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President's Speaker Series

Sponsored by the Office of the President, the President’s Speaker Series is a forum that brings eminent leaders to Santa Clara, providing our students, faculty, and the community an opportunity for intellectual rigor, critical thinking, reflection, and dialogue.

Santa Clara Lecture Series

The Santa Clara Lecture Series is sponsored by the Bannan Institute, which is committed to examining Catholic identity and Jesuit character.

Ethics at Noon

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics sponsors the Ethics at Noon lecture series. These lunch-hour programs provide a forum for SCU faculty members and other experts to explore ethical issues in many fields.

de Saisset Museum

The museum offers several lectures and programs based on current exhibitions.

Bannan Institutes

May 11, 2015
noon - 1:00 p.m.
Benson Center, Williman Room

Leadership Crises In Silicon Valley: A Way Forward

Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education; Markkula Center for Applied Ethics ; Co-sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

May 11, 2015 | 12:00-1:00 PM
Williman Room, Benson Memorial Center

Silicon Valley life presents significant challenges to individual and organizational leadership.  In this working lunch, Kirk Hanson, Executive Director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and Ann Skeet, Director of Leadership Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University will reflect on the ten most significant challenges facing Silicon Valley leaders today and consider how resources within the Ignatian tradition might provide an innovative, transformative way forward.

Co-sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

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.  The Center has extensive programs in business ethics, bioethics, government ethics, internet ethics and character education, and works closely with groups of business corporations, hospitals, city councils and school districts on professional ethics.  He taught business ethics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business for 23 years, served as faculty director of the Stanford Sloan Program, and is now Senior Lecturer Emeritus there.  He has written extensively on the ethical and public behavior of corporations, including co-editing a four volume series in 2006 entitled The Accountable Corporation.   Hanson has consulted with over 100 organizations on managing ethics.  Hanson currently serves on the board of the Skoll Community Fund and is chair of the Center for International Business Ethics in Beijing, China’s first business ethics center.  In 2007 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education for contributions to business and society, and in 2013 an honorary doctorate from the University of Portland.  

Ann Skeet is the Director of Leadership Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University,  a new position that directs the Center's work in business ethics and a future program in nonprofit ethics.  Skeet has served as CEO of American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley for 8 years and previously as Vice President Marketing for the San Jose Mercury News.  Skeet has also served as President of Notre Dame High School of San Jose and as a board member of the Catholic Community Foundation of Silicon Valley. Other community service includes serving as board co-chair or chair of the United Way of Silicon Valley, the Children's Musical Theater of San Jose, the Santa Clara County Partnership for School Readiness, and the Harvard Business School Assn. of Northern California, and as a board member of the Children's Discovery Museum and the Nonprofit Development Center.  She is a graduate of Bucknell University and the Harvard Business School. 

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