CONVERGE is in its 4th year of bringing together the world’s leading companies for two days of dynamic speakers, thought-provoking breakout sessions, and opportunities to connect with like-minded professionals. At this conference Convercent presents the newest resources and best practices allowing you to continue the work of driving ethics to the center of your business. I am attending the event and will be delivering a Keynote speaker. There are some other great speakers at the event. In the week’s Converge19 podcast series I visited with some of the presentations at Converge19 with the presenters. (Convercent is the sponsor of the podcast series.) Some of the highlights included the following.
Matt Kellywill discuss Developing Effective Strategies for Third Parties & Data Security Risk. In this session Kelly will explore recent regulatory enforcement of data security risks related to third parties, and what regulators are saying about the issue generally; how this is a challenge of risk assessment and data management capabilities, what a ‘mature’ compliance or audit function would need to do for these risks; and some practical ideas to implement at your own business.
Valerie Towery, VP, Global Compliance and CCO, Visa Global Services Inc. (Visa B2B Connect) Cross-Functional Collaboration. In her session, Towery will consider how the compliance function can remain independent while still working collaboratively with the business and with its peer support functions.
Kurt Stitcher, Vice President, Global Compliance at DJO Global, previews his talk, Operation Globalization! In this presentation, Stitcher will provide practical tips on operationalizing a program, from policies and standards, anticorruption processes, and risk management and taking a US program to a modern global program. Learn about building relationships not only with the C-Suite level but with business leaders literally across the globe.
Scott McCleskey, Senior Vice President / Subject Matter Expert at Eukleia North America will talk about Mapping Ethical Risk in Your Organization. While there are often discussions about mapping compliance risk, McCleskey will discuss ethical risk. The level of ethical risk is not uniform across an organization or over time – it varies by role, by geography, and by incentive structure. In his presentation, McCleskey will look at how you can systematically identify and classify ethical risks across your organization and the use of the resulting ethical risk heat map as a predictive analytic and how it can be used to take a risk-based approach to allocating controls and how it can be used as a key resource for reporting to the C-suite and the Board.
UB Ciminieri and Joe Thurman, co-founders of Breaking the Bias previewed their talk, The Code of Curiosity: Breaking the Bias. In their session, they will help you to create tools, methods and strategies that systematically change an organization’s ability to drive diversity and inclusion. Drive action behind the conversation of Conscious Inclusion and Unconscious Bias. What better way to start driving ethics than by first confronting our own biases and behaviors that prevent us from driving ethics through our business?
Norm Hodne, Director CET Compliance Programs at Microsoft previewed his talk, Bridging the Digital Divide. In this presentation you will learn how to build an accessibility program that meets regulatory requirements but also delights employees, practical steps to putting yourself in your employees’ shoes and how that influences your initiatives and hear about tried and tested programs that have won broad recognition.
Nicole Pitts, founder of the Ethintegrity discusses her talk on Effectively Increasing Employee Engagement from ’Shop Floor’ to ’Top Floor’ through Play. In her session, you will learn how to effectively increase employee participation and facilitate discussions on complex ethics topics across cultures and educational levels. This will lead to a better understanding of the compliance program as well as identification & mitigation of risks from all levels of the organization.
Michael Williamson, Chief Compliance Officer at Pacific Dental, discussed his talk at Converge19, moving an Ethics & Compliance from Rules-Based to Leverage Values. In his presentation, Williamson will describe how to animate your organization’s values and create alignment behind them to foster a self-governing culture of ethics and compliance. He will discuss how to bring your organization’s purpose and values to life in support of an ethics and compliance culture that, minimally, will pivot your Program to a posture of proactive risk mitigation. Finally, Williamson will tie it all together to demonstrate how this helps create strategic differentiation between you and your competitors.
In what will no doubt be one of the most well-attended sessions, Anna Aster, Principal at Heidrick & Struggles will discuss, The Future CECO: The Executive Recruiter’s Perspective. As the field of ethics & compliance continues to evolve, what does it take to be a CECO in the future? In Aster’s session, you will hear from the world’s top executive recruiting firm on the hiring trends in the compliance field, what recruiters are looking for, and tips on how to get your LinkedIn profile and resume noticed by headhunters. This is a session you cannot afford to miss.
This is just but a sampling of some of the speakers and topics. There will be over 40 sessions; keynotes, breakouts, interactive roundtables – you will leave the conference with actionable resources and best practices. You will be able to connect with some of the top peers in the compliance arena during breaks, meals, sessions and the CONVERGE dinner, you will be able to interact with like-minded compliance professionals to broaden your ideas and build your network. Converge19 is unlike any other compliance conference. Every detail is designed to challenge, energize and spark curiosity for ethics and compliance professionals. Finally, you will be inspired by speakers such as Aly Raisman, U.S. Olympic gymnast on her courageous story of speaking up and her fight to end sexual abuse and Andrew Wallis, CEO of Unseen will open your eyes on the reality of modern slavery, and many more.
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