Producing Leaders of Character and Integrity

Instilling Values into Public Life

September 15 -
 15, 2016

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The Conference

This symposium will focus on concepts of ethical leadership and explore the contribution that educational, military, political, professional and business institutions can make towards the development of ethical leaders. CERL’s contribution to this topic reflects its focus on rule of law values: where individuals have internalized respect for the rule of law their stewardship is both ethically grounded and maximally effective.

This program has been approved for 6.5 ethics CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $260.00 ($130.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to “The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania”


8:00Registration and Buffet Breakfast
8:45  Welcome Remarks:   
Ted Ruger, Dean of University of Pennsylvania Law School
Claire Finkelstein, Director of the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL)
9:00am- 10:15am  Panel 1: Character and the Rule of LawA defining feature of democratic governance is for the state to be a “government of law, not of men,” in the words of John Adams. Respect for the rule of law, however, is more than a structural feature of our democracy; it is a personal attitude, or stance, towards the law.  What precisely does respect for the rule of law involve when conceived in this way? Is there such a thing as a distinctive rule-of-law virtue, and if so does it work in harmony with the other virtues, or does it conflict with them in fundamental ways? How can respect for the rule of law be cultivated in our future leaders, and how can our institutional cultures help promote that cultivation?MODERATOR:
Prof. Claire Finkelstein, Algernon Biddle Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy; Director, Center for Ethics and the Rule of LawParticipants:
Prof. Mitch Berman, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Ms. Mary McDaniel, Chief Ethics Officer for Philadelphia City Council
Prof. Tulia Falleti, Latin American Studies and Political Science Dept., University of Pennsylvania
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, ret., former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell
10:15am – 10:30am  Break
10:30am – 11:45am Panel 2: Inculcating Virtue: Education and Modern LeadershipWhat are the implications of recent theoretical work in the literature on character in moral philosophy and moral psychology for the question of what constitutes ethical leadership? What can ancient and contemporary accounts of character tell us about which dispositions and habits typify virtuous ethical leaders?  What environmental conditions and organizational structures encourage the optimal manifestation of those dispositions? According to the Greeks, courage was the highest virtue.  This perspective dovetails with recent thinking about military leadership.  Is the emphasis on courage applicable to today’s society?  What are the virtues we wish to cultivate and how has human nature changed since the writings of Plato and the dialogues with Socrates?  Do current prominent leaders who are admired fit the ancient Greek model?MODERATOR:
Prof. Mark Doorley, Director of the Ethics Program, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Villanova UniversityParticipants:
Prof. Nancy Sherman, Professor of Philosophy, Georgetown University
Prof. Dwight Jaggard, University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering
Dr. Arthur J. Schwartz, Director of the Oskin Leadership Institute, Widener University
Dr. Lonnie Morris, Leadership and Management consultant
11:45 – 12:45pm   Lunch and Lunchtime Keynote Speech
Dr. Albert C. Pierce, Professor of Ethics and National Security at the National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, D.C. Founding director of the Center for the Study of Professional Military Ethics (now known as the Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership) at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He was a defense correspondent for NBC News and Deputy Director of the Strategic Concepts Development Center (SCDC), an in-house think tank established by Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger. He also served as Assistant to Secretary of Defense Harold Brown.
12:45pm – 2:00pmPanel 3: Military Leadership and Character DevelopmentThose in charge of training military leaders have thought increasingly about how to cultivate character and instill respect for the rule of law. Officer training programs have turned to training methods that enhance positive character traits and set standards for ethical as well as legally compliant conduct.  How successful have programs seeking to cultivate character been?  Can the military model serve as a kind of test case for exploring both the promise and the perils of leadership cultivation, combining as it does an emphasis on the character traits of courage, selfless service, and loyalty with an emphasis on rule-following and adherence to hierarchy and protocol?  Are the virtues we seek to cultivate in military leaders the same or different from the virtues we should encourage in the rest of society?MODERATOR:
