Berges Lecture Series
Lectures are held in the evenings.
The public and media are welcomed.
Phone: (574) 631-4499
2018 Berges Lecture Series
Giving Voice To Values: The “How” of Values-Driven Leadership Development
Mary C. Gentile, PhD, is Creator/Director of Giving Voice to Values, Professor of Practice at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Senior Advisor at the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, and consultant on management education and leadership development. Among numerous other awards, Mary was named as one of the 2015 “100 Most Influential in Business Ethics” by Ethisphere, one of the “Top Thought Leaders in Trust: 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners” by Trust Across America-Trust Around the World, January 2015 and just this year was named one of the “Top Minds 2017” in ethics leadership by ComplianceWeek.
Giving Voice to Values, a pioneering business curriculum for values-driven leadership, has been featured in publications such as, Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, McKinsey Quarterly and piloted in over 995 business schools and organizations globally. The award winning book is Giving Voice To Values: How To Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right, with translations in Chinese, Spanish and forthcoming in Korean. Mary has authored numerous books and articles and partnered with Nomadic.fm in 2014 to launch six online interactive social cohort-based modules around Giving Voice To Values.
While at Harvard Business School from 1985-1995, Mary held various positions as a faculty member, case writer and manager of case research and was one of the principal architects of HBS’s Leadership, Ethics and Corporate Responsibility curriculum. Among numerous other books, cases and articles, Mary co-authored Can Ethics Be Taught? Perspectives, Challenges, and Approaches at Harvard Business School and was Content Expert for the award-winning interactive CD-ROM, Managing Across Differences (HBS Publishing).
Mary earned her Bachelor’s degree from The College of William and Mary and her MA and PhD from State University of New York-Buffalo.
Practicing Ethics in Digital Transformation
Greg Davis, President, Aunalytics
Guided by the leadership of Greg Davis, Ph.D. first as Senior Architect and most recently as President, Aunalytics has developed Aunsight, its powerful, flexible, and scalable data platform. Greg holds a dual Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and Computer Science from the University of Notre Dame and has an extensive background in software system development.
Prior to Aunalytics, Greg gained software experience in a number of positions, including Lead Programmer at the University of Notre Dame involved with the design and development of a malaria research portal, VectorBase, experience in healthcare software systems as a Software Architect and co-founder of Adjuvant! Inc., and Systems Specialist at the University of Texas Health Science Center.
Why I Hired a Workforce Others Overlooked
Randy Lewis, Founder and President of the Nogwog Fund, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation.
He is author of No Greatness Without Goodness which was released in 2014 and was named by Fast Company as one of its “10 New Books You Need To Read This Year”.
In 2014 Mr. Lewis launched the Nogwog Disability Initiative to assist businesses and communities in developing and launching disability hiring initiatives that result in a more inclusive and effective workforce for business, improve the well-being of the community and have positive impact for all those involved, with and without disabilities. He has helped senior executives of companies across the country and abroad to launch their own disability hiring initiatives including Lowe’s, P&G, Best Buy, UPS, Marks & Spencer (UK) and Ica (Sweden).
Mr. Lewis pioneered this model at Walgreens where he served twenty years as the chain grew from 1,800 to 8,000 stores. When he retired in 2013, he had served sixteen years as Senior Vice President of Logistics and Supply Chain and was responsible for all aspects of logistics including strategy, operations, engineering, IT systems, and inventory management. The Walgreens supply chain is considered the most advanced logistics network in its industry composed of one of the U.S.’s largest private transportation fleets and 19 automated distribution centers (DCs). During his tenure, Lewis directed the design and building of 13 of DCs and major expansions of the other six.
In 2004, he initiated a new generation of large-scale distribution centers like no others in the world. The objective was to incorporate the latest technologies and innovative management without incurring additional costs to employ large numbers of people with disabilities. The first of these opened in 2007 with the expectation that employees with disabilities would perform the same jobs, earn the same pay, and be held to the same performance standards as everyone else. The new DC exceeded all expectations, becoming the most productive and cost effective in the company’s history. Over 30% of the workforce has a disability, most of which had never been able to secure a steady job before. As a consequence of the success, over 1,000 people with disabilities were working in all of Walgreens centers across the country within four years.
