Our Speaker - Mark Whitacre

"Mark Whitacre is a fascinating speaker. His story is about hope, family commitment, redemption, second chances, and is a wonderful example of a family overcoming extreme adversity, against all odds. Mark will share unique perspective surrounding his life and the lessons he has learned."


Drawing from his unique history, Mark provides one-of-a-kind insight into corporate ethics, greed and flawed leadership in his inspirational message.  Mark and Ginger Whitacre’s lives took an unexpected turn when Mark became involved in one of the largest price-fixing schemes in U.S. History.  Mark, an Ivy League Ph.D. (in biochemistry) was the highest-ranked executive of any Fortune 500 company to become a whistleblower in US history. He was responsible for uncovering the ADM price-fixing scandal in the 1990’s.  His three years of covert work with the FBI during the ADM scandal was the inspiration for the motion picture, “The Informant” starring Matt Damon as Mark Whitacre.  Mark served more than eight years in federal prison for white-collar crime.  In prison Mark discovered new meaning for his life.  Mark and his wife Ginger have two adult sons, one daughter. Mark serves as the COO and Chief Science Officer at Cypress Systems, Inc., a California Biotech company, where he is involved with cancer research.