Introducing CONVERGE18’s Keynote Speakers

The Compliance Industry's Most Exciting (and Informational) Conference

Mark your calendars for October 9-11, 2018, because the ethics and compliance industry’s most innovative conference is returning to Denver for its third year. CONVERGE18 will be unlike any conference you’ve attended in the past, but don’t just take my word for it — have a look at this post that explains how this event is so unique.

During CONVERGE17, visionaries from companies around the world gathered to discuss the importance of driving ethics to the center of business for a better world. This year, you’ll learn exactly how to put ethics into action to drive business performance.

Our CEO, Patrick Quinlan, will kick off the conference with Ethics in Action, an opening keynote that will focus on how to operationalize ethics on a daily basis with your employees. On Day 2, Philip Winterburn (our Chief Product Officer) will unveil Convercent’s newest innovations to help companies make ethics-in-action a reality.

We also have four additional keynote speakers who will be taking the stage at CONVERGE18, and I’m excited to introduce them to you today. They each have varied professionals backgrounds, but they do share one very important thing in common: A sincere desire to drive an ethical culture within the organizations they lead.

Meet CONVERGE18’s Inspiring Keynote Speakers

Jay Fulcher

Chairman & CEO at Zenefits

Jay is an experienced CEO, board member, investor and advisor and he has helped start and scale several successful companies in B2B enterprise software, media, education, retail, sports and healthcare. He’s currently the Chairman & CEO at Zenefits, a leading cloud Human Capital Management (HCM), Payroll and Benefits platform serving more than 10,000 mid-market (SMB) companies.

At the conference, Jay will join us as a panelist to explore the CEO’s role as a social activist. What is the CEO’s role in “taking sides” on societal issues like gun control, equal rights, and other ethical social issues? Should they even take sides?

It promises to be a fascinating discussion, and two other inspiring speakers will also be sharing their thoughts.

Walter Rakowich

Former CEO at ProLogis

When Walter Rakowich took over as the CEO of real estate company Prologis in 2008, the organization was near collapse. During the economic downturn, Prologis stock had dropped from over $70 per share to approximately $2 per share in a mere 10 months, making it the third-worst performing company in the S&P 500.

After Walt joined as CEO, he quickly implemented a change in culture through transparency, orchestrating a dramatic turnaround, and restoring its position in the industry.

In his retirement, he regularly speaks to audiences on a range of leadership topics. At this year’s CONVERGE, he’ll join Jay Fulcher and Jewell Hoover to discuss a CEO’s role as an activist.

Jewell D. Hoover

Second Vice Chair, AARP Board of Directors

Jewell D. Hoover is a retired senior official with the U.S. Treasury Department, where she worked for 28 years as a bank regulator and senior spokesperson for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

In addition to overseeing a multi-million dollar budget, her responsibilities included developing working relationships with banking officials, trade associations, and also with FDIC and Federal Reserve Bank officials on a senior executive level.

She’ll bring this background and experience to our CEO As Activist: Whose Role is it Anyway? panel.

Sharon Gebhard

Global Business Integrity Director at Unilever

Within Unilever, Sharon Gebhard has acted as Global Cost Controller, UK Risk Manager, Sarbanes Oxley Compliance Auditor, and has overseen various cross-functional finance and transformation projects.

While her career began in Finance, the work she has done building policy within Unilever led to a natural transition into Legal. With both global and market experience, Sharon understands how to create policies, processes, and (most importantly) how to make it all come together on the ground.


At CONVERGE18, she’ll share insights from her experiences creating Unilever’s worldwide ethics and compliance program. Don’t miss her session, Driving Ethics In Action In A Global Organization.

Breakout Sessions at CONVERGE18

In addition to actionable inspiration from our keynote speakers, conference attendees will also learn via:

  • Engaging breakout sessions
  • Visionary speakers
  • Interactive roundtables
  • Networking with peers
  • Solutions-driven product demonstrations

Will you join us at CONVERGE18?

We can’t say this enough: Today, the most ethical companies are the most successful companies.

We’re operating in an increasingly connected age of consumer awareness — if your company acts unethically, it’s only a matter of time before the court of public opinion makes its impact. Similarly, government regulators look kindly upon companies that have a clear and tangible commitment to ethical operations.

By joining your peers and industry visionaries at CONVERGE18, you can learn exactly how to transform your organization and career by connecting ethics to business performance. Here’s a handful of educational and informative topics that will be covered:

  • KPIs that Drive Ethics
  • Be a Silo Buster! How to Champion Ethics Enterprise-Wide
  • Implementing Root Cause
  • ECI Research: Employee Pressure Impacts Business Performance
  • The Critical Role for CECOs During M&A
  • Did You Hear? Policy Attestations Are No More!
  • And so much more!

To learn more about the conference and to register, click here. If you need help making the case to attend the best business ethics conference of the year, scroll down the page for a handy justification letter you can use (it even includes a budget breakdown).

We hope to see you there!