Keynote Speakers


Paul Zak, “The Neuroscience of High Trust Organizations”.

Paul J. Zak is a scientist, prolific author, and public speaker. His book The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity was published in 2012 and was a finalist for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize. He is the founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and Professor of Economics, Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Zak also serves as Professor of Neurology at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He has degrees in mathematics and economics from San Diego State University, a Ph.D. in economics from University of Pennsylvania, and post-doctoral training in neuroimaging from Harvard. He is credited with the first published use of the term “neuroeconomics” and has been a vanguard in this new discipline. He organized and administers the first doctoral program in neuroeconomics. Dr. Zak’s lab discovered in 2004 that the brain chemical oxytocin allows us to determine who to trust. His current research has shown that oxytocin is responsible for virtuous behaviors, working as the brain’s “moral molecule.” This knowledge is being used to understand the basis for civilization and modern economies, improve negotiations, and treat patients with neurologic and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Zak’s work on oxytocin and relationships has earned him the nickname “Dr. Love.” His current work applies neuroscience to improve marketing and consumer experiences, and to build high performance organizations.


Bill McEvily “Blurred lines, Bathtubs, and the Boundaries of Organizational Trust”.

Bill McEvily is a Professor of Strategic Management at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. His research explores social networks as an organizational and strategic resource. Professor McEvily has published research articles in leading academic journals in the fields of management, psychology, sociology, and economics. Thomson-Reuters named Professor McEvily to its list of “Highly Cited Researchers” in 2014 and again in 2015. He served as a Senior Editor at Organization Science for 10 years and previously served as guest editor for special issues of Management Science and Organization Science. Professor McEvily teaches courses on social networks and strategic change and implementation in MBA and Executive programs, and courses on organizational theory in the PhD program. Prior to joining Rotman, Professor McEvily was on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University and he earned his Ph.D. in Strategic Management and Organization from the University of Minnesota.