Monday, April 21, 2014
Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building
Aaron Beam is a founder and the first Chief Financial Officer of HealthSouth Corp., one of the nation’s largest providers of outpatient surgery and rehabilitative services. Beam helped found the company in 1984 and helped it grow to a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Beam witnessed firsthand the series of accounting, stock manipulation and leadership failures that led Healthsouth to the $2B securities fraud scandal and ultimate prosecution of Richard Scrushy. He relates to students and professionals the heights of success, followed by the unethical and illegal mistakes that led to his professional downfall. Serving three months in federal prison for his role in approving fraudulent quarterly numbers in 1996 and losing his CPA credentials led Mr. Beam to his current speaking career; trying to make a positive difference by educating others about the pitfalls of unethical business practices. Through his Ethics First message he identifies early warning signs, influences and the bad choices he and others made at Healthsouth, allowing the audience to apply what they learn to their business practices and the organization’s culture and environment.
Beam is a popular, highly regarded speaker at universities, healthcare companies, auditor meetings and conventions, securities training seminars and ethics institutes across the U.S. He has spoken to student audiences as a guest lecturer at more than fifty business schools over the past four years.
Learn more about Aaron Beam by visiting his web site.
About the Bacon Ethics Lecture
After seeing too many ethical issues related to business practice on the front pages of newspapers across the nation, Murray Bacon, a retired computer executive, wanted to aid business and government bodies by developing educational strategies and materials for teaching ethics to students. Since the mid 1990s, the College of Business has worked in conjunction with the late Murray Bacon and a number of passionate supporters to take on a series of activities designed to focus attention on ethics. The Bacon Ethics Lecture is one part of this effort – providing a forum for discussion and education about current topics in ethics.
Past Bacon Ethics Lecturers