Ethics & Compliance Initiative’s Senior Mangement

PATRICIA J. HARNED, Ph.D. – Chief Executive Officer

Pat Harned - CEO Ethics & Compliance Initiative

Patricia Harned is chief executive officer of the Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI), America’s oldest nonprofit in the ethics & compliance industry.  ECI is a research and membership organization comprised by institutions across every sector, each dedicated to promoting the highest levels of integrity in their operations.

For two decades as CEO, Dr. Harned has overseen all of ECI’s strategy and operations.  In that time ECI has become recognized as the leading provider of independent research about workplace integrity, organizational culture and effective compliance programs.  Dr. Harned is an expert on culture change, ethical leadership, and workplace reporting/retaliation.  She leads ECI’s consulting practice:  clients have included many prominent organizations working to recover from scandal, particularly related to sexual misconduct, corruption and fraud.

Dr. Harned also directs outreach efforts to policymakers and federal enforcement agencies in Washington, DC.  She has provided ethics & compliance training to officials in the US Department of Justice, testified before Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission, and she has personally briefed U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, the OSHA Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee, and the Federal Bar Council on strategies to increase effective reporting of suspected misconduct.  She also led ECI’s effort to support the establishment of the first-ever values based ethics & compliance program in a US federal government agency.

Dr. Harned is the only female CEO among the leading providers in the US ethics & compliance industry.  She was selected by Ethisphere Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics in 2007, 2014 and 2015, and was named one of the Top Thought Leaders in Trust in 2010, 2011, and 2018 by the nonprofit organization Trust Across America.  She serves on the board of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, and she is a Special Advisor to the International Association of Independent Corporate Monitors.

Dr. Harned holds a bachelor of science from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, a masters of education degree from Indiana University, and a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.


Earnie Broughton is Senior Advisor to the Ethics & Compliance Initiative in Vienna, Virginia. He previously served as Director of the M.B.A. and Executive Education programs in the Greehey School of Business at St. Mary’s University from 2011 to 2016.

Prior to joining St. Mary’s, Earnie served as Executive Director, Ethics Program Coordinator, for United Services Automobile Association (USAA) from 2000 to 2011 and reported directly to USAA’s President and Chief Executive Officer. He has an additional 20 years experience in Human Resources and Consumer Lending executive management in the financial services sector.

Earnie was a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Ethics and Compliance Association from 2009 through 2011. From 2006 to 2008, he served as Vice Chair of the Washington-based Ethics & Compliance Initiative Fellows Program.

Earnie co-founded the Greater San Antonio Ethics and Compliance Roundtable and currently serves as President. He also chaired the San Antonio Ethics in Business Awards from 2010 though 2012. In 2015, Earnie was named by the Ethisphere Institute to the “100 Most Influential in Business Ethics” list for having “a material impact in the world of business ethics and compliance.”

Earnie is a graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and he has a Master’s degree in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

EVREN ESEN – Vice President, Research & Analytics

Evren Essen

Evren has nearly two decades of experience in conducting research, performing analytics and original reporting. She brings her research leadership skills to ECI as head of the Research and Analytics Team, managing the implementation, reporting and analysis of ECI’s premier, longitudinal study on workplace behavior, the Global Business Ethics Survey (GBES).

Evren also oversees ECI client analytic services, including collecting and disseminating organizational data to assess program standing against established benchmarks. This data is used not only to help improve and strengthen our client’s organizational culture, but the data is also collected to strengthen global workplace benchmarks.

Prior to joining ECI, Evren spent nearly 15 years at the Society for Human Resource Management, including providing direction and analysis on workforce analytics and serving as the organization’s media spokesperson.

Evren holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Virginia Tech, achieved her Master’s of Social Work at Radford University and a Graduate Certificate in Survey Design and Analysis from George Washington University.