Santa Clara University

Markkual Center for Applied Ethics
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Red Flags of an Ethical Collapse

Our experienced panelists will discuss the  following:

  • What are the characteristics of ethical collapse?

  • How group dynamics and social psychology can exert powerful influences on behavior of executive management and boards? 
  • What actions and responses are effective in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of a board when facing these signs?

Our Panel


Katie Martin is a partner in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's Palo Alto office, where she practices corporate and securities law. She has served as a member of the firm's board of directors and leader of the business law department and its Policy Committee. She is a Director of Nuance Communications, Inc., The Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, WildAid, and the WSGR Foundation.

Vince Vannelli is the founder of KPG Ventures, an early stage venture fund. He has more than 20 years operational, sales and business development experience, including key leadership positions at several global technology companies; he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager at Inktomi. Vince currently serves on the Boards of Clipsync, National Payment Card Association, Solariat, TuneUp Media, Jildy and Expect Labs.

Skip Battle serves as chairman of Fair, Isaac and Company, and director of LinkedIn, Sungevity, and Workday. He was previously CEO and executive chairman of Ask Jeeves, Inc. Skip served in management roles at Arthur Andersen LLP and then Andersen Consulting LLP, becoming a member of the firm's executive committee. He is a Senior Fellow of the Aspen Institute as well as a long time Institute moderator.


Jim Balassone Executive in  Residence, directs the business ethics programs of the Markkula Center for  Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University.  Balassone works with corporate boards, executive teams, and non-profit  advisory boards on business ethics challenges, organizational obstacles to  ethical behavior, and implementing campaigns for improving ethical culture. His  business career spans IBM, Hitachi Data Systems, and several hi-tech start-ups.