Partners in Business Ethics 2012

The 3rd annual Partners in Business Ethics Conference took place on September 19 & 20, 2012 in Chicago, IL. The conference was hosted by the College of Business at ILLINOIS and its Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society, with sponsorship support from the Deloitte Foundation and BP.

Speakers included business leaders from Deloitte, BP, Walmart, and Lockheed-Martin, Professors Linda Trevino from Penn State and Mary Gentile from Babson College, Professors C.K. Gunsalus and Madhu Viswanathan from the University of Illinois, among others. Provided below are follow up materials, including downloadable presentations and relevant online resources.

Presentations & Resources

Professor Madhu Viswanathan focuses on two areas in business: measurement and research methodology and literacy, poverty, and subsistence marketplace behaviors. As a result, he directs the Subsistence Marketplaces Initiative, founded the Marketplace Literacy Project, a nonprofit organization, that pioneers the design and delivery of marketplace literacy education to low-income consumers and subsistence marketplaces. He has received research, teaching, curriculum development, social entrepreneurship, humanitarian, leadership and career achievement awards and his course on subsistence marketplaces was ranked one of the top entrepreneurship courses by Inc. magazine. Learn more about subsistence at his website.

Professor C.K. Gunsalus currently teaches Leadership and Ethics in the MBA program and is the director of the required Professional Responsibility course for all undergraduates in the College of Business. She also heads up the Ethics Center at the University of Illinois. Read more about this nationally recognized expert on research integrity, whistleblowing, ethics, and professionalism at

Mary Gentile, Ph.D., is the Director of Giving Voices to Values, a business curriculum based and funded at Babson College. Giving Voices to Values is a pioneering approach to values-driven leadership, has piloted in over 250 business schools and organizations globally, and has been featured in Financial Times, Harvard Business Review and more.

Blair Marks is the Director of Ethics Awareness & International Operations for the Lockheed Martin Corporation. The company does various training programs, including but not limited to Integrity Minute, which shows viewers one to two minute videos that highlight situations one may face in the workplace.

Project Director and Series Producer, Cara Biasucci, and University of Texas at Austin Business Professor Robert Prentice have collaborated to bring Ethics Unwrapped to the public. This series of free ethics videos is a new teaching tool available at The video series includes a documentary featuring disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and more than a dozen animated shorts featuring ethics concepts, including those from one of the hottest areas in current ethics education—behavioral ethics. Teaching notes accompany the videos to foster meaningful discussion in any kind of classroom. Social media links are available on the website.