Former Acting Comptroller of the Currency Julie Williams has learned one key lesson throughout her career she hopes all bankers will heed: When faced with tough decisions, do the right thing.

Accepting a lifetime achievement award at American Banker's 10th anniversary Women in Banking Gala in New York City on Tuesday, Williams attributed recent high profile enforcement actions and continuing compliance problems within financial institutions to individuals losing sight of that basic principle.

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