Speakers at ethical leadership event.

Speaker Series

The Institute for Ethical Leadership frequently hosts speaker series events surrounding issues of ethics and integrity.

Overview of Past Events

Board's Responsibility for Ethics & Risk

The Institute kicked off the 2014 new year with a speaker series titled The Corporate Board's Responsibility for Ethics & Risk in a Time of Crisis. This half-day event focused on one of the most critically important aspects of doing business with integrity: the role and the responsibility of the board of directors for setting the tone from the top, especially during a time of crisis.

Intercultural Competence

On September 13, 2012, the Institute presented Working Effectively Across Cultures - Ethical Leadership and Intercultural Competence in Global Business. This program was an opportunity for individuals to gain insight into their own intercultural competence for personal development and learn how to work across diverse and global boundaries.

The Tyco Story

The Tyco Story: Past Present & Future – How to Recover from Unethical Management Behavior was held on November 14, 2011. In the aftermath of the 2002 Tyco International scandal, involving the excesses by its former chairman and CEO and other senior managers, Tyco International’s new CEO, Ed Breen, assembled a new senior management team to lead the company’s efforts to build an ethical organizational culture. The Institute welcomed three key executives to discuss their experiences in helping to build and promote a culture of ethics and integrity across a highly-diversified global company. Tyco Executives took participants through approaches to address and promote a culture of ethics and integrity in a complex and ever-changing world. They shared the Tyco Story, the difficult past, the much improved present and plans for the future.

Bribery & Corruption in the Global Economy

Bribery & Corruption in the Global Economy—Mitigating Risk through Effective Corporate Leadership & Culture, held on December 2, 2010, gave a historical perspective on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and how effective leaders can create an organizational culture equipped to handle the regulatory and legal environment that accompanies the new global marketplace.

Values-Driven Leadership

The Institute hosted a speaker series in partnership with the Department of Management and Global Business on April 21, 2010. The featured speaker, Mary Gentile, Ph.D., is the Director of Giving Voice to Values (GVV), an innovative curriculum for developing the skills, knowledge, and commitment required to implement values-based leadership. GVV was launched by Aspen Business and Society Program and Yale School of Management. This pioneering approach to values-driven leadership has been featured in the New York Times, Financial Times, Harvard Business Review and BizEd, and is being piloted in scores of business schools around the world.

State of Ethics in Our Society

State of Ethics in Our Society speaker series was held on May 11, 2010. The event featured speakers/panelists Alex J. Plinio, Co-founder, Institute for Ethical Leadership; Dawn Zimmer, Mayor of Hoboken; Lauren Ferrari, Director, Office of Business Conduct, Alcatel-Lucent; and Theresa McCoy, Manager for Education Grant Programs, Office of Corporate Philanthropy, Merck & Co. The program focused on the following objectives: learn about research on ethical leadership from respected corporate firms and academic institutions; increase understanding of the state of ethical leadership in our society and within various generations; apply this data to more effectively lead your organization.

Creating an Ethical Organization Culture

The speaker series Creating an Ethical Organization Culture and Dealing with Ethical Issues presented on October 8, 2009 focused on the leadership challenges that we face during difficult times. The featured keynote speaker was Nicholas J. Valeriani, Company Group Chairman, Worldwide Franchise Chairman, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, a Johnson & Johnson Company. Featured Chief Ethics and Compliance Officers included Lee Augsburger, Prudential Financial; Jacqueline E. Brevard, Esq., Merck & Co.; and Andrea Bonime-Blanc, Daylight.