AUGUSTA, Ga. – Sherron Watkins, the whistleblower who helped uncover the 2001 Enron scandal, will speak at Georgia Regents University at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3 in the Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom on the Summerville Campus. The free event is part of GRU’s Russell A. Blanchard Distinguished Lecturer in Ethics program.
Watkins was Vice President of Corporate Development at Enron when she alerted then-CEO Ken Lay to irregularities in financial reports. Her presentation covers her personal story of courage and the importance of ethical cooperate leadership.
Watkins has testified before Congressional Committees and has received numerous honors including the Court TV Scales of Justice Award. She was also named one of TIME magazine’s 2002 People of the Year and was among those featured on ABC’s “Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2002.”
Watkins is a certified public accountant and author. She received a master’s degree in professional accounting as well as a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.
Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges and schools, which include the Medical College of Georgia – the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school – the nationally-ranked Hull College of Business and Georgia’s only College of Dental Medicine. The clinical enterprise associated with the university includes the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center and the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia. GRU is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution. http://www.gru.edu