Keynote Speakers

Thomas C. Leppert
2017 Speaker

Tom Leppert has a distinguished record of accomplishment that includes high profile, successful leadership positions in both the private and public sector. His professional experience spans developing major strategic initiatives for corporate clients as a Principal with McKinsey & Co., managing large international companies in the role of CEO in a range of industries, leading a major US city as the elected Mayor and serving as a White House Fellow. From 2007-2011, as the Mayor of Dallas, Texas, he aggressively pursued policies that dramatically improved the quality of life in Dallas. Mr. Leppert also directed a major reform of ethics standards and practices and successfully led two major referendums.

Richard Bowen
2016 Speaker

Richard Bowen is the Citigroup whistleblower who repeatedly warned Citi executive management about risky business practices and potential losses related to mortgage lending. As a Business Chief Underwriter for Citigroup during the housing bubble financial crisis meltdown, he repeatedly warned executive management and the board of directors; his warnings were ignored. Richard subsequently testified before the Securities and Exchange Commission and in 2010, Richard was a key witness in the mortgage mishaps as he gave nationally televised testimony before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings
2015 Speaker

Mike Rawlings decided in early 2011 to run for Dallas mayor on a platform that highlighted southern Dallas as the city’s greatest untapped resource. Following his June 2011 election, he launched GrowSouth, his signature initiative to spur economic development south of the Trinity River. He’s also fought to improve public education, combat poverty, revitalize Fair Park, develop the Trinity River corridor, elevate the city’s international profile and turn our city into a top destination for artists all over the world. He’s drawn headlines across the country for his bold campaign against domestic violence, Dallas Men Against Abuse.

Jeff Green
2014 Speaker

Jeff Green is an expert on ethics.  Perhaps more accurately, he’s an expert on the absence of ethics…epic ethics failures…ethical conduct gone kaput.  From abuse of power to use of prostitutes, Russian brides to bribery, conflict of interest to contractor fraud, Jeff chronicles these true tales as the current editor of “The Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure,” published by the United States Department of Defense. As a senior attorney in the Standards of Conduct Office, part of the Office of General Counsel at the DoD, Green edits the Encyclopedia, which is used as a training manual for government employees and senior officials.

Nancy B. Rapoport
2013 Speaker

Nancy B. Rapoport is the Gordon Silver Professor and Interim Dean at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Ms. Rapoport is an attorney professor and author specializing in bankruptcy ethics, ethics in governance and the depiction of lawyers in popular culture. Most notably, she is the author of Enron and Other Corporate Fiascos: The Corporate Scandal Reader and appeared (as herself) in the Academy Award®-nominated movie, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Magnolia Pictures 2005).