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  • Tuesday, June 25 | 10:15-11:30 AM


    CPE: 1.5

    Level: Intermediate

    Recommended Prerequisite: Knowledge and experience with fundamentals of fraudster characteristics

    Field of Study: Behavioral Ethics

    Most organizations provide ethics training, but does it make a difference? Is it just “checking a box” or does it change behaviors? Often, ethics training focuses on case studies and examples of organizations that made unethical decisions that led to fraud or scandal. But we already know the outcome and therefore we also know the right answer. We aren’t learning how to evaluate situations and prevent them; we are only examining specific scenarios and their failures. For ethics training to drive positive behavior, it must teach ethical decision-making skills. It requires understanding subconscious influences, significance of context, power of language, framing of issues and causes of ethical blindness. This session will explain why corporate ethics training must go beyond informing employees of laws and organizational policies and instead focus on equipping employees with the skills to make sound ethical decisions.

    You Will Learn How To:

    • Evaluate the decision-making process
    • Assess why people behave unethically
    • Identify the significance of context and the forms of context that influence decisions
    • Determine when issue-framing creates distortion and ethical blindness
    • Examine how an organization’s “language” influences and drives behaviors

    Mary Breslin, MBA, CFE, CIA

    Partner, Verracy

    Mary Breslin, MBA, CFE, CIA, is the founder of Verracy Training and Consulting. She has more than 20 years’ experience in internal auditing, fraud examination, management and accounting for companies such as ConocoPhillips, Barclays Capital, Costco Wholesale, Jefferson Wells and Boart Longyear. She specializes in internal audit transformations, operational and financial auditing, fraud auditing, investigations, and corporate accounting. She has international experience and has managed audit programs in more than 30 countries.


    Breslin attended Rutgers University and received her BS in accounting and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

  • Mary Breslin, MBA, CFE, CIA

    Partner, Verracy

    Mary Breslin, MBA, CFE, CIA, is the founder of Verracy Training and Consulting. She has more than 20 years’ experience in internal auditing, fraud examination, management and accounting for companies such as ConocoPhillips, Barclays Capital, Costco Wholesale, Jefferson Wells and Boart Longyear. She specializes in internal audit transformations, operational and financial auditing, fraud auditing, investigations, and corporate accounting. She has international experience and has managed audit programs in more than 30 countries.


    Breslin attended Rutgers University and received her BS in accounting and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

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