Ethics and Justice

Stevenson welcomes guest speakers to present on topics inclusive of social advocacy, the environment, technology, and sports l through the thematic lens of ethics and justice.

Hosted by the 2023 Symposium Committee

Featured Presenters

Keynote Speaker

Jean du Preez
Director for Training and Education at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute for International Studies

The keynote presentation will focus on the link between ethics and justice through the lens of nuclear weapons, the most inhumane and devastating tools of war ever created. Only one nuclear weapon detonation would cause a cataclysmic humanitarian disaster. The existence of close to 15,000 nuclear weapons today therefore beg the question about the justification of the use or threat of use of these weapons. The speaker will explore the threat of nuclear weapons since the dawn of the nuclear age, and whether there is any moral justification for these weapons in maintaining international peace and stability.

The workshop was organized as a tabletop exercise in which participating students will debate the ethics and justice of the various options presented to President Truman to force Imperial Japan to surrender and end World War II.

Jean du Preez has more than 30 years’ experience in diplomacy and international security. Following a long career as a South African diplomat, he joined the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the former Monterey (now Middlebury) Institute of International Studies (MIIS) in 2002 where he led the International Organization and Nonproliferation program and served as Nonproliferation Professor on the MIIS faculty. In 2009 he joined the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) in Vienna as the head of external relations and international cooperation. Upon his return to Monterey, he rejoined CNS in 2019 where he now directs education and training projects. Jean du Preez is an experienced treaty negotiator, and author of numerous scholarly articles, book chapters, conference papers and web-based reports related to nonproliferation, arms control and disarmament. He teaches courses on the role of multilateral treaties international organizations in international security.

Closing Speaker

Josh ‘Bones’ Murphy
Film Director and Producer

Tuesday, January 24

7:00-8:15 p.m. (Keck Auditorium) – Screening of Josh ‘Bones’ Murphy’s recently released Patagonia film THE SCALE OF HOPE about aspiring alpinist, climate activist, and former Obama White House Climate Team member, Molly Kawahata, as she struggles with mental illness while trying to create a new climate narrative framed around systemic change and hope.

THE SCALE OF HOPE follows former Obama White House Climate Advisor, Molly Kawahata, as she prepares for a climb in the Alaska Range while struggling with mental illness and working to create a new climate narrative framed around systemic change and hope.

Beginning with a quick explanation of the intent of his recent, and yet to be released, short film OUR WATERS (recent winner of the MacGillvery Freeman Environmental Filmmaker Award at the Coast Film Festival), attendees will screen the film and begin to break down the how of making the film and its specific goal. Targeted impact filmmaking has a different purpose than a more general film that only aims to entertain, and used correctly film can be one of the most powerful weapons of mass disruption. We’ll discuss framing, how stories work, and how we can use them to create a different future. We’ll also touch on the ethics of storytelling and how disinformation and propaganda makers use the same tools to sway us towards inauthentic stories that can equally drive behavior. We’ll end with a Q&A/Ask Me Anything session to elicit participation from the students. Murphy is a life-long learner and looks forward to these sessions as a way to learn from the audience who are future activists and change makers.

A small rural town in coastal Maine confronts the giant Internationally owned American Aquafarms who is intent on installing an industrial scale, ocean-based salmon farm at the foot of Acadia National Park in the waters of Frenchman Bay. Told through vivd and unmistakably local voices, we see a community united around a vision to protect Our Waters.

