Whistleblower to speak on 'Ethics After Enron'

October 21, 2005

The former Enron Corp. vice president credited with drawing attention to accounting problems before the company's collapse will present "Ethics after Enron" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the Cafe Per Se of the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. The event is free to the public.

In her presentation, Sherron Watkins will focus on what went wrong at Enron, how similar situations can be avoided and the importance of ethical leadership. She also will discuss the system that equity markets rely on to function properly. The event is being sponsored by the law school's Speakers Trust, Dickinson Democrats, Jewish Law Students Association, Joint Degree Law Students Association, Penn State Law Review, Republican Council, Sports, Entertainment and Art Law Society, and the Women's Law Caucus. A reception will follow.

Watkins first alerted Ken Lay, Enron's chief executive officer, to the company's accounting irregularities in August 2001 and warned that Enron "might implode in a wave of accounting scandals." She later testified before House and Senate congressional committees investigating the internal workings and subsequent demise of Enron. Watkins is co-author, along with prize-winning journalist Mimi Swartz, of "Power Failure: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron," published in March 2003.

Before joining Enron in 1993, Watkins worked for three years as the portfolio manager of MG Trade Finance Corp. in New York and for eight years in the auditing group of Arthur Anderson's New York and Houston offices.

For more information on Watkins' presentation, call the law school's communications office at (717) 240-5217.

  • Sherron Watkins, former Enron Corp. vice president, is credited with drawing attention to accounting problems before the company's collapse.

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