Professor Mark Wilson, Assistant Professor, Ethics Program, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Villanova UniversityPARTICPANTS:
Rear Adm. James McPherson, 39th Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Navy
Col. Jeffrey Peterson, Chair for Study of Officership, Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethics, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY
Lt. Gen Dirk Jameson, former Deputy Commander in Chief and Chief of Staff of U.S. Strategic Command U.S. Air Force
Gen. Carol Eggert, Vice President, Military and Veteran Affairs Comcast, former Assistant Adjutant General, Battalion Commander and Chief of Staff
Dr. Jaye Goosby Smith, Assoc. Professor of Management and Director of Graduate Programs in Leadership, The Citadel
2:00pm – 2:15pmBreak
2:15pm – 3:30pm Panel 4: The Dark Side of LeadershipPaul Babiak and Robert D. Hare famously argue that certain central features of corporate culture—for example, the value placed on “high risk, high reward” thinking—create a hospitable environment for psychopaths to flourish. In a similar vein, Adam Grant argues that extroverted leaders can be dangerous, and encourages us to identify the unethical slippery slope of charismatic leaders.  Does this suggest that corporate and political virtues are moral vices, and vice versa? Or does it prompt a re-examination of how to distinguish faux leadership from real leadership, where the latter includes virtuous character as an essential constituent?MODERATOR:
Prof. Amy Sepinwall, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, WhartonParticipants
Prof. Kevin Govern, Ave Maria Law School, former Army Judge Advocate.
Prof. Robert Rotberg, John F. Kennedy School of Govt., Harvard University
Dr. Stephen Xenakis, Brigadier General (ret.) and Army medical corps officer, US Army
Prof. Michael Horowitz, Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
3:30pm – 3:45pmBreak
3:45pm – 5:00pm   Panel 5: Dilemmas in Corporate and Political LeadershipWe are used to conceiving of leadership as synonymous with getting ahead, and not surprisingly, “leadership” literature has erupted in business schools. As the concept of leadership has migrated from the business to the political context, however, the business model has been called into question.  Is self and corporate promotion, which may be positive in the context of business leadership, antithetical to the nature of ethical government leadership?  Is civic virtue a distinctive character trait, one that imposes special duties on government leaders to cultivate altruism and public mindedness? Or do government leaders have a special dispensation to act unethically when faced with vital national security interests, such as lying when doing so is important for national defense?  Relatedly, are personal failings relevant in assessing ethical civic or political leadership? Do ethical norms contradict and weaken norms of political authority and governance?  More broadly, is there a fundamental tension between effective and ethical leadership, or can the two be reconciled?MODERATOR:Professor Michael Useem, Director, Center for Leadership and Change Management, William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of ManagementParticipants:
Mr. Osagie Imasogie, Founder Phoenix IP Ventures, Adjunct Professor University
Mr. Jeffrey Klein, Executive Director, Wharton Leadership program
Mr. Nicholas Lovegrove, Managing Partner, Brunswick Group
Mr. Robert Mundheim, Sherman and Sterling, Former Dean University of Pennsylvania Law School
5:00pm – 5:15pmBreak
5:15pm – 6:45pmKEYNOTE ADDRESS: Judge Sergio Moro, BrazilWelcome Remarks by Prof. Claire Finkelstein, CERL Director and Mr. Tulio Albuquerque, InitBridgeBrazilian federal judge Sergio Moro has risen to great prominence as a leader in the fight against corruption in Latin America. His judicial stewardship of “Operation Car Wash” has uncovered a Brazilian money laundering and graft scheme involving the movement of nearly $3 billion, reaching the upper echelons of Brazil’s national oil company, Petrobras, and implicating business and political leaders at the highest levels. Named as one of the most influential people in the world by Time and Fortune magazines, Moro has emerged as a central leader in the emergence of rule of law governance in Brazil.Conversation between Judge Moro and Prof. Claire Finkelstein
6:45 pm – 8:00 pm   Cocktail Reception   


Mr. Tulio Albuquerque, Initbridge

Mr. Albuquerque has 13 years of experience working on the financial industry in the Unites States. He has worked in major companies within the financial industry. He is founder and CEO of Initbridge, a company specialized on bringing innovative companies into the United States and American companies abroad. Mr. Albuquerque is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Mr. Albuquerque holds an Executive Masters of Technology Management, a joint degree from the Wharton School of Business and School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he has obtained a Masters in Science and Engineering in Telecommunications from the University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor’s in International Relations as well as a Post-baccalaureate in Computer Science from Ursinus College.

