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What: 2012 Ethics in the Workplace

When: Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Willis Tower, 233 South Wacker Drive, 33rd Floor, Wacker Room in Chicago, IL 60606
IDOT Central Office Auditorium, Districts 1-5, District 7-9 and JRTC 6th Floor Offices.
District 6 and Aeronautics will attend in the IDOT Central Office Auditorium

Ethics in the Workplace is designed to guide and educate employees to the benefits of making good ethical decisions and the consequences of making bad decisions

Brochure and Agenda

Special guests this year will include members of the Chicago chapter of Tuskegee Airmen which were highlighted in the recent George Lucas-produced movie Red Tails.

National Anthem performed by Milas J. Armour III - VIDEO
Ann L. Schneider, Secretary, Illinois Department of Transportation - VIDEO
Tuskegee Airmen - VIDEO
Ann Calvaresi Barr, Deputy Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Transportation - VIDEO
John Hauser, Special Agent, FBI Chicago Office - VIDEO
Margaret McLean, Chief Ethics Officer, CH2M Hill - VIDEO
Robert S. Rivkin, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Transportation - VIDEO
Robert Stanek, Special Agent, U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General - VIDEO
Noel Watson, Chairman of the Board, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. - VIDEO
Dennis Wilt, Vice President and General Counsel, Waste Management - VIDEO
Seminar closing - VIDEO

For additional information visit the archives of past conferences at the following link

If you have any further questions please contact the office directly at: 217-558-4617 or Email


2012 Ethics In the Workplace Seminar Speakers

  Tuskegee Airmen – DODO Chapter in Chicago
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces. During World War II, African Americans in many U.S. states were still subject to the Jim Crow laws. The American military was racially segregated, as was much of the federal government. The Tuskegee Airmen were subjected to racial discrimination, both within and outside the army. Despite these adversities, they trained and flew with distinction. All black military pilots who trained in the United States trained at Tuskegee, including five Haitians.

On 19 March 1941, the 99th Pursuit Squadron was activated at Chanute Field in Rantoul, Illinois. A cadre of 271 enlisted men were trained at Chanute in aircraft ground support trades, beginning in July 1941; the skills being taught were so technical that setting up segregated classes was deemed impossible. This small number of enlisted men became the core of other black squadrons forming at Tuskegee and Maxwell Fields in Alabama.

When the pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group painted the tails of their P-47s and later, P-51s, red, the nickname "Red Tails" was coined. Bomber crews applied a more effusive "Red-Tail Angels" sobriquet.

The Tuskegee Airmen compiled the following combat records:

  • 261 aircraft destroyed
  • 148 aircraft damaged
  • 15,533 sorties
  • 311 missions for the Fifteenth Air Force
  • 179 bomber escort missions
  • 66 KIA
  • 84 killed in training and non-combat missions
  • 95 Distinguished Flying Crosses awarded
  • 450 pilots sent overseas.

Their operational aircraft were, in succession: P-40 Warhawk, Bell P-39 Airacobra, Republic P-47 Thunderbolt and North American P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft.

Link to additional Wikipedia information:
Link to Local chapter website:
Official movie site:

Two video’s of 2012 interviews with original Tuskegee Airmen

Tuskegee Trail Dedication Video

  Ann Calvaresi Barr, Deputy Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Transportation
Ms. Calvaresi Barr is the Deputy Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). As the Deputy Inspector General, Ms. Calvaresi Barr is responsible for providing executive level leadership and direction of Office of Inspector General (OIG) audits and investigations of transportation-related issues, as well as oversight of OIG operational support activities.

Ann Calvaresi Barr came to DOT OIG as the Principal Assistant Inspector General for Auditing and Evaluation. In this position, Ms. Calvaresi Barr directed and oversaw all audit work on the Department's air, highway, transit, maritime, and rail programs, including implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. She assumed her position in March 2009 after a 25-year career at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

At GAO, Ms. Calvaresi Barr served as a Director in the Acquisition and Sourcing Management Team in Washington, D.C. As a senior executive at GAO, Ms. Calvaresi Barr was responsible for directing numerous engagement teams, producing reports and delivering congressional testimony in the areas of technology transfer, the defense supplier base and contract management. Ms. Calvaresi Barr started her GAO career in 1984, working on healthcare and intergovernmental relations issues. From 1988-1993, she completed an overseas tour in GAO’s former European office in Frankfurt, Germany, where she worked largely on defense, international affairs and national security issues. Prior to her GAO career, Ann worked for the City of Reading, Pennsylvania, and for the City Manager of Rockville, Maryland.

