Frank Bucaro and Associates
Internationally Known Ethics Expert
Mr. Frank Bucaro of Frank Bucaro and Associates is a platform veteran who holds the prestigious award of CPAE, Speaker Hall-of-Fame (Council of Peers Award of Excellence) and the CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation through the National Speakers Association.
To date, fewer than 200 speakers worldwide have been awarded the coveted CPAE, voted on exclusively by peers in the speaking industry. The CSP is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform skill.
Frank continues to WOW his audiences with outstanding program outcomes through up-to-date research, easy to implement tools, and his uniquely humorous stories and powerful examples. Frank’s customization techniques further ensure that the presentation will provide relevant and useful information and will help to ensure that your event exceeds expectations.
For over 20 years, Frank has spoken to hundreds of clients in various industries about the importance of ethics in business. He has been interviewed on BusinessWeek Online, CNNfn (now CNN Money), RE/MAX Satellite Network, New York Life Satellite Network. His articles have appeared in Best Practices in HR, Affluent, The American Salesman , Business First of Louisville, Corporate Incentive & Travel Online, and American Way (American Airlines magazine), just to name a few.
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Dr. Al Gini, Loyola University Chicago
Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics and Chair of the Department of Management in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago. He is also the co-founder and long-time Associate Editor of Business Ethics Quarterly, the journal of the Society for Business Ethics. For over twenty-six years he has been the Resident Philosopher on National Public Radio’s Chicago affiliate, WBEZ-FM, and he regularly lectures to community and professional organizations on issues of business and ethics. His books include: My Job My Self: Work and the Creation of the Modern Individual (Routledge, 2000); The Importance of Being Lazy: In Praise of Play, Leisure and Vacations (Routledge, 2003); Why It’s Hard to Be Good (Routledge, 2006); Seeking The Truth of Things (ACTA, 2010); The Ethics of Business with Alexei Marcoux (Rowan & Littlefield, 2012).
Tom Brejcha Thomas Moore Society, President and Chief Council, “Ethics in the Legal Environment”
Tom Brejcha brings over four decades of legal experience to his work as president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society, a national public interest law firm which carries on an active litigation practice on issues relating to First Amendment and other legal protections for peace, pro-life, and pro-family protest and religious liberties. Having previously conducted a business law practice, including service as industrial relations and litigation counsel for the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, Tom has been fighting court battles on First Amendment and other civil rights and constitutional law issues for the last 27 years.
Tom grew up on Chicago’s South Side, attending Catholic grade schools and Mt. Carmel H.S. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a varsity debater, helped draft the school’s first honor code, chaired the Student Advisory Board of the College of Arts & Letters, and was awarded the President’s Medallion by Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, CSC. He won a Root-Tilden Scholarship to New York University Law School, where he was the Note & Comment Editor of the Law Review and class representative for Root-Tilden Scholars.
As an Army Captain in Vietnam during1969-70, Tom won a Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal. After study at the Sorbonne in Paris on the GI Bill, he joined a Chicago law firm led by Barnabas F. Sears, a famous trial lawyer who was appointed as Cook County Special Prosecutor to investigate – and then prosecute – alleged misconduct by the Cook County State’s Attorney and other officials arising out of police shootings of Black Panther leaders. Tom went on to become a successful business litigator in antitrust, securities, labor, and other cases—including two cases that reached the U.S. Supreme Court. He also researched and drafted proposed ethics opinions for one of his senior partners, Thomas Boodell, Sr., then a member of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Standing Committee on Professional Ethics, some of which were adopted and published by the ABA Committee as he had drafted them.
In 1986, Tom volunteered to assist the principal named defendants in the infamous N.O.W. v. Scheidler case and became lead defense counsel in this epic-scale national class action lawsuit charging that protest leaders were carrying on a nationwide conspiracy in violation of federal antitrust, extortion, and racketeering (“RICO”) laws – a case that was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on three successive appeals, producing three landmark opinions. Ultimately, Tom’s clients prevailed by an 8-1 margin (2003) and then again by a unanimous 8-0 margin (2006). The case remains pending on yet another appeal on costs issues. In its 28th year of litigation, it may end up rivaling in longevity the seemingly endless Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce, the fictional case in English Chancery court chronicled in Dickens’ Bleak House.
