Mary C. Gentile is a Weatherhead Affiliate Instructor. She is the Senior Research Scholar at Babson College; Senior Advisor, The Aspen Institute Business & Society Program; and an independent consultant based in Arlington, Mass. Previously Gentile was a faculty member and manager of case research at the Harvard Business School.
Currently, Gentile is Director of Giving Voice to Values (GVV — www.GivingVoiceToValues.org), a business curriculum launched by Aspen Institute and Yale SOM with ongoing support from Babson College. GVV is a pioneering approach to values-driven leadership that has been featured in Financial Times (twice), Harvard Business Review (twice), strategy+business, BusinessWeek on-line, Change magazine, Business Ethics magazine, BizEd, etc. and is being piloted in over 100 business schools and organizations globally. The book – Giving Voice To Values: How To Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right (www.MaryGentile.com) is out from Yale University Press in August 2010.
As an independent consultant (1995-present), Gentile works with corporate, non-profit and academic institutions on leadership development, social impact management, ethics, business education and diversity. Clients include: Columbia University Business School, INSEAD, Harvard Business School, Pfizer Corporation, The United Nations Global Compact Learning Forum, University of Texas-Austin Business School, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, UCLA Anderson School of Business Executive Education, Duke University Fuqua School of Management, Notre Dame Business School, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Harvard Divinity School, among others.
With The Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program (Aspen BSP), Gentile has been a key consultant from the organization’s inception, focusing on strategy and mission definition; research and networking; curriculum development; program design; writing of position papers and articles; and general executive coaching.
While at Harvard Business School (1985-95), Gentile was one of the principal architects of the innovative educational program, Leadership, Ethics and Corporate Responsibility, which served to integrate Business Ethics into the Harvard graduate management curriculum. Gentile co-authored a book detailing the history, philosophy and implementation of this ethics initiative, Can Ethics Be Taught? Perspectives, Challenges, and Approaches at Harvard Business School (co-authored with Thomas R. Piper and Sharon Parks, Harvard Business School Press, 1993, translated into Japanese and Hungarian).
Her 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, Risk Management, CFO, The Journal of Human Values, New Academy Review, BizEd, Strategy+Business, etc. Gentile also served as the Content Expert for the award-winning multi-media interactive CD-ROM, Managing Across Differences (Harvard Business School Publishing New Media Group, 1996).
Gentile holds a bachelor’s degree from The College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) and an MA and PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo.