Keynote Speaker 2022 - Dr. Ed Freeman

"What we need is a new story about business that puts business and ethics together, that sees business as how we create value for stakeholders, not just shareholders." -Dr. Ed Freeman

R. Edward Freeman is university professor and Olsson professor of business administration, and an academic director of the Institute for Business in Society at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Dr. Freeman inspires his students and a wide variety of audiences with a new understanding of business that offers us hope that complex societal problems can and are being solved through businesses creating value for and with their stakeholders.

Freeman is the co-author of multiple books, including The Power Of And: Responsible Business Without Tradeoffs (Columbia University Press, 2020); and Models of Leadership in Plato and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2021). Freeman is perhaps best known for his award-winning book, Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach (Cambridge, 2010), originally published in 1984, in which he traced the origins of the stakeholder idea to a number of others and suggested that businesses build their strategy around their relationships with key stakeholders.

Freeman has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Washington University and a B.A. in mathematics and philosophy from Duke University. Freeman is a lifelong student of philosophy, martial arts and the blues. He is a co-principal in Stakeholder Media LLC and host of The Stakeholder Podcast. He is a co-principal in Red Goat Records LLC.