Jun 9, 2011 9:09 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow

Leaders versus cheaters

Some believe Sherron Watkins blew the whistle on energy giant, Enron, before the company collapsed.

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado invited Watkins to speak at the Small Business Day event that was held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Colorado Springs.

Watkins talked about the importance of integrity, honesty and holding people in leadership roles to higher standards. She says these qualities are not only applicable to small or large business owners, but also extend to elected officials.

"We should not accept that they lie or cheat or have cut ethical shortcuts. If they are holding themselves out to be elected for higher office, they need to be high character people," says Watkins.

She also spoke about holding people accountable for their actions, as well as society's desire to represent both sides equally. "I think we've become a little bit too tolerant. While there's always another side to the story, sometimes there's not. I mean, it doesn't matter. That's the whole idea. If you wanna maintain a value system, it doesn't matter what the reason was for cheating. If you cheated, you get caught and reprimanded," she says.

When ask if she believes if she truly was the whistleblower, Watkins says, "Well, most people say I wasn't a whistle blower 'cause I went to Ken Lay."

The luncheon concluded by honoring several people in the community for their entrepreneurial, business or volunteering efforts. Award recipients included:

2011 Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Etienne Hardre from Next Exit CPA

2011 Colorado Springs Small Business Person of the Year: Bill Morris from Blue Star Recyclers

2011 Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Volunteer of the Year: Michelle Bracewell from Bracewell Web Works


NOTE: the event was sponsored by the Small Business Development Center, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs of Business Ethics Initiative, and the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado


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