Ethics: 2023 Conference Speakers

Ethics 2023 Conference

Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at the Hulman Memorial Student Union

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12:00 pm - Sycamore Banquet Center, HMSU (Lunch served starting at 11:30 am)

Carolene Mays

"Ethical Perseverance"

Carolene MaysCarolene Mays has a successful and diverse career background in corporate and small business, elected office, government leadership, utility regulation, television, and public speaking.

She is founder and president of Black Leadership + Legacies, Inc. (BLL) and Mays Inspiring Leadership, LLC (IL). She is also creator and host of “Community Link” on WISH-TV, Indianapolis.

BLL develops minority aspiring leaders for organizational and board positions and guides them to build community and generational legacies. IL builds successful outcomes through consulting on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and offers hope through Carolene’s public speaking.

Carolene has a notable political career. Having served three terms as a Democratic elected State Representative and been selected for a political appointment by President Barak Obama, she has been appointed to leadership positions by three Republican Governors.

Recently, Carolene left State government where she was appointed by Governor Eric Holcomb as agency head of the White River State Park Development Commission. She left a legacy in downtown Indianapolis by building the iconic TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park and transforming the west end of downtown Indy.

Prior, Carolene was appointed Commissioner, by Governors Mitch Daniel and Mike Pence, to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission which regulates the State’s utility industry. Nationally, she chaired Critical Infrastructure for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. A policy expert on Cyber Security issues, she was named a Smart Grid Today “Top 50 Smart Grid Pioneer.” She was President of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. She planned and hosted the largest and most profitable conference in the organization’s history.

With her business acumen, as President and CEO of the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper, she transformed and saved the 4th oldest Black newspaper, purchased Indiana Minority Business Magazine, and created the digital format.

Previously, Carolene managed marketing, customer service, and national sales for Mays Chemical Co. She began her career in national account service and sales with Occidental Chemical Co., Inc.

She serves on nine corporate, non-profit, and international boards including One America, 2024 NBA All-Star Game, and Heartland Church. She is chairman of the Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy - Mays Institute on Diverse Philanthropy and president of the Indianapolis Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. She has served on numerous other boards and been a lead on many major sporting events including chairing three NCAA Women’s Final Four Championships, as a board member and co-chair of Event Execution for the 2022 College Football Championships, and chair of Administration for the 2012 NFL Super Bowl.

She attended Indiana State University, IU McKinney School of Law, and FBI Citizen’s Academy.

Carolene is deemed a medical miracle after surviving a level five ruptured brain aneurysm and being healed through prayer. She is mother to one daughter, three stepsons, and two pooches.

9:00 am Breakout Sessions

Dr. Christine Toevs:

"The Ethics of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)"


Dr. Christine ToevsDr Toevs spent her undergraduate years at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and medical school at East Carolina University School of Medicine. She spent one year at Johns Hopkins Hospital completing a general surgery internship, followed by two years of research at the National Institutes of Health. She completed her general surgery training at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and her surgical critical care training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She subsequently obtained a Masters in Bioethics from Trinity Graduate School, and additional board certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and Neurocritical Care. She is currently employed as a trauma/critical care surgeon.  Nationally, she has served as the chair of the Surgery Section of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and is active in many national organizations. She speaks frequently on geriatric trauma, ethics, palliative medicine in the ICU and surgical palliative care.

Chris Devore:

"What is Really on Your Plate? Ethical Food Manufacturing"


Chris DeVoreChris Devore is a veteran in the food quality sector, having 22 years in food safety and quality management. Chris is certified as a Food Safety and Quality Auditor, Preventive Controls Qualified Individual, and Certified SQF Practitioner and BRC Internal Auditor. He has a diverse background specializing between ready-to-eat foods, fresh-cut produce, snacks & confectionery. Chris has been a member of the Refrigerated Foods Association for the past two years and is also a certified HACCP practitioner.



Dr. Ted Piechocinski

Director of the Indiana State University School of Music, Professor, and Director of the ISU Music Business Program

"Art Beyond the Grave - The Ethics of Posthumous Album Releases"


Ted Piechocinski, JDTed Piechocinski, JD is Director of the Indiana State University School of Music, Professor, and Director of the ISU Music Business Program, helping prepare students for meaningful careers in the music industry. As an attorney, he has held executive positions at Cherry Lane Music, Ludwig Music, and FJH Music Company, and did many deals, with artists including Barbra Streisand, Metallica, the Dave Matthews Band, Ozzie Osbourne, Joe Satriani, and many more. Through his years in the music industry, he has spoken about music business-related topics to numerous groups of students, publishers, educators, and industry professionals, at a wide variety of conventions and conferences, has had articles published in numerous professional publications, and taught as a visiting professor at the Shenyang Conservatory in Shenyang, China. With a B.S. (Mus Ed) from the University of Missouri-Columbia, M.M. (saxophone performance) from New Mexico State University, and J.D. from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law, having worked as an Assistant Director of Law for the City of Cleveland, as a former high school music educator, and having served in the 298th Army Band (West Berlin, Germany), he has had a wide variety of life, business, and music-related experiences. In 2020, his music industry textbook, The Music Industry, Where Creativity Meets Business was published by Northeastern Music Publications.

11:00 am Breakout Sessions


Carol Scully

Strategic Risk Management Director

"Cyber Impacts: Past, Present, Future"

Carol ScullyCarol J. Scully joined the MJ Insurance team in 2014 as strategic risk management director in the Risk Management + Commercial Insurance department. With over 20 years of global risk management experience, Carol oversees our comprehensive risk management initiatives and is MJ’s Cyber Security Expert.Carol previously worked as director of risk for several Fortune 100 companies and has extensive experience in heavy construction, healthcare, service and manufacturing, as well as the industrial robotic and CNC industries. With her extensive background in health, safety and risk management, she brings a broad background that provides innovative solutions to effectively manage our client’s risk and realize opportunities for their success. Her specializations include: global risk management program development and implementation, crisis management and response, cyber loss prevention, and a keen understanding of the dynamic requirements impacting business operations. Carol recently received her Cyber COPE Insurance Certification (CCIC) from Chubb and Carnegie Mellon University. The CCIC enables Carol to understand the best practices in the cyber security risk management, governance and operations industry.Outside of MJ, Carol loves to spend time with her family, work in the garden and participate in winter sports. A Pittsburgh girl, Carol cheers for the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers


Brian Jimenez

Vice President of Corporate Banking for The National Bank of Indianapolis

"Ethical Lending Practices in Banking"

Brian JimenezBrian Jimenez is Vice President of Corporate Banking for The National Bank of Indianapolis where he serves commercial clients throughout the Indianapolis and Central Indiana markets. As a corporate banker Brian helps his clients secure financing necessary to expand operations, purchase real estate, construct buildings, restructure corporate debt and fund working capital among many other lending needs. He is dedicated to advising his clients on growing and managing successful businesses through identifying challenges and offering solutions to execute both short and long-term plans. Brian earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance degree from Indiana State University and his Master of Science in Accounting from the Kelley School of Business. Brian has also successfully passed the CPA Exam. When he is not working, Brian enjoys volunteering in the community, reading, exercising, traveling, playing sports and spending time with his family.

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