In what is fast becoming one of the top ethics and compliance conferences around, I hope you can join me at CONVERGE18, hosted by Convercent. (I perform consulting work for Convercent.) This year’s event will be October 8-11 at the Omni in Bloomfield, Colorado. The line-up of this year’s event is simply first rate with some of the top ethics and compliance practitioners around.

Some of the highlights include the following.

The Opening Keynote on Day 1, Patrick Quinlan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Convercent, will discuss the global business climate and how innovation is providing new insights and opportunities for companies to improve their ethical performance and their bottom line. Global organizations are realizing that becoming more ethical directly impacts their bottom line. While they realize that driving ethics to the center of their business is the goal, few understand how to operationalize ethics on a daily basis with their employees. This Keynote will set the stage.

The Opening Keynote on Day 2, Philip Winterburn, Chief Product Officer (CPO) of Convercent, will be unveiling Convercent’s newest innovations to help companies make ethics-in-action a reality for Convercent’s customer worldwide. A focus of this keynote will be leveraging data to get more valuable insights into the ethical health of your company. Philip will illustrate how companies can advance from simple monitoring of activities (e.g. investigations and helpline calls) to conducting strategic analysis leveraging data science and Convercent’s Ethics Cloud applications. Through data science customers will be able to gain a new perspective on their programs by leveraging data within the Convercent application, third party industry data, and outside data from social channels.

Jay Fulcher, CEO of Zenefits, Walter Rakowich, former Pro Logis CEO, and Jewell Hoover, AARP, will participate on a panel, entitled “CEO As Activist: Whose Role is it anyway?”. In it they will explore how the vacuum of institutional ethical leadership and has been filled by a new entrant  – the ethical corporation. Today, consumers are looking for the companies they buy from to align to their own ethical values. The will explore such questions as “What is the CEO’s role in “taking sides” on societal issues like gun control, equal rights, and other ethical social issues? Should they?” This panel will explore the opinions and beliefs of leading CEO’s and highlight specific programs that companies are doing (or not) to make this happen.

In a General Session, Sharon Gebhard, Global Business Integrity Director from Unilever, will speak on “Driving Ethics In Action In A Global Organization”. Creating compliance and ethics programs that are inclusive of all employees around the globe is a constant challenge for multi-national companies. Effective programs cannot be a one-size-fits all, but rather must be tailored for the varying cultures of different countries. Sharon will share her insights and experience in creating Unilever’s worldwide ethics and compliance program.

Andre Martin, Vice President (VP), Talent Development and Chief Learning Officer (CLO) from  Nike, will speak on “Company Culture, The Ethical Imperative”. While many global organizations strive to have an ethical culture, few understand what the key strategies and programs are to deploy for success. Martin has been a leader in talent management for some of the most iconic brands in the world including NIKE, Mars, and Disney. Andre will share the key considerations and steps in transforming your company into one that has an exceptional ethical culture.

In addition to these Keynotes and General Sessions presentation, there will be some great breakout sessions. I am always excited to hear Hui Chen who will continue her thought leadership on measuring ethics and compliance: process vs. outcome. Keturah Pestel, Code of Conduct Program Manager at Thrivent, will discuss how compliance should partner with legal and Human Resources (HR) to get buy-in for sharing real stories and how you approach/report intake/investigations. She will also relate how to hold annual ethics awareness events that help raise the Code of Conduct profile, reinforce available resources, giving a platform for sharing our ethics survey results, and demystifying such topics as investigations.

Who should attend? Compliance professionals will learn from industry leaders how to strategically align your ethics programs with your CEO’s business goals. And how to elevate your thinking and programs to a whole new level. Legal professionals will hear about the key risks and regulations for global companies are constantly changing. They will learn better ways to visualize and manage risk through big data and correlation with finance and third-party information. C-Suite leaders will hear engaging main stage presentations and panels on how executives have aligned their ethics programs with their strategic business goals to create a premium brand and success in the market. HR professionals will hear industry leaders share their solutions and also pitfalls to avoid when partnering with ethics and compliance teams to create a healthy corporate culture that drives business success.

With the acceleration of the speak up culture and organizational accountability that social media is enabling and amplifying, companies need to incorporate integrity into every level of the organization. CONVERGE18 will help you do just that by addressing this ethical transformation head-on. Get the insights, information and solutions you need to put ethics into action. Join compliance executives from Salesforce, Kimberly Clark, Avis, U.S. Bank, AARP, Wells Fargo, Cheesecake Factory and many others to:

  • Network with 300 of your peers, including C-suite executives, legal professionals, HR leaders and ethics and compliance visionaries.
  • Gain insights from 35 speakers including Ethics and Compliance advocate Hui Chen, ECI’s CEO Pat Harned, NBA’s Deputy Chief Compliance Officer Steph Vogel, President at OCEG Carole Switzer and more.
  • Bring actionable takeaways back to your program from various session types including 2 keynotes, 5 general sessions, 12 discussion-based roundtables, 18 interactive breakout sessions for you to listen, learn and share.
  • The goal of CONVERGE18 is to arm you with information, strategy and tactics to transform your organization and your career by connecting ethics to business performance through process augmentation and data visualization.

I hope you can join me at the event. For information on the event, click here. As an extra benefit to readers of this blog, CONVERGE18 is offering a 50% discount off the registration price. Enter discount code TOMFOXVIP.

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