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Renowned business ethicist to speak on values-driven businesses at 2nd annual Hussey Leadership Institute

Mary Gentile PhD

Award-winning scholar and author Dr. Mary Gentile will speak on the topic of her book, “Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right” at the University of Southern Maine on April 22 at 5:30 p.m. The keynote address, which is free and open to the public, caps off the day-long Hussey Leadership Institute where nearly 200 emerging leaders from companies and organizations throughout the region will gather at USM to explore what it means to succeed in a values-driven business. Employees in attendance represent local businesses: Chenmark, IDEXX, L.L.Bean, Maine Med, MEMIC, Pierce Atwood, Sea Bags, Wayfair, WEX, Wright-Ryan Construction, and many more.

Publishers Weekly said Gentile’s book offers a powerful action-oriented manifesto for living with integrity, fighting for one's convictions, and building a more ethical workplace.

Hussey Leadership Institute Program seminars and luncheon/speech --11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Evening Keynote
with Dr. Gentile  -- 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public, and co-sponsored by USM Corporate Partners

In the evening keynote, “Giving Voice to Values: The “How” of Business Ethics,” Gentile will share her groundbreaking 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 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?”

“Dr. Gentile’s expertise in advancing ethical business practice fits perfectly with the Hussey Institute’s focus on actionable tools and strategies,” said USM business professor Richard Bilodeau, a program organizer and USM Corporate Partners Faculty Chair. “Our goal is to empower Maine’s emerging leaders to implement their values – at all stages of their career paths.”

About Dr. Mary Gentile
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. 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 the Timothy B. Hussey Leadership Institute
The Timothy B. Hussey Leadership Institute honors the legacy of Tim Hussey, one of Maine’s most esteemed business and community leaders, who passed away in 2016. He envisioned an annual gathering that would engage, educate and empower emerging Maine leaders to “change the world” by conducting business in a way that is values-driven and good for the community.

“Tim Hussey’s lifetime of servant leadership helped shape the southern Maine community over his two decades as president and CEO of Hussey Seating Company,” said USM President Glenn Cummings. “USM is proud to convene this continuing conversation around our shared commitment to empowering a new generation of leaders that do well while doing good. ”


For more information, please visit the USM Foundation website.