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15 Founding Experts Set to Participate as Leaders in Faith@Work Conference Ethics Track

The Second Annual Faith@Work ERG Conference hosted by the Religious Freedom and Business Foundation and Busch School of Business School at the Catholic University of America in DC to be held virtually on Feb. 9-11 will include such keynote diversity and inclusion leaders in American business as Tomas Flier, Google’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Lead

At the invitation of the conference planners, we are presenting an ethics track called Faith, Ethics and Values in the Age of AI on February 11 featuring four panels with our Founding Experts very well represented.

Here are the panels and faculty for each, with Founding Experts in bold typeface:

Panel 1:  “What’s Faith Got to Do With It?”  Introducing Faith-Oriented Professionals to the Landscape of AI-Powered Technology, Business Ethics and Values

  • Brian Green, Director of Tech Ethics, Markkula Institute for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University 
  • Nathan Colaner, Director of the Initiative for Ethics and Transformative Technology, Seattle University
  • Meenaz Merchant,  Principal Group Program Manager – Artificial Intelligence and Research for Bing Search & AI at Microsoft
  • Thomas Arnold, Tufts Robot Lab and Harvard Divinity


Panel 2: “Better Together?” How Faith-Oriented Tech Professionals and Corporate Ethics Leaders Can Connect for Beneficial Outcomes

  • Rear Admiral (ret) Margaret Kibben, former Chief of Chaplains, US Navy and Marine Corps (Moderator)
  • Patricia Shaw, Founder, Beyond Reach Tech Ethics, former inhouse counsel for Experion UK and Founder of Homo Responsis Network in Europe
  • Nicoleta Acatrinei, Associate Research Scholar, and Project Manager TIP “The Integration Profile”, Faith & Work Initiative, Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, Princeton University
  • Cory Andrew Labrecque, Associate Professor of Bioethics and Theological Ethics, the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Laval, Quebec, and Canadian representative to the Vatican’s Pontificate for Life
  • Frank C. Torres, Director of Consumer Affairs and Senior Policy Counsel, Microsoft Corporation


Panel 3:  Working for Human Flourishing Cross Faith, Cross Culturally, and Cross ERG

  • Jim Wellman, Chair, Comparative Religion Program, University of Washington and co-founder of the Initiative for Global Christian Studies there, writing on Covenantal Pluralism per Templeton Foundation Area of Focus
  • Deborah Rundlett, Poets and Prophets and Faith Track Leader of The Pivot Projects
  • Adam Gruber, FaithTech international network of Christian coders
  • David Brenner, Board Chair, AI and Faith (Moderator)


Workshop – Integrating Faith and Work in translating faith values into ethical propositions.

  • Michael Quinn, Dean of Science and Engineering, Computer Science Professor at Seattle University and author of Ethics for the Information Age (Moderator)
  • Michael Paulus, Dean of the Library, Assistant Provost for Educational Technology, and Associate Professor of Information Studies at Seattle Pacific University (Panel Co-Lead Presenter)
  • Yaqub Chaudhary, former Templeton Fellow at Cambridge Islamic College (Panel Co-Lead Presenter)
  • Cory Andrew Labrecque, Associate Professor of Bioethics and Theological Ethics, and the inaugural Chair of Educational Leadership in the Ethics of Life at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Laval, Quebec
  • Paul Taylor, All Things New.Tech
  • Yasmin Ali, Skillspire, Seattle
  • Gil Berenstein, data scientist and startup entrepreneur
  • Elias Kruger, Data Scientist, Wells Fargo
  • Derek Schuurman, professor of computer science at Calvin College
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