Free webinar: “Low Man on the Totem Pole – How I Became a White-Collar Criminal”

The Akron chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) is sponsoring a webinar on white-collar crime – “Low Man on the Totem Pole – How I Became a White-Collar Criminal.” The webinar is on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, from 6:30 – 8 pm Eastern. Registration is at this link.

I cannot emphasize enough what an excellent webinar this is for students to think about ethical choices. Please share this opportunity with colleagues/students. The webinar message applies to accounting majors – and all business majors.

Helen Sharkey speaks about her experiences with honesty. She talks about her excitement when she landed her “dream job” at Dynegy, only to be followed by dismay when she began to doubt the ethics of what they were doing and then her complete loss of faith in the company. She details her gut-wrenching fear when she realized that the Justice Department was targeting her, her struggle with the decision to plead guilty, the shame of being branded a felon and her time behind bars.

I have heard Helen speak and her story is compelling. The first time I heard her speak was in a room of 300 people – and you could have heard a pin drop for the entire time she spoke. This is a message that our students need to hear – and, really, all of us.

If you want to have your students attend this webinar, know that students will be able to download their CPE certificate at the conclusion of the webinar as proof that they attended for the entire time and answered all the polling questions.

The students in one class that I teach are required to attend this webinar; students in my other classes earn extra credit for attending.

This session qualifies for up to 1.5 hours of CPE for CPAs and CMAs. Advance registration is required. Members and non-members are welcome; there is no cost.

Register at

Due to copyright restrictions, we cannot record this webinar – the only chance to see it is at 6:30 pm Eastern on Wednesday, October 19, 2022.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

About Dr. Wendy Tietz, CPA, CMA, CSCA, CGMA

Dr. Wendy Tietz is a professor of accounting at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, USA. She is also a textbook author with Pearson Education.

9 Responses to “Free webinar: “Low Man on the Totem Pole – How I Became a White-Collar Criminal””

  1. Thank you so much for the heads-up. I plan to delay the start of my Wednesday night class to give students the opportunity to attend.

    Denise White

  2. Will this be recorded so we can share it with high school students during the school day? Would be great for them to hear – especially since we are in Houston!
    Thank you!

    Lisa Slattery

  3. Griffin, Laura Elizabeth Reply September 27, 2022 at 5:14 pm


    I have registered for this event. I do not have an IMA membership. However, may I receive a certificate of completion for my CPA and CFE credentials?

    Also, could I show this live to the accounting club as an event? They do not need certificates of completion. I just think this will be a great presentation for them.

    Thank you,


    Laura Griffin, CPA, CFE University Instructor of Accounting

    Arkansas Tech University College of Business, Rothwell Hall 426 Russellville, AR 72801 479-968-0610

    • Dr. Wendy Tietz, CPA, CMA, CSCA, CGMA Reply September 27, 2022 at 5:21 pm

      Yes, you will receive a CPE certificate if you attend the entire session and answer all the polling questions (you do not need to be a member.) You are welcome to show it live – it is a great talk and so relevant to students. If you do show it to a group of students live, could you email me and let me know? We like to track the # of students we reach with this program to show impact. Thank you!

  4. Dr. Tietz,

    Do you happen to know if registration for this event is still available?


    Dr. Wanda Lester
    North Carolina Central University

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