Speaker Bios

Crystal E. Ashby

Crystal is currently the Executive Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for BP America Inc. In this role, Crystal leads a team of 70 plus government, public affairs and regulatory affairs professionals located across the country who are responsible for advocacy of issues in the public and government arenas supporting the business strategies and reputation of BP's varied businesses in the US. Crystal's group supports the business needs of the assets by working state and local external relationships, legislative, public affairs and community relations.

Before being appointed as Executive Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, BPA, Crystal was the Vice President for Government & Public Affairs for the R&M sector, Prior to that she was the Head of Change Management for BP Legal. In this role Crystal was responsible for the effective management of all aspects of the transition of the Legal team from Chicago to Houston. From December 2005 – December 2007, Crystal was the Managing Attorney for US Retail. Crystal supervised the largest team of employee and contract commercial lawyers and paralegals in BP Legal, located in La Palma, CA and Warrenville, IL, who supported the commercial and real estate aspects of BP's Retail portfolio.

During 2004 - 05, Crystal served as the first Senior Advisor for BP's newly-appointed Compliance and Ethics Officer at BP's global headquarters in St. James's Square, London. In this role, she was responsible for helping establish and build the management infrastructure and staffing for effectively rolling out BP's new global Code of Conduct to its approximately 45,000 employees in the US, Canada and Latin America. While in London, Crystal also served as the Western Hemisphere liaison between the President of BP America Inc. and BP's Chief of Staff's office.

From 2002 – 2004, Crystal was part of the litigation group, managing litigation in 8 states as well as supervising the litigation paralegals. From 1993, when she joined Amoco Oil Company, to 2002 Crystal was a Regional Commercial Business attorney. During her 19 year career with the company, Crystal has served as a legal advisor and counselor on matters ranging from advertising, antitrust, commercial business, compliance, contract and franchise law as well as litigation.

Prior to becoming a member of the Amoco / BP legal team, Crystal was a litigation attorney in the Chicago office of Hinshaw & Culbertson, joining the firm as an associate in 1989 practicing as a litigator in the area of products liability. Prior to joining Hinshaw, she had been an associate at Jones, Ware & Grenard and served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Judge Odas Nicholson in the Circuit Court of Cook County, IL.

Crystal received her J.D., from DePaul University College of Law and her BA with a double major of English and Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Crystal is a currently a trustee on the Board of the National Urban League, a board member of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), a member of the Executive Leadership Council, a member of Chicago United's CEO Council, the BP Executive to the University of Michigan and a member of the Greater Houston Partnership's Executive Women's Partnership Committee. Crystal has previously served on the Allocations committee of the Chicago Foundation for Women. In her various roles, Crystal has represented BP as an attendee or speaker at events, including the Chicago Urban League, ELC, Catalyst, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, California Women's Conference, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Menttium.

Cara Maria Biasucci

Project Director|Series Producer
Ethics Unwrapped

Cara Biasucci received a M.F.A. in Film and Media Production from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in philosophy from Bowdoin College. In 2000, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation supported Nascendo no Brasil, her first documentary, which was broadcast on national public television and recognized by the Latin American Studies Association with a Merit in Film award.

As a writer, producer, director and editor, Cara has created content for clients such as American Public Television, Discovery, DIY Network, HGTV, IntraHealth International, Johns Hopkins Medicine, New England Patriots, National Gallery of Art, Sterling Publishing, and the U.S. EPA. Before joining McCombs School of Business, Cara taught media production at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Deborah L. DeHaas

Deb is the Vice Chairman, Central Region Managing Partner and Chief Inclusion Officer, Deloitte LLP. As Central region managing partner, Deb leads the quality, client satisfaction, growth, marketplace, and human resource initiatives for 23 offices comprising 9,000 professionals, making it the largest Big Four organization in the region. As chief inclusion officer, Deb drives Deloitte's strategy to recruit, develop, and promote a diverse workforce and foster an inclusive environment where leaders thrive, a constant passion and focus of Deloitte for the past 20 years.

Deb serves as the lead client service partner or advisory partner on a number of Deloitte's most significant clients in the Chicago area. During her career, Deb has served a variety of clients, with an emphasis on those in the manufacturing, consumer products, and communications industries. Deb is a member of the Board of Directors of Deloitte LLP and is the U.S. Firms' representative on the Canadian Board of Directors.

In addition to her responsibilities at Deloitte, Deb holds several significant positions in the community. Currently, she is the nominating committee chair and immediate past board chair of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the board vice chair of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. She also serves on the boards of World Business Chicago, the Executives' Club of Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry, and WTTW/Channel 11. She serves as treasurer on the executive committee of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago and is on the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University.

Deb's community involvement and philanthropic efforts have led to her recognition by numerous local and national organizations. She has received the 2010 City Year Chicago Ripples of Hope Award, the Gerald J. Roper Business Professional of the Year Award, the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago 2008 Heritage Award, and the YWCA's 2006 Outstanding Women's Leaders Award for Community Leadership. She was the recipient of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce 2004 Daniel H. Burnham Award, the Anti-Defamation League 2004 Women of Achievement Award, and the 2003 United Way Campaign Chair Award. Deb was named one of the "100 Most Powerful Chicagoans" in 2012 by Chicago magazine as well as one of the "100 Women Making a Difference 2011" by Today's Chicago Woman.