Prof. Mitch Berman, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Mitch Berman writes and teaches in American constitutional law, constitutional theory, philosophy of criminal law, general jurisprudence, and philosophy of sport at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. His work and thinking in these diverse fields is unified and shaped by his interest in deepening our understanding of normativity and normative systems. That is to say, he examines the contents and upshots of our normative concepts; the architecture of normative systems; and the way that the rights, powers, permissions, and duties that our normative systems deliver gain whatever contents they have.

Prof. Mark Doorley, Villanova University

Prof. Mark Doorley is the Director of the Ethics Program at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences of Villanova University. He earned a M.Div. at Washington Theological Union in 1988 and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston College in 1994. His graduate work focused on the philosophy of Bernard J. F. Lonergan, S.J. He joined the faculty at Villanova University in 1996 and since 2005 has served as the Director of the Ethics Program in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. He has been a practitioner and champion of service-learning at the university since 1998. These past 10 years he has turned his attention to environmental ethics. From 2007 until 2016 he served as the President of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Environmental Transformation, a non-profit in Camden, NJ. The mission of the Center is to invite people into the work of environmental justice and restoration.

Carol Eggert, Comcast, Vice President, Military, and Veteran Affairs, Brigadier General (R), U.S. Army

Carol Eggert is Vice President, Military and Veteran Affairs for Comcast. In this role, she works collaboratively across Comcast NBCUniversal to provide strategic leadership to all aspects of programs and outreach engaging the military and veteran community, including talent acquisition, business development, customer care and corporate recognition programs. Gen. Eggert has more than 30 years of military and civilian experience to Comcast. In her civilian role, she assisted various organizations in the private, government and non-profit sectors with their initiatives in knowledge management, strategic planning and project management. During her career, she served in the Army, the Army Reserve and the National Guard, serving in a variety of command and staff positions, including Assistant Adjutant General, Battalion Commander and Chief of Staff and recently retired as a Brigadier General. She is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations in recognition of her contributions to the military, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and multiple awards of the Meritorious Service Medal.

Prof. Tulia G. Falleti, Latin American and Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

Prof. Falleti is the Class of 1965 Term Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, and Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Decentralization and Subnational Politics in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2010), which earned the Donna Lee Van Cott Award to the best book on political institutions by the Latin American Studies Association. She is co-editor, with Orfeo Fioretos and Adam Sheingate, of The Oxford Handbook of Historical Institutionalism (Oxford University Press, 2016), among other edited books. Her articles on decentralization, federalism, authoritarianism, and qualitative methods have appeared in edited volumes and journals such as the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Publius, Studies in Comparative International Development, and Qualitative Sociology, among others. Falleti is working on a book on civic engagement in Latin America.

Prof. Claire O. Finkelstein, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Founder and Director of the Center of Ethics and Rule of Law. Prof. Finkelstein writes at the intersection of moral and political philosophy and the law. She has published extensively in the areas of criminal law theory, moral and political philosophy as applied to legal questions, jurisprudence, and rational choice theory, and has recently begun writing on the law and ethics of war. One of her distinctive contributions is bringing philosophical rational choice theory to bear on legal theory. She has focused in recent years on the implications of Hobbes’ political theory for substantive legal questions. She is currently finishing a book entitled Contractarian Legal Theory and is the editor (with Jens Ohlin and Andrew Altman) of a volume entitled Targeted Killings: Law & Mortality in an Asymmetrical World (Oxford University Press, 2012), and of Hobbes on Law (Ashgate, 2005). She has been a Co-Director of Penn’s Institute for Law and Philosophy.

