Vocation: David W. Gill is an ethics educator, writer, & consultant based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Formal Education:  Gill was educated at the University of California, Berkeley (B.A.), San Francisco State University (M.A.), and the University of Southern California (Ph.D.).  He spent several summers and two sabbatical years in further research and study in Europe, mostly in Bordeaux, France.

Teaching Career:  Gill served as Mockler-Phillips Professor of Workplace Theology & Business Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, Massachusetts (2010-2016), as professor of business ethics on the MBA faculty at St. Mary’s College (Moraga CA) (2004-2010), as professor of ethics on the philosophy and business faculties of North Park University in Chicago (1992-2001), and on the faculty of New College Berkeley (1978-90).  He has also been visiting or adjunct professor of business ethics at the University of San Francisco, Seattle Pacific University, Regent College (Vancouver BC), and Juniata College (Huntingdon PA).

Consulting & Training:  Gill has served as business and organizational ethics consultant/trainer for Harris & Associates, Paradise Foods, the East Bay Municipal Utility District, Nikon Precision, Intelligent Information Systems, Swedish Covenant Hospital, UNext.com, and other companies.  As an ethics consultant for these and other organizations, Gill has

  • organized and led executive retreats on values and ethics
  • led ethical decision-making workshops for executives and employees at all levels
  • guided organizations through successful projects to articulate their mission, vision, core values, and ethical guidelines in a holistic, authentic, aligned manner
  • guided organizations through the creation of ethics and values communication and training programs both face-to-face and on-line; creation of multi-year ethics and values strategies
  • helped organizations create and implement customized ethics and values audits and evaluations of employees, leaders, and the organization as a whole
  • delivered plenary presentations and speeches at company-wide gatherings
  • provided executive coaching and support for more effective ethical leadership at the top
  • helped organizations network to other helpful resources and personnel

SpeakingGill has lectured on ethics at the University of Poitiers (France), FEPADE (El Salvador), the University of Wisconsin School of Business, the University of Washington School of Business, Arizona State University, Penn State University, UC Davis, Wheaton College (IL), Pepperdine University, Sonoma State University and in many other college and university settings.

He has been plenary lecturer or conference speaker for many professional groups such as the Commonwealth Club of California, the Contra Costa Council, the Silicon Valley Public Relations Society, the Tri-Valley Human Resources Commission, the Silicon Valley Marketing Association, the Association of Health Care Administrators, and for many Rotary Clubs, Chambers of Commerce, and other business and professional groups.  

He has delivered research papers at academic societies and associations such as the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, the National Association for Science, Technology, and Society, the American Historical Association, and L’Association Internationale Jacques Ellul.

WritingIn addition to his essential introduction, It’s About Excellence: Building Ethically Healthy Organizations (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2008/2011), David Gill is author or editor of six previous books on ethics, religion, and higher education.  He has published more than two hundred chapters, articles, and reviews in various books, journals, magazines, and reference works, including the Journal of Business and Professional Ethics, the Encyclopedia of Science, Technology and Ethics, the Bulletin of Science, Technology, and Society, Bridges, and Cahiers Jacques Ellul.  For five years (1998-2003) he was regular columnist (“Benchmark Ethics”) in the bimonthly Ethix Magazine (www.ethix.org).