Josh Murphy is a director and producer of film, commercials, and branded entertainment who began in film as a professional skier turned filmmaker and launched the UNPARALLELED (2000) series of award winning action sports films. He was co-producer and second unit director of the feature film adaptation of David James Dunkin’s classic novel THE RIVER WHY (2010), produced the elevated genre film HERE ALONE (2016), which won the Tribeca Film Festival and was awarded the Empire State Filmmakers Award, he co-produced multi-award winning, inspirational feature documentary THE PUSH (2018) about the first spinal cord injured athlete to push himself to the South Pole, was a contributor to Academy Award winner Alex Gibney’s film THE INVENTOR (2019) about Elizabeth Holmes and the failure of biotech giant Theranos, and directed, produced, and co-wrote the feature documentary film ARTIFISHAL (2019) that was commissioned by Patagonia founder and owner Yvon Chouinard and premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival where it was a finalist for the Tribeca X Prize. It won the Banff Film Festival, the San Francisco Green Film Festival, the American Conservation Film Festival, the InScience Film Festival in the Netherlands, the International Outdoor Documentary Festival of China, the Special Jury Award from the Jackson Wild Film Festival, the Jury Award at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, the Golden Gate Award at the International Oceans Film Festival and a Bronze Clio for Branded Entertainment. It had over 3000 local screenings worldwide before being released on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and YouTube and is now the most watched Patagonia film ever.

More recently he directed PURPLE MOUNTAINS about legendary snowboarder turned climate activist, Jeremy Jones, as he tries to understand why, as a nation, we are so divided over issues of environment and climate policy, and he just released his second Patagonia film THE SCALE OF HOPE about aspiring alpinist, climate activist, and former Obama White House Climate Team member, Molly Kawahata, as she struggles with mental illness while trying to create a new climate narrative framed around systemic change and hope. He’s co-directing a film about the global plastics epidemic with Oscar winner Louie Psihoyos (THE COVE, RACING EXTINCTION, THE GAME CHANGERS) which began production in 2022.

Prior to film he was trained as a natural resource scientist and fisheries biologist. His childhood idol was Jacques Cousteau and through him he discovered a love for film and the environment.

Presenter & Session Information

Lisa Alderson

Founder and CEO Genome Medical

Innovation in healthcare is unlocking new potential to prevent, predict, diagnose and treat disease. This will lead to better human health. What does the future of healthcare look like? How will we grapple with the ethical decisions that must be confronted with emerging technologies, scientific advancements, and medical advancements. For example, when and how should we utilize the power of CRISPR-Cas9 to prevent or cure disease? What are the ethical considerations and limitations of gene editing? If you could predict your risk for certain diseases, would you want to? This workshop will explore these topics and more as we reinvent healthcare.

Lisa Alderson is a mission-driven founder, CEO, and board member dedicated to improving patient care and advancing the adoption of precision medicine. She has extensive experience building high-growth businesses at the intersection of technology and healthcare with a focus in genomics, digital health, SaaS, telehealth and molecular diagnostics. As a successful serial entrepreneur, Lisa has raised venture capital, launched new products into market, acquired and integrated companies, and taken companies public.

Ms. Alderson is the founder of Genome Medical, the leading telehealth provider delivering genomics-based care to patients nationwide, and is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Illumina Ventures. She is also a board member at Adela, which is focused on early cancer detection and monitoring, and a strategic advisor to Clarified Precision Medicine.

Ms. Alderson has an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Colorado State University.

Nicholas Borges

Seaside Police Chief, Monterey County

This workshop will provide students real life examples of how trust, ethics, and community accountability play an important role in public service. Examples will include criminal cold case management, culture, and decision making.

Chief Nick Borges is a native of the Monterey Peninsula. Nick became a police officer in the City of Seaside in 2003 and worked his way through the ranks to become the police chief. He has been a patrol officer, detective, supervisor, commander, SWAT operator and leader, Deputy Chief and use of force expert. Nick is a father of three and married to his wife since 2007.

