Massachusetts CPA – Ethics: 50 Shades of Gray


Ethics should be a black and white issue. However, if you ask most CPAs, they would say ethics is a very gray area. Why is this? It seems like at least once a month there is an article written in the Wall Street Journal about someone committing fraud to big corporations failing in their corporate governance responsibilities. We will discuss real-world cases such as Wells Fargo, Theranos, and the most current case of ethics violations in the news. Also, we will debate this topic – ethical considerations and webinars, webcasts and self-study. At times during this session, we will put a humorous twist in our discussion of ethics.

Learning Objectives
  • Describe components of an ethical environment
  • Interpret the role of the partners/board of directors in developing an ethical firm/corporate culture
  • Compare and contrast “duty of care” and “duty of loyalty” as it relates to the partners/board of directors
  • Discuss the Principles of the AICPA’s Principles of Professional Conduct
Major Topics
  • Discussion of real-world cases like Wells Fargo, Theranos, and the most current case of ethics violations in the news
  • Using humor to compare and contrast ethical decision making
Business Learning Institute
Course Level
Professional Area of Focus
T Shaped Professional Leadership
CPE Field of Study
Behavioral Ethics
Who Should Attend

CPAs and accountants in public practice, business and industry and higher education

Karl Ahlrichs


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May 13, 2021
8:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
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Massachusetts CPA – Ethics: 50 Shades of Gray

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