Purdue Series on Corporate Citizenship and Ethics

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The Purdue Series on Corporate Citizenship and Ethics is the result of a unique and ongoing collaboration between Purdue University’s College of Education’s Ackerman Center and Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business. Speakers chosen from a variety of disciplines investigate the various aspects of business ethics and the role citizens play in corporate ethics, providing a well-rounded overview of the effects of corporate ethics upon business, the economy, and society as a whole.

Since 2003, speakers have presented on a wide range of topics. Past speakers have included US Senators and Representatives, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, a Nobel Prize winner, social entrepreneurs and best-selling authors. More than 11,000 people have attended lectures in the Series. The Ackerman Center receives support for the Series from Purdue Federal Credit Union.

All events are free and open to the public.

Featured Speaker

Peter Leyden
Futurist, tech expert, former WIRED managing editor, and serial entrepreneur
Thursday, April 18, 2024
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Loeb Playhouse – Stewart Center

  • Marie Yovanovitch2023
    Former U. S. Ambassador to Ukraine
  • John Whyte, M. D.2022
    Chief Medical Officer, WebMD
  • John Carreyrou2021
    Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist
  • Michael Lewis2018
    Best Selling Author
  • Reshma Saujani – 2017
    Founder & CEO of Girls Who Code
  • Ken Burns – 2016
    Historian and Filmmaker
  • David Gregory – 2016
    Former Moderator, NBC’s Meet the Press
  • Jimmy Wales – 2015
    Founder of Wikipedia
  • Perry Chen – 2014
    Creator and Chairman of Kickstarter
  • Charles Best – 2013
    Founder and CEO of Donorschoose.org
  • Nina Godiwalla – 2012
    Leadership and Diversity Pioneer, CEO of MindWorks and Best-selling Author
  • Ron Shaich – 2012
    Founder, Chairman, and co-CEO of Panera Bread Co.
  • Morgan Spurlock – 2011
    Academy Award-Nominated Filmmaker & Host of 30 Days
  • Mitch Jackson – 2011
    VP environmental affairs and sustainability, FedEx
  • Randy Cohen – 2010
    Ethics Columnist, New York Times Magazine
  • Jessica Jackley – 2010
    Co-founder, kiva.org
  • Harry Markopolos – 2010
    Bernie Madoff whistleblower
  • Blake Mycoskie – 2009
    Founder, TOMS Shoes
  • Harvey Pitt – 2009
    Former Chairman, SEC
    CEO, Kalorama Partners
  • Jerome Ringo – 2009
    Environmental Pioneer and President of the Apollo Alliance
  • James W. Owens – 2008
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria, Illinois
  • Paul Sarbanes – 2008
    Former Senator and Co-Author of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • Barry Salzberg – 2007
    CEO, Deloitte & Touche USA LLP
  • John Kasich – 2007
    Host of Heartland with John Kasich, Fox News Channel
  • Kathleen Kennedy Townsend – 2006
    Former Lt. Governor of Maryland
  • Lech Walesa – 2006
    Former President of Poland
    Nobel Laureate
  • Jerry Greenfield – 2005
    Co-Founder, Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc.
  • Ron Shapiro – 2005
    Founder, Shapiro Negotiations Institute, Sports Agent, Attorney, Educator, Author, and Civic Leader
  • Arthur Martinez – 2005
    Former Chairman and CEO, Sears
  • Rushworth Kidder – 2004
    Founder, Institute for Global Ethics
  • Marci Rossell – 2004
    Former Chief Economist, CNBC
  • Howard Putnam – 2003
    Former CEO, Southwest Airlines
  • Dick Thornburgh – 2003
    Former U.S. Attorney General

Contact the Ackerman Center at (765) 494-4755 or by email at amurphyk@purdue.edu.
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