Navigating a misshapen world

ACFE Board of Regents offer encouragement to members

January of this year now seems like a quaint time. Since then, the world has stretched in bizarre ways, and it probably won’t ever resume its previous shape. The Board of Regents want to encourage you as your organizations need your anti-fraud skills more than ever.

The Participants:

  • Lyn Cameron, CFE, LL.B: Cameron is the senior director of Microsoft’s Business Conduct Investigations Team. She has more than 34 years of investigative experience. For the past 15 years, she’s managed global investigation teams at Microsoft and, previously, at Cisco Systems Inc.
  • Kenneth R. Dieffenbach, CFE: Dieffenbach is the special agent in charge of the Fraud Detection Office in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General Investigations Division and is deputy director of the DOJ OIG’s Office of Data Analytics. He’s had a 23-year federal law enforcement career in fighting fraud. (His opinions in this article are his own.)
  • Eric R. Feldman, CFE, CIG, CCEP-I: Feldman is the senior vice president and managing director – corporate ethics and compliance programs for Affiliated Monitors Inc. and a longtime ACFE Faculty member. Previously, he had a 32-year career with the CIA and other U.S. federal agencies.
  • Bethmara Kessler, CFE: Kessler is a lecturer and consultant. She’s the former head of integrated global services for Campbell Soup Company and has served as chief audit executive, chief compliance officer and head of enterprise risk management for Fortune 500 Companies.
  • Victoria Meyer, CFE: Meyer is director of financial crime consulting at the Swiss International Business Academy in Zug, Switzerland. She began her counter-fraud career 25 years ago investigating social security fraud in London. Meyer has worked for multiple large international consulting and financial services firms.

For months, you’ve probably been working from home. Some of you have been trickling back to your offices. Your Board of Regents also have endured Zoom meetings, struggled with balancing deadlines with family responsibilities and coped with fluctuating emotions.

A few days before the virtual 31st Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference, the Board conferred (yes, on Zoom) to give you some encouragement as they discussed the challenges and benefits of working in semi-isolation, supporting budding and new fraud examiners, and acquiring soft skills that all of us need to thrive in a world that we couldn’t conceive in January.

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