Director, Michael DeWilde
Michael DeWilde is the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative Director and Professor of Management at Grand Valley State University. He teaches in the MBA and Executive MBA programs with a focus on Ethics and Leadership courses. He also taught in the Philosophy department, offering the courses Theories of Human Nature, Eastern Philosophy, and the Community Working Classics seminar. The latter received a national award for "Excellence in Philosophy Programs" from the American Philosophical Association. He is the recipient of a major grant from the Kellogg Foundation and a winner of a Pew "Teaching Excellence" award.
He has been a featured speaker at universities and businesses in North America, India, and France, giving talks on moral psychology, business ethics, and the pedagogy of teaching ethics. Professor DeWilde was in Oxford, England in 2016 to give the talk "Social Capital, Economic Diversity and Civic Well-being: Marx, Weber and the Future" at the annual Philosophy of Management conference. He has a chapter on the importance of introspection for developing leaders in the book Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship and the Common Good, published by Pelgrave Press.
He was, for one year, a Research Affiliate professor with the ESC Rennes School of Business in Rennes, France, and for many years has consulted with West Michigan businesses as an executive coach and "philosopher-in-residence." His work has been featured in the New York Times and Inc. Magazine, among other places, and his latest publications are a chapter in the book Philosophy Imprisoned from Lexington Press, two op-ed pieces, and an article titled "Social Capital, Economic Diversity, and Civic Well-Being" in the Seidman Business Review. His essay, "The Neuroscience of Ethics," will be published in 2017 in BizEd magazine. He holds degrees from Harvard University and Grand Valley State University.
Nguyen Pham, Research Assistant
Nguyen Pham is a senior at GVSU, pursuing a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. With a keen interest in research, Nguyen is currently assisting professors in the Psychology department, completing an internship at Pine Rest’s Psychological Consultation Center, as well as branching out and contributing research and writing for the KBEI in a variety of areas including Professor Michael DeWilde’s Working Classics Leadership Program. She intends to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology and would one day like to be trained as a correctional psychologist, which she hopes will afford her the opportunity to work with institutionalized inmates as well as conduct research on how to better the conditions of prisons as well as improve rehabilitation efforts. In her spare time, Nguyen’s interests also extend to history, astronomy, and working to increase her fluency in the Vietnamese language with the help of her parents.
Roberta Osipoff, Seidman Dean's Office Assistant
Roberta is the Seidman Dean's Office Assistant and assistant to the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative. She earned a masters in Public Administration with a concentration in non-profit leadership from GVSU and a bachelor's in Communication Arts from Aquinas College. She was selected by her professors and received the Outstanding Student in the Major Award for her masters work as well as the Administrative/Professional Outstanding Team Project Award for 2011. She joined GVSU in 2000 and has served as the confidential executive assistant to the Vice President for University Development and Office of the President Project Coordinator for Grand Valley’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. She is also a member of the Phi Alpha Alpha honor fraternity.