Prof. Kevin Govern, Ave Maria Law School

Professor Govern began his legal career as an Army Judge Advocate, serving 20 years at every echelon during peacetime and war in worldwide assignments involving every legal discipline. He has also served as an Assistant Professor of Law at the United States Military Academy and teaches at Ave Maria School of Law, California University of Pennsylvania and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He has published widely and spoken frequently on international and comparative law, national security and homeland security law, military operations, and professional ethics.

Prof. Michael C. Horowitz, University of Pennsylvania

Michael C. Horowitz is an associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania and the associate director of Penn’s Perry World House. He is the author of the new book, Why Leaders Fight, and previously authored the award-winning book, The Diffusion of Military Power: Causes and Consequences for International Politics. His research interests include military innovation, the role of leaders in international politics, forecasting, and the relationship between religion and international politics. He has published in a wide array of peer reviewed journals, as well as more popular outlets such as the New York Times and Politico. Professor Horowitz previously worked for the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy in the Department of Defense as an International Affairs Fellow.

Mr. Osagie Imasogie, Pheonix IP Ventures

Mr. Imasogie has over 30 years of experience in the field of law, finance, business management, healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry. He is a co-founder of Phoenix IP Ventures, prior to which he conceptualized and established GlaxoSmithKline Ventures and was its founding Vice President. Mr. Imasogie has held senior commercial and R&D positions within pharmaceutical companies such as GSK, SmithKline, DuPont Merck and Endo, where he was the founding General Counsel and SVP for Corporate Development. He has also been a Price Waterhouse Corporate Finance Partner as well as a practicing attorney with a leading US Law Firm in the fields of corporate, corporate finance, taxation and intellectual property law. Mr. Imasogie is a serial entrepreneur and investor. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Iroko Pharmaceuticals as well as Chairman of iCeutica Inc. He was a co-founder and former President, CEO and Chairman of Ception Therapeutics Inc. and the Founding President & CEO of Trigenesis Therapeutics Inc. Mr. Imasogie is a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and also a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he is an Adjunct Professor of Law. He is also the 2008 recipient of the Penn Law School Alumni Award of Merit and the 2006 recipient of the Penn Law School Adjunct Teaching Award.

Prof. Dwight Jaggard, University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Dwight Jaggard consults, coaches and lectures on four continents on the topics of leadership, decision-making, influence, persuasion, power, communication and team dynamics. He has worked with several thousand high-potentials, emerging leaders, students and professionals who want to discover where they can best make their contribution to the world. He received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), is a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), and was the Chair of the Penn Faculty Senate enhancing self-governance for 4500 faculty. He has been teaching leadership at Penn for the past two decades and is the recipient of the Christian F. and Mary R. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching and the S. Reid Warren Jr. Award for Distinguished Teaching. Dwight is also on the faculty of the Young India Fellowship (Sonepat, India) where he teaches leadership each summer. He was the co-founder of a high-technology business created to commercialize research results from Penn. He is the author of several hundreds of presentations and publications, and the inventor on half a dozen patents. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the OSA.

Lt. Gen. Dirk Jameson, (ret.) United States Air Force

Lt. Gen. Dirk Jameson retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1996 after more than three decades of service. Jameson’s final assignment was a Deputy Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Strategic Command. Jameson commanded 20th Air Force and was responsible for U.S. ICBM forces. He is now the Vice Chairman of the Air Force Academy Board of Visitors. Jameson served as Chief of Staff and Director of Command Control, Strategic Air Command, and commanded the Air Force Strategic Missile Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. He was instrumental in facilitating military-to-military exchanges with the commander of Russia’s strategic rocket forces. After retiring from the Air Force, Jameson served as President of Arrowsmith Technologies Inc., a software development company; Vice President of Alliant Techsystems Inc., an aerospace corporation; President and CEO of Starcraft Boosters Inc., and Executive Director of the Texas Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund. Jameson received the Moller Trophy in 1985 as the Strategic Air Command Outstanding Wing Commander. In 2012, he was awarded the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award by the Tufts University Institute for Global Leadership.

Mr. Jeffrey Klein, Wharton Leadership Program

Jeffrey Klein is the Executive Director of the Wharton Leadership Program and a Lecturer at the Wharton School and the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Jeff is responsible for the portfolio of curricular and co-curricular leadership development programs available to Wharton Undergraduates and fulltime and executive MBA students, and for directing the School’s efforts to create the Wharton Global Leadership Institute. He teaches an interdisciplinary graduate level course at the University of Pennsylvania, Leadership and Social Change; supervises multiple Field Application Projects; and delivers a variety of workshops, seminars, and conferences for students, managers, and executives. Jeff also chairs the Steering Committee for the Lipman Family Prize, an annual $125,000 social sector award launched in 2011. In addition, Jeffrey designs and delivers leadership workshops and courses for executive clients through Wharton Executive Education. As a Learning Director, Jeff leads two weeklong executive courses, Creating and Leading High Performing Teams and The Leadership Edge: Strategies for New Leaders. He also worked with a variety of corporate, nonprofit, and governmental clients, including Alcoa, AXA, the City of Philadelphia, Deloitte, FINRA, iDE, Komaza, Merrill Lynch, the Mt. Rainier Institute, the National Outdoor Leadership School, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, the Philadelphia Eagles Youth Partnership, Toyota, the United Nations, and Vanguard.

Dr. Lonnie Morris, Griffin Rodgers & Associates LLC

Lonnie R. Morris, Jr. is founder and chief leadership officer for Griffin Rodgers & Associates LLC., a boutique consulting group dedicated to improving workplace experiences through leadership development, capability building, and innovative work processes. Morris transitioned to leadership and organizational development consulting after more than 15 years as a senior university administrator with appointments in several of our nation’s urban centers including Baltimore, MD, Raleigh, NC, Memphis, TN, Oakland, CA, Jacksonville, FL, and Washington, DC. Morris is actively engaged in professional and community leadership. He is the current ethics chair for the International Leadership Association. He has worked in multiple capacities to expand the lens through which leaders view diversity & inclusion. This includes work as senior consultant for Bell & Lindsay, Inc., serving on the professional access and equity committee for the Southern Association of College Registrars and Admission Officers, and extended work with the Diversity Leadership Program. He has served on advisory boards for multiple community organizations including Empowering People in the Community (Philadelphia, PA), the East Bay Consortium (Oakland, CA), Cheers for a Cause (Washington, DC), the LMCP College Project (Richmond, CA) and the Black Collegiate Network (Memphis, TN).

Mr. Nick Lovegrove, Brunswick Group

Nick Lovegrove is a veteran consultant, executive coach, and writer. He is currently the US managing partner of the Brunswick Group, a global corporate advisory firm. He previously spent more than thirty years of his career at McKinsey & Company, where he became a senior partner in the London Office, and then the managing partner of the Washington, DC Office. He took time out of his McKinsey career to serve as a strategic advisor to British Prime Minister Tony Blair; and he has worked with multiple organizations in the business, government and non-profit sectors.  Nick has been a senior fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government; a senior fellow in the Global Economy program of the Brookings Institution; and a visiting lecturer at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government. He is a graduate of Oxford and Harvard universities, and has an MBA from INSEAD in France. Nick is the author of The Mosaic Principle: The Six Dimensions of a Remarkable Life and Career, which will be published by Public Affairs in the US on November 1, 2016 and by Profile Books in the UK on January 26, 2017.

Mary McDaniel, Chief Ethics Officer, Philadelphia City Council

Mary McDaniel was appointed the Chief Ethics Officer for Philadelphia City Council on February 2, 2016, after Council created the position in January of 2016. Immediately prior to her appointment, she had been serving informally as City Council’s Integrity Officer, as well as providing legislative drafting and research assistance for Council. As the Chief Ethics Officer, she provides guidance and assistance to Council members and staffers in understanding their duties under the various ethical laws and regulations. She also acts as a liaison for members and staffers in obtaining assistance from the Philadelphia Board of Ethics and the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission. She gained experience in government ethics through her prior position as Legal Counsel for the Pennsylvania House Committee on Ethics. She has served in many other facets of government as well, notably, as a Pennsylvania State Trooper, an Assistant District Attorney in Lancaster County, Counsel to the Pennsylvania State Police, a prosecutor for the PA Department of State, and Assistant Chief of Staff for Public Safety under Governor Rendell.

