Spotlight Symposium
Corporate Leadership: The Courage to be Socially Responsible


Saturday, 26 October

16:00 – 17:00


Shaw Centre

Meeting Room 211

Thank you to Indiana Wesleyan University, National & Global for being a Bronze Sponsor and a being a sponsor of this event!

Spotlight Symposium – Corporate Leadership: The Courage to be Socially Responsible

Global corporations have a pivotal role in shaping the future and in understanding the impact they have on local and global communities. Their vision, values, and culture form the foundation for the emergence of leadership that can boldly bridge the past and the future.

Executives from two major global corporations, De Beers and Eli Lilly, will discuss their personal and corporate stories and the courage required to contribute responsibly to the communities in which they work and reside. De Beers VP Pat Dambe will take a case study approach to the private and public sector partnership between De Beers and the government of Botswana on sustainability and corporate citizenship. Eli Lilly VP Alonzo Weems will share insights into Lilly’s heritage of contributing to the well-being of the global community and how the company continues to make meaningful impact through the leadership and courageous actions of individual employees.

Pat Dambe

Pat Dambe, Head of Corporate Affairs, The De Beers Group of Companies

Pat Dambe is one of Southern Africa’s leading women in the Marketing, Media and Communications industry.

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Pat has over 20 years executive leadership experience working for a variety of Fortune 500 companies and luxury brands including Coca Cola South Africa, Draft FCB, Thebe Investments, Bentley etc. Educated in Botswana, USA and Canada, she holds a BA Honours from Queens University from Ontario, Canada.

She has highly developed corporate-management skills in the business strategy, entrepreneurship, strategic marketing, communications, media relations and Public Relations. She brings with her extensive business networks from more than 28 African countries, USA, Europe and Asia.

Pat is currently the Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Government Relations at De Beers Global Sightholder Sales (DBGSS) and is responsible for Government Relations, External Communications, Sustainability and Social Investment. Her primary role is to protect and promote the brand and reputation of the DBGSS and diamonds as a category and support the commercial interests of the business with external and internal stakeholders. The role also entails managing DBGSS’s relationships with Government and non-Government stakeholders.

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Alonzo Weems, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Eli Lilly and Company

Alonzo Weems holds the position of Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Eli Lilly and Company.

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In this role, Alonzo oversees Lilly’s corporate legal functions (litigation, HR, commercial transactions, regulatory and privacy) and serves as General Counsel for the Company’s global Biomedicines business unit. Most recently, he served as General Counsel for Lilly USA as well as General Counsel for the Global Diabetes Business Unit, which included overseeing legal teams in Japan, China and Canada. Since joining Lilly in 1997, Alonzo has held several positions within the company, including General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Eli Lilly Canada and Director of Global Workforce Diversity.

Alonzo received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington and his undergraduate degree from Wabash College.

Alonzo currently serves on the boards of the International School of Indiana, Early Learning Indiana, and is a member of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Alonzo is an active member of his church where he serves as a Sunday school table leader for middle school boys.

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Moderator: Daina Mazutis, Co-chair ILA Global Conference and Associate Professor of Strategy at the University of Ottawa

Daina Mazutis is a tenured Associate Professor of Strategy at the University of Ottawa where she also holds the Endowed Professorship in Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability (ERS).

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Daina’s research on leadership, strategy and sustainability has been published in several edited books as well as peer-reviewed journals such as: Academy of Management Learning and Education, Business & Society, California Management Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Organizations & Environment amongst others.

Her work has also been honored with numerous prestigious awards and has been presented broadly at conferences internationally. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, Daina was a Professor of Strategy, Leadership and Ethics at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland and spent over ten years in various marketing, advertising, sales and consulting roles. She holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa, a PhD from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario and is a graduate of the ICD Directors Education Program. Daina currently sits on the Board of Prime Ministers’ Row and Riga Business School.