Heroes of Professional Ethics Lecture Series

March 13, 2012

The community is invited to Xavier University on Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 pm for a discussion of ethics in today’s workplace with Frank Abagnale. This event is free, but attendees must register at xavier.edu/abagnale
Campus location of the lecture is on the registration site.

Frank W. Abagnale is one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents. His rare blend of knowledge and expertise began more than 40 years ago when he was one of the world’s most famous con men. This was depicted in his best-selling book, Catch Me If You Can, from which a film was made, directed by Steven Spielberg with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. Between the ages of 16 and 21, he successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a college professor and a pediatrician, in addition to cashing $2.5 million in fraudulent checks in every state and 26 foreign countries. Apprehended by the French police when he was 21 years old, he served time in the French, Swedish and U. S. prison systems. After five years he was released on the condition that he would help the federal government, without remuneration, by teaching and assisting federal law enforcement agencies.

Abagnale has been associated with the FBI for over 30 years. More than 14,000 financial institutions, corporations and law enforcement agencies use his fraud prevention programs. In 1998 he was selected to the “Pinnacle 400” by CNN Financial News – a group chosen on the basis of great accomplishment and success in their fields. In 2004 he was named the spokesperson for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). He has written numerous articles and books including The Art of the Steal, The Real U Guide to Identity Theft and Stealing Your Life.

The Heroes of Professional Ethics Lecture Series, sponsored by Jerry and Janet Belle, is an annual event celebrating the importance of ethics in the workplace. It is co-sponsored by Cintas Corporation, Bob Kohlhepp, the Farmer Family Foundation, Xavier University, and the Cintas Institute for Business Ethics. Each year, they present a speaker with a unique perspective or experience relevant to ethics in the work environment.

Business ethics education is vitally important to teach Cincinnati's business and student communities about moral courage in the workplace, to promote ethical leadership when facing difficult decisions or false consensus, and to encourage current and future business leaders to incorporate moral character and responsibility into their decisions.