Ethics and Leadership Lecture


Business ethics is a cornerstone of the Brennan School curriculum. The Brennan School’s annual Ethics and Leadership Lecture, sponsored by our Christopher Chair in Business Ethics, invites internationally-recognized corporate, civic and government executives to address current issues of principled leadership. Hosted annually at the University Club of Chicago, this free lecture brings an unprecedented level of access to these leaders for the Chicago business community.

Past Lectures

Fall 2015

Kristi Savacool, CEO of Aon Hewitt, delivered the 11th annual Ethics and Leadership Lecture on November 10 at the University Club of Chicago. She offered her perspective on principled leadership through various examples from her accomplished career and personal life. 





Fall 2014

Patrick Fitgerald

Former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald delivered the Brennan School's annual Ethics and Leadership Lecture on October 22 at the University Club of Chicago. He offered his perspective on how to foster ethical behavior, illustrating his points with numerous examples from his accomplished career, and spoke at length with students and attendees after his remarks.

Fitzgerald, now in private practice, has investigated and prosecuted high profile cases involving organized crime, terrorism, and public corruption—including those that led to the convictions of two Illinois governors.

Click here to watch his full lecture.



Fall 2013

On Thursday, October 3, 2013, Dr. Carolyn Woo, President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, visited the Dominican University campus and met with members of senior administration and the faculty to discuss current efforts and possibilities at Dominican University in teaching, research, and community service. Later that evening, Dr. Woo delivered the 9th annual Ethics and Leadership Lecture at the University Club of Chicago. Click here to watch the full lecture.

Dr. Carolyn Woo

Dr. Woo, representing CRS, was featured in Foreign Policy magazine as one of the most 500 powerful people on the planet and one of the only 33 in the category of "a force for good."

Before coming to CRS, Dr. Woo served from 1997 to 2011 as dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. During that time, she also served on the boards of CRS and many other nonprofit and corporate organizations. 

Click here to read Dr. Woo's full biography. 




2012: Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, the chairman of the Foundation for the Global Compact, spoke on the topic of "Challenges for Companies Operating in Conflict-Sensitive Countries."
2011: Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland (1990-1997) delivered "Encouraging Corporate Social Responsibility."
2010: Samuel A. Di Piazza, Jr., retired Global CEO of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd., spoke on “Responsible Leadership in a Multi-Stakeholder World.
2009: Ambassador Nomvume Pearl Magaqa – “Black Economic Empowerment: Its Impact on Wealth Creation and Social Values in South Africa”
2008: Mary L. Schapiro
2007: Gretchen A. Winter
2006: Elmer W. Johnson
2005: William M. Daley