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Ethics - Keynote Speakers

Ken Blanchard

Few people have impacted the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard. A prominent, gregarious, sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant, Ken is universally characterized by friends, colleagues, and clients alike as one of the most insightful, powerful, and compassionate men in business today. When Ken speaks, he speaks from the heart with warmth and humor. His unique gift is to speak to an audience and communicate with the heart of each person as if they were alone together. He is a polished storyteller with a knack for making the seemingly complex easy to understand. Some of his topics include; Leadership in Tough Times: Ethical Dilemmas, Whale Done!, Teambuilding—High Five! and Creating Raving Fans. Ken is innovative, and insightful, with the ability to make meaningful and lasting impressions on his clients.

Joan Brock

Author of 'More Than Meets the Eye', Joan Brock won the hearts of the insurance industry's 'Million Dollar Round Table' and the NBC 'Today Show' audiences with her heart rendering and uplifting story of courage, perseverance and acceptance. Joan draws parallels between her own story and the challenges which face organizations. Her extraordinary life story moves audiences to accept their own personal and professional hardships with Courage and Humor. As Joan puts it, "Life is full of irreversible opportunities, and you have a choice to see them as assets or obstacles." Urging audiences to "play the hand you're dealt," Joan helps organizations see corporate challenges from a new perspective. In June 2003, a Lifetime Original Movie "More Than Meets the Eye: The Joan Brock Story" premiered to much acclaim.

Lynn Brewer

Lynn Brewer is a former Enron executive and author of Confessions of an Enron Executive: A Whistleblower Story, a riveting account of her career at Enron and her decision to blow the whistle. Described by the Economist as the real whistleblower, she is the last to meet with former CEO Ken Lay -- just two weeks before his death. In her nearly three years at Enron, she was responsible for risk management in energy operations, the e-commerce initiatives for Enron’s water subsidiary, power trading in the California markets at the height of the crises, and oversaw competitive intelligence for Enron Broadband Services. Prior to joining the energy giant, Lynn worked in forensic accounting and spent 18 years as a legal professional in private practice. Today she is the Founder and CEO of The Integrity Institute, Inc., which independently assesses and certifies corporate integrity at the request of organizations for the benefit of their
stakeholders. She holds a Certification in Business Ethics from Colorado State University. Lynn is also the co-author of Managing Risks for Corporate Integrity: How to Survive an Ethical Misconduct Disaster and author of SportsVision: Athletic Excellence through Visualization, (foreword by Lou Holtz and Mike Ditka), based upon her 15 years as a competitive and professional figure skater, as well as a coach.

Frank Bucaro

Frank Bucaro is an ethics expert and author, who is a leading crusader on the benefits of ethics. The need for an ongoing emphasis on ethics continues to be prominent today due to trust issues or leadership missteps that can still threaten organizations. Frank’s keynotes and seminars are laced with humor and practical tips that provide help with difficult decisions as well as strategies for combating the sometimes blurred lines between right and wrong. Many companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, ENMAX Energy, and the Million Dollar Round have benefited from listening to Frank’s keynotes to not only learn about good ethics but to help advance their organization for good business.

Cynthia Cooper

Cynthia Cooper is an internationally recognized speaker on ethics, leadership, overcoming adversity, the current economic crises, and recent scandals. Cooper inspires audiences and shares the riveting story of how she and her team unraveled the fraud at WorldCom --to date the largest corporate fraud in history. In 2002, she was named one of Time Magazine?s Persons of the Year. Cooper is the author of Extraordinary Circumstances, a book that discusses her experiences as a corporate executive. In addition to being used by corporations, the book is often assigned by professors to help students recognize ethical dilemmas, think them through, and make the right decisions. Cooper has a passion for speaking to young people about the lessons she has learned and the importance of strong ethical leadership. She has donated profits from her book to further ethics education for high school and college students.

Bob Garfield

Bob Garfield has never worked in advertising or marketing a day in his life. He has no relevant education, experience or data. He owns exactly one dark suit. He is also the most prominent commentator and analyst of advertising and marketing who has ever lived. For 25 years, his AdReview column in Advertising Age evaluated, vetted, parsed, deconstructed and offered uncanny prognostications for thousands of ads from hundreds of agencies worldwide. Over the past decade, he has also famously – and presciently — chronicled the digital revolution, culminating in his landmark 2009 book, The Chaos Scenario. His previous book, the 2003 manifesto on advertising And Now a Few Words from Me, is published in eight languages. His new Ad Age column, "Listenomics," explores the frontiers of 21st-century marketing and media.