Pamela Butler

Superior Court Judge, Monterey County

Crime and Punishment are common topics in the news, in movies, and in real life. People tend to have strong opinions about the criminal justice system which is sometimes based on accurate information and other times based on misperceptions. The presentation will provide information and statistics about crime in Monterey County and nationwide.
Pamela is a Superior Court Judge for Monterey County and has worked in that capacity since 2009. Prior to that she was a Deputy District Attorney for the Monterey County District Attorneys Office for 14 years. She currently is the Presiding Judge for the Monterey County Superior Court and handles a criminal felony assignment. Pamela’s entire career has been in criminal law and she has presided over 100 jury trials, including murders and other life crimes.
Pamela was born at the Community Hospital, as were all three of her children. She attended college at U.C. Santa Barbara and law school at Southern Methodist University. She is a lifelong resident of Monterey County and participated in Junior League and the National Charity League. She was on the Board of Rancho Cielo for six years which is a charitable organization that assists youth who are facing challenges to achieve their education goals, learn job and life skills and become productive members of their communities.

Dr. Sarah Cabral

Upper Division History Department Chair,
Stevenson School

One of the worst feelings in the world is regret. How can you avoid feeling this way? By learning decision-making strategies developed by philosophers and practiced by many, you can reason your way to better choices. If you only spend two to five minutes longer thinking before acting, you can avoid so many future pitfalls. In this workshop, I will present just two decision-making frameworks and then have students apply them to cases written by other Stevenson School students.

Sarah Cabral is the History Department chair at Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, California, where she teaches courses on ethics and world history and advises the ethics bowl club. She is also a senior scholar of business ethics at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Her work at the center includes writing articles on ethical issues in business and providing interviews for news outlets, including Forbes and LifeWire. From 2009-2019, she was a senior lecturer of business ethics in the Portico Program at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. She holds a B.A. in philosophy and English literature from Gordon College, an M.A. in humanities from University of Chicago, an M.B.A from Boston College, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Loyola University of Chicago.

Dr. Brian Corpening

Chief Diversity Officer,
California State University, Monterey Bay

History has always provided answers to the issues and challenges of our times. The same applies to the importance of social advocacy within our society. Join this presentation to learn how history can lead to robust social advocacy and help you make a difference.

Dr. Brian Corpening is the Chief Diversity Officer at California State University Monterey Bay. Dr. Corpening has over 35 years of experience in higher education. Prior to CSUMB he spent 12 years at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He has also worked at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, Illinois State University and Hamilton College. He has a BA from University of Central Florida, MS from Binghamton University and PhD from University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Casey Grover ’02, P’28

Chief of Staff and Emergency Room Physician,
Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula

A discussion of how stigma against certain illnesses and conditions affects the medical care to treat those illnesses and conditions.

Dr. Casey Grover is an Emergency Physician at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, where he also serves as Chief of Staff. He attended medical school at UCLA, and completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Stanford University. In addition to his practice in the Emergency Department, he is currently board eligible in Addiction Medicine. He has worked as a part of multiple efforts in Monterey County since 2014 to treat addiction, promote safe pain management, and prevent overdoses. He serves as the Physician Champion of the Monterey County Prescribe Safe Initiative and is the Chair of his hospital’s Pain Management Workgroup. He is also a graduate of Stevenson School.

Katherine Hansen

Judicial Officer, Santa Cruz County Superior Court

In a workshop format, we will discuss the rights juveniles (teenagers) have within our legal system and the ethical considerations relating to this, and the current issues and ethical dilemmas facing teens relating to the legal system.

Katherine is a superior court commissioner in Santa Cruz County, and presides over criminal law cases, family law cases, and family preservation court. Prior to becoming a judicial officer, Katherine has worked in both the criminal sector as a deputy district attorney, and in the civil sector as a partner in a national civil litigation firm and as a deputy county counsel. Katherine has also worked in legislation, as a lobbyist in Washington, DC on access to justice policy issues, and as a legislative aide in San Francisco. Katherine received her undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara, and her juris doctorate from University of San Francisco. Katherine and her son moved to Monterey County in 2018, and her son is a middle school student at Stevenson.

Ben Bruce

Program Director,
Community Partnership for Youth
This presentation looks at a successful model of what happens when community organizations intentionally build in structures to promote youth voice and representation, ensuring that they are ever present and a part of the work.