Rear Admiral James E. McPherson, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, United States Navy (ret.)

RADM McPherson is the Executive Director of the National Association of Attorney’s General, one of the oldest legal associations in the country. Prior to joining NAAG, RADM McPherson served as the General Counsel for the Department of Defense Counterintelligence Field Activity from 2006 – 2008 where he was responsible for providing legal advice and assistance in the areas of counterintelligence operational and policy matters, intelligence oversight, and a full range of administrative law matters. In 2006, RADM McPherson completed a distinguished career in the United States Navy retiring as a two-star rear admiral. Highlights of his career include assignments as a trial attorney, senior prosecutor, senior defense attorney, and Commanding Officer at Naval Legal Service and Trial Service Offices. He served as a staff judge advocate in assignments in the United States, overseas, and afloat. He was legal counsel to the Vice Chief and Chief of Naval Operations. RADM McPherson’s first flag assignment was as the Deputy Judge Advocate General and Commander, Naval Legal Service Command. In 2004, he was appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the U.S. Navy’s 39th Judge Advocate General — an appointment he held until his retirement.

Judge Sérgio Fernando Moro, Federal Judge, Thirteenth Federal Criminal Court, Curitiba, Brazil

Judge Moro is a Brazilian federal judge who has gained national fame for commanding the prosecution of the crimes identified in the investigation nicknamed Operação Lava Jato (Operation Car Wash, in English), a case of high-profile scandals of corruption and bribery involving government officials and business executives. Sérgio Moro earned his bachelors of law degree at Maringa State University in 1995, and became a federal judge in 1996. He also studied abroad through an exchange program at Harvard Law School in 1998. He earned a doctorate at the Federal University of Paraná in 2002. Currently, he is an adjunct law professor there and acts as a federal judge in high-profile cases—including Operation Carwash. In 2007, he participated in the United States Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program in which he visited U.S. agencies and institutions responsible for preventing and combating money laundering. Besides working on Operation Carwash, he also coordinated the criminal case dubbed “Banestado,” which resulted in the prosecution of 97 individuals, and Operation “Farol da Colina”—in which he decreed the preventive arrest of 103 suspects for committing money laundering, tax evasion and other crimes. Among the arrested was Alberto Youssef, also accused in the Carwash case. He participated on the judicial team prosecuting the Mensalão scandal as well.

Mr. Robert Mundheim, Shearman & Sterling

Robert H. Mundheim is Of Counsel to Shearman & Sterling and formerly Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Salomon Smith Barney Holdings Inc. Prior to joining Salomon Inc. as its Executive Vice President and General Counsel in September 1992, Mr. Mundheim was Co-Chairman of the New York law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and University Professor of Law and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he had taught since 1965. He served as Dean of that institution for seven and a half years (1982-1989). Mr. Mundheim advises on corporate governance issues and has counseled special committees in the buy-outs of HCA, Aramark and Bright Horizons. He also chaired the Special Committee in the buy-out of Quadra Realty Trust. He advised the Review Committee of the JPMorgan Chase Board of Directors in connection with its review of the issues arising out of the London Whale matter. Among his other professional activities, Mr. Mundheim has been General Counsel to the U.S. Treasury Department (1977-1980); Special Counsel to the Securities and Exchange Commission (1962-1963); and Vice Chairman, Governor-at-Large and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Securities Dealers (1988-1991).

