Next Generation Ethics Conference

Post Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Neely Center's Next Generation Ethics Conference was held at USC in the Town & Gown ballroom on March 30, 2018. To download a copy of the agenda click here. 

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The conference featured panels and speakers discussing important ethical dilemmas that we all face today or will face in the near future. To read an article click here.

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The Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making's Next Generation Ethics Conference is a unique opportunity to join leading academic and industry experts as they discuss important ethical dilemmas that we all face today or will face in the near future. It will feature speakers from Google, the National Governors Association and numerous other organizations as well as renowned academics from a host of prestigious universities.

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The event will be held March 30, 2018 on the USC campus and include:


Ali AbbasAli E. Abbas - Director of the Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making

Ali E. Abbas is Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Professor of Public Policy at USC. A leading authority in decision and risk analysis, Dr. Abbas received his M.S. in electrical engineering; M.S. in engineering economic systems & operations research; PhD in management science and engineering, and PhD minor in electrical engineering all from the school of engineering at Stanford University. Read More.



Ben Allen - California SenatorBen Allen

California State Senator Ben Allen was elected in 2014 to represent the 26th Senate District, which consists of the Westside, Hollywood and coastal South Bay communities of Los Angeles County. Allen serves as chair of the Senate Education Committee and the legislature's Joint Committee on the Arts. Read More.



Andrea ArmaniAndrea Armani - Ray Irani Chair in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Professor Armani has received numerous awards, including the ONR Young Investigator and the PECASE, and she was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She is currently the Director of the Northrop Grumman Institute for Optical Nanomaterials and Nanophotonics. Read More.



Timothy BluteTimothy Blute - National Governors Association

Timothy Blute serves as director for the NGA Future office, where he will assist and advise governors and state officials on how emerging technologies will impact government and state economies, including identifying the opportunities and challenges associated with ongoing technological innovation. Read More



Ted BraunTed Braun - Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair in Cinematic Ethics

Writer-director Ted Braun’s critically acclaimed first feature film, Darfur Now won the NAACP Image Award for best documentary of 2007 and was named one of 2007’s top five documentaries by the National Board of Review.and the Broadcast Critics Association. Read More.



Alexander CapronAlexander Capron - Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, Scott H. Bice Chair in Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics

Alexander Capron is a globally recognized expert in health policy and medical ethics. He teaches Public Health Law, Torts, and Law, Science, and Medicine. He also teaches at the USC Keck School of Medicine and is co-director of the Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics.​ Read More.



Gunnar Carlsson - Stanford University - Ethics Social DatabaseGunnar Carlsson

Dr. Gunnar Carlsson is the Anne and Bill Swindells Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University and an expert in applying topological data analysis to real world problems. Read More.



Vint Cerf - Internet Pioneer and "Father of the Internet"Vint Cerf

Vint Cerf is recognised as one of the father's of the internet. The co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He is vice president for Google where he contributes to global policy development and continued spread of the Internet. Read More.



Gary Cook Gary Cook - Managing Director of Cook & Company

Gary Cook is the Managing Director of Cook & Company. He is an executive coach, senior consultant, and leader with over twenty-five years of leadership experience in a broad range of large and small private and public enterprises. He is a pioneer in using innovative technologies to create change and improvement, as documented in his book, Consilience Leadership. Read More



James Ellis - Dean of the Marshall School of BusinessJames Ellis

Dean James Ellis has overseen the USC Marshall School of Business since 2007. Previously he served as the University's Vice Provost for Globalization, Marshall's Vice Dean for External Relations, and Marshall's Associate Dean for the Undergraduate Program. As an instructor, he has been named professor of the year by many organizations. Read More.



Marsha Ershaghi HamesMarsha Ershaghi Hames - Global Executive Management Advisor in Corporate Ethics & Compliance Programs

Marsha Ershaghi Hames is a Global Executive Management advisor in corporate ethics & compliance programs driving organizational transformation. Dr. Ershaghi Hames leads international organizations on strategies to enable effective education programs around compliance-based solutions to drive ethical corporate cultures towards greater productivity and performance. Read More.



