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Extraordinary Circumstances : The Journey of a Corporate Whistleblower,9780470124291

Extraordinary Circumstances : The Journey of a Corporate Whistleblower

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ISBN13:

9780470124291

ISBN10:
0470124296
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
2/1/2008
Publisher(s):
Wiley
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Summary

The longer WorldCom Chief Audit Executive Cynthia Cooper stares at the entries in front of her, the more sinister they seem. But the CFO is badgering her to delay her team's audit of the company's books and directing others to block Cooper's efforts. Still, something in the pit of her stomach tells her to keep digging. Cooper takes readers behind the scenes on a riveting, real-time journey as she and her team work at night and behind closed doors to expose the largest fraud in corporate history. Whom can they trust? Could she lose her job? Should she fear for her physical safety?In Extraordinary Circumstances, she recounts for the first time her journey from her close family upbringing in a small Mississippi town, to working motherhood and corporate success, to the pressures of becoming a whistleblower, to being named one of Time's 2002 Persons of the Year. She also provides a rare insider's glimpse into the spectacular rise and fall of WorldCom, a telecom titan, the darling of Wall Street, and a Cinderella story for Mississippi.With remarkable candor, Cooper discusses her struggle to overcome these challenges, and how she has found healing through sharing the lessons learned with the next generation. This book reminds us all that ethical decision-making is not forged at the crossroads of major events but starts in childhood, "decision by decision and brick by brick."At a time when corporate dishonesty is dominating public attention, Extraordinary Circumstances makes it clear that the tone set at the top is critical to fostering an ethical environment in the work-place. Provocative, moving, and intensely personal, Extraordinary Circumstances is a wake-up call to corporate leaders and an intimate glimpse at a scandal that shook the business world.

Author Biography

Cynthia Cooper was one of Time's 2002 Persons of the Year. She was the vice president of internal audit for WorldCom and subsequently MCI. Cynthia was featured as one of twenty-five influential working mothers in Working Mother, and earned the distinction of being the first woman to receive the AAA Accounting Exemplar Award and to be inducted into the AICPA Business & Industry Hall of Fame. Cooper resigned from MCI in 2004, following the company's successful emergence from bankruptcy, and now shares the lessons she has learned through her experiences with professionals and students. She and her husband Lance reside in Mississippi with their two daughters.

Table of Contents

Dedication
Introduction
Acknowledgments
A Dark Cloud
Graduation Day
New Beginnings
Hotlanta
The Turnaround
Coming Home
Building A New Life
King of the Resellers
The Hottest Company in Town
Nowhere To Go But Up
A New Era
The Glass Sieve
The Tide Comes In
The Minnow Swallows the Whale
Finding Balance
Top of the Mountain
 A Double-Edge Sword
A Titan Stumbles
The Rule of Ten
What is Prepaid Capacity?
Growing Suspicions
A Surprise Visit
The Confrontation
A Desperate Search for Counsel
Washington Attorneys Visit the Deep South
Navigating the Storm
A Visit to Federal Court
The United States Versus Bernard J. Ebbers
The Judgement
Epilogue
Notes
Index
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