Gretchen A. Winter

Executive Director

Gretchen A. Winter, J.D. is Executive Director of the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society and Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received a 2018 Dean’s Impact Award for outstanding contributions to the Gies College of Business including her work with Business 101: An Introduction to Professional Responsibility, a class that builds ethical decision-making habits for all incoming students in Gies. She teaches BADM 340, an elective course that delves more deeply into professional responsibility and ethical dilemmas students are likely to face in business settings.

Ms. Winter also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the University of Illinois College of Law and the Grainger College of Engineering City Scholars Program. She is a Visiting Professor at the CY Cergy Paris Universite School of Law and serves as faculty for Practising Law Institute, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, and Ethics and Compliance Initiative educational programs.

Ms. Winter chairs the board of the Leadership Fellows Association for Leadership Greater Chicago; she also is a past chair of the Executive Board of the Association of Practical and Professional Ethics and the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association Board of Directors. She also has been Program Director for The Conference Board’s Global Business Conduct Council.

Prior to joining the Center, she worked at Baxter International Inc in a variety of roles, including more than a decade as Vice President and Counsel, Business Practices during which she developed and implemented the company’s global ethics program. Ms. Winter also practiced law with the firm of Seyfarth, Shaw and worked as staff for the State of Illinois General Assembly.

Ms. Winter received her J.D. from the University of Chicago and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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