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College of Business : 2011 Business Ethics Week Speaker Bios

Speaker Biographies

College of Business' Sixth Annual Business Ethics Week 2011

Mon., Oct. 31, SF State Downtown Campus

Cody SiscoCody Sisco

Cody Sisco (B.A. Urban Studies, '03), is manager of advisory services for Business for Social Responsibility (BSR). Cody moderates today's panel discussion on redefining business leadership in global CSR standards. BSR works with its global network of more than 250 member companies to develop sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration. BSR focuses on helping companies develop and implement corporate social responsibility strategies. One of the biggest challenges facing companies is understanding the breadth of their supply chain activities and how their decisions influence workplace conditions at their suppliers. In addition, to moving towards a sustainable global economy, change needs to happen at a number of levels.


Geoff StaffordGeoff Stafford (Guest Panelist)

Geoff Stafford, Ph.D., is senior manager of supply chain business process improvement, at Levi Strauss & Co. Much of Geoff's work has centered on supply chains, product development and manufacturing at both Gap and HSBC previously.


Martin BrochsteinMartin Brochstein (Guest Panelist)

Martin Brochstein is SVP of industry relations and information with International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association (LIMA). In 2008, Marty joined LIMA after 12 years as executive editor of The Licensing Letter, a New York-based newsletter covering the global licensing business. Marty was a business journalist for more than 30 years, primarily covering the consumer products and retail industries. He spent five years as senior editor of Television Digest and founding editor of Consumer Multimedia Report. He is a graduate of Boston University.

Tues., Nov. 1, SF State Main Campus

Paul TasnerPaul Tasner

Paul Tasner is a senior executive with more than 30 years of experience in all facets of supply chain management. He has held leadership positions in procurement, manufacturing, and logistics in ventures ranging from start-up to Fortune 100. His career focus has been on supply chain sustainability, strategic sourcing and supplier relationship management. His company affiliations include The Clorox Company, California Closets, Method Products, and Hepagen Vaccines. In 2008, Paul founded and continues to lead the San Francisco Bay Area Green Supply Chain Forum. The foundation of the PulpWorks business model is to produce a quality product at a competitive price. Above and beyond that, it is our commitment to sustainability and social responsibility that drives our passion, and will drive our profits as well. We will use the power of the market to "mold a better future."

Tues., Nov. 1, SF State Downtown Campus

Andrew ShapiroAndrew Shapiro

Andrew Shapiro is founder, president and portfolio manager of Lawndale Capital Management. Andrew has managed small- and micro-cap activist hedge funds for over 18 years, one of the longest periods of experience in the activist/relational field today. In addition to leading Lawndale, Andrew has served as a director or observer on portfolio company boards and debt and equity bankruptcy committees. Andrew is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and Lawndale has been a long-time Sustaining Member of the Council of Institutional Investors (CII).

Wed., Nov. 2, SF State Downtown Campus

Gary BarkerGary Barker

Gary Barker is the founder and CEO of GreenHeart Global, Inc., a B-Corp that conceives, designs, manufactures and markets environmentally preferable, sustainably manufactured and beautifully conceived consumer products and packaging solutions ( GHG products are designed for low environmental impact, both in their manufacture and their disposal, made from renewable or recycled materials, and designed for safe, productive return to nature or back to industry. For their solutions and design work, Greenheart Global has been awarded four international industrial design awards for eco-design.

Thurs., Nov. 3, SF State Main Campus

Diane WeissDiane Weiss

Diane Weiss is senior product manager for Intuit Partner Platform, and at today's event speaks about the ethical challenges of managing product innovations teams. Diane is a technology professional specializing in creating technology strategies to increase revenue, reduce costs, and improve usage and satisfaction. Experienced in change management and driving high velocity teams, Diane is a proven strategic thinker with long-term vision and experience in delivering technology that creates measurable results. Diane possesses strong business skills in influencing internal and external stakeholders and providing leadership.

Fri., Nov. 4, SF State Downtown Campus

Bruce PatonBruce Paton, Ph.D., Department Chair, Management

Bruce Paton teaches courses on sustainable business, corporate social responsibility and creativity and innovation. He was named the Teaching Professor of the Year for the College of Business in 2005. He currently serves as Chair of the Management Department. He returned to SF State in August 2011, after serving at the Monterey Institute of International Studies for the past two years, as a visiting associate professor and as Chair of the Fisher International MBA Program. His research focuses on business strategies and public policies for sustainability. A major emphasis in this research is development of methods for designing and evaluating voluntary and collaborative initiatives to address social and environmental issues in management.


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