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Francine McKenna will visit LMU on March 2 as part of the Dreier Chair in Accounting Ethics Distinguished Speaker Series. The title of her lecture is Busting the Myths: How Legislation, Regulation and Litigation Have Made Classic Big 4 Business Assumptions Obsolete.

McKenna’s remarks focus on modernizing perceptions of some of the common global audit firm business model myths perpetuated by the accounting industry, regulators, academics, judges, business leaders and the business media. Not knowing the facts is an obstacle to professionalism, serving the true client—investors, and promoting ethical capital markets.

McKenna is a prolific writer and commentator on the accounting, audit and corporate governance issues affecting public and pre-IPO private companies. Since 2006, she has been an investigative reporter and feature writer for publications including Dow Jones MarketWatch, Forbes, American Banker, Financial Times, Accounting Today, and Boston Review. You may also know her writing from her blog, reTheAuditors.com.

Before turning to journalism and academia, McKenna spent more than 20 years in public accounting and consulting, including for as a managing director for KPMG/BearingPoint in the U.S. and Latin America, and as a director for PwC, auditing the firm itself in the post-Sarbanes-Oxley era.

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Sponsored by the LMU Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainability.

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