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Business Ethics Keynotes and Workshops

‘Kevin Foster’s presentation on Business Ethics and Compliance is the most original and effective I have seen my career as a general counsel and law firm partner. Kevin succinctly captures how and why business executives fall into ethical traps. Understanding such traps is essential to avoiding serious ethical and legal issues, and Kevin’s presentation should be part of every ethics/compliance program.’ Charles R. Morgan CEO, The Morgan Group

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Kevin understands the challenge of finding just the right speaker to talk about business ethics. In his prior roles as a certified public accountant with KPMG Peat Marwick and as a commercial real estate broker with Marcus & Millichap, he was given all sorts of training in industry-specific ethics.

However, that training was hardly applicable when he became the vice-president of finance for a real estate development company that became mired in complex allegations of bank fraud.  In hindsight, his personal involvement could have been avoided if he saw the right warning signs and truly understood the risk of doing nothing.

Hardly a day goes by without some new allegations of bad behavior (or worse) by companies and/or their officers.  Even the allegation, much less the truth, of unethical or criminal behavior may result in millions of dollars in legal fees, loss public confidence in the business and, potentially, criminal liability.  Certain industries are under great pressure to mitigate their exposure by providing ethics training to its employees.

Who really knows more about the consequences crossing the lines from ethical behavior, to unethical to criminal than someone who has been there?  Kevin tells his story, and the stories of others, as real-life examples of the pitfalls and consequences of working in an unethical corporate culture.

Kevin developed practical E.T.H.I.C.S. tools that can help all levels of the organization adhere to ethical principles and limit their legal liability. As a natural storyteller, he uses his emotional story to exemplify how not using E.T.H.I.C.S. tools can have life-altering and, many times, criminal results.

Kevin uses his E.T.H.I.C.S. tools to provide ethics awareness and training to the employees and members of corporations, associations, and nonprofits.  His ethics presentation can be tailored to the client’s needs in either a keynote address or workshop.

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My Speaking Topics

 “Solving the Ethics Enigma”

Doing things that are in gray areas just to survive, or to salvage what has been built, often resorts to “Stinking Thinking”. Many believe when in complex, even dire circumstances, that the end of their financial woes is simply “just one deal away.” That is exactly the place (as I personally know) where drastic compromises seem to be an acceptable risk vs. reward. But they are not. Kevin has developed practical E.T.H.I.C.S. tools that can help all levels of the organization adhere to ethical principles and limit their legal liability. As a natural storyteller, he uses his emotional story to exemplify how not using E.T.H.I.C.S. tools can have life-altering and many times criminal results. I discuss how to identify the six warning signs that lead to unethical or illegal behavior in yourself and others.  Presented as the “Scared Straight” keynote to financial services professionals, this is a must-hear of my experience of crossing the line into the dark side.

“From Adversity to Authenticity”

What happens if things aren’t going according to your plan? Many of us who have ever hoped or planned for something big in their life may find those hopes and plans in the past tense. Isn’t this part of the human experience? Life is not about avoiding suffering, life is about finding purpose in spite of, or through, suffering. In this inspirational keynote, I tell my story of a high-powered real estate executive in the middle of a major criminal case that leads to a 37-month prison term. My physical incarceration is a metaphor for all those who find themselves imprisoned by circumstances in their personal and business lives. Learn how life conspires for you and not against you. And, learn how to prepare when your hopes and plans are now in the past.  This keynote is the perfect inspirational speech to kick-off or end a conference.

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