Deb graduated from Duke University with a BS in Management Science and Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of several state and national professional societies, including the AICPA and the Illinois CPA Society.

Mary C. Gentile, Ph.D.

Mary C. Gentile, Ph.D., is Director of Giving Voice to Values (GVV), a business curriculum launched by Aspen Institute and Yale SOM, now based and funded at Babson College. GVV is a pioneering approach to values-driven leadership that has been featured in Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, McKinsey Quarterly, BizEd, etc. and piloted in over 250 business schools and organizations globally. The book – Giving Voice To Values: How To Speak Your Mind When You Know What's Right – is out from Yale University Press (www.MaryGentile.com). Gentile is Senior Research Scholar at Babson College; Senior Advisor, Aspen Institute Business & Society Program; and independent consultant. Previously Gentile was a faculty member and manager of case research at Harvard Business School.

While at Harvard Business School (1985-95), Gentile was one of the principal architects of the innovative educational program, Leadership, Ethics and Corporate Responsibility. Gentile co-authored Can Ethics Be Taught? Perspectives, Challenges, and Approaches at Harvard Business School (with Thomas R. Piper and Sharon Parks, Harvard Business School Press, 1993, translated into Japanese and Hungarian).

Other publications include Differences That Work: Organizational Excellence through Diversity; Managing Diversity: Making Differences Work; Managerial Excellence Through Diversity: Text and Cases, as well as numerous articles, cases, and book reviews in publications such as Academy of Management Learning and Education, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Risk Management, CFO, The Journal of Human Values, BizEd, Strategy+Business, etc. Gentile served as Content Expert for the award-winning interactive CD-ROM, Managing Across Differences (Harvard Business School Publishing 1996).

Gentile holds a bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

C. K. Gunsalus

C. Kristina Gunsalus is the Director of the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics, Professor Emerita of Business, and Research Professor at the Coordinated Sciences Laboratory. The centerpiece project of the National Center is a national online ethics resource center that was awarded a $5M cooperative agreement from the National Science Foundation, and for which she is the Principal Investigator. She has been on the faculty of the colleges of Business, Law, and Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and served as Special Counsel in the Office of University Counsel. In the College of Business, she currently teaches Leadership and Ethics in the MBA program and is the director of the required Professional Responsibility course for all undergraduates in the college. She was a member of the faculty of the Medical Humanities/Social Sciences program in the College of Medicine, where she taught communication, conflict resolution skills and ethics.

Previously, for many years as an Associate Provost, Gunsalus was responsible for a range of academic policy and administrative duties, including department head training/support and academic policy interpretations and revision. During that time, she was known as the "department of yucky problems," with duties encompassing oversight of the discrimination and harassment grievance procedure, problem personnel cases and membership on the workplace violence team. Before that, her experience at the University included technology transfer, management of conflicts of interest, human subject protection, and long-term service as the campus Research Standards Officer with responsibility for responding to allegations of professional misconduct by faculty and students.

A licensed attorney, Ms. Gunsalus graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois College of Law and has an AB with Distinction in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2012, she was appointed to the National Academies Committee on Responsible Science and elected to the Council of Delegates of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Previously, she served on the Committee on Research Integrity of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable Ad Hoc Group on Conflict of Interest. She was a member of the United States Commission on Research Integrity and served for four years as chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility. In 2004, she was elected a Fellow of the AAAS in recognition of her "sustained contributions to the national debate over improving the practical handling of ethical, legal, professional and administrative issues as they affect scientific research." She has served on the Illinois Supreme Court's Commission on Professionalism since 2005. In her spare time, Ms. Gunsalus also served 12 years on the Urbana Board of Education (school board), eight of those years as its President.

She is the author of a book on survival skills for academic leaders published by the Harvard University Press entitled The College Administrator's Survival Guide (2006) and a forthcoming book (Fall 2012) with the Press, The Young Professionals' Survival Guide: From Cab Fares to Moral Snares.

Blair C. Marks

Blair Marks is the Director of Ethics Awareness & International Operations for the Lockheed Martin Corporation. She is responsible for all ethics awareness and compliance training and related communications. Additionally she is responsible for external engagement and the ethics program for Lockheed Martin's international elements. Prior to assuming this role, Marks was responsible for the ethics and business conduct program for the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics business area.

Previously, Marks managed the $1B+ Avionics Modernization and Reliability Enhancement/Re-engining development and production programs for the U.S. Air Force's fleet of C-5 Galaxy airlifters. Earlier, she served as Plant Manager of the company's composites and adhesive bonding plant in Charleston, S.C., and Site Director of Engineering for the Marietta, Georgia facility, leading the local engineering work force of more than 2,000 and helping with the improvement and standardization of engineering processes and tools across the company.

Marks graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Ceramic Engineering degree, and she earned a Master of Science in Materials Engineering from the University of Michigan as well as a Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University.

