Former Enron Vice President Sherron Watkins Speaks on Ethics, Leadership and Courage

April 12, 2012
07:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Cultural Events
Shirley Recital Hall, Salem Fine Arts Center

In August 2001, Sherron Watkins alerted then-CEO Ken Lay that Enron "might implode in a wave of accounting scandals." Watkins' warning proved to be true as just months later, the company fell into bankruptcy after a storm of scandalous revelations of fraud. In the wake of Enron's meltdown, Watkins testified before Congressional Committees from the House and Senate investigating the company's demise and was lauded in the press for her courageous actions. In recognition of her outstanding demonstration of ethic in the work place, Watkins has received numerous honors. TIME magazine named Watkins, along with two others, as their 2002 Persons of the Year, for being "people who did right just by doing their jobs rightly" and "for believing.... that the truth is one thing that must not be moved off the books..." Barbara Walters included her as one of the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2002.

Gail Adams