Babson's Mark Donohue, serial entrepreneur in Cleantech, and Mary Gentile, "Giving Voice To Values" curriculum director, are named Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior, along with former director of Lewis Initiative Mark Albion.

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Babson College’s Mark Donohue, Clean Technology Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Mary Gentile, director of the business curriculum, Giving Voice to Values, and Senior Research Scholar at Babson, and Mark Albion, who served Babson as its first director of the Lewis Initiative, are among the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior in 2010, according to Trust Across America.

The Top 100 Thought Leaders represents the culmination of two years of research by Trust Across America, a company dedicated to unraveling the complexities of trustworthy business behavior. They sought the counsel of and requested nominations for this honor from over 150 professionals across the nation. The list was narrowed through an extensive vetting process. As leaders of The Most Trustworthy Public Companies in America, ten CEOs were included in the list.


Trust Across America describes Mark Donohue as a “Pioneering leader in creating the Cleantech venture capital industry. Leader in socially responsible investing for 20 years. Successful serial entrepreneur.” Donohue is a Partner at the venture capital fund Conscious Living Ventures, and Executive Chairman of, which provides extreme discounts for premium leisure travel. He serves as a senior adviser to Bright Energy Storage Technologies, which is working to solve grid-scale energy storage problems. He is also the founder of Sustainable Impact Investing, which advises venture funds, corporations, and family offices on sustainability practices and investment strategies. 

Donohue earned his BS in Investment Management from Babson, and has served on the College’s Board of Overseers since 2002.

Mary Gentile’s Giving Voice to Values is a pioneering approach to values-driven leadership. It has been featured in the New York Times, Financial Times, Harvard Business Review and BizEd, and is being piloted in over 100 business schools and organizations around the world. She is author of the new book from– Giving Voice To Values: How To Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right (Yale University Press, 2010) –recently selected as the IBM Competitive Edge Book Club Selection for 2010 Q4. 

While at Harvard Business School, Gentile was a principal architect of Leadership, Ethics and Corporate Responsibility, which served to integrate Business Ethics into their graduate management curriculum. Gentile coauthored Can Ethics Be Taught? Perspectives, Challenges, and Approaches at Harvard Business School(Harvard Business School Press, 1993), and is author of Differences That Work: Organizational Excellence through Diversity (Harvard Business School Press, 1994); Managing Diversity: Making Differences Work(Harvard Business School Publishing, 1995); Managerial Excellence Through Diversity: Text and Cases (Richard D. Irwin, Inc., 1995), and many articles, cases, and book reviews published in Academy of Management Learning and Education, Harvard Business Review, Risk Management, CFO, The Journal of Human Values, New Academy Review, and BizEd, Strategy+Business, among others.

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.

Mark Albion served in the Office of the President at Babson College where he was the first director of the Lewis Initiative, helping to integrate social values into the college. He was a student and professor at Harvard for 20 years, after which he co-founded six organizations, including Net Impact. His articles, books and award-winning short films can be found at and

“This year’s recipients include leaders from the public and private sectors as well as authors, consultants, researchers and academics,” according to Barbara Kimmel, Executive Director of Trust Across America. “Each recipient has made an extensive, positive contribution to building trust in business.”

The full list of honorees can be found at

Trust Across America&™ (TAA) is a program of Next Decade, Inc., an award-winning communications firm that has been unraveling and simplifying complex subjects for over 20 years. TAA provides a framework for public companies to improve trustworthy business practices, as well as showcasing role models that are exhibiting high levels of trust and integrity.

Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., is recognized internationally as a leader in entrepreneurial management education. Babson grants BS degrees through its innovative undergraduate program, and grants MBA and custom MS and MBA degrees through the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Babson Executive Education offers executive development programs to experienced managers worldwide. For information, visit

By Nancy Sullivan,, 781-239-4623 | 01/19/2011 07:12