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2014 Heroes of Ethics Speaker is Mr. Mark Whitacre who will speak on Monday, April 7th at 6:30 p.m. at the Cintas Center

Mark Whitacre, the FBI informant of the historic ADM case, will speak on "When Good Leaders Lose Their Way"



Heroes of Ethics

It is our goal to convey the ethical responsibility of professional men and women of today to become moral, courageous leaders through heroic acts of choice.

Upcoming Speaker: Mark Whitacre, April 7, 2014

"When Good Leaders Lose Their Way"

Hope, Family, Commitment, Second chances, and a family Overcoming Extreme Adversity - this is Mark Whitacre's story.

Mark Whitacre is an Ivy League Ph.D., best known for being the highest-ranked executive of a Fortune 500 company to ever become a whistleblower in US history. He was the FBI informant of the historic ADM case and wore a wire everyday for almost 3 years. However, he was charged with several white collar crimes, including fraud, tha toccurred during his tenure as President of the Fortune 500 company's BioProducts Division. He served over eight and one half years in federal prison. His undercover work with the FBI during the ADM scandal was the inspiration for the major motion picture, "The Informant". The recent Christian book, "Mark Whitacre Against All Odds", describes the rest of the story about how faith has molded his life since the ADM scandal.

Douglas Burris, Chief of U.S. Federal Probation in the Eastern District of Missouri has stated publicly, "The story about Mark Whitacre's redemption and second chance is one of the most inspirational stories of our time." Today, FBI agents who were involved with Mark's case, tout him publicly as a 'national hero' for his substantial assistance with one of the most important white collar cases in history.

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About the Heroes of Ethics

What is the program?

The Heroes of Professional Ethics Series is an annual event that celebrates the importance of ethics in the workplace. The event is sponsored by Jerry and Janet Belle, the Cintas Corporation and Xavier University. Each year, the event's sponsors will present a keynote speaker with a unique perspective or experience relevant to ethics in the work environment.

Why do it?

Business ethics has come to the forefront of attention over the past few years, unfortunately, for all the wrong reasons; this is why ethics education is so vitally important. The program is designed to accomplish the following:

  • Educate Cincinnati's business and student communities about moral courage in the workplace.
  • Promote ethical leadership when facing difficult decisions or false consensus.
  • Encourage our current and future business leaders to incorporate moral character and responsibility into their decisions.


The Heroes of Professional Ethics Lecture Series, made possible by the generosity of Jerry and Janet Belle, is an annual event that celebrates the importance of ethics within the business environment. The speech is co-sponsored by the Cintas Corporation and Xavier University. The Cintas Institute for Business Ethics presents keynote speakers with unique perspectives and experiences, relevant to ethics in the workplace.