Baruch College Hosts Famous Whistleblowers for Candid Panel Discussion


NEW YORK, NY- October 10, 2014 – The Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Businessis welcoming famous whistleblowers Sherron Watkins, former Vice President of Enron, and Jon Oberg, former researcher with the U.S. Department of Education, for a panel discussion on whistleblowing Tuesday, October 21.

“American Whistleblowers Live at Baruch” is the first stop in the Government Accountability Project’s 2014-2015 annual American Whistleblower Tour. The tour seeks to educate the public and future workforce about the important role whistleblowers play in promoting government and corporate accountability. Also featured in the panel are attorneys who advocate for whisteblower rights and disclosures.

The panel discussion will cover: first-hand stories of historic whistleblowers who disclosed corporate fraud; what whistleblowing is and isn’t; the difficult challenges whistleblowers face when deciding to disclose wrongdoing; why whistleblowers should be honored and protected to maintain an effective democratic, capitalist society; and how the current regulatory landscape both fosters and hinders whistleblower disclosures.


WHAT: “American Whistleblowers Live at Baruch”


Sherron Watkins, former Vice President of Enron Corporation

Jon Oberg, former researcher, The U.S. Department of Education

Louis Clark, President & Financial Accountability Director, Government Accountability Project

Jennifer M. Pacella, Assistant Professor of Law at Baruch College, Curriculum Faculty Committee of the Government Accountability Project

Jordan A Thomas, American attorney, writer, speaker and media commentator on securities enforcement,  corporate ethics and whistleblower issues

WHEN:             12:40 p.m. – 2:15 p.m., Tuesday, October 21, Lunch/Registration 12 p.m.

WHERE:          Baruch College Vertical Campus Building,

55 Lexington Avenue (between 24th & 25th Streets), Room 14-220

Complimentary pre-registration is required to attend. Register online, call or e-mail Matthew Lepere at (646) 312-3231 or



About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to



Manny Romero, (646) 660-6141,

Celene McDermott, (646) 660-6134