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Last modified: Monday, October 30, 2006

Former Enron executive and whistleblower to speak to Kelley School students

Oct. 30, 2006

Editors: The media is invited to cover Brewer's lecture. She will be available to meet with reporters about one hour after her presentation, following the reception, at the IU Auditorium. Contact George Vlahakis for details at 812-855-0846.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Students in Indiana University's Kelley School of Business will hear from former Enron executive and whistleblower Lynn Brewer on Friday (Nov. 3) about how corrupt dealings within the energy giant led to its demise.

The lecture will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the IU Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh St. A reception will follow the speech. The event is open to students and faculty in the Kelley School, particularly those in its Integrative Core (I-Core) ethics workshop.

Brewer promises to provide an insider's view of Enron in her presentation, "Confessions of an Enron Executive," and will discuss corporate culture and the personalities who built and destroyed the company. She also will discuss the mistakes that good companies can make which could lead to disaster.

After leaving Enron and reporting its activities with investigators, Brewer wrote the 2002 book, Confessions of an Enron Executive: A Whistleblower's Story, an account of her career with the company and her decision to blow the whistle.

In nearly three years at Enron Brewer was responsible for risk management in energy operations, the e-commerce initiatives for Enron's water subsidiary and competitive intelligence for Enron Broadband Services. She witnessed numerous instances of illegal and corrupt dealings, including bank fraud, espionage, power price manipulation, and gross overstatements to the press, public and financial world.

She had to resign her position and report the unethical behavior to the government when her efforts to raise the issue internally fell upon deaf ears.

Prior to joining Enron, Brewer worked in forensic accounting and spent 18 years as a legal professional in private practice until she joined Ralston Purina, where she worked in corporate development for the general counsel and chief financial officer.

Since leaving Enron, Brewer has provided details into the company's rise and fall in many lectures with the goal of making her audiences aware of how vulnerable they are to becoming victims of fraud and corruption.

She is the founding chairman and chief executive officer of The Integrity Institute, Inc., which independently assesses and certifies corporate integrity at the request of organizations for the benefit of their stakeholders. She serves on the leadership council of the Open Compliance and Ethics Group.

Brewer also is the author of Managing Risks for Corporate Integrity: How to Survive An Ethical Misconduct Disaster and SportsVision: Athletic Excellence through Visualization, a training manual for athletes, which contains a foreward by Lou Holtz and Mike Ditka.