The work – acknowledged by the White House – has been called the “gold standard of disability employment” by the National Governors Association (NGA). In addition, Mr. Lewis has been called to testify before the Senate and speak at the United Nations. In 2012, he worked with Congressional leaders in both parties to organize and host a CEO Summit at its distribution center in Hartford, Connecticut. The meeting was attended by leaders of 15 major companies, many of which have subsequently launched their own disability hiring initiatives.
Mr. Lewis was recognized as Leader of the Year in 2011 by the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago for his body of work and outstanding service to and accomplishments in the field of human resources and business. His peers and DC Velocity magazine recognized him for his contribution to the logistics profession in 2008. He received the South Carolina’s highest award to non-citizens – the Order of the Silver Crescent – in 2008 for his leadership and contribution to the well being of its citizenry.
Mr. Lewis served on the Board of Directors of Wendy’s from 2004 to 2015. With Wendy’s spin-off of Tim Hortons in 2006, he was selected to serve on the Board of Directors of Tim Hortons as chairman of its Compensation Committee in addition to his duties at Wendy’s. When Wendy’s came under increased activist shareholder pressure and it was determined that serving on both Boards could eventually result in a conflict of interest, Mr. Lewis resigned from the Tim Hortons Board. When Wendy’s was acquired by Arby’s in 2008, Mr. Lewis was selected by the Wendy’s Board as one of two legacy directors to join the combined companies’ Board where he has served on its Compensation, Audit, Benefits & Investments and Governance Committees.
Prior to joining Walgreens in 1992, Mr. Lewis worked for seventeen years as a management consultant beginning in the Consulting Division of Arthur Andersen (Accenture) and ending as a Partner at Ernst & Young (E&Y). As a consultant, he advised companies in a variety of industries including advertising, manufacturing, distribution, retail and energy. Specific assignments include the development of the financial control systems for the trans-Arabian pipeline in Saudi Arabia and the creation of the cost management/production planning systems for Argentina’s largest private steel manufacturer.
Mr. Lewis received an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975 and a BA in economics in 1974. He also earned a BBA in accounting in 1971 at Texas. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru from 1971 to 1973.
Throughout his career, Mr. Lewis has worked to live out his belief that excellence, people, and community are the cornerstones of effective business leadership. In addition to his on-going work in disability employment advocacy, he is often called to speak on leadership at business events and universities and has been a recurring lecturer at Booth School of Business (UofChicago) for the past ten years.
Mr. Lewis lives with his family near Chicago.
2017 Berges Lecture Series
Sustainability, Innovation, and Ethical Leadership
Erin Fitzgerald, Senior Vice President, Global Sustainability for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
Erin Fitzgerald (@fitzisit) is senior vice president, global sustainability for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy®, a forum for the dairy community to work together pre-competitively to foster research, measurement and innovation for sustainability from farm to table. Under Erin’s leadership, the Innovation Center conducted an environmental impact assessment that led to an industry-wide voluntary carbon reduction goal of 25% by 2020. She established strategic
partnerships with World Wildlife Fund and USDA. She leads efforts to enhance dairy’s contributions to a more sustainable food system by examining the intersection between nutrition, health, hunger, food waste and environmental impact.
Fitzgerald previously served as senior manager, business development at Lowendal group, a European operational cost reduction firm. She also led multiple projects at Cardinal Health in Chicago, and Maurepas, France, where she received the Chairman’s award for integrating a pan- European business plan for sales and marketing measurement.
Fitzgerald is recognized as a White House Champion of Change for Sustainable and Climate-Smart Agriculture, an Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow, and a Crain’s Chicago 40 under 40 recipient. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. Erin participates in many agriculture initiatives including: Sustainable Agriculture Initiative, Field to Market, Global Dairy Agenda for Action, North America Climate Smart Alliance, Solutions from the Land, the White House Climate Data Initiative, she serves on the boards of Sustainable America and Aspen Institute First Movers Fellowship Program, a board advisor to Food Waste Reduction Alliance, and an expert in residence at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Developing Authentic, Values-Driven Business Leaders: Innovative Approaches from the C-Suite
John Heiser, President and Chief Operating Officer, Magnetrol International, Inc.
