This season, Chautauqua Institution’s Week Three 10:45 a.m. morning lecture series on the theme “Moral Leadership in Action” will be sponsored in part by Grant Thornton LLP.

“Choosing the week of ‘Moral Leadership in Action’ reflects the essence of our CPA profession, which is moral leadership in action,” said Jim Brady, new chief operating officer of Grant Thornton. “It’s ethics. It’s morals. It’s integrity. It’s trust. It’s doing the right thing.”

Founded in Chicago in 1924, Grant Thornton has developed into one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms. Working with a broad range of publicly and privately held companies, government agencies, financial institutions and civic and religious organizations, Grant Thornton focuses on serving those organizations that pursue growth holistically.

As a certified public accountant, or CPA, Brady has utilized his 34 years of professional experience ensuring financial representation of companies are both reflected truthfully and accurately.

“Our goal at Grant Thornton is to be the most admired CPA firm in the world,” Brady said.

Brady and his family have been coming to the Institution since the summer of 2003. He serves on both the Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees and the Chautauqua Foundation Board of Directors.

Brady said he agrees with former President Teddy Roosevelt’s 1899 remarks about the Institution, describing Chautauqua as the “most American place in America,” a throwback to the enrichment of values.

“It’s the sounds. It’s the sights. The experiences are rich. They’re deep. They’re authentic. They’re big. It’s not the little tiny, minutiae of day-to-day life,” Brady said. “It brings back the ideals of America. There’s no place like Chautauqua to bring it all to life.”