Ann (Gregg) Skeet

Senior director, leadership ethics at Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University
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Ann (Gregg) Skeet is the senior director of leadership ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Her work focuses on the ethical dilemmas of leaders and followers, with a particular interest in healthy corporate culture, corporate governance, ethical leadership practices and well-being, all grounded in an emphasis on human flourishing. She teaches ethics literacy for boards in the Silicon Valley Executive Education Center in the Leavey School of Business. Ann served as CEO of American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley for 8 years and worked for a decade as a Knight Ridder executive, serving the San Jose Mercury News and Contra Costa Newspapers as Vice President of Marketing. She was also president of Notre Dame High School San Jose. Ann graduated magna cum laude from Bucknell University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, where she earned a bachelor of arts in economics and a master of business administration degree from Harvard Business School. Skeet is a member of the steering committee for the Responsible Use of Technology at the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the 4th Industrial Revolution and served on the Partnership on AI’s Working Group on AI, Labor and the Economy. She participates in an academic discussion group on AI and the Political, Economic and Social concerns involving the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture.
She writes about issues facing leaders across sectors regularly for her blog, Benison: The Practice of Ethical Leadership, and other media outlets, and is a frequent media commentator and panelist. In the Silicon Valley community, Ann has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Silicon Valley Directors Exchange; the Institute for Sports Law and Ethics; the Catholic Community Foundation of Santa Clara County; and as a chair for United Way of Silicon Valley and American Musical Theatre San Jose. She is an advisory council member for Harvard Business Review.

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  • Ann Skeet, senior director of leadership ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, said she would “encourage Google to use its innovative juices to think about how it could be creative in its response.” She added that “equally important to workforces in the valley is some sort of agency” over their work.

    3 June 2021
  • “I’m questioning the ethics of their overall business model,” said Ann Skeet "Anonymous posters artificially inflating stock prices are difficult to hold accountable."

    3 June 2021
  • "Everyone who holds elected office has an obligation to the constituents they serve, and part of that includes avoiding even the appearance of any kind of impropriety," Skeet said. "It's something that people in those roles deal with on a regular basis."

    3 June 2021