Anthony J. Gray Interviewed on "For the Record"

On January 20, 2016, IGE President and CEO Anthony J. Gray appeared on “For The Record,” a popular local television program hosted by Channel 3000 Editorial Director Neil Heinen which airs every Sunday. The episode, entitled “Ethical Thinking and Behavior” was immediately available on YouTube, and went on to air this past Sunday, January 24th, on WISC-TV. Over the course of the twenty-minute interview, Heinen asked Gray questions on a wide variety of topics, ranging from the personal to the professional.

Gray discussed the career path that led him to IGE, and gave a general overview of the work IGE does. When asked to give his opinion about how we, as a society, view ethics today, Gray drew a distinction between academic ethics—the sort of philosophical studies he undertook at Yale Divinity School—and applied ethics, the real-world application of ethical concepts on which IGE focuses. He then discussed several particular clients with whom IGE has worked, including a seminar for the Kentucky legislature, before finto how, when considering potential cities for IGE’s recent relocation, he never doubted that Madison was the perfect choice for IGE, based on his positive experiences here when attending Wisconsin Law, the strong nonprofit community, and the city’s overall enthusiasm for social justice.

Gray then detailed IGE’s philosophy of service, particularly how we tailor our services to the particular organization’s needs, our values-identification process, and the various services provided, up to and including developing codes of ethics, after which he discussed how codes of ethics work. Asked about the city-wide initiative project, Gray discussed how one could be coming to Madison soon before summarizing his vision for the city-wide-initiatives project as a whole. He then spoke briefly on the relationship between IGE and the Church Farms School, just outside Philadelphia. Perhaps the most exciting portion of the interview, however, was when Gray had the opportunity to discuss the Ethical Exemplars project, describing it as his “passion project,” and the organization’s top priority for 2016, before discussing the methodology for Ethical Exemplars interviews, and how people from every walk of life can serve as ethical exemplars in the modern world. Finally, he discussed the challenge of measuring ethical change, as opposed to quantitative behavioral metrics, but went into some detail on a longitudinal study that IGE performed that found voluntary participation in IGE’s ethical training had a positive impact on recidivism rates in a North Carolina prison.