Author and ethics consultant Lynn Brewer, who helped to bring down the curtain on one of America’s most infamous examples of corporate fraud when she blew the whistle on corruption at Enron, will speak March 22 during the 2007 Business Speakers Series Luncheon at the Radisson Hotel in Merrillville. The event is sponsored by the IU Northwest School of Business & Economics and the IU Northwest Business Alliance.
At Enron, Brewer’s responsibilities included risk management in energy operations, e-commerce initiatives for Enron's water subsidiary, trading power in the California energy markets, and overseeing competitive intelligence for Enron Broadband Services. In her nearly three years at the company, Brewer witnessed numerous instances of illegal and corrupt dealings, including bank fraud, espionage, power-price manipulation, and grossly distorted financial reports to the press, public and financial world.
Brewer not only blew the whistle on these misdeeds, she also wrote a book on her Enron experiences: “Confessions of an Enron Executive: A Whistleblower’s Story.” Brewer was also reportedly the last to speak with former Enron CEO Kenneth Lay about his thoughts on his trial and conviction just weeks before his death.
Prior to joining Enron, Brewer worked in forensic accounting and spent 18 years as a legal professional in private practice, until she joined Ralston Purina, where she worked in corporate development for the General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer. Since leaving Enron, Brewer has become an internationally recognized speaker, providing compelling details about the energy giant’s rise and fall and explaining to audiences why the potential for another Enron-type corporate disaster remains so great.
Brewer is the founding chair and CEO of The Integrity Institute, Inc., which independently assesses and certifies corporate integrity at the request of organizations for the benefit of their stakeholders. She holds a Certification in Business Ethics from Colorado State University and currently serves on the Leadership Council of the Open Compliance and Ethics Group (OCEG). Brewer is also the co-author of “Managing Risks for Corporate Integrity: How to Survive an Ethical Misconduct Disaster” and the author of “SportsVision: Athletic Excellence through Visualization,” which is based on her 15 years as a competitive and professional figure skater and coach.
The IU Northwest School of Business & Economics and the IU Northwest Business Alliance are pleased to present this program to the Northwest Indiana business community. Lunch will begin at 12 p.m., followed by Brewer’s address at approximately 12:30 p.m. The author will hold a book-signing session following her presentation.
The cost of admission to the Business Speakers Series Luncheon is $35. Businesses also are welcome to sponsor tables at the event. The registration deadline is Friday, March 16.
For more information, contact the IU Northwest School of Business & Economics at (219) 980-6552.