Ben Bruce, or Mr. Ben, as he is known to the hundreds of students who participate in Community Partnership for Youth (CPY), has been deeply involved in youth mentorship for the past 20 years. Beginning as a participant in CPY’s Middle School Leadership Program, and later in their High School Leadership Program, Ben returned to his community to work for CPY after graduating from UC Davis in 2010. Today he serves as the organization’s Program Director. In addition to his role with CPY Ben currently serves as a Board Member with the Ventana Wilderness Alliance (VWA) and the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI), a Steering Partner for the Bright Futures Education Partnership, a member of the York School Diversity Committee, and a past volunteer guitar instructor with Guitars Not Guns Monterey County.

Steve Henrikson

California State University Monterey Bay Adult Education

How can we discuss ethics when it so often seems just a matter of opinion? Is it morally right to show a picture of Muhammed? If you are a Muslim, you believe it isn’t. Otherwise, what’s the problem? How can you discuss it? How about capital punishment; is it morally right for the government to take a person’s life because that person took a life? Or abortion? Or suicide? Is it okay to lie about your age to get a cheaper lift ticket at a ski area or to get into a movie? How can we determine the rightness or wrongness of these topics? How can we discuss these sorts of topics with others who have different opinions?

Over the centuries philosophers such as Kant and Mill have come up with a variety of tools or methods for discussing ethics, of searching for the Good that seem to be very helpful.
We will apply their ideas as tools in our own discussions of contemporary ethical questions. Hopefully, with open minds and newly sharpened tools, our discussions will be challenging to our own beliefs and fruitful in the conclusions we reach.

Steve Henrickson is a lifetime teacher of history and philosophy. He is currently teaching in an adult education program at Cal. State, Monterey Bay. Prior to that Mr. Henrikson taught at University High School in San Francisco and The Branson School in Marin county as well as boarding schools on the East Coast. He is also the father of Charlie Henrikson and grandfather of Siri and Axel.

Ron Johnson

President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County

Presenting with Anthony Tony and ML Carther

This workshop provides a blueprint for activating community stakeholders in an effort to promote positive social change in the areas of inclusiveness, access, and healthy lifestyles. The presenters will explain how they developed a free, 4-day non-contact youth football camp for kids and teens throughout Monterey County that emphasizes friendship, teamwork, leadership, and family values. Learn how these three former NFL players use their platform to bring communities together.

Ron Johnson is the President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County. He has served as a youth development professional for over 30 years. Prior to that, he was a financial advisor with Prudential Securities. Ron is a former professional athlete, who played 3 years in the Canadian Football League and 5 years in the NFL (Philadelphia Eagles). Ron is married to Lynn, wife of 33 years, and they have two sons, Evan (Stevenson class of 2022) and Wesley (Palma class of 2017). Ron resides in Monterey.

Brandi Jones, M.Ed.

Organizing Director, Secure Families Initiative

History comes to life in this presentation about a Corporal in the Army, who became a comic book superhero, a highly-decorated Korean War combat veteran, and an amazing person. Born on Memorial Day, he was always proud of serving his country, loved his family, and never met a stranger. How sharing his story mattered.

Introduction to the Multi-Cultural Community Council of Monterey County and it’s mission to seek fair and equal justice, ensure open communications, inclusive community participation, and to offer education on the criminal justice system. Learn more about this process.

A presentation exploring the importance of understanding the participation of minorities in the Revolution, and seeing the documentation of their participation. Black members of the Daughters of the American Revolution speak and share. Civic engagement, ethics & voting will also be discussed.
Brandi has been the wife of a United States Marine for nearly two decades, and she has been volunteering in the community for over the last 18 years. She’s been recognized as AFI Naval Postgraduate School Monterey Military Spouse of the Year, A Hero at Home, as well as a recipient of the Opening Doors Award from the Girl Scouts.

The business Brandi created in 2010 in support of military families was recognized by then Second Lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden. Brandi volunteered her time to create time-tested programs that served thousands of military families that are still in place almost a decade later to foster inclusion and diversity in schools.