Patrick Kuhse

Patrick Kuhse became an expert ethics speaker the hard way - by taking part in his own criminal acts and suffering the consequences. Patrick’s book, “Seduced by Success”, tells the true story of his personal journey from successful stockbroker and entrepreneur to international fugitive and federal inmate. After four years in prison, he now devotes himself to speaking to audiences worldwide about the importance of ethical behavior. Speaking with high energy and passion, Patrick has the remarkable ability of capturing and holding the audience's attention as he describes his descent down the "slippery slope" of unethical behavior, his critical thinking errors, his gradual lapse into unprofessional ethics and the "greed is good" philosophy he encountered.

Brian Oxman

Mr. Oxman was counsel for Michael Jackson in one of the most widely publicized criminal trials in American history. You have heard him on "Insight with Brian Oxman" on KLAA Radio. As an attorney with 30 years of experience, he has testified in court as an expert witness on the hedge fund and mutual fund trading scandals, and he has spoken across the country on corporate and celebrity scandals. As a commentator on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Court TV, ABC, NBC, CBS, BBC, AM Canada, GM TV London, Fuji TV Japan, Spiegel TV Germany, and many others, he has analyzed what creates corporate scandal, interviewed participants, and advised corporate managers on how to contain potentially catastrophic scandals that can destroy a company. His experience as a professor of law and a lecturer on legal and business ethics helps buinesses to create a corporate culture that avoids scandal.

Howard Putnam

Howard Putnam is the former CEO of the highly successful Southwest Airlines, transforming a small entrepreneurial venture into a major competitor. In three years profits increased by 200 percent. Putnam accepted the challenge of Braniff International in 1981 and became the first Chairman and CEO to successfully restructure a major airline out of bankruptcy. Earlier he spent over 20 years with United Airlines, his final position being Group Vice President of Marketing. He has also been an entrepreneur and has learned "Crisis Management" by living it. Harvard wrote a case study on his Braniff experiences called "The Ethics of Bankruptcy." Howard is a business and motivational speaker, author, consultant, commentator, and online mentor on: Leadership, Customer Service, Change, Transformation and Ethics. For nearly thirty years, Howard played a leading role in one of the most exciting and rapidly changing industries. He earned a well-deserved reputation for his capacity to think systematically, create a vision, build a team, define a niche, and design successful strategies for managing growth and crisis. An impressive entertainer and motivational speaker, Howard shares his prescription for successful management in the 21st century. Howard Putnam's ultimate objective is Bottom Line Improvement. He believes that cultures that place people as their highest priority have the greatest long term impact and success.

Vince Poscente

Use Vince Poscente’s expertise to your advantage. His against-all-odds Olympic strategy is powerful way to have your team reach BIG GOALS fast. Vince is a business guy who decided he would compete in the Olympics four years after his 26th birthday. At the age of 30 Poscente was vying for Gold, blasting down the mountain at an incredible 135 mph on skis. With his acumen for speedy goals, he soon became a New York Times bestselling author and Internationally award winning speaker. Vince Poscente will help you accelerate towards BIG GOALS in Short Order.

Don Yaeger

As a sports writer and author, Don Yaeger has had a front-row seat with some of the world’s greatest winners. Let him share that seat with you! Don has the ability to connect sports with business and share great stories on teamwork, preparedness, goal setting and relationship building. His insights provide a unique perspective on audience’s everyday tasks and responsibilities. Don is a frequent guest on national television programs such as: Nightline, Dateline, 20/20, ESPN and Good Morning America. In the past 22 years, he has penned 23 books, including seven New York Times Best-sellers, the most recent being Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: How I Went from Gang Member to Multimillionaire Entrepreneur with Ryan Blair. He communicates with his audiences in an easy, engaging style, which helps participants realize that they, too, can achieve a higher level of professional and personal success.

