Speakers at Mendoza

Fall 2016


At a time when the nation faced great uncertainty over its leadership, three thought leaders offered their frontline views of ethical leadership during a panel discussion at Mendoza on November 18.




Lynne Doughtie, chairman and CEO of KPMG, one of the world’s leading professional services firms. Doughtie began her career in KPMG’s audit practice in 1985 and has served in a number of regional, national and global leadership roles. Her numerous accolades include Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business, Accounting Today magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People, the National Association of Corporate Directors’ 100 most influential people in the boardroom, and “Woman of Achievement” by the National Association of Female Executives.



Ann Tenbrunsel, the David E. Gallo Professor of Business Ethics at Mendoza and author of the book, Blind Spots: Why We Fail to Do What’s Right and What to Do about It. Tenbrunsel researches the psychology of ethical decision making, examining why employees, leaders and students behave unethically despite their best intentions to behave to the contrary. She is the author, co-author or co-editor of six books on the topic, including Blind Spots and Codes of Conduct: Behavioral Research into Business Ethics. She also authored a 2015 study, “The Street, The Bull and The Crisis: A Survey of the US & UK Financial Services Industry,” examining ethics in the financial services industry after the 2008 economic crisis.




 Internationally renowned journalist and Notre Dame alumna Anne Thompson, the chief environmental affairs correspondent for NBC News, moderated the discussion. Thompson reports across all of the network’s platforms, including “NBC Nightly News,” “Today,” MSNBC and NBCNews.com. She previously served as the chief financial correspondent reporting on financial and economic news for NBC News, covering events such as the economic impact of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, the increased cost of health care and its impact on the economy, alternative fuel vehicles, identity theft, and the politics of the credit card industry.



The consumer landscape is shifting rapidly, even for Mickey Mouse. Paul Gainer, executive vice president of The Walt Disney Company’s retail operations worldwide, discussed Disney’s marketing strategy with Assistant Professor James Wilkie’s Consumer and Industrial Buying Behavior class on Sept. 15. Marketing to millennials and addressing the growing Hispanic market were two of the topics mentioned.


The 2016 series features a broad range of industries, including financial services, industrial real estate development and global insurance:

• Jack Brennan, chairman of the University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees (pictured above)

• Mike McGavick, CEO of the XL Group PLC

• Hamid Moghadam, CEO and chair of the board of directors of Prologis

• William Cobb, president and CEO of H&R Block

• Victor Dodig, president and CEO of CIBC

• Paul Idzik, CEO of E*Trade

• Mark Mendola, vice chairman and U.S. managing partner of PwC

Videos of the talks are available on the Mendoza YouTube channel.