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When: Wednesday, 24 October | 13:00 - 16:00 | HALF DAY
Where: Palm Beach County Convention Center - 1E
Ticket Price: ILA members - $70 | non-members - $100
Thank you to The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute for being a Bronze Sponsor & sponsoring this event!


Aligning with the conference theme of Authentic Leadership, Giving Voice to Values (GVV) is a program that works with an individual's natural desire to be true to themselves and to choose excellence in leadership. GVV is an innovative approach to values-driven leadership development in business, education, and the workplace and was pioneered by Mary C. Gentile. Drawing on actual experience and scholarship, GVV fills a long-standing critical gap in the development of values-centered leaders. GVV starts from the premise that most of us already want to act on our values, but that we also want to feel that we have a reasonable chance of doing so effectively and successfully. This pedagogy and curriculum are about raising those odds. Rather than a focus on ethical analysis, the Giving Voice to Values (GVV) curriculum focuses on ethical implementation and asks the question: "What if I were going to act on my values? What would I say and do? How could I be most effective?"

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  Who Should Attend?

Ethics, Business, Education, Faith, and Public leaders interested in living and leading with your values.

What Will Attendees Gain?

Attendees will take away:

  • Understand the options available for including values as part of their decision-making process
  • Have tools for building a values-based leader development program in their organization
  • Understand basic options for "how to act" in difficult situation based on values

Track: Business Leadership

Workshop Leaders & Presenters

Mary C. Gentile William C. Minner Walter R. Baehrend Craig E. Johnson
Mary C. Gentile
William Minner
Relations Management Group
Walter Richard Baehrend Jr.
Craig E. Johnson
George Fox University


Mary C. Gentile is Director of Giving Voice to Values (www.GivingVoiceToValuesTheBook.com), launched with The Aspen Institute and Yale School of Management and hosted at Babson College for 6 years, now based at UVA-Darden. This pioneering curriculum for values-driven leadership has had hundreds of pilots globally and has been featured in Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, McKinsey Quarterly, etc. Gentile, faculty at UVA Darden and educational consultant, was previously at Harvard Business School. She holds a B.A. from The College of William and Mary and Ph.D. from State University of New York-Buffalo. Gentile's publications include: Giving Voice to Values: How To Speak Your Mind When You Know What's Right; Can Ethics Be Taught? Perspectives, Challenges, and Approaches at Harvard Business School (with Thomas Piper & Sharon Parks); Differences That Work: Organizational Excellence through Diversity; Managerial Excellence Through Diversity: Text and Cases, as well as cases and articles in Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Risk Management, CFO, BizEd, Strategy+Business, etc. Gentile was Content Expert for the award-winning CD-ROM, Managing Across Differences (Harvard Business School Publishing). Among numerous honors, Gentile was named a "Top Mind 2017" by Compliance Weekly and has been short-listed for the Thinkers 50 2017 'Ideas into Practice' Award.



William Minner is a retired Naval Officer with 24 years' experience leading teams around the world. He works for the Department of Homeland Security and is a former Presidential Management Fellow in Kansas City, MO. William is a Co-founder of www.relationsmanagementgroup.com. He is the current ILA Chair for the Ethics Learning Forum 2018.



Walter Baehrend product manages global mobile network implementation services – building wireless networks for Nokia. For over thirty years he has worked bringing state of the art Bell Labs technology to market in innovative products/networks. Prior to the deployment of wireless networks, Walter was Product Manager of the first 32bit desktop computer and the UNIX operating system (when Bell Labs was part of AT&T.) Walter teaches in Benedictine University's Masters in Business Administration program.

Academically his research has focused on ethical decision-making, appreciative inquiry in healthcare transformation, and merger & acquisition transformation. The free leadership ethical assessment survey that he created has been published in The Journal of Leadership Studies and is available in the latest edition of the premiere leadership textbook by Peter Northouse. The survey is at www.leaderdecisionsurvey.com.

In addition to his Phd from the Benedictine University Center for Values Driven Leadership, Walter has an MBA with Honors and a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago. While at the University of Chicago, he worked for the Bureau of Economic Research changing the way that the Gross National Product is computed.

Wally has been blessed with three beautiful daughters whose international studies have taken them from Rome to Shanghai and Beijing.



Craig E. Johnson (University of Denver) is emeritus professor of leadership studies at George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon where he taught a variety of courses in leadership, ethics, communication, management, and ethics courses at the undergraduate and doctoral level. During his time at the university he served as chair of the Department of Communication Arts and founding director of the George Fox Doctor of Management/Doctor of Business Administration program. Though retired from full-time teaching, Dr. Johnson continues to serve as an adjunct professor. He is author of Organizational Ethics: A Practical Approach (3rd ed.) and Meeting the Ethical Challenges of Leadership: Casting Light or Shadow (6th ed.). His articles have appeared in such journals as Communication Quarterly, The Journal of Leadership Studies, The Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, Academy of Management Learning and Education, The Journal of Leadership Education, Communication Education, Communication Reports, and International Listening Association Journal. Johnson has served in leadership roles in several nonprofit organizations and has participated in educational and service trips to Kenya, Rwanda, Honduras, Brazil, China, and New Zealand. Professor Johnson is a past recipient of George Fox University's distinguished teaching award and 2016 recipient of the outstanding graduate faculty researcher award. When he is not writing or teaching, Dr. Johnson enjoys working out, fly fishing, camping, and reading.



Sandra Marić, grew up and studied in Zagreb, Croatia. Before joining to the Coalition for Work with Psychodrama and Peace as Deputy Head of Mission for Southeast Europe in 2006, she worked extensively with children and young people in eastern Croatia. Sandra holds a Masters in Sociology from the University of Zagreb. Her role with the Coalition includes therapy, research, writing, and a wide variety of other Coalition tasks.