Public Engagement

Ethics and Compliance Certificate Program | Monday, June 6 – 10, 2016 I Illini Center, Chicago

The Certificate Course in Ethics and Compliance has been developed and will be delivered by the University of Illinois College of Law and the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society, College of Business.

Chicago Regional Business Ethics Networking Meeting | Wednesday, October 14, 2015 | 3 – 5 p.m.

Michael Smith, a barrister, speaks about “An Irish Whistleblower’s Experience in Ireland.” Mr. Smith revealed corruption at the highest political levels in land development, ultimately leading to the Mahon Tirbunal state inquiry. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. RSVPs must be received by Monday, October 12 for timely entry into the building entrance system. Please contact Gretchen Winter at for more information.

Director Roundtable: What Should Boards know About Shareholder Activism? Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | Networking breakfast 8 – 9 a.m. | Discussion 9 – 10:30 a.m. | Chicago, IL

Board members, C – Level executives, institutional shareholders, proxy vote advisors, general counsel, securities attorneys, corporate secretaries, governance professionals, and investor relations professionals interested in attending, please contact Gretchen Winter at for an invitation.

Professional Responsibility: Winning Hearts and Minds Across Generations | September 21 – 23, 2015 | Newport, Rhode Island

Gretchen Winter shares professional responsibility decision – making methodology and insights with the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and gives a talk open to all faculty and students.

Protecting Your Board: New Risks, D&O, and Cyber Insurance Webinar | November 18, 2014 | 1:00-2:00pm EST

Regardless of industry, all companies face a considerable amount of risk in today’s business environment. Join us on November 18 at 1:00 p.m. ET as our panel of experts discuss how to best ensure your board is protected. Topics will include SOX and Dodd-Frank as well as steps to mitigate risks.

Watch this webinar! Center Executive Director Gretchen Winter comments on professional responsibility, corporate culture, ethics, and compliance at a Thomson Reuters conference. To listen click here

Protecting Shareholder Value: The Role of GCs, CCOs, and IR | September 9, 2014 | Chicago, IL

This Forum will open a meaningful dialogue around the role of general counsel, corporate secretaries, chief compliance officers and investor relations professionals in working with their board to ensure long-term shareholder value. As shareholder activism and the demand for more ongoing, in-depth shareholder engagement increases, in-house legal and IR departments are charged with managing the board in these areas as they relate to compliance, technology, M&A, and risk liabilities, among other issues.

Developed for general counsel, corporate secretaries, chief compliance officers, and IR professionals, the one-day event will bring together practitioners and industry experts to evaluate new themes related to key issues such as:

  •  shareholder activists’ approaches and how investors are measuring corporate compliance programs
  • how the corporate secretary and IR department can bring the board up to speed on investor outreach best practices, particularly new technology and social media, while balancing the risks and compliance concerns involved
  • guarding the board and individual directors against liabilities related to compliance and risk oversight responsibilities.

Attendance will be limited to 50 attendees, ensuring a venue for in-depth and thought-provoking discussions. Participants will walk away with a better appreciation for the hallmarks of a well-governed corporation, enabling them to more effectively engage their boards on key issues and engage investors to get the votes they want.

Forum on Building a Trustworthy Organization | June 18-19, 2014 | New York, NY

The Conference Board and the Consortium for Trustworthy Organizations at Fordham University is hosting a 2-day workshop that will focus on Ethics, Compliance, and several other areas including how to build more trustworthy organizations.  For more information see here

Webcast with Rabobank Representative | June 10, 2014

Director Winter is hosting a webcast on “The Grey Area: Stimulating Ethical Dialogue in Organizations.” For more information see here

CRBEN Presents 60 minutes with Kathleen Edmond | March 20, 2014 | Chicago, IL

The invitation below describes an event which is occurring in Chicago on March 20 at the Illini Center.  The Chicago Regional Business Ethics Network is sponsoring a presentation and discussion as is described in the invitation.  Our center for professional responsibility in business and society is a founding member of the CRBEN. see invitation

Ethics & Shareholder Value Summit | June 13-14, 2013 | New York, NY

The Conference Board has retooled the previous Business Ethics & Compliance Conference to the Ethics & Shareholder Value Summit to address the role of the ethics and compliance officer which is reshaping as companies integrate risk, governance and sustainability in their discussions with shareholders. As public companies actively manage reputation-related practices, more emphasis is placed on shareholder value and linking ethics and compliance with Wall Street analysts, investment managers, and institutional investors. This conference addresses how ethics fits into the bigger picture of corporate performance and places a new set of expectations onto the role of ethics as a factor in creating long-term shareholder value.

12th Annual Compliance & Ethics Institute | October 6-9, 2013 | Washington, DC

SCCE’s Annual Compliance & Ethics Institute is the primary education and networking event for professionals working in compliance and ethics around the world. At this meeting, learn the latest methods and strategies for developing and improving your compliance program in this rapidly growing and evolving profession.

Gretchen A. Winter, JD, Executive Director, Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society at the University Illinois College of Business, will be presenting on Tuesday, October 8 at 11:00 a.m. Details on her session, Ten Solid Ways to Prevent Retaliation:

  • This interactive workshop will discuss ten practical steps to prevent retaliation and minimize risk with a robust incident management program.
  • Many employers now talk about having a “speak up” culture and we will bring it to life with real and practical methods to teach managers how to recognize retaliatory behavior.
  • We will work with an illustration that captures the right way to set up internal systems that encourage a “speak up” culture.

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Accountancy Roundtable, Washington, D.C.

The Center sponsored a one of a kind roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C. in October, 2007. The presentation was titled, “The Accounting Profession-Five Years of SOX and Counting,” and featured speakers Conrad Hewitt, Chief Accountant, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Charles Bowsher, Former Chairman of the Public Oversight Board and Former Comptroller General of the U.S. and Art Wyatt, Professor Emeritus, Illinois. Each offered their unique perspectives on the accounting profession five years after Sarbanes-Oxley.


Net Impact Conference

The Center sponsored two current Illinois MBA students to attend the Net Impact Conference held at Vanderbilt University in Novermber, 2007. The students, Jovanna Owusu and Noel L. Vivar, attended seminars with topics that ranged from working in public-private partnerships to creating parks and sustainable development in urban and suburban areas, to integrating sustainability, environmental responsibility, and social responsibility into the supply chains of Fortune 500 companies.