CSU, Chico News

Forbes Magazine Senior Editor To Discuss White Collar Crime

Date: 02-28-2008

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico’s College of Business Ethics Initiative presents Forbes Magazine Senior Editor Neil Weinberg for a talk about white collar crime and the sub-prime mortgage crisis Monday, March 24, at 5 p.m. in the BMU Auditorium.

Weinberg, co-author of “Stolen Without a Gun,” discusses the pressures that encourage workers to engage in accounting fraud, theft and other misdeeds, the rationalizations they use to justify their acts and the devastating personal consequences.

The presentation will focus on a case involving workers at telecom firm MCI, who are the focus of Weinberg’s book, and how the same pressures and patterns of criminal conduct are again at work in the sub-prime mortgage crisis.

As senior editor at Forbes magazine in New York, Weinberg focuses on investigative reporting of controversial practices in business and politics. Over the past few years he has profiled corporate, mutual fund and pension scandals, the dark side of whistle-blowing and problems with private equity and hedge funds.

Weinberg served as Forbes’ Tokyo bureau chief from 1995 to 1998 and has reported extensively abroad. He received the Overseas Press Club’s annual award in 2006 for the best business story in a magazine. Weinberg appears regularly on “Forbes on Fox” and other TV news programs. He holds an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

Funded by generous donations from alumni, the College of Business Ethics Initiative at CSU, Chico is dedicated to preparing business students to become effective and principled leaders. Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to attend the lecture. Admission is free. For more information, contact Shirley Hopkins, 530-898-6215, sahopkins@csuchico.edu.