Mary Gentile

Senior Fellow in Social Innovation

Mary C. Gentile, PhD, is Creator/Director of Giving Voice to Values (GVV), Senior Advisor at Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, and an independent consultant on management education and leadership development.

Giving Voice to Values (, a pioneering business curriculum for values-driven leadership, has been featured in Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, McKinsey Quarterly, etc. and has had over 820 pilots in business schools, companies and other organizations globally. The award-winning book is Giving Voice To Values: How To Speak Your Mind When You Know What's Right (Yale University Press ( There is an extensive GVV curriculum of readings, cases, exercises and a series of interactive online social cohort-based modules. Gentile is Collections Editor for the GVV book series with Business Expert Press. The edited volume is Educating for Values-Driven Leadership: Giving Voice To Values Across the Curriculum (Business Expert Press, 2013) includes chapters by a dozen faculty from different functional areas who describe how they use GVV.

From 1985–95, Gentile was faculty member and manager of case research at Harvard Business School. Gentile was one of the principal architects of HBS’s Leadership, Ethics and Corporate Responsibility curriculum. She co-authored Can Ethics Be Taught? Perspectives, Challenges, and Approaches at Harvard Business School and was Content Expert for the award-winning interactive CD-ROM, Managing Across Differences (Harvard Business School Publishing).

Other publications include Differences That Work: Organizational Excellence through Diversity; Managing Diversity: Making Differences Work; Managerial Excellence Through Diversity: Text and Cases, as well as numerous articles, cases, and book reviews in publications such as Academy of Management Learning and Education, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Risk Management, CFO, The Journal of Human Values, BizEd, Strategy+Business, etc.

Gentile earned her bachelor’s degree from The College of William and Mary and her MA and PhD from State University of New York at Buffalo.