Executive Director

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Gretchen A. Winter, J.D.  is Executive Director of the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society (the “Center”) and Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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

Ms. Winter is Chair of the Executive Board of the Association of Practical and Professional Ethics, and she previously chaired 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. as Vice President and Counsel, Business Practices, and developed and implemented the company’s global ethics program.  She worked for Baxter in other roles over her 18 years with the company. Ms. Winter also practiced law with the firm of Seyfarth, Shaw and was a legislative analyst with the State of Illinois.

Ms. Winter received her J.D. from the University of Chicago and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She serves as President of the Board of the Leadership Fellows Association of Leadership Greater Chicago and is a member of the Visiting Committee of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

She also has chaired and been an appointed member of a number of Illinois university and statewide higher educational boards as well as a variety of not-for profit boards, including Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois, Project LEAP (Legal Elections in All Precincts),  and Evanston Hospital’s Institutional Review Board.  She is a member of the Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Hall of Fame.

Contact Gretchen Winter at gwinter@illinois.edu.