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Cynthia Cooper Mississippi
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Cynthia Cooper is an internationally recognized speaker, best-selling author and consultant. Cynthia was named one of Time Magazine's Persons of the Year. Time Magazine has been naming its Persons of the Year since 1927. 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 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 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 she 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 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 and the U.S. Department of Labor; international organizations such as the United Nations; and public accounting firms such as Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Cynthia and her team unraveled the fraud at WorldCom, to date one of the largest corporate frauds in history. 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, Cynthia worked in Atlanta, Georgia for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte & Touche.

She received her masters degree from the University of Alabama. 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.


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Business -
  • Betting the House: Lessons learned and the way forward in enterprise risk management.
  • The Current Economic Crises and Recent Scandals: What Went Wrong; Moving Beyond the Current turmoil

Leadership: The Way Forward for Corporate America -
  • Ethical Leadership for the 21st Century
  • Glass House, 2.0: How building a culture of transparency can strengthen your organization.
  • Extraordinary Circumstances: Unraveling the largest corporate fraud in history.
  • Building a Solid Foundation: Preventing and detecting fraud and avoiding scandal
  • Striding Right: Building and sustaining an ethical corporate footprint.
  • The Slippery Slope: Why Smart People Make Bad Decisions; Ten steps to help sort through ethical dilemmas and make the right choices
  • Ethical Leadership: Our personal responsibility in the new era of corporate governance

Change, Adversity and the Promise of Growth -
  • Who Moved My Goalposts: How to field tough calls when the ground is shifting under your feet.
  • Defining Moments: Overcoming obstacles to realize your full potential; how adversity can shape lives for the better.
  • Management of the Possible: The Achievement of More.
  • The Power of Choice: Making a Positive Difference
  • Teaming with Possibility: Tapping into unlimited human potential through teamwork.

Ethics Education -
  • Shaping the Next Generation: Instilling Values to Build a Strong Ethical Foundation
  • Called to Account: What the recent scandals can teach the next generation.
  • Finding True North: Making Sure Our Moral Compass is Pointed in the Right Direction
  • 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.

Women's Groups -
  • Women's Wisdom in the Workplace
  • Roots, Limbs and Branches: How a woman can keep her appointment with success without finding herself out on a limb.
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