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Wednesday, June 10

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join retired Vice President of Alcoa and current Fellow at the Wheatley Institution (BYU), Bill O’Rourke ’70 as he delivers his talk entitled “Leading with Integrity.” Bill is the co-author of “The Business Ethics Field Guide” and serves on the Board of the Alcoa Foundation teaching “Values” at the Alcoa Executive Development Programs. As a part of his presentation, Bill will touch on some of his special assignments including Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life tragedy, for which he was recently featured in JCU’s Onward magazine, and his current project with the Special Operations Forces of the US Military. Bill served as an officer in the US Army. 

The Alumni Continuing Education Series (A.C.E.S.) is a non-credit granting, personal enrichment series offered to alumni of John Carroll as a benefit and aims to stimulate intellectual growth by connecting graduates to the academic resources of their alma mater. The series features current and former faculty and other members of the John Carroll community.

The Office of Alumni Relations will provide the Zoom conferencing link and password the day before the program is to take place.

William (Bill) O’Rourke

Bill O’Rourke spent the majority of his career at Alcoa, Inc. a global aluminum manufacturing company.  After Bill retired from Alcoa he continued to serve on the Board of the Alcoa Foundation and teach “values” at Alcoa’s Executive Leadership Program. He joined Alcoa as a Patent Attorney in 1975 and held a number of leadership positions including Corporate Patent Counsel, Vice President of Global Business Services (Financial Services, HR Services, Aircraft Operations, etc.), Chief Information Officer, Vice President of Procurement, Corporate Auditor, and Assistant General Counsel. From 2005 to 2008 Bill was the President of Alcoa-Russia. Bill was the Vice President, Environment, Health & Safety and Sustainability three times under three CEOs at Alcoa. Prior to Alcoa, Bill was an Industrial Engineer for U.S. Steel Corporation and ran the global underground mining parts business for Joy Manufacturing Company. 

Bill was also a Fellow of the Wheatley Institution in the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University where he served on the Ethics Advisory Board and still teaches ethics to all their Business School students. He is on the Board of Directors of John Carroll University in Cleveland. He was on the Board of Directors (Past Chairman) of Sustainable Pittsburgh, on the Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on the local (Past Chairman) and international levels, and serves on a number of other civic, charitable and religious organizations. From 2011 to August, 2014 Bill was the Executive Director of the Beard Institute for Ethics at the School of Business at Duquesne University and currently chairs the Advisory Board at the Atkins Center for Ethics at Carlow University.

Bill lectures on Business Ethics and Safety at a number of companies and hospitals around the World, at Rotary Clubs and at many universities including the University of Pittsburgh, Michigan, Nebraska, Arizona State, Florida, Illinois, Carnegie Mellon, Harvard Medical School, Northwestern, Chatham, San Jose, Viterbo, Benedictine, Marquette, Notre Dame, Gonzaga, Virginia Tech, the University of Dayton and Duquesne University. In August, 2016 Bill published the book “A Field Guide to Business Ethics,” with co-authors Dr. Brad Agle and Dr. Aaron Miller.  In January of 2019, though not of the faith, Bill was tapped to be the interim Executive Director of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.  He is currently working with the Special Operations Forces of the US military to help reinforce character and integrity in the organization.

Bill received his undergraduate degree (BS/BA) from John Carroll University and his law degree (JD) from Duquesne University. Bill served as an officer in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps. 

Bill and his wife, Elena, have three children and live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.