What Clients & Audiences Have Said...
About David W. Gill

David Gill has a unique combination of brilliance, warmth and selflessness seldom seen. He is a highly ethical leader, superb teacher and caring mentor of the highest caliber. I have had the opportunity to work with David on the Saint Mary’s College Graduate Business Alumni Council and have seen him work his magic in the classroom. Boston will soon gain one of California’s prized resources. 

Karen J. Maggio, POM Resource Group


Dr. David Gill is an incredible man with countless talents. One of his most powerful assets is his natural role as a community builder. He cares about every person he meets and he takes the time to learn about you – and he always makes a point to make you feel connected somehow, some way. He wears his heart on his sleeve – and consistently puts himself out there in a fearless way…and the payoff is always huge. People who normally don’t open up, open up to him. People who we normally wouldn’t know, are introduced to us through David. He has turned himself into a hub – a central point of connection; a nucleus. He has done wonders and touched so many lives at Saint Mary’s as a Faculty/Alumni liaison and community builder.

-Jackie Yang Williams, Director of Marketing of Alumni Relations, St. Mary's College Graduate School of Economics and Business Administration


David Gill is one of those business school professors you can consider a friend, mentor and guiding light through these challenging economic times. His wisdom and vast life experiences can only be summed up as inspirational. Regardless of the crisis you may be in as a business leader, you can reflect back on David’s teachings on ethics and execute knowing you did the right thing. As a focused leader, global consultant, published professor and committed family man, David always finds time to listen to you as if you are the only person in the room. Fortune 500 company board rooms or Silicon Valley Tech behemoths could use a massive dose of David Gill to right their misguided paths.

-Tony Quintong, CEO, Securieon Inc.


Our company incorporated the ideas and concepts put forth in David Gill’s It’s About Excellence with resounding success as measured by the acceptance and enthusiasm of our employees. Now we have a moral and ethical guide for our company going forward that really describes our “heart and soul” to our employees and clients. It makes good business sense to me.

-Carl Harris, Chairman of the Board, Harris & Associates, Concord CA


David Gill worked closely with us to listen and understand our culture, employee perceptions and issues. He was then able to tailor the training sessions to make the discussions and presentations interesting, informative, relevant, and interactive. I attended one of them personally and found that it was stimulating and probed into all areas of our operations where ethics should be considered, but often are not. I can highly recommend David in this area – he catalyzes what can be a complicated and dry subject into a thought-provoking and useful discussion that involves all members of the class.

-Geoff Wild, CEO, Nikon Precision, Belmont CA


As President of Swedish Covenant Hospital I had the pleasure of working with Professor David Gill as he led our ethics committee and hospital administration in drafting our Ethics Statement. David did a superb job and working with him was an inspiring experience. David brings extensive experience, skill, and professionalism to guide leaders and multi-disciplinary teams in addressing the varied and complex ethical issues of today.

-Ed Cucci, former President (1990-99), Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago


Engaging David Gill in my business was like turning on the lights in a dark room. We already had the business but we didn’t have the clarity we needed. Investing some time with key staff people we came to pin-point clarity about our Vision, Mission, and Core Values. The byproduct was peace of mind for me as the owner and the ability to have firm and clear communications throughout our entire staff.

-David M. Gilmour, Owner, Paradise Foods, Corte Madera, CA


David Gill successfully translates his commitment and vast knowledge of ethics into training that is relevant and engaging. Participants leave with practical tools to assess ethical dilemmas and a methodology for making sound ethical decisions. Employee response has been overwhelmingly positive. We are incorporating his workshop in our core curriculum for one of the District’s leadership development programs.

- Maria I. Marques, Senior HR Analyst, Employee Development, East Bay Municipal Utility District


David Gill was our speaker for a gathering of nearly 100 MBA’s and University faculty and staff, and with an extraordinary level of experience, wisdom and insight, presented an effective and insightful perspective of business ethics and organizational excellence. I give him my highest possible rating and recommendation as an expert in this field and am confident that any potential client or customer would not be disappointed.

-Randy Ataide, Director, Fermanian Business Institute, Point Loma University


David is the best! He is an expert, presents well, engages people and makes a great impact. His EthixBiz newsletter is what first attracted my attention and I found myself emailing him to acknowledge its value and quality. High ratings from forum attendees. His book is pragmatic and a quick read.

-Linda Gallichio, Associate Director, Rutland Institute of Ethics, Clemson University


“David knows business ethics extremely well–he has his Ph.D. in ethics. But he also knows teaching, and people, extremely well. He has lots of great content, but he doesn’t just dump it on students–David is good at drawing students out (whether in a university or business setting) to engage them in real world problems, and helping them to think their way through the problems to real solutions. And he is a terrific motivator and encourager. I think most students & professionals think that business ethics is not something they are particularly interested in; but David is terrific at helping them see that their lives will improve, and their businesses will improve, if they take business ethics seriously. His approach to ethics is not soft and fuzzy and warm and shapeless–it has real substance–but it is flexible enough that students can feel that they “own” it for themselves. All in all, I highly recommend David to anyone thinking about doing anything with business ethics training–either in the classroom, or in the workplace.