Among his many other engagements, Tom has been defending lawyers charged with legal ethics violations in cases currently pending before the Illinois, Indiana, and Kansas Supreme Courts, as well as before a Hearing Panel of the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission (“ARDC”).
Tom has testified and represented clients before Congressional Committees (House Judiciary and Ways & Means), appeared on national and local broadcast and other media many times, including on Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, MSNBC’s Martin Bashir, CNN, 700 Club, and other shows, and received awards and honors from Catholic Charities, Catholic Citizens of Illinois, National Lawyers Association, Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation, Illinois Students for Life, pregnancy resource centers, and other groups.
Anna Dourdourekas C.P.A. Grant Thornton LLP, Managing Director of Independance and Ethics Group "Ethics in Accounting"
Elisabeth Dellegrazie Concordia-Chicago, faculty, "Ethics in Marketing and Advertisement"
Professor Dellegrazie teaches classes focusing on marketing communications, advertising and new product management. Within, these classes she works with small businesses and not-for-profit organizations, which allow students to gain hands-on experiences, and provides marketing solutions to the businesses in the surrounding community. In addition, to helping students in the classroom, Professor Dellegrazie helps students set up internships through the Directed Study Program and Internship Opportunities.
Prior to coming to Concordia, Professor Dellegrazie, worked as a marketing expert for companies such as Boise, Inc., Illinois Tool Works (ITW), Grohe America, Chicago Faucets and Dominick’s Finer Foods. In addition, she has marketing experience in the retail, business to business, and commercial channel areas. She has been a member of Concordia’s faculty since 2008.
Wanda Foster, Concordia-Chicago, faculty, "Good Ethics is Good Business"
Professor Foster teaches Principles of Management, Finance, Corporate Finance and Business Ethics. Her areas of expertise include transition of professionals into management and management of healthcare organizations. Professor Foster’s current research is in corporate ethics and leadership development.
Dr. John Hildebrand, Concordia-Chicago, faculty, "Ethics in Marketing and Advertisement"
Professor Hildebrand teaches courses on Introduction to Marketing, Consumer Behavior, Global Marketing, Marketing II, and Multicultural Marketing. He is also the Business Club advisor.
L. Arthur Safer, Ph.D. Concordia-Chicago, faculty, “Ethics and Education”
L. Arthur Safer, Ph.D. is Professor of Leadership in the Department of Leadership, College of Graduate and Innovative Programs where he teaches Ethics and Policy Analysis. Previously, he was Professor (tenured) and Chair of the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies at Appalachian State University (UNC System) from which he retired in 2007. He is Professor Emeritus at Loyola University Chicago where he was Associate Dean of the School of Education and Professor (tenured) of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Safer served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of Education in the U.S. Department of Education under President Carter. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Northwestern University, a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and a B.A. from Miami University (Ohio).
Barbara Yong Golan & Christie LLP, partner, “The Ethics of Equal Pay and the Equal Rights Amendment”
Barbara Yong is a partner with the law firm of Golan & Christie LLP. Practicing for over 30 years, for the last 25 years her practice has focused on bankruptcy and commercial litigation, representing both debtors and creditors in chapters 7, 11 and 13. Barb has tried cases in both state and federal court and argued before the Illinois Appellate Court, the Illinois Supreme Court and on behalf of clients including small to medium sized businesses, business owners, property owners, banks and equipment leasing companies.
Barb was named a Super Lawyer by Chicago Magazine and is a Leading Lawyer in the areas of bankruptcy and restructuring. Last year she wrote an article particularly relevant to our discussion today entitled, “Fraudulent Concealment: Silence Isn’t Always Golden,” for the annual ethics issue of the Journal of Corporate Renewal published by the Turnaround Management Association. March 2012, Vol. 25, No. 2.
Barb received her undergraduate degree in Political Science/Pre-Law from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1979 and her law degree from Loyola University School of Law in 1982. An active member of several bar associations and networking groups, she is a frequent speaker on Pay Equity issues, ethics and more.
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