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The Giving Voice to Values Curriculum

Giving Voice to Values (GVV) is an innovative, cross-disciplinary business curriculum and action-oriented pedagogical approach for developing the skills, knowledge and commitment required to implement values-based leadership.

Rather than the usual focus on ethical analysis, the GVV curriculum focuses on ethical implementation and asks the question: What would I say and do if I were going to act on my values?

Drawing on the actual experiences of managers as well as multi-disciplinary research, GVV helps students identify the many ways to voice their values in the workplace. It provides the opportunity to script and practice in front of peers, equipping future business leaders not only to know what is right, but how to make it happen.

The GVV curriculum is FREE to educators.

Teaching Notes and B cases are available at the Faculty-ONLY URL, available to Faculty upon request at

Learn about the award-winning book from Yale University Press, Giving Voice To Values: How To Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right at The Spanish translation is available for download from Editorial Proteus, and the Chinese translation is available for download from

There also is a new series of six interactive, online, social cohort-based modules that introduce the core GVV concepts and methodologies and provide opportunities to practice with these approaches as a foundation for subsequent in-person exchanges. Please do take a look at These modules are short, customizable, and creatively designed to incorporate: brief cases; clear and compelling presentation of core concepts; engaging animations and powerful video segments; opportunities to practice application of the GVV methodologies; and opportunities to engage in face-to-face and virtual peer exchanges. Email Mary Gentile for the demo.

Learn about how faculty are integrating GVV across the entire curriculum in the new book, Educating for Values-Driven Leadership: Giving Voice To Values Across the Curriculum at

GVV works in close collaboration with the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), an initiative of the United Nations Global Compact which seeks to inspire and champion responsible management education, research, and thought leadership globally.

Mary GentileAbout the Author

Mary C. Gentile is the Creator and Director of Giving Voice to Values and Senior Research Scholar at Babson College. Previously at Harvard Business School from 1985–1995 and a consultant on management education and leadership development, Gentile is the author of numerous books and articles, including Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right, from Yale University Press.

For more information, contact Mary Gentile, Giving Voice to Values Director.

The Aspen Institute was founding partner, along with the Yale School of Management, and incubator for Giving Voice to Values (GVV). Now Funded by Babson College. Do not alter or distribute without permission. © Mary C. Gentile, 2010

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