Michael DeWilde, Director
Michael DeWilde is the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative Director and Professor of Management at the Seidman College of Business, Grand Valley State University (Michigan). He teaches in the MBA and Executive MBA programs, with a focus on courses in ethics and leadership. He also taught in GVSU’s Philosophy department, offering courses on human nature, eastern philosophy, and service-learning. His Community Working Classics seminar received a national award for "Excellence in Philosophy Programs" from the American Philosophical Association and was the recipient of a major grant from the Kellogg Foundation. DeWilde was a winner of a Pew "Teaching Excellence" award, as well as a "Graduate Teaching Excellence Award" given by GVSU grad students. 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. 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 a year, a Research Affiliate professor with the ESC Rennes School of Business in Rennes, France, and has for many years consulted with West Michigan businesses and organizations as an executive coach. For the past eight years he has been affiliated with Corewell Health, the largest integrated health care system in Michigan, where his work focuses on the culture of the OR and the development of leaders.
His work has been featured in the New York Times and Inc. Magazine, among other places, and he has published widely. His essay on neuroscience and the teaching of business ethics was published in BizEd magazine, and his most recent piece, “A Business Ethics Center Rethinks Its Role,” is in the journal Teaching Ethics. He holds degrees from Harvard University and Grand Valley State University.
Valerie Palmer, Office Coordinator
Valerie is the Office Coordinator for the Seidman College of Business Outreach Centers. While supporting the directors for the Richard M. Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, the Family-Owned Business Institute, and the Koeze Ethics Business Initiative, she provides support to the daily operations of CEI, including working closely with student employees, scheduling, event planning, and handling financial and budget-related matters.
She has been employed with GVSU for 10+ years. Formerly, Valerie was the Student Life Assistant in the Office of Student Life where she assisted the director, provided support to the daily operations of the OSL, which included working closely with student organizations on their events, supervising student employees, supporting large student events, and handling financial and budget transactions. Prior to the OSL, she served as the Officer Coordinator in the Seidman College of Business Dean’s Office where her work included event planning, graphic design, social media management, website development, and a variety of other tasks.
Valerie received her bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations with a business minor in 2008 followed by a master’s degree in communications in 2015 from GVSU. In her spare time, Valerie loves reading, writing reviews, and managing social media outlets for her book-related blog and podcast. She also enjoys gardening, crafting, baking, cooking, and spending time with her husband and three sons.
Colleen Garcia, Intern
Colleen is the Student Intern for Michael DeWilde supporting the KBEI staff with creative marketing strategies, articles, website and social media. She has global internship experience in Spain and background work in journalism with more than 10 published articles. Colleen is a rising senior at Grand Valley State University with a graduating degree in Business Administration. Colleen is majoring in Marketing and minoring in International Business.