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Steering Committee

Carole Sumption

Former Chief Talent Officer, Public Service Credit Union

Carole Sumption is a Strategic Human Resources executive with deep commitment to professionalism, integrity, service and excellence. She is a collaborative leader recognized for building capacity in people, creating workforce resilience and leading transformative change. Sumption has significant expertise in talent management and human resource operations and she creates strong business partnerships by developing innovative and practical solutions that align with business needs.

Favorite Ethics Quote:
“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.”  —Alexander Hamilton

Paul Gibbons

Author, Speaker, Consultant

Paul Gibbons is a professional speaker, consultant, and coach—whose “beat” is helping business leaders use science and philosophy to make better strategic decisions, implement change, innovate, change culture, and create workplaces where talent flourishes. He is the author of The Science of a Successful Organizational Change: How Leaders Set Strategy, Change Behavior, and Create Agile Cultures. His most recent speaking tour included Microsoft, Google, and Kaiser. Gibbons talent consulting and coaching clients include Comcast, BP, Shell, HSBC, and KPMG. He specializes in developing senior talent, creating integrated, blended programs that hybridize live, and online modalities, and that focus on applied (rather than theoretical) learning.

According to Gibbons, global business is the most important and powerful institution on the planet. It can be a force for enormous good, but with great power comes great responsibility.

Bill Heck

Chairman Emeritus, Colorado Chapter, National Association of Corporate Directors

Principal, Harlon Group

Bill Heck specializes in developing and designing board of director, executive, sales and broad based compensation plans. He works with publicly and closely held companies and their compensation committees to maintain equity incentive plans for senior executives. He is passionate about helping organizations retain top talent through effectively designed compensation and human capital plans.

Heck has found that the challenge of championing ethics is to obtain and maintain a level of courage to live your values with all people at all times and in all places.

Janet Valades

Former Director Safety, Strategy and Risk Management, Hess Corporation

Janet Valades has deep and diverse experience in non-renewable resource industries, primarily oil and gas, with international companies, Getty Oil Company, Texaco Inc., ChevronTexaco Corporation, and Hess Corporation. She is an expert in leading creation and implementation of short, medium and long-term strategies that capture business value. Throughout her career, she has achieved durable results by addressing leadership, corporate culture and performance accountability across an enterprise, line of business or asset.

Favorite Ethics Quote:
“Relativity applies to physics, not ethics.” —Albert Einstein

Institute Staff

Lorenzo Patelli, PhD

Interim Director, Institute for Enterprise Ethics

Associate Professor in the School of Accountancy

Lorenzo Patelli, PhD has published several articles in the Journal of Business Ethics and serves on the Editorial Board of Advances in Management Accounting. He has received a number of academic honors, including several teaching excellence awards and the 2008 David Solomons Prize from Management Accounting Research.

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Ashley Mercer

Program Coordinator

Ashley Mercer joined the Institute for Enterprise Ethics as Program Coordinator in December of 2014.  Prior to this, she worked for an executive marketing assistant for an insurance company in Kansas City.

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