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The Conference on Business & Ethics has become the premier event in Orange County, where a faith-based community of influential business, religious, academic, and philanthropic leaders can gather, knowing that they share a common commitment to ethical best practices in their daily lives. While the Conference provides a valuable annual forum for business leaders in Orange County, its loftier purpose is to raise funds to provide financial aid for students in the Diocese of Orange who desire but otherwise could not afford high quality Catholic education. In 2016, nearly 1,000 attendees gathered in support of this great cause.

Keynote Speaker – Patricia Heaton
Mother of four and award-winning actress, Patricia Heaton is one of the most unusual and refreshing voices in Hollywood. Never one to shy away from controversial topics, Heaton has made a name for herself by excelling at her craft and raising eyebrows among her peers. Heaton is currently starring as a multitasking, working mother in ABC’s new hit sitcom “The Middle” which tells the story of a middle-class Midwestern family through the eyes of the mother. Her hilariously realistic portrayal of much put-upon housewife Debra Barone in the hit show “Everybody Loves Raymond” garnered her seven nominations and two Emmys for best actress in a sitcom. Last fall, Heaton launched a new program, “Patricia Heaton Parties,” on the Food Network. Heaton is not just known for her excellence as an actress and writer. Her deep faith and strong social conscience have prompted her to speak out on issues that are hot-button topics in Hollywood. She is the founding member of World Vision’s Celebrity Ambassador Network. Patricia and her husband, David Hunt, manage the multi-platform production company Four Boys Entertainment.


Speaker and Recipient of the
Farmers & Merchants Bank Lifetime Achievement Award –
Vincent Scully

Vin Scully’s fidelity to the Dodgers was legendary – he was with the Dodgers for sixty-seven straight seasons, including remaining with them when they left New York for Los Angeles in 1957. Vin Scully has the record – in all of professional sports history – for the most time that a broadcaster has remained with one team. This record will not easily be matched. However, his commitment to baseball and the Dodgers has not been his only level of devotion – in fact, his faithfulness to the Lord in how he practices his Catholic faith is even more prominent. According to a June 15, 2016 article by George Weigel in First Things, “Vin Scully has lived through tragedies that would have crushed or embittered others: the death of a wife; the death of a son.” He openly credits the Catholic faith with which he grew up in the Bronx as his life’s anchor. Vin Scully has been an ardent proponent of the Rosary, which he narrated for Catholic Athletes for Christ, who honored him recently. He also earned the esteem of various bishops, including Archdiocese of Los Angeles auxiliary bishops Robert Barron (former Conference Keynote) and Joseph Brennan, both of whom met with Scully while attending the first ever “Catholic Night” in Dodger Stadium on September 2.


Master of Ceremonies – Tim Conway, Jr.
Comedian and talk-show host, Tim Conway, Jr., hosts a nightly show on the No. 1 news/talk radio station in the country, KFI AM 640. His father is–yes–the real Tim Conway from the real Carol Burnett Show. Conway’s down-to-earth take on life brings a sense of refreshing levity to the news and our SoCal culture. Tim is a strong advocate for Catholic education and will share his perspective at our Conference.



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