SHSNY Movie Night - "ENRON: The Smartest Guys in the Room"

How could America’s 7th largest corporation crumble into dust? This shameful exposé rips open the nation’s darkest corporate scandal, one that left thousands of investors and dedicated employess with nothing as a handful of top execs walked away with billions. A behind-the-scenes look at the powerful energy company whose downfall forever changed the landscape of the business world ... but not enough.

After-film discussion: Is Business in America fixable?

SHSNY Movie Night is FREE. (But put something on the bar beside your elbow.)


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  • John R.

    Movie was okay, not great, the conversation after was lively and even heated at times. Interesting evening.

    June 9

  • Steve

    My Toyota is in serious need of a new clutch. It's in the shop now. So it goes. See ya next time. :-(

    June 9

  • Bill

    The problem of holding people accountable for long-term consequences also exists in the public sector. For example, when a mayor is negotiating with a public-sector union, one concession they often give is an early retirement age. This will not have be a big expense problem in the short term while the politician is still subject to re-election, but it greatly increases the tax burden. If you know anyone who works in the public sector, they often wind up with ridiculously early retirement ages, like 55 years old at full pension, and you're paying for it.

    June 3

  • Bill

    One topic of discussion is how can employees (including executives) be paid in such a way that they can be held accountable for the long term consequences of their decisions?

    For example, if you get a nice bonus for decisions that had good consequences over a one or two year span, but then 5 years later everything blows up, what should happen? Should you have to pay your bonus back? Who would accept such a job? You would never be able to spend the money you were paid, because you might have to pay it back later when you get blamed for events that were beyond your control. Particularly if you leave the company, since you are no longer present, you are no longer able to defend yourself and you are more likely to be blamed for anything that goes wrong.

    June 3

  • Bill

    I'll probably be late.

    June 3

  • Bill

    "Walked away with billions" is hardly a full description -- one CEO died before sentencing to what probably would have been at least a 20 year jail sentence, the other one is still in jail. The stockholders lost everything, and Arthur Anderson, one of the mightiest accounting firms in the world, ceased to exist.

    Enron sounds like it would have been an absolutely horrible place to work.

    June 3

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