior to his career in business, he worked in a clinical laboratory where he conducted research and testing involving tumor markers.

Currently, Professor Bilodeau teaches courses in entrepreneurship, creative strategies, design thinking, sustainability, and marketing. He also oversees the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship program at USM and serves as the Faculty Chair of USM Corporate Partners. He spends his spare time exploring the vibrant food scene in his two homes: Portland, Maine and Montreal.

 Kate Gulliver, Vice President, Global Head of Talent at Wayfair

Kate Gulliver oversees the Talent team at Wayfair where she is responsible for global human capital management including recruiting, organizational design, talent management, talent analytics, compensation and learning and development. Prior to her role in Talent at Wayfair, Kate managed the company's Investor Relations function where she drove all communication and relationship development with outside investors, and led the company in their efforts to become publicly traded. Previously, Kate worked as an investor for nearly five years at Bain Capital, the Boston based private equity firm. She started her career in consulting at McKinsey & Company. Kate holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a B.A. from Yale University. Kate lives in Boston's South End with her husband and two daughters.

Luke Holden, Founder & CEO, Luke's Lobster

Luke Holden grew up in Cape Elizabeth, Maine – a third generation lobsterman. He attended college at Georgetown University and then moved to New York to start a career in investment banking. There, he found himself craving a real Maine-style lobster roll – not over priced and drowning in mayo. So, in 2009, he returned to his roots and longstanding relationship with the Maine lobstering community to cut out the middleman and bring Maine lobster to the heart of NYC.

Luke's Lobster now has homes in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas, Miami, San Francisco, Taipei, Tokyo and Maine! The company chooses partners who uphold their commitment to sourcing superior, sustainable ingredients and strive to support other small businesses. Luke’s Lobster donates a portion of its proceeds to The Ocean Foundation and the Island Institute, helping preserve Maine’s fishing communities and the sustainability of our oceans. In 2018, they furthered their commitment to socially conscious business practices by becoming a certified B Corporation®. Luke’s Lobster is also part of the 2018 INC 5000 and recently Luke was named one of Real Leaders 2018 Top 100.  

Dan Jenkins, Chair and Associate Professor of Leadership & Organizational Studies at USM

Dan is Chair and Associate Professor of Leadership & Organizational Studies at the University of Southern Maine. He received his doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction as well as an M.A. in Political Science from the University of South Florida and a B.S. in Communication Studies from The Florida State University. Dan is a co-author of the book The Role of Leadership Educators: Transforming Learning and has published more than 30 articles and book chapters on leadership education, program design, development, and evaluation, and has presented his research, delivered keynotes, and facilitated workshops on these topics around the world.

Jeanne Paquette, Vice President for Corporate Engagement & Auxiliary Services

Jeanne Paquette joined USM in July 2017 as the Executive Director of Auxiliary Services. She increased her areas of oversight in her field of expertise, labor and community relations, in 2018 and accepted the position of Vice President of Corporate Engagement and Auxiliary Services. In her new role she focuses much of her time working with our Career and Employment Hub and making connections for our students, employers and Maine’s overall workforce system.

Prior to joining USM, Jeanne served as the Commissioner of the Maine Department of Labor.  She holds a BA in Education from Kean University of New Jersey and has served on numerous boards including the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Maine Community College system and multiple non -profits.

Linda Quarles, Director, Strategy + Organizational Design at frog

In her role as Director, Strategy + Organizational Design at frog, Linda provides a broad range of consultative services to build capability and improve organizational performance with clients globally. Her transformation clients include Pfizer, American Express, Hyundai, Facebook, Lufthansa, Mitel, BNY Mellon.  After more than two decades leading organization transformations at enterprises including Microsoft, Owens Corning, BAE Systems, and CIGNA, Linda brings empathy for leaders driving culture change, innovation and growth in organizations from startups to Fortune 50. She has lived and worked globally and specializes in cross-cultural entry. Her data-based behavioral science approach is influenced by neuroscience and human centered design.

Linda holds a M.S. in Organization Development from Pepperdine University and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently an Advisor in the Rutgers University Design Thinking program, and has served as adjunct or guest faculty at University of Pennsylvania/Wharton, New York University, Cornell University, University of Michigan, Pepperdine University, Bowling Green State University, and Catholic University, and holds certifications in executive coaching, MBTI, DISC, and the Basadur applied creativity profile. She is a popular podcast guest and speaker, and was recently featured at SXSW, Fast Company Innovation Festival, Design Management Institute, CultureFirst Conference.

Erica Schmitz, Founder, MyBodyModel

Erica is the founder of MyBodyModel, a fashion tech startup that creates body-positive design tools for garment makers and designers. In 2017, frustrated by the unrealistic body proportions of standard fashion drawings, Erica led a successful Kickstarter campaign to build the MyBodyModel web app. The app creates customized fashion croquis templates made to the user's measurements. Since the app's beta release in June 2018, thousands of women have used it to be their own fashion designers – and their own models. Customers describe the app as transformational and life-changing. Erica worked in nonprofit management and consulting for 20 years before starting MyBodyModel, and holds a Master's in Public Policy & Management from the Muskie School at USM. She lives in Portland, Maine, with her husband and daughter.

Julia Sleeper, Executive Director, Tree Street Youth Center

Julia Sleeper is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Tree Street Youth Center. Born and raised in Bangor area, she initially moved to Lewiston as an undergraduate at Bates College. During her time as a student, she began connecting to the Downtown Lewiston community youth through service learning opportunities afforded to her as a Psychology and Education major. Over the past 10 years, Julia has continued to build on the relationships formed as an undergrad, seeking to provide valuable programming to at-risk youth in Lewiston-Auburn. After completing her Masters in Leadership and Organizational Studies at USM-LAC, she began the present-day Tree Street Youth Center.

Terry Sutton, CEO, Maine Center Ventures

Terry is the newly appointed CEO of Maine Center Ventures.  She has held senior executive positions at WEX, Inc, CashStar, Inc. and DAVO Technologies. Previously she held multiple executive posts over a 20-year career at L.L. Bean.  Terry currently serves on the boards of Preble Street, a non-profit tackling homelessness and poverty in Portland and Geiger, a promotional products company based in Lewiston. She is a past Trustee of the University of Maine system.  She is also past Vice Chair of the Maine Math and Science Alliance where she served on the board for 10 years.  Terry is a graduate of the Leadership Maine program (Omicron class).  Terry earned her degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed her MBA at Harvard Business School.


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