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July 2019

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Global Jesuit Business Ethics Conference at SCU July 11-13

Santa Clara University’s new president Kevin O’Brien, S.J., and veteran business ethicist Kirk Hanson will be among those discussing ethics in the age of tech, disruption, and artificial intelligence.  

Ethical issues in business will be discussed and viewed through the lens of the Jesuit educational system at an event at SCU July 11-13. 

SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 1, 2019—Ethical issues in business— from artificial intelligence to the Theranos scandal to algorithmic bias—will be discussed and viewed through the lens of the Jesuit educational system July 11 through 13.

The occasion will be the third Global Jesuit Business Ethics Conference, taking place at Santa Clara University in tandem with the 22nd annual meeting of the Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education, a group of Jesuit business education leaders from all 28 U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities.

The events will kick off for participants the evening of July 11, with a full-day conference Friday July 12, and breakout academic sessions on Saturday, July 13.  At least 100 faculty members from about 35 Jesuit business schools worldwide are expected to attend. 

Santa Clara University’s new president, Kevin O’Brien, S.J., who took office July 1, will speak on Friday morning about “what Jesuit and Ignatian thinking have to offer to Silicon Valley.”

“This gathering of top leaders from dozens of Jesuit schools around the world is a fantastic opportunity, using our Silicon Valley location as ground zero, to delve into highly topical business ethics challenges facing the world today,” said Caryn Beck-Dudley, dean of the Leavey School of Business, who will help lead events and participate in panels with Silicon Valley executives.

The former executive director of Santa Clara’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, veteran business ethicist Kirk Hanson, will moderate a panel Friday morning on Silicon Valley business ethics in a time of disruption. Tyler Shultz, the young lab employee who became a key whistleblower to alleged fraud at blood-testing company Theranos, will speak Friday afternoon with Markkula Center’s Ann Skeet, about “lessons from Theranos.”

The conference is being co-sponsored by Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education.

A full agenda of events can be found online.

About Santa Clara University
Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University sits in the heart of Silicon Valley—the world’s most innovative and entrepreneurial region. The University’s stunningly landscaped 106-acre campus is home to the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asís. Ranked the No. 1 regional university in the West by U.S. News & World Report, SCU has among the best four-year graduation rates in the nation and is rated by PayScale in the top 1 percent of universities with the highest-paid graduates. SCU has produced elite levels of Fulbright Scholars as well as four Rhodes Scholars. With undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, and graduate programs in six disciplines, the curriculum blends high-tech innovation with social consciousness grounded in the tradition of Jesuit, Catholic education.  For more information see

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