Patricia Harned Ph.D.


Patricia Harned is chief executive officer of the Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI). The Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) is leading the movement for responsible organizations worldwide through its mission to identify, amplify and certify the practices that result in the highest level of integrity in organizations. The Initiative is the only organization in the ethics and compliance sector that presents new ideas and benchmarks grounded in research and then connect those ideas with practitioners and partners in meaningful ways, including a best practice community, education and certification. The Ethics & Compliance Initiative includes the Ethics Research Center (ERC), the Ethics & Compliance Association (ECA) and, the Ethics & Compliance Certification Institute (ECCI).

As CEO, Dr. Harned oversees ECI’s research agenda and its networking and conference events. She also directs outreach efforts to policymakers and federal enforcement agencies in Washington, DC and she speaks and writes frequently as an expert on ethics in the workplace, corporate governance and global integrity. Dr. Harned advises CEOs and directors on effective ways to build an ethical culture and promote integrity in organizational activities.

Dr. Harned has served as a consultant to many leading organizations; among them Penn State University, BP, and the New York Stock Exchange. She has testified before Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Dr. Harned has been featured in media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today and CNN, and has appeared on the “Diane Rehm Show.” She was selected by Ethisphere Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics in 2014, and was named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior in both 2010 and 2011 by the nonprofit organization Trust Across America.