Mary C. Gentile, Ph.D., author of Giving Voice to Values, is a senior research scholar at Babson College and a senior advisor at the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program. On Wednesday, February 13, she spoke to members of the Pittsburgh business community and Duquesne University faculty and students at the Duquesne Club in downtown Pittsburgh.
Giving Voice to Values (GVV) is an innovative ethics education program that is changing the way schools and corporations approach ethical conflict resolution. Rather than emphasizing ethical decision making models, students and managers are coached to act on their values during times when discretion is needed.
Dr. Gentile’s message overlapped well with the main theme of an article that we recently read for our consulting class, “What’s Needed Next: A Culture of Candor.” The article stresses that managers and executives are increasingly evaluated on their ability to create an organization that has economic, social, and ethical value. Transparency is a prerequisite for this type of organization, and candor is an important part of transparency. The Giving Voice to Value program helps students commit to the type of open and honesty conversations that create transparency within organizations.