She is a Transitional Kindergarten teacher, community organizer, advocate, and writer. Brandi graduated from Liberty University with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies in areas of study in education, business, social science, and a minor in creative writing. She also studied diversity and inclusion at Cornell University and earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in early childhood education.

Brandi’s greatest joy is being the mother of two children and currently resides with her family in Monterey California including their rescues, two sweet kitties, and a loving German Shepard. She is currently the Organizing Director at Secure Families Initiative, a nonpartisan nonprofit that advocates on behalf of military families. Featured in Monterey Herald as, “Community Organizer”.

Film Screening Session

Film Screening available in sessions 1 and 2

Black Ice by Jonathan “Malik” Martin

Memphis Rox “In the heart of Soulsville in south Memphis, Tennessee, a revolution is happening. And it all starts with climbing. This is the story of a climbing gym that has transcended the classic model of business. With a “pay what you can” approach, Memphis Rox is more than a gym, and bigger than climbing. It’s a glimpse into the future where a climbing gym can become a crucible for diversity, inclusivity and community.”

“Black Ice is a film about climbers from the Memphis Rox gym who travel to Hyalite Canyon, Montana to go ice climbing. They are met by Manoah Ainuu, Conrad Anker and Fred Campbell who share their love of winter climbing in the mountains.
The old story of packing up and heading to intimidating mountain ranges far from home is one that many experienced ice climbers can tell. A majority of Canadian Rockies ice climbers moved to the mountains from far-away, much flatter areas, like Ontario and Quebec.

Many climbers who train at Memphies Rox have never visited a mountain range, including Black Ice filmmaker Jonathan “Malik” Martin. He said the trip was, “It was his first time out of Memphis… It was his first time on a plane, and it was to ice climb.” The new ice climbers have to learn about the sport, approaches and how to stay warm.

Black Ice brings together a group of amazing characters who set out on a journey to experience life much different than that in Memphis. It takes us on a familiar adventure from gym to mountains, which is full of purpose and powerful storytelling. As cultural boundaries all but disappear, Black Ice helps to restore the belief in a better world.
The sport of climbing has a lot of amazing qualities, but one of the most important is its ability to be inclusive and to bring people together.” [Excerpt from Outside Magazine]

Malik is a Memphis native who has dedicated the last 6 years to telling different stories from his community; every image he takes is filled with love.

Early in his career, Malik got to ask a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer one question, “What makes a good photographer?” He answered, “a great photographer photographs what he loves, because if you love it you will never make it look bad.”

Malik loves Memphis and his community. Through this intent he has been able to capture some of the recent historic moments in the city. You can count on him to capture ‘The Shot’ as long as he still has his eyes, and more importantly, his lens.

Full bio and interview available here.

Dexter Loken, Dale Hinckley, Ally Wenzel, and Heather Bagley-Rowe

Stevenson Faculty and Staff

“Hello high school students! My name is ChatGPT, and I am a powerful AI tool that can help you with your homework.” The ChatGPT language model can understand and answer questions from math and science to history and literature. You can use ChatGPT to write essays, check your grammar and punctuation, and even to generate ideas for your writing assignments. However, should ChatGPT be used in schools? In journalism? In the Arts? Does the education system need to adapt to encompass the eventuality of General AI as a base tool, as has happened for calculators on tests? Join us and your peers as we learn about the applications and implications of using ChatGPT. Try out some of the programs and share your thoughts in a discussion on the ethics of AI.

