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Keynote and Signature Speakers

Keynote Speaker - Patricia H. Werhane

Patricia H. WerhanePatricia Werhane is the Wicklander Chair of Business Ethics, Emerita at DePaul University and the Ruffin Professor Emerita at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. Previously she was the Wertenberger Professor of Business Ethics at Loyola University Chicago. She has been a Rockefeller Fellow at Dartmouth College and a visiting fellow at Cambridge University. In 2014 she was the Visiting Fulbright Specialist at All Hallows College in Dublin and a TEDx speaker there.

In 2008 she was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in business ethics by Ethisphere Magazine.

Professor Werhane is the author or over 100 articles and book chapters, and the author or editor of twenty-seven books including, Women in Business, Ethical Issues in Business, edited with Tom Donaldson, Persons, Rights, and Corporations, Adam Smith and his Legacy for Modern Capitalism, Moral Imagination and Management Decision-Making, Organization Ethics for Health Care, Alleviating Poverty Through Profitable Partnerships (with Kelley, Hartman, and Moberg) and Obstacles to Ethical Decision-Making (with Hartman, Archer, Englehardt, and Pritchard.)

Professor Werhane is a founding member and past president of the Society of Business Ethics, past president of the American Society for Value Inquiry, and past president of the International Society for Business, Economics and Ethics. She is the founding editor of Business Ethics Quarterly.

She currently is the Executive Producer of an Emmy-award winning television documentary series, BIG QUESTIONS, airing on Chicago Public Television.


Signature Speaker - Sarita Cargas

Sarita CargasSarita Cargas earned her D.Phil. Oxford University, Mst in the Study of Religion Oxford University, MA Theology Aquinas Institute of Theology, MA Psychology Georgetown University, BA St. John’s College (Annapolis). Dr. Cargas’ teaching and research interest is human rights with an additional focus on explicitly teaching critical thinking.

She has forthcoming articles in Human Rights Quarterly and Honors in Practice, and is working on a book about how the biggest organizations promote human rights (governments, United Nations, NGOs, and multinational corporations.)

Signature Speaker - Brian Robert Lowry

Brian Robert LowryBrian Robert Lowry is Deputy General Counsel for Monsanto Company where he chairs the company’s Human Rights Steering Committee and its Office of Sustainability, and leads the Office of Law & Policy.

He and his team are responsible for key legal functions and public policy efforts including human rights, human resources and immigration; business conduct, ethics and anti-corruption; intellectual property policy; international trade policy, negotiations and compliance; multi-lateral undertakings and conventions and UN-related matters; and stakeholder and socially responsible investor engagement. He was the principle author of Monsanto’s Human Rights Policy.

Brian is co-chair of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) working group on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda, and is the first board chair of the UN Global Compact U.S. Network. In 2011 Brian was a finalist in the International Law Office Global Counsel Awards, and in 2014, he was recognized as the American Corporate Counsel – St. Louis Business Journal International Lawyer of the Year.

He is regularly engaged in university discussions on food security and business and human rights. In addition to his work at Monsanto, Brian participates in a number of philanthropic, arts and community boards and activities.