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Ethics in the Real World: Living Values for Today

Total Credits: 2 including 2 Behavioral Ethics - Non-technical

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ACPEN Industry Institute |  Ethics |  Industry
Diane D. White, MBA, CPA, CMA
Course Levels:
2 Hours
Access for 30 day(s) after program date.



Business ethics is not something “nice to do” but can mean the difference between success, failure and survival in today’s competitive environment.  Being trustworthy, having consistent business principles and an outstanding reputation may provide an organization’s only long-term competitive advantage.  This webcast outlines eight steps to create an ethical business environment including specific ways for financial professionals to make better ethical decisions.

Basic Course Information

Learning Objectives
  • The importance of business ethics
  • Explore the concept of “defining moments” – when there is more than one right ethical choice
  • How to identify root causes of unethical behavior
  • The eight steps to create an ethical organization

Major Subjects
  • Four root causes of unethical business behavior
  • Eight steps to create an ethical business environment

                1.  Establish a code of conduct and make it public

                2.  Hire and promote people with a well-grounded sense of  personal ethics

                3.  Interpret your code for ordinary circumstances

                4.  Communicate expectations for employees to act in an ethical manner

                5.  Lead by example

                6.  Teach employees the basic tools of ethical decision making

                7.  Back your code with enforcement

                8.  Factor values into every important organizational activity and  decision

  • The financial manager’s responsibility to lead and implement good ethics in his/her organization

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Diane D. WhiteMBA, CPA, CMA, is a finance and accounting executive with 39 years of control and business leadership expertise in both large and small for-profit and non-profit corporations.  She served several Fortune 50 corporations as Division Controller for 25 years before becoming a CFO for nonprofits and small businesses.  Diane recently retired as CFO of Workforce Resource, a nationwide mortgage finance service provider.  She and her husband Jim reside in Beaufort, SC where she enjoys volunteer work, teaching, consulting, writing, and a wide array of Lowcountry outdoor pleasures.


Fri, Jun 25, 2021 - 09:00am to 10:47am EDT

Additional Info

Basic Course Information

Prerequisites Financial management experience is helpful
Advanced Preparation None
Designed For Corporate financial professionals
Original Recording Date 04/25/2018
Yellow Book No
Course Developer Executive Education, Inc.
Date Added to Catalog 02/07/2018

Additional Information

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Official Registry Statement

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Instructional Delivery Method Group Internet Based
Course Registration Requirements Online Registration
Refund/Cancellation Policy Please contact the ACPEN help desk 1-877-602-9877 or if you wish to cancel your attendance for a previously purchased webcast and are requesting a refund or transfer.

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Overall:      4.6

Total Reviews: 239


Daniel E - Maple Grove, Minnesota

"The examples were actually valid. Most ethics classes are vague and not defined. I liked the examples (Mr. Big was cheesy but helpful)."

Kenneth D

"Good overall course"

Serena C

"Great job Diane! I was really pleased with your course."

Julie S

"Great course!"

Donna F - Highlands, North Carolina

"I like the discussion format."

Christine J

"It was a presentation that would be easily applicable to all professions and stakeholders b/c it also helps them better understand their own deliemnas and along with that of the CPA and the importance and role of ethics in a healthy organization."

Susan G


Mark S

"Great presentation by Diane and Mario!"

Jeanette G

"Liked the interaction between the presenter and the moderator and the real life examples noted."

Mylissa M

"Overall, I thought the course was well organized and on topic. "

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