Dale Hinckley
In over four decades at Stevenson, Dale Hinckley has taught many courses, ranging from Spanish, journalism, and photography to world and US history, plus electives in the history of philosophy and the history of modern American music. Currently he teaches AP US and US history, plus journalism and a senior research seminar called State of the World: all serve as vehicles for explorations seeking to make sense of our world’s most pressing and interesting issues.
Dexter Loken
Loken is a member of the Math Faculty of the Upper Division at Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, California, where he teaches courses on statistics, coaches water polo, leads outdoor adventures, and advises the anime club. He is also a writer slowly increasing his publications and working on his next book. He received an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing from Long Island University Brooklyn, and a BS in Applied Mathematics from the Virginia Military Institute.
Ally Wenzel
Wenzel has worked for over three decades in various technology leadership roles in industry and independent schools. Her expertise includes developing strategic and tactical processes for managing all aspects of an enterprise network in schools and how this work is informed by the mission and vision of educating students. Ally’s skills include staff development, business processes, data workflow, physical infrastructure, database integration, authentication, access controls, cloud technologies, and cybersecurity. Currently serving as the Director of Technology at Stevenson School, in Pebble Beach and Carmel, California, Ally holds a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.S. in Instructional Science and Technology from California State University. In her free time she enjoys adventure traveling, hiking, biking and pickleball with friends and family.
Heather Bagley-Rowe
Bagley-Rowe is the Librarian of the Upper Division at Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, California, where she manages physical and digital information resources, facilitates student academic support services, and presents sessions on research skills. In her free time, she studies languages (to date: Spanish, French, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Korean, Chinese, Japanese) and hones her writing skills by participating in NaNoWriMo and writing contests. She holds a B.A. in human ecology from College of the Atlantic and an MLIS from San Jose State University.

Stevenson Model United Nations Club

Attendees will gain an understanding of how the United Nations’ sustainable development goals aim to achieve environmental justice in nations around the world. This presentation will focus on the UN’s efforts to promote women leaders in climate decision-making and share green technology in least developed countries.

Stevenson’s Model United Nations Club is a student-led organization that seeks to raise awareness of the United Nation’s mission to maintain international peace and security, protect human rights, deliver humanitarian aid, and support sustainable development and climate action. Under the leadership of club heads Alex Gianola Cook and Jane Giza, the club participates in several off-campus conferences, where its members are regularly recognized for their skills in research and debate while serving as delegates representing nations in simulations of the world’s most pressing geopolitical issues. Members also attend meetings of the local United Nations Association, contribute their time to service projects, and host on-campus conferences exploring international relations. The club’s faculty advisor, Dr. Andrew Oster, will be leading today’s workshop, joined by several student panelists.

Rebecca Nowatchik

Director of External Partnerships for the Secure Families Initiative

The environmental justice movement was started by individuals, primarily People of Color, who sought to address the inequity of environmental protection in their communities. This presentation will discuss what environmental justice is, and share the powerful story about how one community achieved justice in the rust-belt community of Tonawanda, New York.

Rebecca Nowatchik has served in multiple executive leadership roles for community-based and national environmental organizations. Rebecca has an extensive background managing successful campaigns focused on worker safety, community health, and renewable energy policy. Rebecca’s career has been dedicated to bringing regular people to the center of the political process and holds the conviction that the people most entitled to decision-making are those who are affected by the outcomes of those decisions.

One of Rebecca’s proudest moments was leading a community campaign that resulted in the closure of a coke production plant, a $30 million criminal penalty and a prison sentence for the company’s environmental control manager. As a result of the shutdown, which included a worker transition plan, the chemical carcinogen benzene, which posed a 75 to 1 million-lifetime cancer risk in the neighborhood, dropped to 7 in 1 million.

Her work has been featured by publications such as Grist, Bill Moyers, and Al Jazeera. She currently serves as the Director of External Partnerships for the Secure Families Initiative. Rebecca holds a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Canisius College.

Jeannine Pacioni

District Attorney,
Monterey County
Introduction to the Multi-Cultural Community Council of Monterey County and its mission to seek fair and equal justice, ensure open communications, inclusive community participation, and to offer education on the criminal justice system. Learn more about this process.

Ms. Pacioni received her Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Arizona University. After receiving her Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of San Diego, School of Law in 1990, she became licensed to practice law in the states of California and Arizona. In 1990, she
worked as a Deputy District Attorney for the Kern County District Attorney’s Office and in 1992 she joined the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office.

