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Ethics in Action: Protect and Defend

Total Credits: 4 including 4 Behavioral Ethics - Non-technical

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ACPEN Industry Institute |  Ethics |  Industry
Diane D. White
Course Levels:
4 Hours
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In the 1976 Academy Award-winning best picture, "Network", Peter Finch played a news anchor who was so upset with world events that he delivers a TV speech with the famous line “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.”

More than four decades later, when we learn of foolish business decisions leading to a crisis, we probably feel the same way.

Today we see case after case of short-term profits emphasized over long-term sustainability.  This session explains how financial professionals can help protect and defend our organizations and clients from self-inflicted disasters.

Basic Course Information

Learning Objectives
  • Learn how financial professionals can protect and defend our organizations and clients from self-inflicted disasters

Major Subjects
  • A history of corporate misdeeds

           1.  The problem of "short-termism" and the need for "patient capital"

           2.  The problem of over-reliance on government solutions  

           3.  How we can restore trust in business and protect the integrity of our profession   

  • Three lines of defense

           1.  Financial Managers

           2.  Internal Auditors

           3.  External Auditors  

  • Stewardship’s attributes and what accounting professionals can do to create corporations that are more responsible to ALL their stakeholders



Diane D. White Related seminars and products: 8


Diane D. WhiteMBA, CPA, CMA, is a finance and accounting executive with 39 years of control and business leadership expertise in both large and small for-profit and non-profit corporations.  She served several Fortune 50 corporations as Division Controller for 25 years before becoming a CFO for nonprofits and small businesses.  Diane recently retired as CFO of Workforce Resource, a nationwide mortgage finance service provider.  She and her husband Jim reside in Beaufort, SC where she enjoys volunteer work, teaching, consulting, writing, and a wide array of Lowcountry outdoor pleasures.


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Tue, Sep 08, 2020 - 09:00a to 12:38p CDT
Tue, Sep 29, 2020 - 09:00a to 12:38p CDT
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Wed, Nov 04, 2020 - 10:00a to 01:38p CST
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Fri, Dec 04, 2020 - 08:00a to 11:38a CST
Wed, Dec 30, 2020 - 07:00a to 10:38a CST

Additional Info

Basic Course Information

Prerequisites Some management experience helpful
Advanced Preparation None
Designed For All Financial Professionals
Original Recording Date 04/26/2018
Yellow Book No
Course Developer Executive Education, Inc.
Date Added to Catalog 02/07/2018

Additional Information

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Instructional Delivery Method Group Internet Based
Course Registration Requirements Online Registration
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Overall:      4.5

Total Reviews: 142


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"The course was very good. I like the case studies and discussion."

Christine D

"Great course covering a myriad of business issues both with accounting focus and other business practices. Thank you for providing such a nice overview to provoke thought."

Celeste N

"I liked the update from the JP Morgan case - consider refreshing with more recent examples - i.e. California Wildfires in 2018"

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