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
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.