Bruce Weinstein

Bruce Weinstein is the author, TV personality, and national speaker known as The Ethics Guy. He is a contributor to the Huffington Post and Bloomberg Businessweek’s Management Blog, and his latest book, Ethical Intelligence: Five Principles for Untangling Your Toughest Problems at Work and Beyond, was awarded a Silver Medal Book of the Year Award by ForeWord Magazine. He is also the author of the acclaimed book on ethics for young adults, Is It Still Cheating If I Don’t Get Caught. He has appeared numerous times on such national television programs as The Today Show, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper 360, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, The O’Reilly Factor, Fox & Friends, and many others. He lives in New York City.

Greg Winston

More than a motivational speaker, Greg Winston is a performance artist and storyteller of education. Winston has been called "the first how to" speaker vs. the thousands of "what to do" speakers. His belief is that audiences come to be entertained and to learn. It’s not enough to remind attendees of what they already know. Using images, video and technology to bring his words to life, Greg involves the total audience. Flat stages can't contain him ... he causes audiences to go past hearing to actually feeling the speech. His speech separates him from the masses as he not only explains what we should do but, goes on to explain the missing "how" we should do it. Touring the United States his speeches take audience on a "roller coaster ride through their eye-popping self-discovery. " A nationally known motivational speaker, Greg leads with content, delivers with contagious enthusiasm, and leaves his audiences wanting more and committed to taking action. His use of real life anecdotes and his ability to say what most people "just think" leaves a leadership message that stays with audiences for years.

Mike Abrashoff

Mike Abrashoff is at the center of one of the most remarkable modern day stories of organizational transformation. Mike took command of the USS Benfold, one of the Navy’s worst performing ships, and turned it into the best within twelve months while using the same crew. Mike shares his personal experience which teaches the importance of leadership style and creating an environment where employees feel safe, empowered and supported. Mike is also the author of three books, It’s Your Ship, It’s Our Ship, and Get your Ship Together. He equips his audiences with strategies, tactics, and tools necessary to unleash breakthrough performances and extraordinary results in spite of the odds.

John La Puma

John La Puma MD, ChefMD is like Andy Weil crossed with Bourdain with a dollop of Emeril. He is the world’s biggest name in the culinary medicine space and is working on projects in food, aging, nature and wine. Something he believes: "Do. Or do not. There is no try." Dr. La Puma has given TEDMED and TEDx talks on culinary medicine, taught the first cooking and nutrition course in a U.S. medical school, wrote the New York Times best-selling ChefMD's Culinary Medicine book, and appeared on PBS and Lifetime TV weekly, cooking and shopping to teach and entertain you. His primary goal is the well-being of all people to live healthier, happier and fuller lives. John inspires and motivates audiences while giving them what they want… and need.

Chuck Gallagher

Every choice has a consequence. In 1987, Chuck Gallagher made some bad choices at the height of his career and went from wearing a business suit to an orange jump suit some years later. “So,” you might be asking yourself, “why would I want a former convicted felon to speak to my organization about ethics and integrity?” Because Chuck has experienced firsthand how easy it is to move from ethical to unethical. Having rebuilt his life, the lessons he learned allow him to share a unique perspective unlike any other business ethics keynote speaker. Rather than taking the usual theoretical approach to ethics—which, frankly, can put an audience to sleep—Chuck captures attention by talking about his own journey from a human perspective, then combining it with a practical application. His presentations are humorous, thought-provoking
and impactful.

Peter Swire

Peter Swire has been a leading privacy and cyberlaw scholar, government leader, and practitioner since the rise of the Internet in the 1990’s. In 2013, he became the Nancy J. and Lawrence P. Huang Professor of Law and Ethics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Swire teaches in the Scheller College of Business, with appointments by courtesy with the College of Computing and School of Public Policy. He is senior counsel with the law firm of Alston & Bird LLP. Swire served as one of five members of President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology. Prior to that, he was co-chair of the global Do Not Track process for the World Wide Web Consortium. He is a Senior Fellow with the Future of Privacy Forum, and a Policy Fellow with the Center for Democracy and Technology. Under President Clinton, Swire was the Chief Counselor for Privacy, in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the only person to date to have U.S. government-wide responsibility for privacy policy. Under President Obama, he was Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. Topics include: General Session Presentation: Security and Privacy After Snowden: Lesson’s from the President’s NSA Review Group; Cyber-security and Banking; Privacy and Cybersecurity Compliance in the Post-Snowden World.

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