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The Institute for Financial Excellence Announces Keynote Speaker Cynthia Cooper, WorldCom Whistleblower at the Sarbanes-Oxley Conference & Exposition.

HUNT VALLEY, Md., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Institute for Financial Excellence, the organization of choice for Finance Executives, today announced Cynthia Cooper, WorldCom Whistleblower, as a Keynote speaker at The Sarbanes- Oxley Conference & Exposition in Baltimore, September 25-27.

Cynthia Cooper is most well known for her role in uncovering the corporate fraud at WorldCom - to date the largest corporate fraud in history. She was named one of Time Magazine's 2002 Persons of the Year after detecting and reporting the fraud.

Ms. Cooper was inducted to the 2004 AICPA Hall of Fame, and is the first woman to receive this distinction. She was featured as one of twenty-five influential working mothers in the November 2004 issue of Working Mother. Along with Senator Sarbanes, Representative Oxley and Sherron Watkins, Ms. Cooper was awarded the 2003 Maria & Sidney E. Rolfe Award by the Women's Economic Road Table. This award was presented to Ms. Cooper due to her extraordinary contributions to educating the public about economics, business and finance.

Ms. Cooper is also the 2003 recipient of the Accounting Exemplar Award, which is awarded annually to an individual who has made notable contributions to professionalism and ethics in accounting practice or education. The American Accounting Association's Public Interest Section recognized Ms. Cooper for her efforts to promote professionalism and ethics in the accounting profession. Ms. Cooper is the tenth recipient of the Accounting Exemplar Award and the first woman to receive the award.

The Sarbanes-Oxley Conference & Exposition is the definitive event for finance and accounting executives who need to understand the legal, financial, taxation and technological concerns relating to SOX compliance and reporting requirements. Registration is now open. Don't delay, Early Bird Offer expires June 30, 2005.

About The Institute for Financial Excellence

The mission of The Institute is to be the organization of choice for Finance Executives that addresses critical finance and accounting issues and produces measurable business results through expert educational programs, focused networking opportunities, and cutting-edge online resources.

For more information regarding The Institute for Financial Excellence and The Sarbanes-Oxley Conference & Exposition, please visit or email

 Kimberly E. Nichols
 The Institute for Financial Excellence, Inc.

CONTACT: Kimberly E. Nichols, The Institute for Financial Excellence, Inc., +1-410-229-0019,

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