A regular participant in programs that familiarize high school and college students with opportunities in science and engineering, Marks is also the Lockheed Martin Corporation's University Executive for Georgia Tech. She serves on the board of the Georgia Youth Science and Technology Centers and is a 2002 graduate of Leadership Cobb. In 2003, Marks was recognized with the Women in Aerospace Outstanding Leadership Award.

Andy Milnes

Andy Milnes is the BP Americas Regional Business Leader for Supply and Trading, as well as responsible for Crude Oil globally. He transitioned to this role in July 2008, from his previous role of Regional Business Unit Leader for BP IST Oil Americas.

Following 2 years in the British Merchant Navy, Andy graduated from Trent (Nottingham) Polytechnic in 1988 with a BSc in Manufacturing Systems and a BA in Business. He joined BP in late 1988 and spent the early part of his career in a variety of supply and commercial roles in Scotland and London. In 1991 Andy moved into the Benelux Refining and Supply group and then onto a variety of commercial refining and trading roles. In 2000 he moved to Los Angeles to integrate Arco's supply and trading activity into BP and subsequently took on the role of Supply General Manager for US Refining. On Andy's return to London he took up a position on the Refining Portfolio and then VP of International Refining Joint Ventures. Andy next moved to Downstream Director for Strategic Projects Asia before taking on the position of Regional Business Unit Leader for IST Oil Americas.

Andy is currently based in Chicago, IL USA and married to Eileen. They have three children: Joshua, Eleanor and Catherine.

Cindy Moehring

Cindy joined Wal-Mart in 1999. As Chief Ethics Officer, she has responsibility for promoting ownership of Wal-Mart's ethical culture to all stakeholders globally. This includes overseeing the Company's confidential reporting system for violations of the Statement of Ethics and all resulting ethics investigations, providing proactive ethics opinions and advice, and leading a continuing ethics education and communication program. Previously, she was Senior Director of U.S. Ethics overseeing all ethics investigations and advice for Wal-Mart's U.S. associates. Before holding that position, she served as Senior Director for the Wal-Mart Foundation, and Associate General Counsel for Corporate Governance in Wal-Mart's Legal Department.

Prior to joining Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Cindy was Corporate Counsel in Phoenix, Arizona for Viasoft, Inc., Vice President of Wells Fargo Bank (formerly, First Interstate Bank), and an associate at the law firm of Meyer, Hendricks, Victor, Osborn & Maledon.

Business/Professional Associations:
  1. American Bar Association
  2. Arizona Bar Association
  3. Ethics and Compliance Officer's Association
  4. Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics
  5. Conference Board-Global Council on Business Conduct
  6. Ethics Resource Center Fellow
  7. RAND Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance – Board of Advisors
  1. JD, Georgetown University Law Center
  2. BS, Political Science, University of Missouri

Niki den Nieuwenboer

Niki den Nieuwenboer is an Assistant Professor of Management at Santa Clara University, California, where she has been on the faculty since 2009. She holds a Ph.D. in management from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, in her native the Netherlands. Her research focuses on understanding good and bad behavior in organizations and on the institutional pressures and processes that might lead to unethical behavior. Professor Den Nieuwenboer teaches business ethics in Santa Clara's MBA program. Prior to her academic career, Professor Den Nieuwenboer worked as a consultant in business ethics at KPMG Forensic in Brussels, Belgium.

Linda K. Treviño

Linda K. Treviño is Distinguished Professor of Organizational Behavior and Ethics in the Department of Management and Organization in the Smeal College of Business, The Pennsylvania State University where she has been on the faculty since receiving her Ph.D. in Management 25 years ago. Professor Treviño is widely known as a pioneer in research on organizational ethics, ethical leadership, and academic integrity, published in three books and over seventy journal articles. She has made ethics and compliance are managed in business organizations. She serves on the Board of the Center for Ethics in Financial Services at the American College, is an Academic Fellow with the Ethics Resource Center Fellows program, a core faculty member in the Business Roundtable's Institute for Business Ethics, and a Fellow of the Academy of Management.

Madhu Viswanathan

Madhu Viswanathan is Diane and Steven N. Miller Professor in Business at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he has been on the faculty since 1990. He earned a B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering (Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, 1985), and a PhD in Marketing (University of Minnesota, 1990). His research programs are in two areas; measurement and research methodology, and literacy, poverty, and subsistence marketplace behaviors. He has authored books in both areas: Measurement Error and Research Design (Sage, 2005), and Enabling Consumer and Entrepreneurial Literacy in Subsistence Marketplaces (Springer, 2008, in alliance with UNESCO). He directs the Subsistence Marketplaces Initiative (www.business.illinois.edu/subsistence) and has created unique synergies between research, teaching, and social initiatives. He teaches courses on research methods and on subsistence and sustainability. He founded and directs the Marketplace Literacy Project (www.marketplaceliteracy.org), a non-profit organization, pioneering the design and delivery of marketplace literacy education to low-income consumers and subsistence marketplaces. He has received research, teaching, curriculum development, social entrepreneurship, humanitarian, leadership and career achievement awards and his course on subsistence marketplaces was ranked one of the top entrepreneurship courses by Inc. magazine.