Ethics & Compliance Initiative’s Senior Management
PATRICIA J. HARNED, Ph.D. – Chief Executive Officer
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 sixteen years as CEO, Dr. Harned has overseen all of ECI’s strategy and operations. In that time ECI has become 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 195+ prominent organizations around the world. Dr. Harned has been invited to provide ethics training to a number of boards of directors, and she has participated as a member of monitoring teams for organizations in settlement agreements with federal enforcement agencies.
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.
Dr. Harned 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, 2018 and 2020 by the nonprofit organization Trust Across America. She was a member of the PCAOB Standing Advisory Group, and she currently serves on the boards of the U.S. Center for SafeSport and the International Association of Independent Corporate Monitors.
Dr. Harned holds a bachelor of science degree from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, a masters of education degree from Indiana University, and a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.
EVREN ESEN – Vice President, Research & Analytics
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.