Registration & Breakfast
Corporate Activism and Social Virtue Signaling: Do the Rewards Validate the Risk?
In recent years there has been a significant upsurge in the number of brand name, Fortune 500 companies that are taking a firm stand on making their social or political views known to their consumers. While such virtue signaling elicits great praise from some, it also elicits an equal if not greater amount of controversy and contention from others. This engaging session will closely examine:
- Defining corporate and social activism;
- How and why so many companies are embracing corporate and social activism;
- Weighing the risks and rewards of speaking out on controversial issues;
- Should General Counsel and compliance professionals be concerned?
- Does corporate activism impact the bottom line?
Leslie Gaines-Ross, Chief Reputation Strategist, Weber Shandwick
David Curran, Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer, FiscalNote
Melissa Harris, Chief Executive Officer, M. Harris & Co.
He Said, She Said: #MeToo and Effective Strategies in Investigating Sexual Harassment Claims
The advent of the #MeToo movement has pulled back the curtain on the long-buried and widespread issue of sexual harassment of women in the workplace. Thanks to a number of high-profile disclosures many companies and organizations have renewed or revamped policies, procedures and codes of conduct aimed at preventing and responding to claims of sexual harassment. Investigating such claims, however, can be challenging; particularly without concrete evidence. This engaging and thought-provoking session addresses:
- Proven, best practice strategies in investigating claims of sexual harassment;
- How companies have revised or updated policies related to workplace behaviors;
- Evaluating the impact of the MeToo movement and the American workforce;
- Should outside counsel be retained in investigating sexual harassment claims?
- Review and analysis of sexual harassment case studies
Gina Jurva, Esq., Manager, Thought Leadership, Corporate & Government, Thomson Reuters
Julie DiMauro, Regulatory Intelligence Expert, Thomson Reuters
Debra Geister, Chief Executive Officer, Section 2 Financial Intelligence
Jeffrey M. Landes, Member, Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
Gina R. Merrill, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Blowing the Whistle on Financial Fraud: Investigating Claims of White-Collar Criminal Activity
2018 was a record breaking year for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s whistleblower program – proof positive of the program’s success in aiding the SEC in enforcing securities regulations and apprehending white-collar perpetrators. This panel closely examines recent high-profile enforcement actions related to cases of financial fraud and abuse by offering best practices in reporting mechanisms and emerging strategies for quickly identifying suspicious – and potentially illegal – activity. Further discussion points include:
- A roadmap for investigating claims of financial fraud and abuse
- Review and analysis of recent whistleblower claims that resulted in successful apprehensions and enforcement
Jordan Domash, General Manager, Relativity Trace
Sean X. McKessy, Partner, Phillips & Cohen LLP
Alexandra Rebay, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Verizon
Sean P. Tonolli, Partner, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
Joe Turner, General Manager and Head of Global Compliance Monitoring, Sony Corporation
Uncovering Hidden Agendas: Corporate Governance, Ethics and Conflicts of Interest
Corporate board members or directors have a fiduciary responsibility to make decisions that are unequivocally in the best interest of the organization they oversee. Yet sometimes board members have agendas or plans ostensibly at odds with their mandate. This panel shares best practices in identifying and uncovering potential conflicts of interest. Our discussion takes a deep dive into:
- Establishing clear parameters on board member duties;
- Identifying grey areas or ethical quandaries in the board governance process
- Responding to and investigating alleged misconduct;
- How, when and why corporations should adopt a conflict of interest policy
Christine Castellano, Former Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer, Ingredion Incorporated
Alfreda Bradley-Coar, Principal, The Bradley Coar Group, LLC
Adam B. Schwartz, Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP
Kim Yapchai, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Tenneco Inc.
The Internet of Things (IoT) and Cybersecurity: Is Your Phone Hacking Your Company?
Yes, your office copy machine, microwave and coffee maker could lead to a data breach. Once upon a time, wireless networks were utilized solely by computers. Today, however, wireless networks are utilized by computers, smartphones and other technologies that can transmit and receive seemingly limitless amounts of data—an attractive opportunity for cyber-criminals.. This panel closely examines:
- Weak spots or vulnerabilities within the Internet of Things (IoT)
- The importance of establishing training and policy guidelines for employees and IT personnel;
- The role of both corporate and outside counsel in protecting a company’s data, digital assets and intelligence
- Developing an effective data breach incident response plan;
- Essential insurance considerations
Joseph Raczynski, Technologist, Large & Medium Law Firms, Thomson Reuters
Akin Akinbosoye, Director of Cybersecurity, MxD
Christina Ayiotis, Vice President, Deputy for Information Governance and Privacy, OCC
Matthew Baciak, Counsel, Global Privacy, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
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