-Dr. Lee Cerling, Asst. Prof. of Business Communication, Marshall School of Business, USC


Dr. David Gill (no relation to me) is an effective and informative professor who taught a very “real world” course in business ethics. His course has altered the lens through which I view business behavior. His classroom focus on contemporary business case studies made for some serious “eye openers” with respect to business behavior. Furthermore, Dr. Gill is a first-rate lecturer. I invited him to speak to my Rotary Club where he was extremely well-received and was able to veer from his prepared remarks to respond to a variety of audience questions. He seamlessly re-structured his presentation to grant his audience the information they needed, fully engaging virtually every individual in the room. As a public speaker, as a teacher, and as a facilitator of on-site corporate ethics exercises, Dr. Gill is the best in the business.

-Michael Gill, Associate Director, Operations, Transcept Pharmaceuticals


For any business student or working professional, It’s About Excellence is a must-read book. Drawing on more than three decades of ethics teaching and practice, David Gill explains in detail the theory of ethics as well as how to apply it in the workplace, with several practical questionnaires, diagnostic tests, and matrixes to put into your ethics toolbox.

-Kendall Mau, International Microfinance Consultant & Banker (www.microfinancetravels.typepad.com


David Gill's It's About Excellence explains a tough topic in a very concise and even captivating manner. It doesn't just "talk" about the topic, as so many books do, but actually provides great guidance on how to integrate ethics "into" business strategies. As an executive I was drawn into key ethical decisions I've made for my business. It's About Excellence is a perfect guide for any executive or entrepreneur planning their business and should be required reading for business school students. 

-Rand Morimoto, President/CEO, Convergent Computing (www.cco.com),  White House advisor on cyber- security and cyber- terrorism; co-author of Network Security for Government and Corporate Executives


David Gill’s book title is right on target. It’s About Excellence is a fantastic, highly motivating book that every business owner, CEO and entrepreneur should read and implement. It is the first book I’ve seen that successfully shows how ethics, vision, and mission must be integrated from the start as key elements in building a company beyond average to excellent and exceptional.

-Rich Ferrari, Co-Founder and Managing Director, De Novo Ventures (www.denovovc.com)


Practical, comprehensive, and concise, David Gill's It's About Excellence is the perfect introduction to business ethics. CEOs looking to create ethical organizations should give copies to all their managers. 

-James O'Toole, Professor, Marshall School of Business, USC, author of Leading Change: The Argument for Values-Based Leadership, The Executives Compass, Creating the Good Life, and other books. (www.jamesotoole.com


What a treat to find an ethics text that is readable, practical, and still based on solid ethical theory! David Gill’s book will be of value to anyone who has to run an organization, for profit or otherwise.

-Lisa Newton, Professor and Director, Program in Applied Ethics, Fairfield University (CT) (www.fairfield.edu); co-author of Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Business Ethics and Society; author of Permission to Steal: Revealing the Roots of Corporate Scandal, and other works.


Business leaders need a new method, a new generation of tools and guidelines, to compete today both ethically and excellently. What ISO 9000, Malcolm Baldridge, and In Search of Excellence did for business quality twenty years ago, David Gill captures for today in It’s About Excellence.

-Peter Jackson, Founder, President & CEO, Intraware Inc. (www.intraware.com)


David Gill's book is a must-read for any leader who wants to create a culture in an organization in which people are ethical because it's the right thing to do, not just because it works.

-Dennis Bakke, Co-Founder & CEO emeritus, AES Corporation, president, Imagine Schools, and author of Joy at Work (www.dennisbakke.com


It is rare that an academically distinguished ethicist can provide such an accessible, compelling and useful architecture for “ethically healthy organizations.” Based upon his long-time engagement with the private and non-profit sectors, David Gill’s “blueprint” is a major contribution toward the construction of excellent and caring organizations.

-Roy Allen, Dean, School of Economics and Business, St. Mary's College (CA) (www.stmarys-ca.edu)


It’s About Excellence is a densely packed, realistic, flexible, and proactive guide for developing ethical leadership and businesses. Owners of the very smallest businesses—not just big corporations—can mine a wealth of practical information to help them become and remain excellent in this challenging business climate. As the sole proprietor of a small bookstore for over thirty years, I highly recommend David Gill’s book for other “Main Street” businesses.

-Carol Spencer, Proprietor, Russian Hill Bookstore, San Francisco, CA


David Gill’s It’s About Excellence is a well written, theoretically rich, insightful and practical book. The concepts and tools contained within its pages can assist business leaders in the critical tasks of developing healthy organizational cultures and restoring overall trust in business. The book is a wonderful resource for students and practicing managers alike.

-Kenman Wong, Professor of Business Ethics, Seattle Pacific University (www.spu.edu); co-author, Beyond Integrity: A Judeo-Christian Approach to Business Ethics


David Gill provides a compelling and insightful manifesto linking ethics to healthy, excellent organizations. He doesn’t just preach at us about what to do but also provides why and how to implement an ethics program—a program that weaves throughout an organization and guides people to achieve more than what they may have thought possible, in ways consistent with innate desires for fairness. It’s About Excellence helps us see the power of authenticity and integrity.

-Randall L. Englund, Englund Project Management Consultancy; author, Creating an Environment for Successful Projects (www.englundpmc.com)