reid blackman, ph.d.

When I took my first ethics course in 1997, well, that was it for me. I was hooked. So I collected wisdom and degrees in philosophy from Cornell University (B.A.) Northwestern University (M.A.) and The University of Texas in Austin (Ph.D.). I taught hundreds of students along the way, especially when I was a professor at Colgate University and The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. I can’t tell you how many thousands of hours were spent reading and discussing ideas.

While I was in graduate school I started a fireworks wholesaling company. Yes, you read that right. And it was a hit; I owned and operated that company for over 15 years. (Look, I’m not going to say it. I’m not. I’m no-fine! I’ll say it once and then you have to leave me alone. "Business was booming!” Ok? You happy now?)

Finally, I combined my understanding and love of ethics with my passion for the creative problem-solving involved in business and created VIRTUE, an ethics consultancy. I help companies define, communicate, and integrate their ethical values into their culture and their emerging technology products. I don’t know how I got so lucky that this is my life.

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