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, The Penn State Forum, American Bankers Association and U.S. Department of State.

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; and “Integrity, 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, Huffington Post, 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.

For more information and booking arrangements, contact Jim.

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.

Jim Lichtman

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Idaho Hospital Assoc.

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National Grocers Assoc.

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Assoc. of Sales & Marketing Companies

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California Teachers Assn.

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Society of Actuaries

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Norman Corwin, writer, director, essayist

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Friedrich Nietzsche