Cynthia Cooper is a best-selling author, consultant and internationally recognized speaker on ethical leadership and corporate governance best practices. She was named one of Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year for her role in uncovering the fraud at WorldCom, one of the largest corporate frauds in history. In addition, Cynthia was featured as one of twenty-five most influential working mothers in Working Mother magazine.
Cynthia is a recipient of the Maria & Sidney E. Rolfe Award for her contributions
to educating the public about economics, business and finance. She is the first woman
to be inducted into the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Business
Hall of Fame. In addition, Cynthia is an inaugural inductee of the Institute of Internal
American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners, and she is the first woman to receive the American Accounting Association’s Accounting Exemplar Award.
Cynthia has been featured in national periodicals such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CFO Magazine and Business Week. She has served on panels with notables such as Anderson Cooper, Donna Brazile, and Grover Norquist and has appeared on programs including Fox Business’s America’s Nightly Scoreboard, PBS’s Tavis Smiley, NBC’s The Today Show, ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, CSPAN’s BookTV, CNBC’s The Big Idea with Donnie Deutsch, and CNBC’s Squawk Box.
Cynthia is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. She serves
on the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy Center
for the Public Trust. Cynthia previously served as a member of the Standing Advisory
Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and was
Chairman of the Board of Regents for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Cynthia speaks for and consults with organizations around the world. Her clients have included
large-cap public companies such as Dell, Bell South, France Telecom, PepsiCo, Raytheon,
Walmart, and AT&T; associations such as the National Association of Corporate Directors,
Network of Executive Women, and Washington D.C. Trial Lawyers
Association; public sector entities such as the FBI, the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S. Department of Labor; international organizations such as the United Nations; and public accounting firms such as Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Cynthia served as Vice President for MCI where she and her team helped the company move forward and successfully emerge from bankruptcy. Cynthia began her career in public accounting and previously worked in Atlanta, Georgia for Deloitte and Touche and PricewaterhouseCoopers.