The role of the whistleblower

Learning objectives

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Define the role of the whistleblower and why it is vital for business organizations.
  • Identify historical precedents and whistleblowing cases, including the resolution of each case.
  • Name the basic components of whistleblowing laws, including protection aspects, duties, and requirements.
  • List common whistleblower organizations and programs.
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Instructor Mike Brown

Instructor bio

Michael (“Mike”) Brown is a Senior National Instructor with Becker Professional Education. He has extensive experience in public accounting, corporate accounting and education. Mike started his career with Ernst & Young in their Atlanta assurance practice working with clients in manufacturing, financial services and retail. Following that, Mike spent several years in corporate accounting, gaining experience as a controller in both the real estate and service fields.
Mike draws on both the variety of experience and variety of industries as he transitioned to education with Becker. Michael has a passion for teaching, representing Becker’s CPA Review, CMA Review and Continuing Professional Education products as well as now serving as an Adjunct Professor for Accounting at Franklin University. Mike graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and a Master of Science in Accounting. He is a licensed CPA in the State of North Carolina, currently residing in Raleigh with his wife and two children.

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Instructor bio

Kelly Richmond Pope is an associate professor at DePaul University in Chicago where she teaches financial, managerial and forensic accounting. In 2018, Pope became a TED speaker with her impactful and timely TED Talk entitled “How whistleblowers shape history.” Her research has been published in the Behavioral Research in Accounting, Auditing: A Journal of Theory & Practice, Journal of Business Ethics, The CPA Journal and WebCPA. She has a PhD in accounting from Virginia Tech University and is a licensed CPA.

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