Ms. Calvaresi Barr is a graduate of Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science in 1982. She also holds a 1984 Master of Public Administration from American University, Washington, D.C., is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Fellows Program, and holds an MIT fellowship in Foreign Politics, International Relations and the National Interest.

  John Hauser, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigations
John Hauser joined the FBI as a Special Agent in 1998 and in 2001 he was assigned to Public Corruption investigations where he served as the Case Agent for the Hired Truck investigation, which began in the fall of 2002 and continued until 2010. A discrete, single defendant bribery case soon grew into what the Chicago Sun Times described as possibly "the most significant investigation of City Hall corruption ever in Chicago." In all, 49 individuals were charged, including over 20 city employees and officials. In 2008, Mr. Hauser became an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. While there, he prosecuted various violent, narcotics, and fraud cases, in addition to a 35-defendant Eastern European Organized Crime case. In 2010 Mr. Hauser returned to the FBI and participated in an FBI-led task force investigating fraud and corruption in Afghanistan. He has recently accepted a supervisory position in the FBI's Cyber Division. Mr. Hauser graduated from the University of Illinois, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a double degree in Political Science and History. He is also a cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School.


  Margaret McLean, Chief Ethics Officer, CH2M Hill
As CH2M HILL Chief Ethics Officer Ms. McLean oversees the ethics and compliance function for a $6.5B global engineering and construction company with 30,000 employees in 70+ countries around the world. The Ethics function includes a comprehensive education, training and assurance function for enterprise business practices, including conflicts of interest oversight, domestic and international anti-corruption programs, multi-lingual 24/7 global hotline program, ethics concerns investigations and education, the global Ethics Ambassador program, supply chain ethics management program, political contributions and gifts & entertainment program, and a special program focused specifically on the ethics requirements unique to working for US and other national government clients.

  Robert S. Rivkin, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Transportation
Robert S. Rivkin was sworn in on May 18, 2009 as the 21st General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation, following unanimous confirmation of his appointment by the United States Senate.

Rivkin is counsel to Secretary Ray LaHood and serves as the Department’s Chief Legal Officer, with authority to resolve all legal questions concerning the Department’s policies and programs and its over 55,000 employees and $78 billion budget. Rivkin oversees the activities of more than 500 lawyers in the Department and its ten operating administrations, safeguarding the integrity of the decision making process and promoting compliance with all applicable laws. He is responsible for the Department’s regulatory program, including airline consumer protection, its litigation and enforcement activities, and the preparation of transportation legislation. In addition to his other duties, in August and September of 2009, Rivkin directed the $3 billion Cash for Clunkers (“CARS”) auto rebate program. He is a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, the Obama Administration’s Regulatory Working Group and General Counsel Forum, and the DOT Credit Council. In 2010, Rivkin received the Secretary’s Gold Medal Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Before becoming General Counsel, from 2004 to 2009, Rivkin was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Aon Corporation, a Chicago-based global risk management and insurance brokerage firm. In that capacity, he was responsible for the business counseling, litigation, regulatory affairs, employment law and government affairs functions that supported all of Aon’s businesses across the Americas. From 2001 to 2004, Rivkin served as General Counsel of the Chicago Transit Authority, America’s second-largest transportation system, with over 4,000 buses and rail cars serving Chicago and 40 suburbs. Previously, Rivkin practiced law as a partner at the Chicago law firm now known as Schiff Hardin, L.L.P., served as Director of Programs and Policy for the City of Chicago’s Law Department, and prosecuted federal criminal cases as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. Rivkin also has worked at the British Parliament and at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he was an associate editor of the Stanford Law Review, and clerked for Judge Joel M. Flaum of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

Mr. Rivkin previously served on the Transportation Committee and as a Director of the Chicago-based Metropolitan Planning Council. He was also a director of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, City Year Chicago, and Leadership Greater Chicago. Rivkin is a member of the Chicago Inn of Court, the Economic Club of Chicago, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He and his wife, Cindy Moelis, have two daughters (Stephanie and Claire) and a son (Alexander).

