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Saturday, November 5
10:45 - 11:35am

Sometimes the best way to catch a criminal is by thinking like one. Innovation in the field of ethics is not about new and improved ways to become more ethical. It is about new ways to think about ethics. We are all really good at being good. Our AWI listserv provides almost weekly examples of seasoned professionals asking peers how best to approach a tricky situation. What is a best practice? How can I make this tighter, cleaner, clearer? Well, enough of that! It's about time we started being a little less appropriate. We know the rules better than anyone, let's put that to good use and think about how we would get away with something! By looking at ethics from an unethical standpoint we can uncover additional aspects of the cases we are investigating that in turn, will provide us with a more comprehensive perspective and thus a better report. So let¿s take a little time and practice being bad for a minute. It will help us all be that much better at what we do! Specifically, we will review hypothetical situations based on real life examples and talk about the ways we would get away with the actions we are investigating. Our goals will be to answer the following questions:

  1. Where do my ethics land in relation to my peers?
  2. How does my ethical standpoint affect my investigation approach?
  3. o the ethics of those I am investigating matter? If so, why not?
  4. Are my ethics subject to change?

Participants will:

  1. Leave with a better understanding of their own place on the ethical spectrum.
  2. Understand how their ethics may cloud or enhance their judgment.
  3. Increase their ability to identify potential issues in their investigation by improving their ability to look at the scenario from a different perspective.
  4. Improve their approach to investigations and report writing by becoming more comfortable identifying ethical issues.

Speaker: Catherine Iste

Catherine Iste

Catherine Iste

Catherine Iste is CEO of Humint Advisors, Inc., an HR consultancy that specializes in helping companies with ethical, regulatory and personnel challenges. Before starting her company in 2010, Catherine served as an HR executive in finance, government and healthcare sectors. Prior to her civilian career, she served as an Arabic linguist for the US Army. Catherine has an MBA, SPHR-CA/ SHRM-SCP and is a licensed Private Investigator. She writes HR articles for professional publications across the country and currently teaches Business Ethics for the University of California San Diego, Extension. Humint Advisors, Inc. is a woman owned, Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise.