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After giving false hope to millions, Theranos, the health technology company once valued at $9 billion, was exposed for marketing a fraudulent blood testing device and dissolved. Meanwhile, in the pursuit of profit, other businesses face accusations of spiking drug prices, polluting the environment, and implementing unjust pay scales that drive income inequality.

These examples of bad business force us to ask: What does Good Business look like? What does it look like for a company to not just succeed and be profitable, but to do so in a moral way that benefits society?

On October 16, leading experts and accomplished business leaders will advance a global conversation on important topics like: 

  • What is Good Business?
  • What is the deeper meaning of work?
  • How should one’s faith inform one’s work life?
  • How can businesspeople lead their companies ethically?
  • How can companies do well while doing good?

This will be the second annual Business Matters conference, Acton Institute’s major educational and networking event focusing on the intersection of work, business, morality, and faith.


Conference Speakers

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James Otteson
Wake Forest University

Thomas W. Smith Presidential Chair in Business Ethics and Professor of Economics

James R. Otteson is the Thomas W. Smith Presidential Chair in Business Ethics and Professor of Economics at Wake Forest University. Dr. Otteson also serves as the Executive Director of the Eudaimonia Institute, which studies the nature of institutions that support human flourishing. Dr. Otteson is particularly esteemed for his work on Adam Smith, classical liberalism, political economy, business ethics, and related issues.  

Prior to his position at Wake Forest University, Dr. Otteson was a Professor at the University of Alabama and Yeshiva University. In addition, he has taught as a visiting scholar at Bowling Green State University, the University of Aberdeen, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Missouri – St. Louis, Georgetown University, and New York University.
Dr. Otteson earned his BA from the University of Notre Dame, his MA from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Chicago.

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Dato Dr. Kim Tan
SpringHill Management Ltd.

Founder and Chairman

Dato Dr. Kim Tan is a partner and advisor to a number of impact funds including Springhill Equity Partners (US), Inqo (SA), Novastar Ventures (Kenya), Truestone Impact Investment Fund (UK) and Garden Impact Investment (Singapore). He is the co-founder of the Transformational Business Network and is on the advisory boards of the John Templeton Foundation, Johnson & Johnson Citizenship Trust and PovertyCure. He is a board member of the Centre for Enterprise, Markets & Ethics (Oxford) and the APEC Life Science Innovation Forum. He was the founder chairman of the Nilai Cancer Hospital (Malaysia) and a board member of the Saracens Rugby Club (UK). He is a Pro-Chancellor of the University of Surrey (UK), the inventor of sheep monoclonal antibodies and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (UK).

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Business Matters 2018

Event Details

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Mark Murray Auditorium | Acton Institute
98 E Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States


8:00 a.m.                    Full Conference Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00- 10:10 a.m.       Session 1
10:30- 11:40 a.m.     Session 2
11:30 a.m.                 Lunch Session Only Registration
12:00- 1:00 p.m.       Lunch Session
1:20- 2:30 p.m.         Session 4
2:30 p.m.                   End of Conference
2:30- 3:30 p.m.         Networking & Happy Hour


$75 (Full Conference)
$15 (Lunch Session Only) 


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