Professor White is the author of seven books (Right and Wrong, Discovering Philosophy, Business Ethics, Men and Women at Work, In Defense of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier, Socrates Comes to Wall Street, Conversation About America) and numerous articles on topics ranging from sixteenth-century renaissance humanism to business ethics.
The main focus of his research is the philosophical and ethical implications of scientific research on whales and dolphins. He argues that such practices as the captivity of dolphins and orcas, the deaths and injuries of dolphins in connection with hunting and fishing practices and attempts to bring back commercial whaling are all ethically indefensible.
Professor White is a scientific advisor to the Wild Dolphin Project, a research organization studying Atlantic-spotted dolphins in the Bahamas. He is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and served as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.’s 2007/8 Year of the Dolphin Program. He is also Founder and Director of the International Business Ethics Case Competition.
Kenneth Goodpaster earned his A.B. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan. He taught philosophy at the University of Notre Dame during the 1970s before joining the Harvard Business School faculty in 1980.
In 1990, Goodpaster accepted the David and Barbara Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics at the University of St. Thomas (MN). At St. Thomas, he introduced a Great Books Seminar for graduate students in business, law, education, and engineering.
His book Conscience and Corporate Culture (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007) received generous praise from reviewers and he contributed to Vocation of the Business Leader, issued by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (2012) and Respect in Action: Applying Subsidiarity in Business (UST Center for Catholic Studies, 2015).
Goodpaster served for a number of years as an Associate Editor of Business Ethics Quarterly and was Executive Editor of Corporate Responsibility: The American Experience (Cambridge University Press, 2012) which received the 2014 Academy of Management Best Book Award.
In 2014, he was named to Ethisphere Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics—and was honored by the Society for Business Ethics for a “Career of Outstanding Scholarly Achievement in the Field of Business Ethics.” He is now Professor Emeritus in the St. Thomas Opus College of Business.
Goodpaster’s wife Harriet is a nationally-recognized equestrian and a (retired) software engineer. They have three children, four grandchildren — and a Morgan horse.
Michael Hoffman is the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics’ founding executive director. He has written or edited 16 books on business ethics and is the author of more than 95 articles. He is contacted frequently by news media for analysis and comment in connection with ethical issues of the day. For more than 20 years, he has been consulting on business ethics for universities, government agencies and corporations in many different industries. He was the first executive director and for 10 years the Adviser to the Board of the Ethics and Compliance Initiative, which he co-founded in 1992. He was the past president of the Society for Business Ethics, which he co-founded in 1980. Hoffman was named Humanist of the Year by the Ethical Society of Boston in 2007 and received the 2009 Award of the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics.
Chiray Koo, IBECC Event Coordinator, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
Sally Yeh, President, SunStar Idea Exchange
Sally Yeh has 25 years of experience in the health and beauty, cosmetics and retail industries. She is currently the president of SunStar Idea Exchange, Inc., an Irvine, Califonia based consulting firm which provides a “think tank” environment for privately-held companies to evaluate concepts, develop branding strategies and orchestrate progressive phases of positive growth. Sally is the former president of Murad, Inc. and former CEO of Xel, Inc., a subsidiary of Bijan Group of Companies.
Barney Rosenberg, Meggitt PLC
Barney Rosenberg is Vice President, Ethics and Business Conduct for the UK company, Meggitt PLC. He has previously held significant positions at LRN, Northrop Grumman, Mattel and Pitney Bowes. A remarkably multi-talented individual, Barney was recently asked by the U. S. State Department to serve as a guest lecturer in Africa on business ethics as well as U.S. electoral politics. His commitment to making the world a better place was first evident in his decision to serve in the Peace Corps in Brazil.