Sherron Watkins has a story to tell and tell again

For Sherron Watkins, telling the story of Enron’s downfall never seems to get old.

The former Enron vice president who tried to warn other top executives of flaws in the company’s accounting has since been traveling the world to talk about Enron, ethics and leadership to trade groups and corporate executives.

With Houston writer Mimi Swartz, Watkins co-authored Power Failure: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron and was named one of Time’s Persons of the Year in 2002.

In the middle of the decade, she thought the story had grown stale and started talking about other topics, but audiences still wanted to hear about the fallen energy giant.

She compares the company’s collapse to a car wreck that passers-by can’t help slowing down to observe.

“People want to know the lessons learned and that it can’t happen to them, but there’s also still the fascination of what was a giant implosion,” she said.

She has spoken to audiences from Mauritius to Switzerland and all across the U.S., and they’re not always comforted by what she has to say. She tells them Enron wasn’t full of crooks but people who took a slow creep toward the edge of a cliff.

“They want to believe it was just full of bad people, but that’s just not the case,” she said.

While Enron’s implosion and her unique role, which she refers to as “speaking truth to power,” have landed her a steady flow of speaking gigs to pay the bills, the experience also solidified her Christian faith.

She’s taking religious classes and has joined the board of Serenity Retreat for Healing and Spiritual Renewal, where she is studying Theophostic Prayer, a method of treating emotional difficulties that she hopes to use to help victims of sex trafficking.;