"They'll isolate you, exclude you, encourage you to leave the company and to move," said Cynthia Cooper, former vice president of the internal audit department at WorldCom, talking about her experience as a whistleblower.

Her keynote speech kicked off the Joint National Conference, an annual three-day event organized by the American Society of Women Accountants and the American Woman's Society of CPAs at the Coronado Springs Resort at Disney World. The event attracted more than 350 participants.

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