After resigning in 2001, she returned after an 8-year sabbatical during which time she served as a Grand Juror of the Monterey County Civil Grand Jury, and as President of the Junior League of Monterey County. In 2012, she joined the National Charity League of Monterey Bay, of which she served on their Board of Directors. During 2015-2021, she was a Board Member of the Monterey Rape Crisis Center.

Ms. Pacioni previously served as an elected Board Member of the California District Attorney Association and will resume this position in October 2021. Currently, she serves as a Board Member of the Monterey County Children’s Council, Child Abuse Prevention Council, Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, and is the founding member of the Monterey County Multi-Cultural Community Council. She is also a member of the Community Alliance for Safety and Peace, Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Sexual Assault Response Team, Monterey County Bar Association, National District Attorneys Association and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.

Ms. Pacioni has devoted her entire legal career to the pursuit of justice while handling virtually every type of criminal case prosecuted in Monterey County. For 20 years as a prosecutor, she has tenaciously represented victims of crime in numerous high-profile cases involving murder, gang crimes, vehicular manslaughter, assault, robbery, child molestation, adult sexual assault, and elder abuse.

On November 21, 2019, Ms. Pacioni was recognized by the Monterey County Women Lawyers Association as the 2019 recipient of the Lady Justice Lifetime Achievement Award for Legal Advocacy and Community Service.

In 2019, she was elected and became the first female District Attorney in Monterey County.

Jennifer Rice

Technical Program Management and Engineering Operations at Airbnb

Do you wonder what companies do with all the data they collect about you? Are you an aspiring software engineer, or do you want to start a company some day? Understanding and innovating with data has the potential to change the way we do almost anything for the better. But, in order to produce ethical outcomes, you need to think broadly about the people who could be impacted.

Jen Rice is currently leading Technical Program Management and Engineering Operations at Airbnb. Since 2014, she has driven a large number of changes through its mobile, online security and infrastructure teams. Prior to Airbnb, Jen has worked with technical teams in a number of Silicon Valley companies including the San Francisco 49ers, Shazam, Yahoo and Cisco.

Thor Sawin

Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies

This presentation seeks to answer the question of whether recent improvements in artificial intelligence will undermine the need to learn new languages and the processes whereby they are learned, or whether AI could free language teachers and learners to create a new model for language instruction. First, the key factors identified by researchers for successful language acquisition are introduced. Then we will examine how improvements in AI-generated texts might allow learners to both miss out on some of these factors as well as more intensely focus on others. The presentation concludes with a vision for language learning which allows learners (and teachers!) to outsource to AI what it does best while focusing their own attention on other important skills.

Thor Sawin is a professor of Applied Linguistics at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, a teacher of English and German, a trainer of language teachers, and an avid language learner himself. He has consulted on language learning practices and policies for several major international organizations

Catherine Stihler OBE

Chief Executive Officer, Creative Commons

When considering the future of technology advances, we must look to ethics as a guiding light to serving the public interest. Taking general purpose AI as a starting point, I would like to consider the challenges and opportunities which we face as creativity changes globally. We will look at new developments in Web 3 and think not of the past or present but how we can redefine ethics in tech for a better internet and a better society.

Catherine Stihler OBE has been an international champion for openness as a legislator and practitioner for over 20 years.
Born in Scotland, Catherine was educated at the University of St Andrews, where she was awarded a Master of Arts (MA) with Honours in Geography and International Relations, and a Master of Letters (MLitt) in International Security Studies. She also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Open University and an honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) from the University of St Andrews for her contributions as the 52nd Rector and for her public service.
She stood for election as a Member of the European Parliament for Scotland in 1999, representing the Labour Party. At the European Parliament, she became one of Scotland’s longest-serving and most respected legislators.
Catherine was elected Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, founded the Campaign for Parliamentary Reform and the parliament’s All-Party Library Group, and was instrumental in securing graphic health warnings on cigarette packets across the EU.
In 2019, Catherine was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of her services to politics. That same year, she stood down from the European Parliament to become the chief executive officer of the Open Knowledge Foundation. During her 18-month tenure at the Foundation, Catherine redefined its vision and mission to produce a new strategic direction, re-engage its global chapters and increase the worldwide profile of the organisation.
In August 2020, Catherine was appointed chief executive officer of Creative Commons, a non-profit organisation that helps overcome legal obstacles to the sharing of knowledge and creativity to address the world’s pressing challenges.
She was selected to the Fellowship of Scotland’s national academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), in 2022.

