screen-shot-2015-10-11-at-12-07-54-pm-250x250In this episode, I interview Keith Darcy, a corporate ethicist who dared to change the course of his executive career to follow his personal sense of purpose.

Reviewing the podcast, I was struck by Keith’s thoughtfulness and the power of his insights.  I hope you will find it as inspiring as I did.

  • He talks about the faith it takes to trust that when one door shuts another will open.  He describes the life changing moment he experienced in Golgotha, near Jerusalem, when he knew it was time to leave his executive position in banking to pursue the new field of corporate ethics.
  • He reflects about how the field of corporate ethics has changed over the past thirty years.
  • He speaks on defining moments, like 9-11, when a country or culture has the opportunity to choose a new way, and the inherent risk that people will choose to go back to “business as usual.”
  • He shares about what happened on September 18, 2008, when Nancy Pelosi met with Henry Paulson and Ben Bernanke, and the financial worlds waited, knowing capitalism was on the brink of disaster.
  • He talks about how he guides executives into conversations about risks and ethics.

“The world is not full of perfect and absolutes. The best way to address the gray is by talking to each other.”

“Our fundamental responsibility as a human is to accept the fact that we make moral decisions.”

Hear my reflections following the interview:


Hear the full interview by clicking on this link and going to the show on ITunes where you’ll find episode 24. 


About Keith Darcy

Keith Darcy has combined a 40 year career as a senior executive and corporate director with a passion for education, business ethics, compliance risk management and organizational leadership.  After a successful career as a banking executive, Keith made a life-altering decision to become a corporate ethicist, and to help shape the growing field of corporate ethics and compliance. In that role he has helped organizations address a wide variety of complex compliance, governance and regulatory challenges.

Keith served nine years as Executive Director of the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association (ECOA), an organization he helped to found. Today it is the largest association exclusively for ethics and compliance executives with over 1,300 members worldwide, cutting across all business sectors.
Since 1994, Keith has been teaching Ethics and Leadership in the Executive Programs at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  He also taught for the Graduate Management Program at Antioch University Seattle; we met while I was directing that program.

He can be reached at

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