2019 Fraud & Corruption Awareness Seminar

About the Speakers
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TOBY GROVES, Ph.D - Social Cognitive Scientist, Speaker, and Writer 

This story-based audience favorite will disrupt everything you thought you knew about fraud, including which tools are effective for detection and deterrence. Attendees will learn why many of our assumptions are flawed, why some of the most trusted investigative practices actually lead us off- course, and how auditors, investigators and others unwittingly assist fraud schemes. The session will address topics such as behavioral profiling, psychological assessments and other commonly used industry tools. Scientific research is combined with Toby’s first-hand accounts in this powerful talk that exposes myths and the dangers lurking in our assumptions related to this ever-growing threat.

Toby is a social cognitive scientist, speaker and writer. He researches innovative thinking approaches that spark insight with a focus on higher-order critical thinking, problem solving and communications. He presents his unique content using vivid mental imagery and radically interactive exercises. His fascinating history spurred a lifelong research journey in advanced critical thinking and communications in expert environments. A popular speaker amongst leading organizations in industry, government, and academia, Toby works with experts that provide society’s most critical services including the audit, intelligence, investigative, legal and medical communities.

KELLY PAXTON - Certified Fraud Examiner, Private Investigator and Social Media Analyst, Founder of pinkcollarcrime.com

Why do good people make bad decisions? This ethics presentation will change your ideas of how honest people behave. Using behavioral economics (think Dan Ariely and Richard Thaler), neuroscience, and videos this interactive presentation will have you rethinking what you thought you knew about people.

Kelly Paxton is a nationally recognized expert in fraud. After interviewing thousands of “good” people she knew that many never saw themselves as having made bad decisions. Everyone wants to think they are a good person. This ethics presentation is timely and relevant to today’s world. Kelly has investigated hundreds of cases ranging from money laundering to conflict of interest to embezzlement. Her hands-on investigative experience for the government and private sector, along with research into criminal behavior and investigating for both the prosecution and defense, provides real-life, practical information. 


BILL O' ROURKE - Senior Advisor, Value Capture LLC

Leading With Integrity - a review of my career with Alcoa and a discussion of the thirteen categories of business ethics issues from my co-authored book "The Business Ethics Field Guide."

Bill currently serves as a Senior Advisor at Value Capture LLC where he has advised a number of hospital leaders and healthcare organizations on leadership, safety and efficiency.

After Bill O'Rourke retired from Alcoa he continued to serve on the Board of the Alcoa Foundation and teach "values" at Alcoa's Executive Leadership Program. He joined Alcoa as a Patent Attorney in 1975 and held a number of leadership positions including Corporate Patent Counsel, Vice President of Global Business Services (Financial Services, HR Services, Aircraft Operations, etc.), Chief Information Officer, Vice President of Procurement, Corporate Auditor, Assistant General Counsel.  From 2005 to 2008 Bill was the President of Alcoa-Russia.  Bill was the Vice President, Environment, Health & Safety and Sustainability three times under three CEOs at Alcoa.  Prior to Alcoa, Bill was an Industrial Engineer for U.S. Steel Corporation and ran the underground mining parts business for Joy Manufacturing Company.

Bill received his undergraduate degree (BS/BA) from John Carroll University and his law degree (JD) from Duquesne University. Bill served as an officer in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps.  Bill and his wife, Elena, have three children and live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

ERIC WRIGHT - Shareholder, Schneider Downs Cybersecurity and IT Risk Advisory Services

The inability to withstand or quickly resume operations in the wake of a disruptive data breach or security incident may have severe implications on the long-term success of any institution. Schneider Downs will reveal and discuss common cyber theft and disruption techniques used by Cyber criminals and the essential components for building a stronger, threat-led cyber resilience posture. Spoiler Alert: The #1 element begins with the institutional change in mindset! 

Eric is responsible for managing and leading a team of IT audit, security and risk professionals with diverse experience and skill sets for aw ide range of clients. He is also responsible for project delivery, management and overall quality control.  Eric currently serves numerous public and privately held firms in various capacities, covering a wide range of IT platforms and systems.  He is a seasoned and recognized presenter, speaker, and trainer on IT audit risk, cybersecurity and other emerging technology risk topics.  Eric has presented at numerous local and national ISACA, IIA and other association conferences and has significant experience in providing IT audit, risk and cybersecurity updates to Boards and Audit Committees.

GREGORY HEEB - Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

SSA Heeb will provide an overview of the FBI’s Financial Crimes (CFC) Program including a description of each of the threats investigated under the CFC Program. These include Corporate Fraud and Embezzlement; Securities and Commodities Fraud; Frauds and Swindles, to include Elder Fraud, Mass Marketing Fraud, Mail and Wire Fraud; Financial Institution Related Fraud, Bankruptcy Fraud, and Money Laundering. SSA Heeb will also highlight a few of FBI Pittsburgh’s investigative priorities and discuss some of the trends they are seeing in their area of responsibility. His guest, Special Agent Sean P. Langford will provide a case study on a CFC case he successfully investigated in Pittsburgh.

Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Gregory A. Heeb entered on duty with the FBI in September 2008. He is currently assigned to the FBI’s Pittsburgh Division, where he supervises the Public Corruption, Civil Rights, Complex Financial Crimes, and Community Outreach Squad. Prior to his current position, he served as the Field Office’s Chief Division Counsel. He was previously assigned to the Pittsburgh Division Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), where he investigated domestic terrorism and transportation-related criminal matters. During his time on the JTTF, SSA Heeb also served as the Division’s Special Events Coordinator, overseeing the FBI’s role in supporting special events throughout Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. 

Prior to joining the FBI, SSA Heeb worked as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Law Department for the City of Buffalo, New York. In that capacity, SSA Heeb prosecuted criminal cases in Buffalo City Court; handled various civil matters in New York State Supreme Court, as well as the Appellate Division; and provided advice and counsel to the Mayor, Common Council Members, and other city officials. SSA Heeb earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Urban Studies from the Canisius College of Buffalo, New York and his Juris Doctor from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law.