• Lauren Bloom is an interfaith minister and attorney who focuses on professional and personal integrity. Her career has been devoted to helping business professionals earn and maintain the trust of their clients, cutomers, colleagues and associates. An internationally-recognized expert on business and professional ethics, Lauren has appeared as a keynote speaker across North America and in Europe.

    Lauren lives in Springfield, Virginia outside of Washington, D.C.

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    The ethics of employing dangerous people

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    Last week’s shooting at the D.C. Navy Yard has raised a whole lot of questions – again – about how to keep workers safe from colleagues who “go postal.”  According to news reports, the alleged shooter, Aaron Alexis, had a … Continue reading

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    What can we ethically do about Bashar al-Assad?

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    One of the first lessons law schools teach students who want to become litigators is this: never ask a witness a question on the stand unless you already know the answer. President Obama appeared to have forgotten that lesson when … Continue reading

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    Judge Baugh’s “apology” was bad as could be

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    It’s fashionable these days to treat ethical principles as somewhat debatable, dependent on circumstances and personal proclivities.  As someone who thinks and writes about ethics, I’ll admit that situations that present conflicting values can sometimes be somewhat ambiguous.  However, there … Continue reading

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    Bill O’Reilly was right to apologize

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    Before I begin this post, let me confess that Bill O’Reilly has never been one of my favorites.  Further, as anyone who’s read this blog more than once knows, our politics couldn’t be much more divergent.  Nonetheless, I want to commend him … Continue reading

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    Do you have a dream?

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    Fifty years ago today, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the most famous speeches in history.  Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King galvanized an audience of almost a quarter of a million people with … Continue reading

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    Oprah and the Bag

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    It’s been a couple of weeks now since Oprah Winfrey made headlines when a salesclerk in Switzerland reportedly refused to show her an uber-expensive handbag.  The immediate supposition, widely reported in the press, was that the clerk didn’t recognize her famous … Continue reading

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    How deceptive are online weight loss photos?

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    Frequent readers of this blog know I’m not a big fan of the fitness and weight loss industry.  Business ethics are my “thing,”  after all, and I think one of the most fundamental elements of ethics in business is to … Continue reading

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    Can Anthony Weiner credibly apologize again?

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    Every once in a while, life surpasses art in its ability to generate disbelieving laughter.  When former Congressman Anthony Weiner resigned from his post two years ago over a “sexting” incident, late night comedians went wild with glee, generating one … Continue reading

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    Will the Zimmerman verdict cause a Florida boycott?

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    Music legend Stevie Wonder made headlines yesterday when he announced that he’s boycotting the State of Florida. Distressed as so many of us are by the “not guilty” verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, Wonder says he won’t again perform in … Continue reading

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    An apology to black Americans after the Zimmerman trial

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    In the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquital, I want to apologize to the African-American community.  I never met Trayvon Martin or George Zimmerman, nor am I responsible for Florida’s “stand your ground” law or a legal system that prohibits conviction … Continue reading

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      --Rabbi Harold Kushner, author,
      When Bad Things Happen to Good People.

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