  Robert Stanek, Special Agent, U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General
Robert Stanek has been a special agent with the United States Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General, New York field office, for over eleven years. During that time, Special Agent Stanek has conducted a wide range of investigations in the areas of grant fraud, public corruption, and fraud against government. Prior to joining US DOT/OIG, Special Agent Stanek was employed by the United States Customs Service for four years as an Inspector and worked at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. Special Agent Stanek graduated from St. John's University in 1997, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.

  Noel Watson, Chairman of the Board - Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.
Noel Watson serves as Chairman of the Board of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., a technical, professional, and construction services company. The firm was founded in 1947. Noel was recruited by company founder, Dr. Joseph Jacobs, in 1960. He left for a few years but returned in 1965 and has been with the Company ever since. With a degree in chemical engineering from the University of North Dakota, Noel’s early focus was mining and minerals processing projects. Over the years, he’s worked in several locations and in several roles for the company. First a process engineer and then a project manager, he assumed
successive senior management positions until ultimately becoming president in 1987 and CEO in 1992. As CEO, Mr. Watson was responsible for the Company’s operations. During his tenure, revenues grew from $1.1 billion to well over $7.0 billion, with a corresponding increase in profits. In that time, Jacobs’ backlog grew from $1.8 billion to over $10.0 billion, transforming the company from a mid-sized construction and professional services company. In 2004, Noel was elected Chairman of the Board. Today, Jacobs is one of the world's largest and most diverse providers of technical, professional, and construction services, with
2009 annual revenues exceeding $11.0 billion.

  Dennis M. Wilt, General Counsel - Waste Management Counsel, Waste Management
Dennis Wilt is the Midwest Group Vice President and General Counsel for Waste Management, Inc. Mr. Wilt is responsible for legal and compliance matters in twelve Midwestern states in which Waste Management does approximately $3 billion of business annually. He began his career at Waste Management in 1990 as Region Vice President and General Counsel. Mr. Wilt earned his B.A. from Alfred University and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Detroit School of Law. With over 45,000 employees serving over 20 million residential, industrial, municipal and commercial customers, Waste Management is North America’s leading provider of integral environmental solutions. Waste Management has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, the leading business ethics think-tank, as one of the 2012 World’s Most Ethical Companies. This is the fifth year the company has been honored for promoting the highest of ethical standards.

A.        Responsibilities of Agencies, Directors and Employees

             1.        Reporting of Information

Every state officer or employee in an Agency shall report promptly to the Inspector General any information concerning waste, corruption, fraud, conflicts of interest or abuse by another state officer, employee or vendor relating to his or her employment. The knowing failure of any officer or employee to so report shall be cause for discipline, up to and including discharge. The knowing provision of false information to the Inspector General by any officer or employee shall be cause for discipline, up to and including discharge. Any officer or employee who in good faith acts pursuant to this paragraph by reporting to the Inspector General improper governmental action shall not be subject to dismissal, discipline or other adverse personnel action.

             2.        Duty to Cooperate

                             a.        Each Agency and every officer and employee, shall cooperate with, and provide assistance to, the Inspector General and her or his staff in the performance of any investigation. In particular, each Agency shall make its premises, equipment, personnel, books, records, and papers readily available to the Inspector General. The Inspector General or his/her staff may enter upon the premises of any Agency at any time, without prior announcement, if necessary to the successful completion of an investigation. In the course of an investigation, the Inspector General may question any officer or employee serving in, and any other person transacting business with, the Agency, and may inspect and copy any books, records, or papers in the possession of the Agency, including those made confidential by law, taking care to preserve the confidentiality of information contained in responses to questions or books, records, or papers that is made confidential by law.

                             b.        The Inspector General may compel any employee in an Agency to truthfully answer questions concerning any matter related to the performance of his or her official duties. If so compelled, no statement or other evidence derived therefrom may be used against such employee in any subsequent criminal prosecution other than for perjury or contempt arising from such testimony. The refusal of any employee to answer questions if compelled to do so shall be cause for discipline, up to and including discharge.

Protection from Retaliation

No officer, employee or appointee in any Agency shall retaliate against, punish, or penalize any person for complaining to, cooperating with, or assisting the Inspector General in the performance of her or his duties. Any officer, employee or appointee who violates this provision shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge.

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