Cynthia Cooper

Cynthia Cooper – named one of Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year for her role in unraveling the fraud at WorldCom – is an internationally recognized motivational speaker, author of Extraordinary Circumstances and consultant as CEO of The CooperGroup.  Cynthia Cooper is also best-selling author and consultant. She has also been featured as one of twenty-five influential working mothers in Working Mother magazine. Cynthia was the first woman to be inducted into the AICPA Hall of Fame and to receive the American Accounting Association’s Accounting Exemplar Award. In addition, Cynthia is a recipient, along with Senator Sarbanes and Representative Oxley, of the Maria & Sidney E. Rolfe Award for contributions to educating the public about economics, business and finance.

Cynthia’s keynotes has been described as riveting and inspiring. Cynthia speaks for and consults with organizations around the world. Her clients include large cap public companies such as Dell, Bell South, France Telecom, PepsiCo, Raytheon, Walmart, and AT&T; associations such as the Washington D.C. Trial Lawyers Association; public sector entities such as the FBI, the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S. Department of Labor; international organizations such as the United Nations; and public accounting firms such as Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

TOPICS

Ethics

  • Glass House, 2.0: How Building a Culture of Transparency Can Strengthen Your Organization
  • The Three S’s of Ethical Decision Making
  • Tone at the Top: Setting the Bar High and Integrating Core Values throughout the Corporate Culture
  • Building a Solid Ethical Foundation for Your Team
  • The Slippery Slope: Why Smart People Make Bad Decisions; Practical Strategies to Help Sort Through Ethical Dilemmas and Make the Right Choices
  • How Bright Lines Can Fade to Shades of Gray: Navigating Everyday Problems and Ethical Dilemmas
  • Thinking Instead of Sinking: 10 Steps to Help Keep Your Head Up and Your Ethics Intact as You Navigate Life’s Storms

Current Economic Crises and Recent Scandals

  • The Recent Corporate Scandals: Commonalities, Risk Indicators and Lessons Learned
  • The Current Economic Crises: Causes, Lessons Learned
  • WorldCom: Unraveling the Largest Corporate Fraud in History
  • HealthSouth: Anatomy of a Corporate Healthcare Scandal

Fraud Prevention and Detection

  • Who Commits Fraud and Why?
  • What Organizations Can Do to Minimize Fraud
  • Betting the House: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward in Enterprise Risk Management
  • Avoiding Scandal: How Each Stakeholder Can Play a Key Role
  • A Scandal Has Occurred: What to Expect in the Aftermath and How to Move the Organization Forward
  • Internal Controls: Everybody’s Business

Leadership Tools / Motivational

  • Ethical Leadership: The Way Forward for Corporate America
  • Realizing your Full potential: 15 Qualities to Help Tap the Leader in Each of Us
  • Leading with Integrity
  • Defining Moments: Overcoming Obstacles to Realize Your Full Potential
  • Embracing Adversity and Change: Finding Opportunities to Make a Positive Difference
  • Moving Forward from a Setback
  • Attitude: How It Can Make or Break Success, Happiness and Your Outlook on Life
  • Motivation: Ten Principles to Creating High Performance Teams
  • Teaming with Possibility: Tapping into Unlimited Human Potential through Teamwork

CYNTHIA COOPER’S BOOK

Full Biography

Cynthia Cooper is an internationally recognized speaker on ethics, leadership, overcoming adversity, the current economic crises and recent scandals.

Cynthia Cooper is an internationally recognized speaker, best-selling author and consultant. Cynthia 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. In addition to Cynthia, the designation has been given to seven women including Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, Elizabeth II and Corazon Aquino. She was also featured as one of twenty-five influential working mothers in Working Mother magazine.

Cynthia has been featured in national periodicals such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CFO Magazine and Business Week. She has served on panels with notables such as Brian Williams, Anderson Cooper, Donna Brazile, and Grover Norquist and has appeared on programs including Fox Business’ America’s Nightly Scoreboard, PBS’s Tavis Smiley, NBC’s The Today Show, ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, CSPAN’s BookTV, CNBC’s The Big Idea with Donnie Deutsch, and CNBC’s Squawk Box.

Cynthia’s presentation style has been described as riveting and inspiring. She speaks for and consults with organizations around the world. Her clients have included large-cap public companies such as Dell, Bell South, France Telecom, PepsiCo, Raytheon, Walmart, and AT&T; associations such as the National Association of Corporate Directors, Network of Executive Women, and Washington D.C. Trial Lawyers Association; public sector entities such as the FBI, the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S. Department of Labor; international organizations such as the United Nations; and public accounting firms such as Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Cynthia served as Vice President for MCI where she and her team helped the company move forward and successfully emerge from bankruptcy. Prior to joining MCI, she worked in Atlanta, Georgia for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte & Touche.

Cynthia is a recipient, along with Senator Sarbanes and Representative Oxley, of the Maria & Sidney E. Rolfe Award for contributions to educating the public about economics, business and finance. She was the first woman to be inducted into the AICPA Hall of Fame and to receive the American Accounting Association’s Accounting Exemplar Award. She was an inaugural inductee of the Institute of Internal Auditors American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners.

Cynthia previously served as a member of the Standing Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). She was the 2011 Chairman of Board of Regents for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and currently serves on the advisory boards for Louisiana State University and Mississippi State University.