Dr. Jeffrey D. Peterson, United States Military Academy

Dr. Jeffrey D. Peterson serves as the Chair for the Study of Officership at the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic, United States Military Academy. He was commissioned as an Officer in the United States Army from West Point in 1987. He served for 28 years in a variety of leadership and staff positions in the United States, Korea, Cuba, and the Middle East to include a combat battalion command during “the surge” in Iraq. After command, he served as the director of West Point’s economics program from 2008 – 2014. In 2012, Dr. Peterson was also the director for the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic where he led the effort to publish the Army’s first doctrinal manual on the Army Profession and Army Ethic. As the Chair of Officership at West Point, he teaches a capstone course on military leadership, designs and assesses character and leader development programs, and advises senior leaders on the state of West Point’s Honor System. He holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a PhD in Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Dr. Albert C. Pierce, National Defense University (NDU)

Dr. Pierce is a Professor of Ethics and National Security at the National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, D.C. He is the Founding director of the Center for the Study of Professional Military Ethics (now known as the Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership) at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He was a defense correspondent for NBC News and Deputy Director of the Strategic Concepts Development Center (SCDC), an in-house think tank established by Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger. He also served as Assistant to Secretary of Defense Harold Brown.

Prof. Robert I. Rotberg, Harvard Kennedy School

Robert Rotberg is the Founding Director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Intrastate Conflict and President Emeritus of the World Peace Foundation. He was President of Lafayette College and Academic Vice President of Tufts University, and Professor of Political Science at MIT. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was Fulbright Research Professor at the Paterson School (Carleton) and the Balsillie School (Waterloo), both international affairs graduate schools in Canada. He has published a number of books on failed states, governance, corruption, African politics, Burma, Haiti, and Sri Lanka, plus books on China in Africa and preventing genocide.

Dr. Arthur Schwartz, Widener University

Dr. Schwartz is Professor of Leadership Studies and the Founding Director of the Oskin Leadership Institute at Widener University. He came to Widener from the United States Air Force Academy where he served as that institution’s Senior Scholar. Prior to his Air Force Academy appointment, Dr. Schwartz served fourteen years as a senior executive at the John Templeton Foundation. He is widely-known for collaborating with Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania in catalyzing the field of positive psychology. Arthur’s research focuses on the antecedents of ethical leadership. Most recently, he wrote the lead chapter and edited the Jossey-Bass volume Developing Ethical Leaders. He also writes a monthly column for the Philadelphia Business Journal titled “The Ethical Workplace.” Dr. Schwartz proudly serves on the boards of the International Leadership Association (ILA) and (formerly the Character Education Partnership). He received his doctorate from Harvard University where he studied adolescent moral development.

Prof. Amy Sepinwall, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Amy Sepinwall is the James G.Campbell, Jr. Memorial Term Assistant Professor at Wharton (University of Pennsylvania) in the Department of Legal Studies and Business Ethics. She received her B.A. with First Class Honors in Philosophy and English from McGill University, where she also earned a Master’s degree in Bioethics. She graduated with a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy, with Distinction, from Georgetown. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Louis H. Pollak of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Prof. Nancy Sherman, Georgetown University

Prof. Sherman is University Professor and Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University. She has affiliate appointments at the Center on National Security and the Law at Georgetown University Law Center and at Georgetown’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics. From 1997-1999, she served as inaugural holder of the Distinguished Chair in Ethics at the US Naval Academy, designing the brigade-wide military ethics course and the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership. She has research training in psychoanalysis from the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute and regularly consults with military and veterans groups in the U.S. and abroad on issues of ethics, moral injury, and posttraumatic stress. In October 2005, she visited Guantanamo Bay Detention Center as part of an independent observer team assessing the medical and mental health care of detainees; in 2011-2012 she attended the Vice Chief of the U.S. Army’s Suicide Prevention Group; in January 2016, she briefed the Marine Commandant and executive Marine staff on moral injury. In April 2016, she gave the inaugural nation-wide broadcast of grand rounds for the Department of Veteran Affairs National Center for Ethics and Professionalism.

Dr. J. Goosby Smith, The Citadel

Dr. J. Goosby Smith is an Associate Professor of Management and Director of Graduate Programs in Leadership at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. Formerly a full-time faculty member at Pepperdine, California State (Channel Islands), and Butler Universities, Smith holds a Ph.D. and M.B.A. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Spelman College in Atlanta. Her research interests include workplace inclusion, with special emphases on classroom inclusion for veterans and diversity and inclusion for active duty service members. Smith is co-author of Beyond Inclusion (2014, Palgrave Macmillan) and several journal articles.

