Diann Cattani

Brief Biography

Diann Cattani

Diann Cattani studied Business Management and Psychology while on scholarship for NCAA Division IA Volleyball at Brigham Young University. After moving to Atlanta, Ms. Cattani accepted a position with a boutique Human Resources consulting firm. Initially hired as project manager of a large scale project with Blockbuster Entertainment to design and implement a targeted interviewing and hiring process for their store and district managers throughout the country.

When Ms. Cattani started, the project was in its embryonic stages and there were significant amounts of data analysis so during this down time she saw an opportunity to draw on her business acumen to build the infrastructure of this growing company. This included automating the bookkeeping system, contracting with payroll services, accountants, attorneys, vendors, securing lines of credit, purchasing office equipment, IT support, development of proprietary software products, purchasing, etc. Her efficiency, drive, loyalty and ingenuity were instrumental in implementing processes, tracking systems, managing inventory, interfacing with professionals and managing up and down at all levels in a variety of organizations. As the company grew and her role evolved Ms. Cattani had earned the trust and confidence of the owners and agreed to maintain accountability for the financial performance and reporting of the business in conjunction with additional responsibilities of facilitating Leadership Training Courses, Diversity Training, Team Building and Executive Coaching for many Fortune 500 companies as well as privately held organizations in multiple disciplines. Ms. Cattani had a meritorious career and unlimited possibilities for growth. In 1996 Ms. Cattani crossed ethical and eventually legal boundaries embezzling nearly $500,000. In February 2000, the pressure of living with her duplicity was more than she could handle and subsequently confessed her treachery to the owner of the company. Ms. Cattani was charged in Federal Court and pled guilty to stealing nearly $500,000. In 2002 Ms. Cattani was 5 months pregnant when sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for her crime. Nine months pregnant her divorce was finalized and the day she was ordered to report to prison Ms. Cattani left behind 6 & 4 year old daughters, a 5 week old son and a wake of destruction devastating countless lives.  Ms. Cattani conveys to audiences a powerful personal story, revealing the methodology and ultimate destructiveness of her crime as well as an understanding of the inner-workings and motivations associated with white-collar crimes in general. Ms. Cattani reinforces the need to implement internal controls in companies of all sizes to protect itself and its employees; the importance of vigilant monitoring and reporting; the need to “separate power” and responsibility and make employees more aware of the insidiousness of temptation and consequences when the line is crossed.