Speakers

Our top-notch speakers’ bureau can provide a speaker to suit the needs of your company, organization, association, trade group, or school. From a wide array of backgrounds, they speak on various topics concerning business ethics. It couldn’t be easier to begin the ethics conversation.


Beverly Kracher, Ph.D.

Dr. Kracher, Executive Director/CEO, has driven the Omaha Business Ethics Alliance to be the most comprehensive, CEO-engaged, city-level business ethics organization in the nation. In 2014 she was appointed a Top 100 Thought Leader by Trust Across America. In 2013 she was Greater Omaha's Business Woman of the Year. She holds the Robert B. Daugherty Endowed Chair in Business Ethics & Society in the College of Business at Creighton University. She also has been Vice President of a local interior plantscaping business for thirteen years.

As both a practitioner and academic, Bev understands the need for theoretically- based, accessible business ethics tools. Over the last 20 years of speaking, consulting and training at numerous national and local businesses and professional associations, Bev has developed a style that is inspiring, common-sensical, and deeply practical. She has expertise in ethical leadership, stopping moral snowballs, aligning an organization to its core values, communicating during everyday moral dilemmas and moral execution quandaries...and more.

Bev is the co-author of the Ethinary. She writes a business ethics column for the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce B2B magazine. Her work has been published in various academic journals including Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics and Business & Society Review. Bev holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She was a Research Fellow at the Center for International Business Ethics in Beijing, China in 2007. 

 
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Michael Becker

Michael Becker has been in the landscape industry for 30 years and with his wife founded Estate Gardeners Inc., a high end residential landscape design/build firm, in 1993. Estate Gardeners has been recognized four times with the prestigious Environmental Improvement Award by the Professional Landcare Network (Planet) and twice with the Grand Award for residential projects in the Omaha area. Estate Gardeners Inc. is also a past recipient of the BBB Integrity award and numerous safety awards.

Michael has been quite active in the development, administration, delivery and branding of Landscape Industry Certifications through PLANET. He is a Landscape Industry Certified Manager, has served on the International Certification Council of PLANET for seven years, and as Chair of that council for two years. He received his Bachelor’s degree in fine art from Colorado State University. 

 
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jim dale

Jim Dale is Owner and Principal of Seven Citadels Consulting, LLC, a veteran- owned small business. His firm works with organizations of all sizes to mitigate operational risks affecting their people, assets, and reputation. Jim brings a unique perspective that comes from investigating and resolving business misconduct issues in both the private and public sectors as well as decades of leadership and management experience to Omaha companies that book him through the Alliance. This includes his experience as an officer and special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations; and as the senior security executive for Avery Dennison, ConAgra Foods, and Inacom.

Jim is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a member of several professional organizations including the International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). He is a recipient of the Award for Public Service from the U.S. Department of Justice, and in 2004 was awarded the Citation for Life Saving by the Omaha Fire Department.

Jim has been a volunteer with the Business Ethics Alliance programming committee since 2008. In that time he has facilitated numerous ethical dialogues and panel discussions with Omaha business leaders for the Alliance; and he’s spoken to local groups and organizations on business ethics on behalf of the Alliance. Jim was awarded the Bruce Hamm Trailblazer Award by the Alliance in 2011 for his work in business ethics on behalf of the Alliance. 

 
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MARILYN SCHOOLEY HANSEN 

Marilyn Schooley Hansen is the founder of The Designers, which she established in 1980. Prior to that, Marilyn was the director of Interior Design for the J.L. Brandeis furniture division until its closing. Through her work at the Designers, Marilyn has trained over 200 interior design interns during their bachelor’s degree requirement. She has served as a member of the American Society of Interior Designers both at the local and national levels and served as the director of the ASID effort in the renovation of the Governor’s Mansion in 1997-98.

Following the renovation, she wrote and taught a national course on ethics and business practices for the American Society of Interior Designers for two years where she was named a Fellow of ASID for her Ethics and All That Jazz course. Marilyn promotes ethical practices with her students and employees professionally and as a speaker for the Alliance. 

 

DAN J. KENNELLY 

Dan Kennelly, Vice President, Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer, Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company.

Kennelly manages the Corporate Compliance and Ethics Division and all state insurance department relationships. He also oversees compliance and ethics programs, and manages the company's Code of Ethics and Business Conduct program. He is responsible for product drafting and filings, advertising review, administration of the company's producer performance program, special investigations unit, handling of regulatory issues, distribution and monitoring of new laws to ensure compliance, and he oversees Mutual's insurance anti-money laundering program.

Kennelly has been with Mutual of Omaha since 1986. He began his career in Group Claims and earned several promotions since that time including: HMO Administration manager; first vice president of Group Claims Administration and Compliance, where he administered quality assurance programs across four remote processing centers and oversaw the compliance of state and federal regulations; first vice president, Government Affairs and Legislative Issues Management; and first vice president, Policy Approval and Regulation. He assumed his current position in September 2005.

Kennelly graduated from Creighton University in 1982. He is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Omaha, as well as a 2007 graduate of the State Chamber's Leadership Nebraska program. He is active in the Greater Omaha Alliance for Business Ethics, and serves on the board of directors for Catholic Charities in Omaha. 

