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Annual Ethics and Responsible Business Forum

Plan to attend the 18th Annual Ethics & Responsible Business Forum where speakers will discuss the question, "Will You Survive in the Gig Economy: Does Gig Work Empower or Exploit?" A networking reception follows from 5 - 6 PM.

March 4, 2020


University Center
Room Ballroom


Welcome to the 18th Annual Ethics and Responsible Business Forum!

This year's topic:

"Will You Survive the Gig Economy: Does Gig Work Empower or Exploit?"

Press Release - 18th Annual Ethics and Responsible Business Forum
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The March 4th, 2020, forum will focus on the growing gig economy along with the recently passed California AB5 bill, which places regulations on independent contractors. In a debate-style presentation, two renowned keynote speakers will respectively discuss the benefits and perils of the gig economy. Panelists with ethical, business, and labor rights expertise will offer their viewpoints and address pressing questions on the issue.

Some of the critical questions up for consideration in the forum include:

• What does a growing gig economy say about the fundamentals of the US economy? Is it a sustainable model?

• What can be done to safeguard contract workers in the gig economy? Should governments regulate? What are the intended and unintended consequences of California’s AB5 Bill?

• What are employers’ and workers’ obligations toward each other?

• How should workers prepare to succeed in the gig economy?


Photo of Marion McGovern

Marion McGovern

CEO, Entrepreneur, Author

Ms. McGovern is an expert in the dynamics of the independent talent market. A gig economy participant herself, Ms. McGovern is the author of Thriving in the Gig Economy and is a regular speaker on the future of work at conferences and on webcasts and the radio.

Photo of Cesar Lara

Cesar Lara

Executive Director, Monterey Bay Central Labor Council

Mr. Lara is the executive director of the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council (MBCLC), the local body of the AFL-CIO. A Monterey County native and the son of immigrant farmworkers, Mr. Lara is focused on immigrant rights and the needs of his community.


Jeff Froshman

Distinguished Lecturer, California State University, Monterey Bay


John Berteaux

Professor of Philosophy, California State University Monterey Bay, School of Humanities and Communication

Lauren Casey

Lead Organizer of Working Partnerships USA; Co-Lead of Gig Workers Rising

Jeremy Neuner

Co-Author of The Rise of the Naked Economy

Fane Opperman

Financial advisor; Lecturer, California State University Monterey Bay

This annual public event is FREE and open to all. Sponsored by the College of Business, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Health and Human Services, and College of Science and with the support of Associated Students.

College of Business

(831) 582-4232