Laura P.  Hartman

Vincent de Paul Professor of Business Ethics, Department of Management
Dreihaus College of Business
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Laura Pincus Hartman currently is on leave from DePaul University through June 2018 to serve as Executive Director the School of Choice Education Organization, a US-based non-profit that she helped to establish, and which now oversees L’Ecole de Choix, a unique tri-lingual elementary school in Haiti.  For the past two years of her leave, Prof. Hartman was the inaugural Director of the Susilo Institute for Ethics in the Global Economy at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.   ​

At DePaul, Prof. Hartman serves as Vincent de Paul Professor of Business Ethics at DePaul University’s College of Commerce.  She has received the university’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the Spirit of DePaul Award, the Woman of Spirit Award in honor of St. Louise de Marillac, the University Public Service Award, the College Outstanding Service Award, and numerous university competitive research grants.​

Concurrent to her academic work, Hartman was Director of External Partnerships for Zynga.Org, through which Zynga players of FarmVille, Words with Friends and other online games have contributed more than $14 million toward the both domestic and international social causes.  From 2009 - 2011, she represented DePaul University on the Worldwide Vincentian Family’s Vincentian Board for Haiti, and was instrumental in the hands-on design and implementation of a micro-development, finance and education system for people living in poverty in Haiti (including its online project,  She was named to that effort after having served for a number of years as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for the university.  In that capacity, she was responsible for, among other programs, the administration and adjudication of the Academic Integrity Policy across the entire university (24,000 + students).   

Hartman also chaired DePaul’s Task Force on Speech and Expression Principles, both in 2007-08 and also more recently during its revision process in 2016-17, among other service contributions. ​

A winner of the Microsoft CreateGOOD award at Cannes Lions (2015), named one of one of Ethisphere’s 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics, and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business (2014), Hartman serves as an advisor to a number of start-ups and has consulted with multinational for-profits, non-profits and educational institutions.  She was invited to BAInnovate’s inaugural UnGrounded lab and has been named to Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Woman.”  

Prof. Hartman has been invited to serve as the Gourlay Professor at the Melbourne Business School / Trinity College at the University of Melbourne (2007-2008), as an Associated Professor at the Kedge Business School (Marseille, France), an invited professor at INSEAD (France), HEC (France), the Université Paul Cezanne Aix Marseille III, and at the Grenoble Graduate School of Business, among other European universities.  On behalf of the accrediting body for schools of business, AACSB, Hartman was the global coordinator of the bi-annual seminar series, “Teaching Business Ethics.” 

Previously, Hartman held DePaul’s Wicklander Chair in Professional Ethics and subsequently was named the Grainger Chair of Business Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business, where she was named one of the top five professors of the year.  She has also served as an adjunct professor of business law and ethics at Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management, where she was placed on the Honor Roll for Excellence in Teaching.  

In 2003, Hartman was awarded the First Annual Vincentian Ethics Award.  She previously served as Director of the Institute for Business & Professional Ethics, and currently serves on its Board of Directors.  She is Past-President of the Society for Business Ethics, and presently directs its Professional Mentorship Program.  She has served in a leadership role with the French CSR association ADERSE (in collaboration with SBE) and is Co-Founder and was Co-Chair of the Employment and Labor Law Section of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. In addition, she was co-editor of the Section's Employment and Labor Law Quarterly, and served as President of the Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business for the 1994-1995 term.

In her professional role working with corporations and other institutions, Hartman has engaged in ethics training workshops and presentations for a number of local and global companies and professional associations at the employee, executive and board levels.  In particular, she has worked with firms in industries such as regulated utilities (Nicor, Exelon), healthcare (Blue Cross Blue Shield, Abbott), financial services (Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Fiserv, Investment Management Consultants Association), education operations (University of Texas System, Roosevelt University) and retail/manufacturing (Kerry Foods, Nike).  

Hartman graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University and received her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. She splits her time between Haiti and Chicago, and has been a mother to two daughters.