Kirkland Executive Lecture Highlights Red Flags for Fraud and Business Ethics Failures

Published: May 11, 2017

Kirkland Executive Lecture Highlights Red Flags for Fraud and Business Ethics Failures

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi welcomed Weston Smith as the 2017 Kirkland Distinguished Visiting Executive Lecture Speaker. The speaker series, hosted by the College of Business (COB) at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, brings professionals to engage with business students and the public. Smith spent much of his career working as a chief financial officer (CFO) of the Fortune 500 company HealthSouth Corporation- one of the largest U.S. operators of rehabilitation hospitals. The company overstated earnings by more than $3 billion over a 15-year period. Smith spoke about becoming entangled in the financial statement fraud.

“I’m a different type of speaker. Many people speak about what they have done right. I’m here to talk about what I’ve done wrong,” said Smith.

During the event, held on April 26, he informed the audience on how he became consumed in the wrongdoing and the toll that took on him emotionally.

“Don’t let yourself become a victim of something like this. You can’t just look the other way,” said Smith.

Eventually, he recounted to the audience, he voluntarily exposed the fraud and served time in prison for his part in the scandal.

“Weston Smith brings serious real-life ethical lessons that are important for young business students to hear,” said Dr. John Gamble COB Dean. “We want our students to not only be excellent in what they do but to also make good ethical choices in their careers.”

Smith was the 37th speaker to take part in the Kirkland Distinguished Visiting Executive Lecture Speaker Series. To learn more about the Kirkland Distinguished Visiting Executive Lecture Speaker Series, go to cob.tamucc.edu/kirkland. To learn more about Smith, go to westonsmith.biz.

Kirkland Speaker Series With Weston Smith from Global Voice Productions.