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Zicklin School of Business Hosts Famous Whistleblowers for Candid Panel Discussion



 

Jon Oberg  Sherron Watkins  Louis Clark 

                            Jon Oberg              Sherron Watkins          Louis Clark

Jordan Thomas  Jennifer Pacella

                                      Jordan A. Thomas      Jennifer M. Pacella

 

NEW YORK, NY- October 1, 2014  - The Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business is welcoming famous whistleblowers Sherron Watkins, former Vice President of Enron, and Jon Oberg, former researcher with the U.S. Department of Education, for a panel discussion on whistleblowing Tuesday October 21.

“American Whistleblowers Live at Baruch” is the first stop in the Government Accountability Project’s 2014-2015 annual American Whistleblower Tour. The tour seeks to educate the public and future workforce about the important role whistleblowers play in promoting government and corporate accountability. Also featured in the panel are attorneys who advocate for whisteblower rights and disclosures.

The panel discussion will cover: first-hand stories of historic whistleblowers who disclosed corporate fraud; what whistleblowing is and isn’t; the difficult challenges whistleblowers face when deciding to disclose wrongdoing; why whistleblowers should be honored and protected to maintain an effective democratic, capitalist society; and how the current regulatory landscape both fosters and hinders whistleblower disclosures.

Jennifer M. Pacella, Assistant Professor of Law at Baruch and a panelist for this event, says this event will provide some important insight to whistleblowing.

"Whistleblowing is an essential tool in the detection of fraud and misconduct in any industry and is of utmost importance to the leaders of tomorrow—our students," Pacella said. "We are honored to have such a distinguished group of speakers here at Baruch College as part of GAP’s  American Whistleblower Tour and truly value the opportunity to hear their courageous stories and insights."

 

EVENT DETAILS:

WHAT:  “American Whistleblowers Live at Baruch”

WHO:    Sherron Watkins, former Vice President of Enron Corporation

Jon Oberg, former researcher, The U.S. Department of Education

Louis Clark, President & Financial Accountability Director,

Government Accountability Project

Jennifer M. Pacella, Assistant Professor of Law at Baruch College,

Curriculum Faculty Committee of the Government Accountability Project

Jordan A Thomas, American attorney, writer, speaker and media commentator securities enforcement, corporate ethics and whistleblower issues

WHEN:   12:40 p.m. – 2:15 p.m., Tuesday, October 21, Lunch/Registration 12 p.m.

WHERE:  Baruch College Vertical Campus Building,

55 Lexington Avenue (between 24th & 25th Streets), Room 14-220

Complimentary pre-registration is required to attend. Register online, call or e-mail Matthew Lepere at (646) 312-3231 or Matthew.Lepere@baruch.cuny.edu.

 

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About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Manny Romero, (646) 660-6141, manuel.romero@baruch.cuny.edu
Mercedes Sanchez, (646) 660-6112, mercedes.sanchez@baruch.cuny.edu
Celene McDermott, (646) 660-6134, celene.mcdermott@baruch.cuny.edu

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