Mendoza School of Business

Notre Dame Ethics Week

The primary goal of Ethics Week is to encourage the discussion of ethical matters in undergraduate and graduate classes at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

ETHICS WEEK is sponsored by the Mendoza College of Business and takes place annually in February. The lectures bring in experts from a diverse array of industries to explore current ethics issues. The lectures are free and open to Mendoza students, faculty, staff, and the entire Notre Dame and South Bend communities.

WHEN: February 12-16, 2024

TIME: 12:05 – 1 p.m. each session

LOCATION: 133 Mendoza College of Business or online using this Zoom link.

2024 SCHEDULE – Artificial Intelligence: Its Ethical Possibilities and Problems

Ahmed Abbasi, Joe and Jane Giovanini Professor of IT, Analytics, and Operations; Academic Director of the Ph.D. Program in Analytics and co-director of the Human-centered Analytics Lab, “Artificial Intelligence’s Major Challenge:  Striking a Balance Between Innovation and Precaution.”

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Kirsten Martin, William P. and Hazel B. White Center Professor of Technology Ethics, “Who is Responsible for Algorithmic Recommendations Online? (And Other Pesky AI Questions).”

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Greg Robson, visiting assistant research professor of Business Ethics and Society, “Planning Future Economies: Can Artificial Intelligence Be Trusted?” 

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Nick Berente, professor of IT, Analytics, and Operations, “Artificial Intelligence’s Use, Impact and Necessary Guardrails.”  

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Theme: NIL (Name, Image, Likeness) Revenue: Its Ethical Benefits and Blemishes

NIL Revenue: Its Ethical Potential and Pitfalls

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Panel features Mike Bobinski, Athletic Director, Purdue University; Bubba Cunningham (Athletic Director, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Bill Scholl ( Athletic Director, Marquette University)

Moderator: Emeritus Professor Patrick Murphy, University of Notre Dame

NIL Revenue: An Overview of Notre Dame’s Policies and Procedures

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Presented by Claire VeNard, Senior Associate Athletic Director, University of Notre Dame

Moderator: Brian Pracht, Associate Athletics Director, University of Notre Dame

MOGL: NIL Revenue as a Means of Empowering Student-Athletes Wanting to Prosper and Contribute

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Presented by Ayden Syal and Brandon Wimbush, co-founders of MOGL

Moderator: Claire Donovan, Teaching Professor, MCOB, University of Notre Dame

NIL Revenue: Examining Its Legal Ramifications for the Student-Athlete, The University and Other Involved Parties

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Presented by  Ed Edmonds, Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Notre Dame

Moderator: Matthew Barrett, Professor Emeritus of Law, University of  Notre Dame

NIL and Sport Marketing: Complementary or a Conflict of Interest?

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Presented by Jonathan Jensen, Associate Professor, Sport Administration, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Moderator:  Scott Nestler, Adjunct Faculty, Mendoza College of Business


Theme: Beginning with Empathy: Listening and Learning from Others

Christopher Adkins, Associate Teaching Professor in the Management & Organization Department and Academic Director of Leadership Development, will kick off the week with his presentation on “Getting Better at Empathy: The Science and Practice of Standing Under Another’s Experience”

(5-6 p.m.) Jessica McManus Warnell, Associate Teaching Professor of Management, will host a panel entitled “ND Student Voices on Empathy & Racial Justice,” which will feature the following students:

    • Faith Achangwa (Class of 2022, MBA)
    • Ahsan Mohar (Class of 2021, MBA)
    • Michael Perez (Class of 2021, undergraduate)
    • Max Siegel II (Class of 2022, undergraduate)

Viva Bartkus, Associate Professor of Management, will be presenting on “Working Toward the Common Ground,” along with two other Business on the Front Lines colleagues:

  • Joe Sweeney, Associate Director of Experiential Learning for Mendoza’s Graduate Business Programs
  • Kelly Rubey, Assistant Teaching Professor in the Management & Organization Department

