September 29, 2023

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. ET

Virtual and In Person

Speaker: Erika Cheung is most recognized for her role as one of the key whistleblowers in the Theranos scandal reporting to the media and regulators, which has been extensively covered in the media. Erika is currently executive director of Ethics in Entrepreneurship, a 501(c)-3 nonprofit focused on embedding ethical questioning, culture, and systems in startups and innovation ecosystems. She additionally works with venture capital firms and cross-border innovation organizations across Asia. She obtained a dual bachelor’s degree in linguistics and molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Keynote or Virtual Stream
Beware of Black Boxes: Identify Signs of an Ethical Collapse with Theranos Whistleblower Erika Cheung
September 29, 2023
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. ET

Theranos was the darling of Silicon Valley. The company boasted a revolutionary blood diagnostic and vision for the future of healthcare that many wanted to believe in. However, in a swift series of events, the company became one of the most highly reported business scandals in American history. Could this outcome have been prevented? Could it have been predicted? In this discussion, we will discuss some of the timeless warning signs of an organizational ethical collapse. Additionally, we’ll discuss some of the challenges that may arise in one’s own journey in the pursuit of ethical decision-making.

Lunch and Learn
*Application Required*
September 29, 2023 (*requires separate RSVP registration from Rackham once accepted)
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET

Erika Cheung will facilitate a lunch and learn about professional ethics with a select group of students and postdoctoral fellows. This is an opportunity to discuss ethical opportunities, challenges, and dilemmas with Ms. Cheung. Space is limited and students are asked to apply to participate in the lunch and learn by filling out a Google form application link in the registration.

The deadline to apply is September 7, and we cannot guarantee that all who apply will be accepted. Those who are selected will be notified via email by Rackham no later than September 14 and will be required to RSVP for the event.

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Presented by Gupta Professional Ethics Series

Rackham is committed to cultivating the highest ethical standards in the conduct of scholarship and professional ethics for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The Gupta Professional Ethics series was established through the generous support of the Gupta Family Foundation in 2021.