John Heiser is President and Chief Operating Officer of Magnetrol International, Incorporated. Magnetrol is a global leader in the development and manufacture of level and flow process control instrumentation. John began his career as an attorney in private practice before transitioning into business where he has held numerous leadership positions in legal, government affairs, sales, and marketing.
John earned his BA degree in political science/sociology from the University of Iowa, a J.D. from Tulane University, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a PhD from Benedictine University’s Center for Values-Driven Leadership. His primary areas of focus include ethical leadership and its impact on driving corporate social responsibility and organizational change, leadership ethics, and leadership development.
Interview with a Whistleblower
Scott Noble, EMBA ’17
Scott Noble, EMBA ’17, will share with us his experience as a whistleblower in a financial fraud case while he served as Vice President of Samex Capital Advisors, an investment management firm specializing in alternative and tactical investment strategies for wealthy clients. He discovered and reported fraud which led to the conviction and incarceration of his business associate, the owner of Samex Capital, Keenan Hauke. Scott has shared his story through The American Whistleblower Tour with engagements at St. Joseph’s University, Kennesaw State University and Auburn University. Additionally, he has been a guest speaker at Notre Dame for both undergraduate business and EMBA ethics classes.
Scott is a native of South Bend and currently lives in the Indianapolis area, where he is a technology focused entrepreneur and corporate product line strategist. He has a BS Accounting from Indiana Wesleyan University, and he earned his MBA at the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business EMBA program in 2017.
2016 Berges Lecture Series
Tom Carmazzi, CEO, Tuthill Corporation
As CEO, Tom has but one job, and that’s to bring Tuthill’s COMPASS to life. COMPASS is a special document that describes Tuthill’s reason for being, its definition of ultimate success, and the ongoing focus of its profitmaking activities. It also speaks directly to the spacious environment the company will maintain and the responsibilities entrusted to each member of the Tuthill community.
Tom has shared the story of Tuthill’s journey to become a “conscious company” in many distinguished forums. He so believes in what his company is doing that he wants everyone with an interest to benefit from hearing about the ten years of hits and misses he’s witnessed as the company has undergone a profound transformation – a transformation that began as an intensely personal journey for Tom & a couple of close collaborators – and a transformation that is still very much underway.
Two decades ago, Tom was completely unable to foresee the path his life would take. He was busy scaling the corporate ladder, first in the financial world, next in business development, and finally in manufacturing. He leaned heavily on numbers, hard work, and courage. Who could have guessed that two decades later Tom would find himself, happy as he could possibly be, in a place where affairs of the heart are the keys to the castle.
A long, long time ago, Tom thought his education was mostly complete once he’d collected degrees from the University of Cincinnati and the University of Chicago. Tom is married to his high school sweetheart. He and Deb have two children aged 23 & 20. In addition to his Chicago-centric credentials, Tom is a member of the Parents Board at Westminster College in Salt Lake.
Tuthill Corporation is a 125 year family owned manufacturer of pumps, meters, blowers, and vacuum systems used in the foundational markets of agriculture, energy, construction, food & beverage, and wastewater treatment.
Keith Sherin, Vice-Chairman, General Electric Co., Chairman and CEO, GE Capital
He previously served as GE’s chief financial officer from 1998 to 2013. He was also named vice chairman in 2007. Sherin first joined GE in 1981 through the GE Financial Management Program in Medium Steam Turbine. After three years he joined the Corporate Audit Staff where he progressed to executive audit manager and later manager of programs and planning.
Sherin was promoted to manager of finance for Commercial Engine Operations at GE Aircraft Engines in early 1992, and the following year he was named director of finance for GE Plastics Europe in Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands.
In the fall of 1995, Sherin joined GE Medical Systems as manager of Global Finance and Financial Services, and less than a year later he was promoted to vice president of Finance and Financial Services Operation.
Sherin earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Kenneth Ricci, Principal of Directional Aviation Capital
Kenneth Ricci is a 35 year aviation industry veteran beginning in 1980 with Corporate Wings, an aircraft charter operation. Today, Kenn is the principal of Directional Aviation Capital which owns various aviation enterprises including Flexjet, Flight Options, Sentient Jet, Sky Jet, Nextant Aerospace, N1 Engines, and Constant Aviation.
