Cameron University to host live stream of OK Ethics forum featuring award-winning speaker Cynthia Cooper

The Cameron University School of Business will host a live stream of the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium (OK Ethics) monthly forum featuring internationally recognized speaker, best-selling author and consultant Cynthia Cooper on Wednesday, August 20. Cooper will speak on “Ethical Leadership for the 21st Century.” Cameron’s live stream takes place at 11:30 a.m. in the Buddy Green Room of the McMahon Centennial Complex. The $25 registration fee includes lunch. Pre-registration is required and can be completed at www.okethics.org.  The program is recommended for one CPE in ethics for CPAs desiring to further their educational endeavors

“Cynthia Cooper is a world renowned speaker,” says Dr. John Camey, Dean, Cameron University School of Business. “The ability to provide her insight to Cameron students and to the regional business community is an incredible opportunity. I encourage attendees to arrive early to take advantage of the networking opportunity the event provides.”

While serving as Vice President of Internal Audit at WorldCom in 2002, Cooper and her team unearthed a $3.8 billion fraud at the company, one of the largest corporate frauds in history. For her role in unraveling the fraud, she was named one of Time Magazine’s “Persons of the Year.” Cooper recounted the situation in her book, “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Journey of a Corporate Whistleblower,” which was published in 2008.

Cooper went on to serve as Vice President for MCI where her and her team helped the company move forward and successfully emerge from bankruptcy. She is currently CEO of The CooperGroup, a management consulting firm that partners with clients to help develop strong leaders and build ethical foundations that lead to sustainable success.

She previously served as a member of the Standing Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and was the 2011 Chairman of Board of Regents for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. She is a member of the advisory boards for Louisiana State University and Mississippi State University.

Cooper is the first woman to be inducted into the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Hall of Fame and to receive the American Accounting Association’s Accounting Exemplar Award. She is the recipient of the Maria & Sidney E. Rolfe Award for contributions to educating the public about economics, business and finance.    

“The mission of OK Ethics is to promote Oklahoma values of integrity at work,” says Shannon Warren, founder, OK Ethics. “Ms. Cooper’s presentation on ethics is made possible by the great support of business leaders who sponsor these monthly forums.”

The Consortium provides a forum of support to the Oklahoma business community so that ethical standards and integrity in the workplace can be discussed, defined and reinforced.  The Bama Companies, Hobby Lobby, Kimray and three major energy companies - Chesapeake, SandRidge and Devon - are among the top-level members who provide the means for Oklahoma businesses to hear national speakers such as Cynthia Cooper.  By doing so, they promote Oklahoma as a great state to do business.

The August forum is co-hosted by the Oklahoma Society of CPAs and the OKC chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants.

Business professionals wishing to sponsor a student to attend the luncheon are asked to contact Amy Smith in the Cameron University School of Business at 580-581-2805 or amy.smith2@cameron.edu

For more event information, contact OK Ethics at 405-858-2233 or go to www.okethics.org or the Cameron University School of Business, 580-581-2267.

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August 12, 2014

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