Mr. Nelson Thayer, Department of Justice

Mr. Thayer attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School, after which he joined the Criminal Section of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, where he prosecuted hate crime and law enforcement brutality cases nationwide.   In 1998, he joined the Philadelphia U.S. Attorney’s Office, and, having moved north in 2002 after he was married, transferred to the Newark U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Special Prosecutions Division as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and then Deputy Chief, prosecuting public corruption cases.  In 2005 Mr. Thayer took a leave of absence from DOJ to join the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague.  Upon returning to the NJ U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2011, he served as Attorney-in-Charge of the Trenton branch office, then transferred to the Camden branch office, where he served as the Deputy U.S. Attorney for the Southern Vicinages overseeing the southern half of the state, until rejoining the Philadelphia U.S. Attorney’s Office in the fall of 2015.  

Prof. Michael Useem, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Michael Useem is Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His university teaching includes MBA and executive-MBA courses on management and leadership, and he offers programs on leadership and governance for managers in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He works on leadership development with many companies and organizations in the private, public and non-profit sectors. He is the author of The Leader’s Checklist; The Leadership Moment; Executive Defense, Investor Capitalism, Leading Up, and The Go Point. He is also co-author and co-editor of Learning from Catastrophes; co-author of The India Way, Boards That Lead, and Leadership Dispatches; and co-author of the forthcoming Catastrophic Risk: How Corporate America Copes with Disruption (Oxford University Press). Mike is co-anchor for a weekly program “Leadership in Action” on SiriusXM Radio Channel 111, Business Radio Powered by Wharton, and he can be reached at

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, College of William and Mary

Lawrence Wilkerson is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. His last positions in the US Government were chief of staff to Colin Powell at the U.S. Department of State (2002-2005) and Associate Director and member of that department’s Policy Planning staff under Ambassador Richard Haass (2001-2002). Wilkerson served 31 years in the US Army as both enlisted man and officer from 1966 to 1997. His final assignments were as Special Assistant to then-Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell (1989-1993) and, later, as Deputy Director and Director of the U.S. Marine Corps War College (1993-1997).

Dr. Mark Wilson, Villanova University

Dr. Mark Wilson is an assistant professor in the Ethics Program at Villanova University. He received his Ph.D. in religious studies from Indiana University. His research and teaching interests focus on questions of responsibility, self-knowledge, and moral psychology in the context of personal, professional, and civic life. Working at the intersection of Western philosophical and religious ethics, he explores contemporary issues through the continuities and discontinuities between ancient / modern and Christian / secular constructions of agency. He teaches courses on the ethics of war, the tensions between politics and religious life, the moral emotions and tragedy, and the relationship between interpretations of self, others, and God. His recent publications include “Moral Grief and Reflexive Virtue” in Virtue and the Moral Life: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives. He is currently completing a manuscript entitled Emotions of Undue Burden: Moral Grief and Responsive Agency. He is the chair of Villanova’s Returning Soldiers Project, co-founder of the annual Villanova-West Point Ethics of War Conference, and sits on the editorial board of the Journal for Peace and Justice Studies.

Brigadier General Stephen Xenakis, M.D., (ret.) United States Army

Dr. Stephen Xenakis is a retired brigadier general and Army medical corps officer with 28 years of active service. He is an adjunct clinical professor at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. He is the Founder of the Center for Translational Medicine, a nonprofit that conducts clinical research and development. He has been a senior adviser to the Department of Defense on neurobehavioral conditions and medical management. Dr. Xenakis serves as an anti-torture advisor to Physicians for Human Rights and belongs to the group of retired generals and admirals convened by Human Rights First. His clinical practice has been broad and varied over the past 40 years, including expert consultation to military attorneys and providing inpatient care, substance abuse and alcohol treatment, and community health services. Dr. Xenakis serves on the Executive board of the Center for Ethics and Rule of Law.

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