Best-selling author and corporate whistleblower Cynthia Cooper delivered a lecture, “Ethical Leadership for the 21st Century,” in Spring 2013. Cooper and her team unraveled the fraud at WorldCom, to date one of the largest corporate frauds in history. She was named one of Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year and is a recipient of the Maria & Sidney E. Rolfe Award for contributions to educating the public about economics, business and finance.
Cooper is an internationally recognized speaker, best-selling author of Extraordinary Circumstances, and a consultant for businesses such as Dell, Bell South, France Telecom, PepsiCo, Raytheon, Walmart and AT&T. She has been featured in national periodicals such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CFO Magazine and Business Week and has appeared on major networks including Fox Business, PBS, NBC (The Today Show), ABC (This Week with George Stephanopoulos) and many others. Cooper donates profits from her book to further ethics education for high school and university students.
Cooper's daughter Anna Katherine also spoke at the event.
The lecture was made possible by the Fiehrer Endowed Lectureship in Business, the Mandeville Endowed Professorship in Accounting, and Carroll College Student Activities.
A former bodyguard to Pope John Paul II, Widmer is an entrepreneur who engages top businesspeople, investors, and faith leaders around the world to foster enterprise solutions to poverty and promote vrituous business practices. He cofounded SEVEN fund, a philanthropic organization run by entrepreneurs who invest in original research, books, films, and websites addressing poverty. Andreas co-initiated the Pioneers of Prosperity Awards, a first-of-its-kind industry program that finds and promotes the best entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Widmer is a research fellow in entrepreneurship at the Action Institute and an advisor to the Zermatt Summit, an annual business leadership event that strives to humanize globalization. He also serves as an advisor to Transforming Business, a research and development project at the University of Cambridge. A seasoned businessman at a variety of firms, he has worked extensively in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America and brought more than 100 leading-edge technology products to market.
Roy F. Simperman lectured on the impacts of the economic downturn and administration policies on small businesses. Mr. Simperman is the Chairman and CEO of Semaphore Corporation in Seattle. Semaphore designs, maintains and manages secure private networks including the management of switches and routers. Prior to his experience with Semaphore, Mr. Simperman worked for Boeing in navigation, guidance and control, trajectory analysis, and nuclear warhead integration into the SRAM missile program. At Weyerhaeuser, Mr. Simperman was responsible for a simulation to analyze the forestry program including cost structure, revenue streams, and the regression equations needed to grow tress. The program also computed the optimum rotation age, internal rates of return and net present values. At that time, Mr. Simperman managed the largest entity of its kind in the world. Mr. Simperman technology expertise includes involvement in the early years of the internet with a stock photography company that sold photos over the internet.
Pamela Knous, the executive vice president and chief financial officer for SUPERVALU. Ms. Knous' presentation was a "town hall" forum where she answered questions about how the food retail industry has been affected by the economic downturn and the possibilities for women to rise to the highest level in contemporary corporate America. Getting ahead in today's business world and much more are in the offing at this interactive talk. Before joining SUPERVALU, Ms. Knous was executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of The Vons Companies, Inc. Prior to merging with Safeway in April 1997, Vons was the ninth largest supermarket chain in the United States.