 

KAREN KLINGBERG 

Karen Klingberg is a Business Assistance Manager at the Greater Omaha Chamber and prior to that she was the Program Director of the Microbusiness Training and Development Program at Catholic Charities. Karen is a Certified Executive and Leadership Coach through the Center for Executive Coaching and is also a certified guide for the Gallup Entrepreneur Acceleration System, she is involved in the Outreach Committee of the Business Ethics Alliance, teaches Introduction to Entrepreneurship at Metropolitan Community College and owns a business. Karen regularly speaks on the topic of business planning and has helped numerous businesses get started.

Karen has made Omaha her home since 1999. She is originally from Venezuela where she graduated with a degree in Economics and has an MBA from Creighton University. 

 
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TOM MCCLUNG

Tom McClung is a Senior Director and Coach for The Growth Coach. He has served in key management roles involving profit, nonprofit, and educational institutions. This has included leadership responsibilities in administrative services, financial planning, financial vitality, strategic planning, client services, quality program initiatives, and information technology.

Tom is a graduate of the Ohio State University and College of Wooster. He earned his doctorate at Michigan State University before moving to Omaha where he has worked for the past 38 years. Tom is an engaging and motivating speaker for the Alliance.  

 
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MICHAEL MCMEEKIN, P.E. 

Mike McMeekin is President of Lamp, Rynearson & Associates, Inc., an engineering, planning and surveying firm headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska with additional offices in Fort Collins, CO and Kansas City, MO. He has 36 years of professional engineering experience and has played a leadership role in a number of signature projects in the Omaha area, including the Qwest Center Omaha and Riverfront Redevelopment, Rosenblatt Stadium, and the redevelopment of Aksarben. He is currently working as part of the Program Management Team for the City of Omaha’s $1.7 billion Combined Sewer Overflow Control initiative.

Mike is a graduate of the American Council of Engineering Companies’ Senior Executives Institute, an advanced management, leadership, and public policy training program for current and emerging leaders of engineering and architectural firms. He recently completed a six-year term on the Board of Directors of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. Mike served as co-chair of Environment Omaha, a joint initiative of Omaha by Design and the City of Omaha to create an Environmental Master Plan for the City of Omaha. For his work on this initiative, he was named the 2010 recipient of the Laurels Award by Omaha by Design. Mike earned a B.S. / Civil Engineering, University of NE - Lincoln, NE and anM.S. / Environmental Engineering, Washington State University - Pullman, WA. 

 
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GERRY PHELAN 

Mr. Phelan is the owner of Midwest Woodworkers, an Omaha retail store offering woodworking tools, supplies and hardwoods.

Before acquiring Midwest Woodworkers, Mr. Phelan was an independent small business consultant for four years, the Director of Training and Development for TD Ameritrade for six years and had a successful twenty year career with International Paper Company, and its distribution arm xpedx. During that time he filled a variety of management roles including Division General Manager, Vice President of Operations, Treasurer, Credit Manager and Data Processing Manager. He planned and led numerous large scale projects in diverse areas like green fielding, mergers, systems conversions, facility moves, systems, sales and new building construction.

Gerry is the Chair for the Speakers’ Bureau of the Business Ethics Alliance. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Operations Management from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Midwest Woodworkers received the Better Business Bureau Integrity Award for 2013. 

 
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KEVIN RHODES, CCIM 

Kevin Rhodes has been in the Commercial Real Estate business since 1974. He is President of World Group, LLC having held that position since its merger with Seldin Company in January 2011. World Group’s services include sales and leasing of commercial, retail and industrial properties. World Group also provides professional asset and property management, development and owner representation, real estate investment services as well as consulting and site selection services. Kevin is responsible for the daily operations of World Group including sales, leasing, and management of retail and office properties.

Kevin earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa and returned to Nebraska to begin in career in Commercial Real Estate. He holds the CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation and has served on numerous committees of the Realtor organization including the Professional Standards Committee. 

 
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PHIL WAYNE 

Mr. Wayne is a Property Management & Forensic Expert and owner of PBW Consultants, LLC

Phil graduated with honors from the University of New Mexico majoring in business, marketing and economics.

Born in Omaha, but raised in Albuquerque, he returned to Omaha and became Vice President of Property Management for Seldin Development & Management Co. for 15 years. Simultaneously, for 14 years he was an Adjunct Professor at UNO teaching Property Management in the Department of Economics, Real Estate Division. In 1989, he moved to Denver, CO, to launch his consulting career in property management specializing in reducing Class II crime (gangs, drugs, prostitution, and gambling) on income properties. Phil was featured on the NBC News With Tom Brokaw to showcase the success of the program. He also was a Police Academy Instructor for several cities, as well as a national speaker/consultant, and author covering numerous property management, leadership, and crime related issues.

In 2005, he returned to Omaha to expand his Forensic Expert Witness activity, which his nation wide in scope involving property related negligence.

Phil also is currently Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the Douglas County Housing Authority, and an Outreach Speaker for the Omaha Business Ethics Alliance among other activities.