Yesterday, I honored John McCain for his integrity. Today, I want to honor another great American we recently lost for a different ability – storytelling. On Sunday Neil Simon died. He was truly one of America’s great playwriters, even if he did not have the critical acclaim of others in the Pantheon. His output of work was truly prodigious, beginning in the 1950s with Sid Caesar’s legendary Your Show of Shows where he teamed with other now iconic screenwriters such as Woody Allen, Mel Brooks and Larry Gelbart.

As noted in his New York Times (NYT) obituaryin the 1960s he hit an early stride “with the breakthrough hits “Barefoot in the Park” (1963) and “The Odd Couple” (1965) and continuing with popular successes like “Plaza Suite” (1968), “The Prisoner of Second Avenue” (1971) and “The Sunshine Boys” (1974), Mr. Simon ruled Broadway when Broadway was still worth ruling. From 1965 to 1980, his plays and musicals racked up more than 9,000 performances, a record not even remotely touched by any other playwright of the era. In 1966 alone, he had four Broadway shows running simultaneously.”

While I missed this first run of great plays, I was introduced to Simon by his largely biographical “trilogy, “Brighton Beach Memoirs” (1983), “Biloxi Blues” (1985) and “Broadway Bound” (1986). These comedy-dramas were admired for the way they explored the tangle of love, anger and desperation that bound together — and drove apart — a Jewish working-class family, as viewed from the perspective of the youngest son, a restless wisecracker with an eye on showbiz fame.”

While this trilogy never veered far from his Jewish roots, I always saw it as great storytelling about the American working-class and the struggles of those growing up in it.  One of the things I try to do in my writings, blogs, podcasts and speeches is to tell the story of compliance. With a tip of the stage hat to Neil Simon, I am pleased to announce my next Compliance Master Class, which will be held on September 25thand 26thin Boston. I will be hosted by Affiliated Monitors, Inc. and the event will be held at their offices, 85 Devonshire Street in the heart of old-town Boston.

This Compliance Master Class is not theory or analytical underpinnings of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) as the focus will be on the operationalizingof compliance. For it is only in the doing of compliance that companies have a real chance of avoiding FCPA liability. This is the true story of compliance and after this Master Class, you will be able to go a long way to putting into place some of the best practices expected by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The Compliance Master Class provides a unique opportunity for any level of FCPA compliance practitioner, from the seasoned Chief Compliance Officer to the practitioner who is new to the compliance profession. If you are looking for a training class to turbocharge your knowledge on the nuts and bolts of a best practices compliance program going forward, this is the class to attend. You will have an intensive focus group of like-minded compliance practitioners with which you can share best practices. It allows us to tailor the discussion to your needs.

As one of the leading commentators in the compliance space for several years, I will bring a unique insight of what many companies have done right and many have done not so well over the years. This professional experience has enabled me to put together a unique educational opportunity for any person interested in anti-corruption compliance. Simply stated, there is no other compliance training on the market quite like it. Armed with this information, at the conclusion of the Compliance Master Class, you will be able to implement or enhance your compliance program, with many ideas at little or no cost.

The Compliance Master Class will move from the theory of the FCPA into the doing of compliance and how you must document this work to create a best practices compliance program. Building from the Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance, the questions posed from the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs and the information from the FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy as a guide, you will learn the intricacies of risk assessments; what should be included in your policies and procedures; the five-step life cycle of third party risk evaluation and management; tone throughout your organization; training and using other corporate functions to facilitate cost-effective compliance programs. In short you will learn the story of compliance and how you can use that story to positively impact not only your compliance program but also the bottom line of your organization.

You will be able to walk away with a clear understanding of what anti-corruption compliance is and what it requires; an overview of international corruption initiatives and how they all relate to FCPA compliance; how to deal with third parties, from initial introduction through contracting and managing the relationship, what should be included in your gifts, travel, entertainment and hospitality policies; the conundrum of facilitation payments; charitable donations and political contributions, and trends in compliance. You will also learn about the importance of internal controls and how to meet the strict liability burden present around this requirement of FCPA compliance.

The Compliance Master Class will be based around my latest book, The Compliance Handbook, which focuses on the creation, implementation and enhancement of a best practices compliance program. As the guy who wrote the book on compliance, I can provide to you not only the most up-date thinking and best practices but also the top ideas from other thought leaders across the country and globe on compliance. There is no other compliance training which puts together as much materials as is found in the Compliance Master Class.

The Compliance Master Class will be held on September 25thand 26that the offices of Affiliated Monitors, Inc., 85 Devonshire St, Boston, MA 02109. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to all who attend in addition to the continuing education credits for each state that has reciprocity with Texas. In Texas, CLE for 10.5 hours has been approved. The cost to attend is $1,495 per person. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. For more information or a copy of the agenda email me at To register, go to my website, FCPA Compliance Report.

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