Ph.D. in Ethics,
University of Florida

M.A. in Ethics,
University of Florida

B.A. in Philosophy,
Columbia College

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"Living ethically requires more than knowledge about what is ethical—
it is a skill that requires practice.

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Courageous Ethics' mission is to help purpose-driven organizations develop cultures in which they habitually meet the highest standards of ethical conduct while achieving their financial and operational goals.

Core Values

> Wisdom—to use knowledge of ethics and facts about the world to pursue worthy goals

> Citizenship—to work toward the betterment of our community by respecting the needs and interests of all people

> Responsibility—to fulfill our obligations and accept the consequences of our actions

> Honesty—to tell the whole truth in clear and understandable language

> Courage—to do what is right, even when it requires personal sacrifice

> Ambition—to constantly improve, even when current practices exceed industry standards.


About Joy Hayes

My name is Joy Hayes, and I am an ethics consultant based in the Washington, D.C. area. I concentrate on training individuals at all levels of an organization—from entry-level employees to board members—how to practice ethics in the workplace.


My Teaching Philosophy 

My teaching is guided by the understanding that living ethically requires more than knowledge about what is ethical—it is a skill that requires practice. For this reason, I will utilize active learning techniques to help your employees gain the knowledge they need to make good decisions on behalf of your organization and give them opportunities to practice applying that knowledge during the training session. 

My teaching is also guided by a focus on processes as well as specific behaviors and measurable outcomes. There at least are two reasons this is important.

  • Your employees regularly have to make decisions on behalf of your organization that are not pre-determined by rules. In such cases, it is beneficial for them to have a decision-making procedure that is likely to lead to ethical behavior.

  • Even if measurable outcomes indicate success in certain areas, there may be harmful behavior under the surface that is difficult to recognize unless you pay close attention to the process. For example, you might think your organization has achieved the goal of respecting diversity because it has a high percentage of women and minorities in high-level positions at your organization. However, truly respecting diversity also requires listening to these individuals, empowering them to do their jobs, and giving them opportunities to grow and advance. To do these things, the organization needs to closely monitor its processes and social relationships and adjust them when necessary.


  • Online Instructor
    ...Nevada State College, 2008-present blank easel | ©2011
  • Tutor Coordinator
    ...University of Florida, 2007-2009        
  • Graduate Instructor/Teaching Assistant
    ...University of Florida, 2004-2010
  • Student Support Services Mentor
    ...Columbia College, 2003-2004
  • Academic Programmer
    ...Columbia College, 2001-2003