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E6: Whistleblowers: Forward Indicators of Risk

Updated: Dec 17, 2020


Change truly can come from anywhere. Mary Inman, one of the world’s leading lawyers for whistleblowers, helps us understand the importance of speaking out against injustice even if that wrongdoing is happening in a place that we profit from. She talks us through some of the most famous examples of whistleblowing such as what occurred at Theranos and Boeing. She offers a new narrative that encourages people at any level of company to be whistleblowers. This prospect can be incredibly empowering or terrifying, but either way it gets us all thinking about our roles in promoting the common good.

Mary Inman: “Most whistleblowers do not run to the press, do not run to me. It’s only after they have been ignored, sidelined, silenced, and get frustrated that they basically have no other choice but to go to alternate routes like law enforcement and the press.”

Mary Inman: “What happens to whistleblowers is they start to begin to doubt themselves, they get isolated, they’re separated from their peers, and that can sometimes, often delay the time for a whistleblower to report. And so that’s when they often will reach out for legal help. And we’ll walk them through the “no you’re not crazy, and here all the stuff you’ve showed us coroborates what you’re seeing.”

Mary Inman: “The information and the data has shown that really what happens is when you’ve created a culture where people feel safe to report, then that means you’re a healthy company and you’re getting lots of information that you can then act upon. Those canaries are singing and they’re not silent.”

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