Character in the Professions


A major global conference co-hosted with the Program for Leadership and Character.

In March 2021, the Oxford Character Project joined with the Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest University to co-host a major global conference on Character and the Professions.

The Character and the Professions conference featured a rich schedule of talks and discussions covering character in public life, medicine, business, law, religious life, and engineering & technology. Keynote addresses are available to view below.

The diversity of disciplinary perspectives and professional fields allowed space for the discussion of character in all different walks of life, something integral to the work of the Oxford Character Project, our associates and partners.

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Character and Public Life

Eric Beerbohm, Professor of Government, Harvard University

Character and Religious Leadership

Jonathan Lee Walton, Dean of the Wake Forest School of Divinity

Character, Engineering & Technology

Shannon Vallor, Professor and Chair in the Ethics of Data and Artificial Intelligence, University of Edinburgh

Character, Diversity, and the Professions

Stephanie Creary, Assistant Professor of Management, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Character and Medicine

Margaret Plews-Ogan, Chief and Associate Professor of General Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Character and Business

Taya Cohen, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory, Carnegie Mellon University

Character and Law

Keynote: the late Deborah Rhode, Professor of Law, Director of Center on the Legal Profession, Stanford University

Panel discussions featuring leading academics and practitioners can be found on the conference website.

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