Through 20 years of advising global organizations such as Staples, Sun Life Financial, General Dynamics, Boeing, MolsonCoors, and Scotts-MiracleGro (among others), David Gebler has become a recognized thought leader in the emerging field of values-based ethics and culture risk management. He has earned a reputation as a creator of innovative approaches to raise the awareness of ethics and values in major organizations through deployment of integrity-based processes and development of interactive ethics and compliance training programs.
A business lawyer by training, David received his J.D. from the University of California in Davis. As an attorney in private practice with firms such as Proskauer, and as corporate counsel for Gamma International, David gained extensive experience in both bank regulatory and software licensing issues. He worked in Israel for CBS Records International as Director of Business Affairs and as a staff lawyer for El Al Israel Airlines.
As a senior practice leader and strategist, David works with clients to understand how their culture affects ethics and compliance risks, and then to develop strategies to reduce those risks by aligning the values of the organization with business goals. He helps create training programs and leadership strategies targeted to the client’s specific risk factors.
In 1991 David and his business partner became one of the first licensees for the new comic strip DILBERT. The partnership of cohen/gebler had the exclusive rights to the DILBERT characters for corporate communications and training. cohen/gebler used the DILBERT characters as a creative theme for companies that understood the credibility gap between what they say and how those actions are perceived by employees. This attempt to understand how the gap between stated and real values influences behavior became the cornerstone of Gebler’s work. As a principal of cohen/gebler associates he co-developed the breakthrough “Ethics Challenge” program for Lockheed Martin in 1996, which set a new standard for employee ethics training.
As founder of The Working Values Group, he developed ethics training programs for companies such as Raytheon, Schering-Plough, and American Tower Corporation. In addition, David has served as ethics counsel for numerous organizations, advising on policy and corporate standards deployment, and drafting codes of conduct and investigation strategy.
In 2008 David partnered with management consulting firm Sage Partners to form Skout Group. As President of Skout, David helps organizations reduce people-based risks while improving productivity and corporate reputation.
David is a Kallman Executive Fellow at the Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University and is on the International Advisory Board of Suffolk University’s Graduate Program in Ethics and Public Policy, where he co-teaches a course in Business Ethics. A frequent speaker and panelist, David has appeared on CNN, CNBC, and WGBH discussing the reasons behind topical ethics issues. He has written a chapter on Ethical Culture for the 2010 Corporate Compliance Answer Book published by Practising Law Institute. David’s book “Creating a Culture of Compliance” was published by the Ark Group, Ltd. in February 2011.