Con man-turned-crime stopper Frank Abagnale kicks off President’s CEO Breakfast Series

Posted On September 14, 2017

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MANITOWOC , Wis. — Renowned international cybersecurity and fraud-prevention expert Frank Abagnale — whose early life as a con man was the subject of Steven Spielberg’s 2002 movie, “Catch Me If You Can,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks — will kick off Silver Lake College’s fourth President’s CEO Breakfast Series starting at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

The series is sponsored by Bank First.

Abagnale’s speech is appropriately titled, “Catch Me If You Can.” The breakfast program will be followed by his seminar, “The Art of the Steal.” Both are in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

During the breakfast program, Abagnale will provide entertaining insight into his life as the notorious imposter of the 1960s. By age 21, he was known as America's most gifted con man, successfully impersonating an airline pilot, pediatrician, stockbroker, college professor and assistant attorney general, all while cashing $2.5 million in forged checks.

Audiences can expect an emotional roller coaster ride as Abagnale describes his escapades and reveals how he learned to live on the right side of the law. He has written numerous books about his life and the lessons he has learned. “Catch Me If You Can” also was made into a 2011 Broadway musical.

Abagnale’s transformation from one of the world’s most notorious con men to a renowned international cybersecurity and fraud-prevention expert trusted by the FBI has been mythologized in film, literature and on stage  —  but the takeaways he shares are the real deal.

His contributions to the world of security are immeasurable. He has become a hero to hundreds of public and private sector organizations for his indispensable counsel and strategic insight on safeguarding information systems and combating cyber fraud.

With an eye on the latest techniques developed by tech-savvy criminals to deceive and defraud, Abagnale leaves audiences with a deep understanding of today’s evolving security landscape and, more importantly, a vision of how to make the world a safer place.

Abagnale’s seminar provides the latest information to protect institutions, associations and corporations from embezzlement, forgery, counterfeit currency, check fraud, identity theft and internet fraud. He describes white-collar crime techniques, liability concerns under the new Uniform Commercial Code, and demonstrates the latest document features and equipment. Abagnale combines his expertise with anecdotes from his time as one of the world’s most successful con men for a timely, insightful and informative presentation.

Check-in for the President’s CEO Breakfast Series is at 7 a.m. The breakfast buffet opens at 7:15 a.m. Guests are seated at 7:30 a.m. The program begins at 7:45 a.m. and concludes at 8:30 a.m. 

Tickets for each breakfast program are $30. Cost for the entire series of four speakers is $100. Cost to sponsor a young professional for the series is $95.

Abagnale’s seminar will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. It is included with the breakfast price. Abagnale’s seminar, compliments of Bank First, is free and open to the public; tickets are required. 

Abagnale is the first speaker in a series of four. The remaining three speakers include:

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  • Nilaksh Kothari, CEO and general manager of Manitowoc Public Utilities, will speak on Wednesday, Dec. 6. He will present, “Anchor of the Communities – Balancing Utility Success and Employee Morale.”
  • Wendy Schuler, vice president–finance and treasurer with Acuity, A Mutual Insurance Company in Sheboygan, will present “Tone at the Top,” on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.
  • Louis P. Gentine II, CEO of Sargento Foods, Inc. of Plymouth, will present “Sargento: Family, Stakeholders & Innovation” on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

The President's CEO Breakfast Series reflects the college’s commitment to investing in the betterment of Manitowoc County and neighboring communities. This opportunity for community and business leaders to connect and learn also reflects the college’s role as an educational and professional resource.

Seating is limited. Online registration is highly recommended. All registrations are nonrefundable.

For more information, visit sl.edu/ceobreakfast. For tickets, visit sl.edu/tickets or call 920-686-6274.