Ken Milani, Professor of Accountancy, will host a panel entitled “Medical Professionals Discuss Empathy in Healthcare: Its Possibilities and Pitfalls”
Ken’s panelists are:

  • Lisa Gorski, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Wheaton Franciscan Home Health & Hospice, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Phil Newbold, CEO Emeritus at Beacon Health System
  • Brian Ratigan, Orthopedic Surgeon, South Bend Orthopedics, and Head of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine for Notre Dame Football


Theme: Women Lead

Joe Holt, Teaching Professor, Ethics, Mendoza College of Business, hosting a panel of current MBA students
Panel title: Rising Together: Gender Equity in Business

In this video, Joe Holt, Teaching Professor of Ethics in the Mendoza College of Business, hosts a panel of current Notre Dame MBA students who are involved with gender equality initiatives at Notre Dame. They discuss the importance of gender equality in the business world and how they are working to increase gender equality in the MBA program at Notre Dame.
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Carolyn Woo, former CEO of Catholic Relief Services, and former Dean of the Mendoza College of Business
Presentation title: Growing into Authentic Leadership

In this video, Carolyn Woo, former CEO of Catholic Relief Services, and former Dean of the Mendoza College of Business, discusses insights and strategies to promote ethical leadership in the business world. She draws on her impressive career and work with the Catholic Relief Services to highlight the importance of utilizing leadership as a force for good, including the promotion of gender equality.
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Cathy David, former Executive Vice President of Merchandising, Pier 1, and current ND Inspired Leadership Initiative fellow
Presentation title: Memoir in Progress: Stories and Souvenirs from the First Half

In this video, Cathy David, former Executive Vice President of Merchandising, Pier 1, and current ND Inspired Leadership Initiative fellow, shares insights and lessons about the business world and finding true success and happiness that she has learned through her career in marketing and leadership.
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Erin Bellissimo, Managing Director, Notre Dame Institute for Global Investing, and Board Member, Girls Who Invest
Presentation title: Women in Investing

In this video, Erin Bellissimo, Managing Director, Notre Dame Institute for Global Investing, and Board Member, Girls Who Invest, discusses the importance of the role of women in investing, and how to utilize the Notre Dame experience to best prepare for a career in investing. She draws from her experience in the investing field and as a founder and board member of Girls Who Invest, which teaches girls how to invest and utilize their money effectively and beneficially.
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Robin Kistler, Director of Non-Degree Programs for the Stayer Center for Executive Education, hosting a panel of:

  • Angela Logan, St. Andre Bessette Director of Nonprofit Professional Development, and Associate Teaching Professor, Mendoza College of Business
  • Amanda McKendree, Arthur F. and Mary J. O’Neil Director of the Fanning Center for Business Communication, and Associate Teaching Professor, Mendoza College of Business
  • Cindy Muir, Associate Professor, Management & Organization, Mendoza College of Business
  • Alice Obermiller, Director of Experiential Learning and Leadership Development, Graduate Business Programs, Mendoza College of Business

Panel title: Women and the Workplace

In this video, a panel of Notre Dame faculty members from the Mendoza College of Business, Angela Logan, St. Andre Bessette Director of Nonprofit Professional Development, and Associate Teaching Professor, Amanda McKendree, Arthur F. and Mary J. O’Neil Director of the Fanning Center for Business Communication, and Associate Teaching Professor, Cindy Muir, Associate Professor of Management & Organization, and Cindy Muir, Associate Professor of Management & Organization, share their current research projects and give insights into their experiences as women in the workplace.
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eubanksVirginia Eubanks
Author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor
Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY

Virginia Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the PoorDigital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age; and co-editor, with Alethia Jones, of Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith. Her writing about technology and social justice has appeared in Scientific AmericanThe NationHarper’s,and Wired. For two decades, Eubanks has worked in community technology and economic justice movements. She was a founding member of the Our Data Bodies Project and a Fellow at New America. She lives in Troy, NY.

