Speaker: Tom Hardin
From 2008-2012, Tom Hardin, a little-known financial analyst, assisted FBI agents in understanding how insider trading occurred in the financial services industry. As the youngest professional later implicated in the sting, and known by his undercover moniker “Tipper X”, Tom was tasked with wearing a covert body wire to help the FBI bring down some of its biggest targets in the industry, leading to the largest Wall Street house cleaning campaign of a generation. Tom was later invited by the FBI to speak to their rookie agents in 2016 and is now a global keynote speaker, corporate trainer and board advisor on behavioral ethics, compliance and organizational conduct and culture risk.
Through vivid storytelling, Tom shares his journey down the slippery slope into criminal activity and the impact it had on friends and family. He discusses the psychological traps which pulled him into a spiral of rationalization. Tom takes the audience on an authentic journey of opportunity and temptation, one that mirrors that of so many young professionals who have found themselves employed in high pressure careers. Tom conveys his experience in a way that is both engaging and informative; starting with the smallest, seemingly harmless decisions, crossing the line between questionable and illegal is both deceptively easy and incredibly costly.
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