W. Michael Hoffman, PhD
Executive Director, W. Michael Hoffman Center for Business Ethics, and
Hieken Professor of Business and Professional Ethics
Michael Hoffman is the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics' founding executive director. He has written or edited 16 books on business ethics and is the author of more than 95 articles. He is contacted frequently by news media for analysis and comment in connection with ethical issues of the day. For more than 20 years, he has been consulting on business ethics for universities, government agencies and corporations in many different industries. He was the first executive director and for 10 years the Adviser to the Board of the Ethics and Compliance Initiative, which he co-founded in 1992. He was the past president of the Society for Business Ethics, which he co-founded in 1980. Hoffman was named Humanist of the Year by the Ethical Society of Boston in 2007 and received the 2009 Award of the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics.
Mary E. Chiasson
Senior Associate Director
Mary Chiasson joined the W. Michael Hoffman Center for Business Ethics (HCBE) at Bentley University in September of 1990 and, apart from Hoffman, is the longest serving member of the staff. As the HCBE's administrative head and chief of staff, her areas of responsibility include finance, purchasing, staff recruitment and supervision, academic prize administration, logistic planning and coordination for HCBE's executive education programs, lectureships, symposia, and other events. She has organized educational programs in such places as Madrid, Spain, Marseilles, France, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Toronto, Canada among others. In addition, she serves as liaison with HCBE's advisory board, executive fellows and visiting scholars. She has been recognized with various awards and honors.
Robert E. McNulty, PhD
Director of Programs
Bob McNulty joined the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics after many years in both business and academia. The focus of his PhD, which he received from Columbia University, Teachers College, was in the philosophy and psychology of ethics. Earlier, he received his bachelor's degree magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a master of international affairs degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He has taught at several universities and has had a distinguished career in international business, specializing in the application of public relations to assist countries in their economic development efforts. He has lived overseas in France, Taiwan, Indonesia and Singapore. McNulty continues to provide educational and consulting services in applied ethics.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Gail Sands joined the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics in 2004 and was promoted to Senior Administrative Assistant in 2015.
Her responsibilities not only include her many administrative duties, but she administers our executive-development program, lectureships, symposia, workshops, and other programs run by the Center. She also supervises the work of the CBE Leon Sullivan Scholars and a work-study student. She oversees the extensive CBE library and our many global Visiting Scholars, and assists Dr. W. Michael Hoffman and the CBE staff.
Prior to joining the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics, she worked as an administrative assistant to the Vice President of Marketing at Fleet Bank in Waltham, Mass.
Robert E. Frederick, PhD
Senior Research Scholar, and
Editor, Business and Society Review (The Journal of the W. Michael Hoffman Center for Business Ethics)
One of the great early advocates of business ethics was the human rights leader and campaigner against apartheid, Reverend Leon H. Sullivan. In honor of him, an endowed Sullivan Scholars program was established according to which every year approximately six to eight students from the minority backgrounds and with an interest in business ethics are provided with internships at the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics. In a multitude of ways, our Sullivan Scholars have an essential role in supporting the Center in carrying out its activities throughout the academic year. Learn more.
Formed in 1992, the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics Advisory Board comprises CEOs, presidents and senior managers — including some corporate ethics officers and Bentley alumni. Board members are dedicated to support the center in its effort to promote ethical business practices.
Lawrence J. LaShomb, Jr.
Chairman of the Board, Ethics & Compliance Officer Association; compliance officer Iberdrola USA Management Corporation
John J. Desmond III
Senior Vice President-Legal and Compliance Officer (retired), Boston Edison Company
President, Driscoll Associates; Former Vice President of Corporate Affairs and General Counsel, Filene’s
Jacquelyn Gates Shipe
Associate Vice President, Development, University of Alabama; Former Ethics Officer, World Bank
President, Ethical Markets Media
Robert Holland Jr.
Former President and CEO, Ben & Jerry’s
William K. O’Brien
Global Human Capital Leader (retired), PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Howard D. Putnam
President, Howard D. Putnam Enterprises, Inc.; Former CEO, Southwest Airlines
President, RiboNovix, Inc.; Former President and CEO, Aquila Biopharmaceuticals