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mundy headshotBob Mundy, Director of Admissions, University of Notre Dame

Director of Admissions, Bob Mundy, who received his degree from Notre Dame in 1976, majored in American studies with a secondary education certification from Saint Mary’s College. He then returned to his hometown near Allentown, Pennsylvania to work at his alma mater, Tamaqua High School. He taught history and coached cross country and basketball at Tamaqua for seven years. After completing his Master’s degree in government and international studies back at Notre Dame in 1981, he was offered the position of an admissions counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in 1983. He was responsible for recruitment of students from Pennsylvania and most of the “west”. He has remained in Admissions for 26 years and continues to maintain a “geographic area” for recruitment (the “west”), since the position allows him to keep in touch with the students, parents and high school counselors. In his current position as Director of Admissions Operations, he oversees the 35 members of staff, and recruitment efforts that have included as many as 40,000 annual inquiries and a record-setting 16,500 applications for the 2011 class. Ultimately, the office is responsible for “delivering” a freshmen class of approximately 2,000 students, while also satisfying the needs of various constituencies: i.e. alumni, athletics, the Development Office, etc. Under Mundy’s tenure, the past ten years have seen improvements in academic and non-academic quality, diversity enrollment, and maintenance of alumni children enrollment (expected to be 24 percent this year).

mary haedshotMary Nucciarone, Director of Financial Aid, University of Notre Dame

Director, Financial Aid Mary Nucciarone is responsible for recommending and implementing policies and procedures in the administration, oversight, and distribution of federal, state, and institutional financial aid funds. She manages all operations related to the Office of Financial Aid including supporting the administration of the University’s undergraduate scholarships, student employment and public relations matters. She is involved in strategic planning of how to create optimal results from the use of aid. In addition, she serves as a primary financial aid liaison to University’s colleges and departments serving undergraduate and graduate students. Mary began her financial aid career at Saint Mary’s College after receiving her degree from Marquette University. She is currently a trustee of the College Board, chair of the College Board Colloquium Planning Committee, member of the College Board Task Force on Reauthorization, and a board member of the Scholarship Foundation of St. Joseph County.

mark headshotMarc Burdell, former Director of Office of Student Enrichment, University of Notre Dame

Office of Student Enrichment, Program Director Marc D. Burdell, a 1987 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, is the current Program Director for the Office of Student Enrichment within the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. The Office provides a comprehensive enrichment program that will enable undergraduate students with the highest financial need to get the most from their Notre Dame experience. The department will create an environment where students feel welcome and confident at the University and have a sense of belonging. We will work to identify and remove all barriers to their success. Prior to this new role he was the Director of the alumni programs department at Notre Dame’s Alumni Association. He previously served as the Senior Director, Professional & Academic Programs for the NDAA. Burdell, who earned a bachelor’s degree in the Arts and Letters Program for Administrators at Notre Dame, returned to work at the University in February, 2006. He spent his nineteen year career in the healthcare industry. Before returning to Notre Dame, Burdell was the acting CEO and Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Humana Inc. of Arizona. Prior to that, he was a national vice president of PhDx e-Systems, a spine and orthopedic outcomes measurement company. Over a fifteen-year period, he held various other positions with major healthcare insurers before joining Humana in 2003. He has served as vice chairman of the board for the AK Foundation in Phoenix Arizona, a group dedicated to serving uninsured single mothers and their children; he also served on the board of the Suns Nite Hoops Organization, an affiliate of the Phoenix Suns that focuses on getting troubled teens back on the right track.

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graff headshotDan Graff, Director, Higgins Labor Program of the Center for Social Concerns, Professor of the Practice, Department of History, University of Notre Dame

Dan Graff has been the director of the Higgins Labor Program since 2014. Dedicated to encouraging the Notre Dame community to realize the centrality of “the labor question” — Who does the work, who gets the fruits, and who makes the rules? — to all human endeavors, Graff has initiated projects like the Labor Cafe, Lunchtime Labor RAPS, HFAN (the Higgins Friends & Alumi Network), and the Just Wage Working Group (with Professor Clemens Sedmak). He also writes and curates original online content, including the Labor Song of the Month, Work of Art/Art of Work, and The Labor Question Today blog. Graff holds a joint faculty appointment as professor of the practice in the department of history, where he served as director of Undergraduate Studies for fifteen years, winning a 2011 Edmund P. Joyce Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and a 2013 Dockweiler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. He offers courses in US labor and nineteenth-century history, including “Labor & America since 1945,” “Abraham Lincoln’s America,” “US Labor History to 1945,” “Food, Work, & Power in American History,” and “Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle against Slavery.” He has written and published extensively on the histories of work, race, and citizenship in the United States, and his paper at the 2010 Collective Memory in St. Louis Symposium was awarded the Best Paper Prize (“Lovejoy’s Legacies: Race, Religion, and Freedom in St. Louis (and American) Memory”). His current research projects include labor licensing codes of conduct in contemporary American universities; race, labor, and citizenship in nineteenth-century St. Louis; and representations of the chronic crisis facing workers in the US since 1981. Graff earned his B.A. in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in U.S. history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

charlice headshotCharlice Hurst, Assistant Professor, Department of Management & Organization, Mendoza College of Business

The primary focus of Hurst’s research is on interpersonal dynamics in the workplace and how interpersonal relationships influence well-being and performance. Hurst often examines, in particular, the roles of personality and gender in shaping interpersonal relationships between coworkers and between leaders and followers. Among her ongoing research projects, Hurst is examining how transitioning to a virtual work environment affects team member relationships, how leaders perceive and respond to employee voice (speaking up), and how unintentional norm violations by newcomers affect their adjustment to their new organization. Prior to embarking on her academic career, she spent ten years as a fundraising and management consultant to nonprofit organizations and social enterprises. Areas of Expertise Development and effects of interpersonal relationships at work Gender and race in the workplace Stereotyping and discrimination Personality and self-concept.

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clifford headshotSteven Clifford, Author, The CEO Pay Machine: How It Trashes America and How to Stop It

Steven Clifford served as CEO for King Broadcasting Company and National Mobile Television. His previous jobs included Chief Financial Officer for King Broadcasting Company and Vice President for Bankers Trust Company. As Special Deputy Comptroller for the City of New York from 1974 to 1977, Clifford played a key role in helping the city avoid bankruptcy. He has been a director of fourteen public and private companies including US Bank, Todd Shipyards, Laird Norton Company, Harbor Properties, People’s Bank, Winona Capital Management, KING FM and Diono. He is the author of “The CEO Pay Machine: How it Trashes America and How to Stop It,” published by Blue Rider Press, a division of Penguin-Random House. Clifford has served on the Board of Trustees for Seattle Opera, Seattle Art Museum, Reed College, Institute for System Biology, Seattle Parks Foundation, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Seattle Youth Symphony.

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Bob Burke headshotBob Burke
Founder 7 Chairman
Ladder Up

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Regina EmbertonRegina Emberton
President & CEO
South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership

rea headshotJeff Rea
President & CEO
South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce

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liggins headshot Alex Liggins
South Bend Code School

Alex Sejdinaj headshotAlex Sejdinaj
South Bend Code School

Brian Kubicki headshotBrian Kubicki
General Counsel

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Karen headshotKaren Haun
Bendix Coffee

lindburgMichael Lindburg
South Bend Woodworks

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“Life Lessons from Sports: Performance & Purpose”

Christopher AdkinsChristopher Adkins
Executive Director
Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership

amber headshotAmber Lattner
Lattner Associate Dean

Movie Night: The Natural

Michael CozzillioMichael Cozzillio
Widener University
Commonwealth Law School



Ed EdmondsEd Edmonds
Associate Dean
Library and Information Technology &
Professor of Law

“Prolanthrophy: The Business of Helping Athletes Give Back” 

hayes headshotJ. Jonathan Hayes
Principal | Director
Pro Sports, Pegasus Partners Ltd.