Kenn is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Cleveland Marshall School of Law. He is an airline transport pilot with extensive international experience and was Governor William Clinton’s pilot when he ran for President in 1992.
Kenn was honored as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of Year and received the Harvard Business School’s Dively Entrepreneurship Award. He was also the youngest recipient of the prestigious William Ong Award for extraordinary achievement in the general aviation industry.
Kenn serves on the Board of Trustees for University Hospitals, the University of Notre Dame and the Smithsonian. He also serves on several Corporate Boards and is the aviation advisor to the Guggenheim Aero Opportunity Fund.
Kenn’s management strategies have been featured in the Wall Street Journal and he is the Author of “Management by Trust”, a book featuring practical management techniques for building employee trust and success.
Michael Dowling, President and CEO of Northwell Health
Michael J. Dowling is president and chief executive officer of Northwell Health, which delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area; pioneering research at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research; a visionary approach to medical education, highlighted by the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine; and health care coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the CareConnect Insurance Co., Inc. Northwell Health is the largest integrated healthcare system in New York State with a total workforce of about 61,000 employees – the state’s largest private employer. With 21 hospitals, 6,675 hospital and long-term care beds, more than 450 outpatient physician practices and a full complement of long-term care services, Northwell is one of the nation’s largest health systems, with $9.5 billion in annual revenue.
Prior to becoming president and CEO in 2002, Mr. Dowling was the health system’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. Before joining Northwell Health in 1995, he was a senior vice president at Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
Mr. Dowling served in New York State government for 12 years, including seven years as state director of Health, Education and Human Services and deputy secretary to the governor. He was also commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services.
Before his public service career, Mr. Dowling was a professor of social policy and assistant dean at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services, and director of the Fordham campus in Westchester County.
Mr. Dowling has been honored with many awards over the years. They include: the 2012 B’nai B’rith National Healthcare Award, the 2011 Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership, the 2011 CEO Information Technology Award from Modern Healthcare magazine and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the National Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the State University of New York’s Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, an Outstanding Public Service Award from the Mental Health Association of New York State, an Outstanding Public Service Award from the Mental Health Association of Nassau County, the Alfred E. Smith Award from the American Society for Public Administration, and the Gold Medal from the American Irish Historical Society. In August 2015, Modern Healthcare ranked Mr. Dowling 22nd on its annual list of the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.” In March 2016, Mr. Dowling was also listed No. 1 on Long Island Press’ 2015 “Power List” recognizing the 50 most-influential Long Islanders.
Mr. Dowling is chair of the Healthcare Institute. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences and the North American Board of the Smurfit School of Business at University College, Dublin, Ireland. He also serves as a board member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the Long Island Association. He is past chair and a current board member of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL), the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) and the League of Voluntary Hospitals of New York. Mr. Dowling was an instructor at the Center for Continuing Professional Education at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Mr. Dowling grew up in Limerick, Ireland. He earned his undergraduate degree from University College Cork (UCC), Ireland, and his master’s degree from Fordham University. He also has honorary doctorates from University College Dublin, Hofstra University and Dowling College.
Jean Sweeney, Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) of 3M Company
Jean Bennington Sweeney is Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) for 3M Company. Ms. Sweeney has held a diverse array of positions at 3M ranging from product development to manufacturing. Her leadership includes assignments as Manufacturing Director 3M Australia and New Zealand, Managing Director of 3M Taiwan and Vice President, Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability.
In her current role as CSO, Ms. Sweeney is responsible for 3M Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability programs globally. This includes technical and regulatory EHS expertise for over 200 facilities and the development and implementation of corporate Sustainability strategies in collaboration with 3M employees, suppliers, customers and stakeholders globally.
Ms. Sweeney is recognized as a female leader in engineering and is passionate about encouraging young women to pursue careers in STEM. In addition, Ms. Sweeney is a strong advocate for purpose-driven innovation and the business benefits of Sustainability.
Ms. Sweeney holds a degree in chemical engineering from Montana State University, an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, and an Honorary Doctorate in Science (Engineering) from Montana State University.