Steve Thomas

Industry Leader and Facilitator

Attendees will learn how to navigate the communications industry in an ethical and engaging manner while participating in a fun, informative, and interactive environment.

Steve has more than 25 years of strategic message planning and communications experience working with public agencies, non-profits and private organizations. He is an expert in public outreach and education emphasizing collaborative processes with creative and effective outcomes. He is a leader and facilitator who excels at bringing people together under a common vision and guiding strategic action to achieve project goals.

Ted Ullyot


Through interactive discussion, we will explore ethical issues in the sports world.

Through interactive discussion, we will explore ethical issues in the realm of social media.

Mr. Ullyot is the dad of Stevenson sophomore Maddy Ullyot. He is a lawyer and the Former general counsel (head of legal department) at Facebook. He worked in the White House and Justice Department under President George W. Bush (Bush 43) and served as a law clerk to US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Barbara Utter

CPA and Financial Controller at the Big Sur Land Trust

We will explore the Carr Lake Project in Salinas and how it is working toward combining the biological theory of conservation with social concepts of racial and economic justice.

Ms. Utter earned a B.S. and M.S. from Stanford University. She was a marine biologist for over 20 years at the Monterey Bay Aquarium where she focused on phycology (the study of algae) and habitat based aquascaping. Five years ago she changed careers and got a M.S. in Accounting at St Mary’s College of CA and is currently a CPA and the Financial Controller at the Big Sur Land Trust. She is also Mom to Logan, Andrew, and Beckett Heywood.

Andrew Vie

Chief Operating Officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County

Presenting with José Rogas

The presentation provides an in depth look at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County’s progress and commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion over the past three years. Students interested in social change and nonprofit work are encouraged to attend. There will be several topics and activities presented and discussed with attendees.

Andrew Vie serves as Chief Operating Officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County. He has over 15 years of nonprofit management and leadership experience. He is passionate about youth and serving Monterey County. Andrew graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College in 2004 and was selected as Boys & Girls Clubs of America “Emerging Leader” in 2015 and subsequent completion of a Masters in Business Administration in 2017.

Kyle Willis


In this workshop, we will explore the concept of sportwashing. We will define the term and then explore a real-life example by discussing the recent creation of the LIV Golf Tour. We will talk about the ethical dilemmas posed by the creation of this tour, both for fans and players, and look at how this situation compares to other examples of sportwashing.

Kyle is a career consultant, working to address clients’ problems that do not have a simple answer. He has helped a number of different organizations tackle challenges that arise when they try to transform digitally and implement new technologies for their operations. Graduating from Notre Dame with a degree in Economics and Spanish, he has applied these skills in both his consulting work and while living abroad in Chile. Beyond his professional life, he has been a lifelong competitive golfer, including playing in college, and has always had a keen interest in developments that would impact both the amateur and professional golf landscape. He is a member of the Stevenson community, with his wife Katie teaching at the Carmel Campus and his son Finn a Kindergarten student.

Schedule of Events | January 25, 2023

9:00-9:15 a.m.
Advisee Meeting

9:15-9:45 a.m.
Keynote Speaker – Jean du Preez

10:00-10:50 p.m.
Workshop I

11:00-11:50 p.m.
Workshop II

12:00-12:50 p.m.
Workshop III/Lunch

1:00-1:50 p.m.
Lunch/Workshop IV

2:00-2:45 p.m.
Closing Speaker – Josh ‘Bones’ Murphy