Known worldwide as the Enron whistleblower, Sherron Watkins sounded the alarm that marked the beginning of the end for the corporate giant. In one of the most courageous decisions of her life, she tapped into her own value system, helping topple one of the largest corporations in the world.
A former VP, Watkins was the person who alerted CEO Ken Lay to the accounting improprieties. She gave no thought to the personal repercussions she would face and the incredible impact of her actions.
These actions won her recognition from Time as Person of the Week and one of three Persons of the Year in 2002. Testifying before Congress, and co-authoring the best-selling book, Power Failure, The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron, she also figured prominently in the heralded documentary,Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.
But as we know, Enron was only one of several American institutions that have fallen to deceit, false practices, and unethical leadership. And, Watkins remains one of the most outspoken voices against greed and corruption. True to her personal code of ethics, her contribution to ending Enron’s disgraceful practices set the tone for a new direction in corporate governance, responsibility, and oversight.
The Lessons of Enron: The Importance of Ethical Corporate Leadership
The Courage of Your Convictions: The True Story of Sherron Watkins, the Heroine who Exposed the Enron Debacle