Kenneth Fletcher

Kenneth Fletcher - Former Chief Risk Officer, Transportation Security Administration

Kenneth Fletcher is the former Chief Risk Officer of the Transportation Security Administration and currently heads Kestrel Hawk Consulting a consultancy firm focused on providing risk management and Enterprise Risk Management consulting services to government, private sector, and non-governmental organizations. Read More.



Kirk O. HansonKirk O. Hanson - Executive Director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University

Kirk O. Hanson is Executive Director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and John Courtney Murray S.J. University Professor of Social Ethics, positions he has held since 2001. In 2001, he took early retirement from Stanford University where he taught in the Graduate School of Business for 23 years and is now an emeritus faculty member. Read More.



Marianne JenningsMarianne Jennings - Author of The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse: How to Spot Moral Meltdowns in Companies...Before It's too Late

Professor Marianne Jennings is a member of the Department of Management in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and is a professor of legal and ethical studies in business. At ASU she teaches graduate courses in the MBA program in business ethics and the legal environment of business. Read More.



Jack H. KnottJack H. Knott - Dean of the Sol Price School of Public Policy

Dean Jack H. Knott has overseen the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy in August 2005. He is the C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair and Professor. Before joining USC, Dean Knott served from 1997 until 2005 as professor of political science and director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Chicago. Read More.



Jessica LevinsonJessica Levinson - President of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission

Jessica Levinson’s work focuses on election law and governance issues, including campaign finance, ethics, ballot initiatives, redistricting, term limits and state budgets. Levinson currently serves as the President of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission. She was appointed by the Los Angeles City Controller in 2013 to serve a five-year term. Read More.



Naj MeshkatiNaj Meshkati - Expert in safety, reliability, and efficiency of complex, large-scale technological systems

Professor Meshkati is a recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. He is also Principal Investigator of a research grant from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) and a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Read More



Laura MosquedaLaura Mosqueda - Interim Dean, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Laura Mosqueda, M.D., is a professor of Family Medicine and Geriatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California. She also serves as the associate dean of Primary Care and the chair of the Department of Family Medicine. Read More.



James O' TooleJames O' Toole - Director Emeritus of the Neely Center for Ethical Leadership

Professor O'Toole' has addressed dozens of major corporations and professional groups, and has over one hundred published articles and seventeen books including Corporate Stewardship, The New American Workplace, and Transparency. Read More.



Thomas S. SaylesThomas S. Sayles - Senior Vice President, University Relations

Thomas S. Sayles was appointed senior vice president for university relations effective July 1, 2011. In this capacity, he provides strategic direction and leadership of USC’s efforts to continuously improve its relationships with external and internal stakeholders. Read More.



Max Senges

Max Senges - Google

Max Senges works as Program Manager for Google Research and Education, where he leads an Internet of Things program. He is passionately thinking and working on the crossroads between academia and the private sector, internet politics, innovation, culture and philosophy of technology. Read More.



Varun SoniVarun Soni - Dean of Religious Life

Varun Soni is the Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California. Dean Soni received his B.A. degree in Religion from Tufts University, where he also earned an Asian Studies minor and completed the Program in Peace and Justice Studies. Read More.



Yannis C. YortsosYannis C. Yortsos - Dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering

Yannis C. Yortsos is the Dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the Zohrab Kaprielian Chair in Engineering, a position he holds since 2005. Prior to that he served from 2001 to 2005 as Associate Dean and then as Sr. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Yortsos served as chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering between 1991 and 1996 and since 1995 he also holds the Chester Dolley Professorship. Read More.



Frank ZerunyanFrank Zerunyan - Mayor of Rolling Hills Estates and Professor of the Practice of Governance at the Sol Price School of Public Policy

Frank Vram Zerunyan, J.D. is a Professor of the Practice of Governance at the Sol Price School of Public Policy and Director of Executive Education at USC Price Bedrosian Center on Governance. His key areas of expertise include Local Governments, Public Private Partnerships, Civic Leadership, Land Use, Regulation, Negotiation and Executive Education. Read More.


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