About Jim

Jim Lichtman has been writing and speaking on ethics since 1995. Past clients include The Federal Dispute Resolution Conference, Society of Actuaries, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Hampton University Honors College, American Bankers Association and U.S. Department of State.

In a 2016 three-part story, Trust and Confidence, Jim  details the 1998 battle between independent counsel Kenneth Starr and Director of the U.S. Secret Service Lewis Merletti over compelling agents on the President’s Protective Division to testify about what they may have seen or heard regarding the president’s relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

After a 19-month Freedom of Information request, Jim obtained a copy and wrote the only comprehensive story of an investigation examining allegations of professional misconduct by the Office of Independent Counsel. Legal scholar Ken Gormley, who produced the definitive examination of the entire Whitewater investigation, said of Jim’s work, “You deserve a large amount of credit for bringing all of this to light… It is an important piece of work.”

Special public presentations include: “Is American Becoming a Culture of Corruption: A Report on Honesty & Trust in America”; “U.S. Intelligence, 9/11 & Iraq: A Whistleblower’s Story” broadcast interview with one of TIME Magazine’s (2002) Persons of the Year Coleen Rowley; andIntegrity, Leadership, Trust: A Different Measure of Obama’s First 100 Days.”

Jim’s op-eds have appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and The New York Times. Feature stories and appearances include USA Today, The Washington Post, Boston Herald, Weekend Today Show (local New York), National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition, NY-1, and CNN’s NewsNight with Aaron Brown.

Jim is currently a member of the National Advisory Board of The Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion and Public Life at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

It’s Ethics, Stupid:

Why Integrity Still Matters

Every day ethics scandals continue to take a toll both psychologically and economically on society. Every time we hear of another scandal, our level of trust and confidence in individuals and institutions declines.

So, why do so many smart people and important companies continue to get caught-up in things they know are wrong? How do we perceive and eliminate unethical options? How can we compete in a complex marketplace and maintain our integrity?

IN HIS TALK, Jim makes clear that ethics is the infrastructure for the way things should work. It’s not about what we say or even what we intend, it’s about what we do. Ethical decision-making not only requires a commitment, but obliges us to develop the consciousness and competency in examining the ethical dimension of choices. It sometimes requires us to choose between what we want and who we want to be.

It’s a complicated world out there and it’s getting more complicated all the time. Sometimes, the only thing that separates an individual or organization from another is their reputation for integrity.

Today, integrity matters, now more than ever.

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“Who the hell is Jim Lichtman?”
Friedrich Nietzsche

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