Patricia Harned is chief executive officer of the Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI). The mission of the ECI is to empower organizations to build and sustain high quality ethics & compliance programs. The ECI is an alliance of three nonprofit organizations: the Ethics Research Center (ERC), the Ethics & Compliance Association (ECA) and the Ethics & Compliance Certification Institute (ECCI).
As CEO, Dr. Harned oversees all of ECI’s strategy and operations. She also directs outreach efforts to policymakers and federal enforcement agencies in Washington, DC and she speaks and writes frequently as an expert on ethics in the workplace, corporate governance, and global integrity. Dr. Harned advises senior leaders on effective ways to build an ethical culture and promote integrity in organizational activities.
Dr. Harned chaired the ECI’s Blue Ribbon Panel on High-Quality Ethics & Compliance Programs, which established a new industry standard for effective ethics and compliance efforts in organizations. She has served as a consultant to many leading organizations; among them Penn State University, Daimler AG, and the New York Stock Exchange. Dr. Harned has testified before Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission, and she has provided briefings to U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, the OSHA Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee, and the Federal Bar Council on strategies to increase effective reporting of suspected organizational misconduct.
Dr. Harned has been featured in media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today and CNN, and has been a guest on Federal News Radio and the “Diane Rehm Show.” She was selected by Ethisphere Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics in 2014 and 2015, and was named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior in both 2010 and 2011 by the nonprofit organization Trust Across America.
Dr. Harned holds a bachelor of science in education degree from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, a masters of education degree from Indiana University, and a doctorate in the philosophy of education from the University of Pittsburgh.