Champion of Ethical Culture: Ashlee Foltz on Integrating Ethics Into the Business and Advancing Integrity Throughout the Organization

September 10, 2019 LRN Corporation

“Compliance and ethics is not for the faint of heart. All of us, we live for those moments where we can be part of a monumental wake-up call that can really realign an organization and bring them back to their core values.”

Ashlee Foltz

On this episode of the Principled podcast, host Dr. Marsha Ershaghi Hames interviews Ashlee Foltz, founder of ACF Consulting Solutions and the former chief ethics and compliance officer of Cintas Corp. Ashlee describes her own journey into the ethics and compliance field, her passion for business ethics, and how best to integrate the function into an organization. During the episode, trends in business ethics and drivers for socially responsible companies are discussed, as well as how to advance integrity as part of the business mandate. Ashlee explains how the industry is moving away from a top-down approach based on punishment, and toward a bottom-up approach, where the ethics and compliance program is seen as a competitive advantage and a source of pride.



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Ashlee Foltz delivers strategic advisory services to purpose-driven businesses seeking to define and strengthen their organizational culture, and coaches leadership teams to expand corporate consciousness.  Ashlee empowers clients to become intentional about how they do business. She provides consulting on the topics of business ethics, risk management, corporate compliance, issues management, and crisis communications.

Foltz most recently served as chief compliance officer at Cintas Corp., where she led the global ethics and compliance program across a $6.5 billion enterprise with 43,000 employees and more than 400 locations. She headed government relations, and drove policy priorities and oversaw engagement with government officials, trade associations and other stakeholders.

Foltz, appointed as Xavier University’s Ethicist in Residence at the Williams College of Business,  is a certified compliance and ethics professional, and holds an international business ethics and compliance certificate from Xavier University, a B.A. in English from Centre College, and a J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law.



  • [1:09] How did Foltz find her way to ethics and compliance?

  • [3:27] Coming from an in-house position and evolving into a private practice, what drove her in that direction?

  • [4:45] How does she view the opportunity to integrate business ethics into an organization?

  • [7:27] What are the future trends we can expect to see in business ethics?

  • [10:11] What is the driver for people wanting to work in a more inclusive and socially responsible workplace?

  • [12:00] How much does she see ethics and compliance professionals being responsible for advancing integrity as part of the business mandate?

  • [14:53] How can ethics and compliance Leaders balance scaling a program, yet keep it locally and contextually relevant?

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