Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Global Ethics & Integrity at Salesforce Inc.
SVP, Audit, Ethics & Compliance Officer at AARP
Director, Business Ethics and Compliance at Avis Budget Group
Partner at Arnold & Porter
VP, Escalation, Investigations and Analytics Director at U.S. Bank
Cheryl Forino Wahl
SVP/Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at The MetroHealth System
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Ethics & Compliance Activist, Speaker, Writer, and Consultant
Hui Chen is an ethics and compliance leader with experience across industries and around the globe. Until June 2017, she served as the first exclusive Compliance Counsel Expert at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she assisted the prosecutors in the evaluation of corporate compliance programs, and authored the list of questions used in these evaluations. Previously, she served as the Global Head of Anti-Bribery and Corruption at Standard Chartered Bank in London, Assistant General Counsel for international investigations at Pfizer, Inc. in New York, and Compliance Director for Microsoft in Beijing. Hui began her career as a U.S. federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and New York. Hui speaks Italian, Chinese and Russian, has lived and worked in Moscow, Kiev, Munich, Beijing, New York and London, and conducted compliance investigations and reviews in Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East.
An entrepreneur at heart, Patrick Quinlan has a passion and skill for building companies from the ground up. Prior to leading Convercent’s executive team, Patrick served as Chief Executive Officer of Rivet Software, another technology firm operating in the governance, risk and compliance space. In just two years, he propelled Rivet’s quarterly revenue from $240,000 to $12 million – an achievement that earned the company a #6 placement on the 2011 Inc. 500 List among software firms and a #60 listing overall. A founding partner of Nebbiolo Ventures, Patrick has also served as CEO of ServiceSelect and Delta Translation, which was successfully sold to LFI in 1999.
Patrick has been recognized by the Denver Business Journal as one of Denver’s top “Forty Under 40” leaders, and in 2011 he was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. Patrick has served as a board member of Youth on Record and Young Americans Center for Financial Education, the country’s only FDIC-insured bank designed with youth in mind.
While Patrick loves to move at high speeds, he takes time to savor what matters most – his wife Kyla and son Huck, dogs Paisley and Parma, Baja the cat, and a slew of chickens.
With an extensive technology background, experience in GRC product development, and an entrepreneurial mind, Philip Winterburn understands what it takes to create innovative software solutions. In partnership with Patrick Quinlan, Barclay Friesen and Chuck Boyle, Philip launched Convercent with the vision of developing a modern GRC solution for the business community. As Convercent’s Chief Product Officer, Philip has been responsible for making that vision a reality, drawing on his technology expertise to lead the construction of Convercent’s innovative GRC product from the ground up.
Prior to Convercent, Philip led product engineering and technology operations for Rivet Software, a tech firm specializing in financial reporting compliance solutions. At Rivet, Philip oversaw the company’s proprietary SaaS product, scaling it to support explosive customer growth and delivering a comprehensive SEC filing workflow solution that earned recognition from CIO magazine on the CIO 100 awards list. Philip has also led technology initiatives at EDS, Ernst & Young and AT&T, where he gained expertise in enterprise-class platforms.
In 2011, Philip was recognized by the Denver Business Journal as CIO of the Year. Philip hails from Britain and has embraced the Colorado lifestyle. A husband and father of two teenage children, he loves to cycle, ski, hike and cook at home. Philip’s not-so-secret ambition is to one day own a restaurant.
Chairman & CEO
Jay Fulcher’s successful track record as CEO includes leading both public and private technology companies. Jay is Chairman & CEO at Zenefits, a leading cloud HCM, Payroll and Benefits platform serving more than 10,000 mid-market (SMB) companies. Previously, Jay was CEO of Ooyala, an online video company that shaped the personalized cloud TV market. During Jay’s tenure as CEO, Ooyala came to serve hundreds of customers in more than 30 countries including media heavyweights such as ESPN, DirecTV, Bloomberg, News Corp, Netflix, Sky, Univision, Pac-12 Network, RTL and FOXTEL. Ooyala was acquired by Telstra in 2014.
Prior to Ooyala, Jay was CEO of Agile Software (Nasdaq: AGIL), a public software company focused on product lifecycle management (PLM). Agile had a successful IPO in 1999 and subsequent secondary offering before ultimately being acquired by Oracle in 2007. At that time more than 11,000 customers used Agile as a catalyst technology for the distributed engineering and manufacturing era.
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. In addition to being CEO at Zenefits, Ooyala and Agile, Jay held senior executive roles at PeopleSoft (President, EVP), Red Pepper Software (SVP) and SAP (VP). He has a proven track record of delivering great returns for shareholders and for leading high growth, high performance, high value businesses.
Jay currently serves on the boards of HotChalk, AirPR, and League Network. Jay is a member of the Global Leadership Council for the San Jose State University Lucas Graduate School and College of Business and is an advisor to several startups, VC/PE firms, and investment banks.
CPA, CIMA, GCMA, MBA, Ba Com (Acc), Global BI Director
Sharon Gebhard has more than 12 years of experience as a highly qualified Finance professional within Unilever with roles such as Global Cost Controller, UK Risk Manager, Sarbanes Oxley Compliance Auditor as well as various cross functional finance and transformation projects at both a local and global level. She has international experience deploying both systems and process across geographies and knows full well the complexities of landing, educating and embedding change processes within large multinational organisations. Her move from Finance to Legal is a natural transition to work she has done building policy within Unilever from Contingent Labour, Gifts, Travel and Entertainment, Senior Leadership expenses and hospitality relating to high profile sporting events.
With almost three years in a Global Business Integrity role she has been co-leading the deployment of Third Party Compliance programmes over an immense supplier and customer base and understands the risks involved in operating in 190 countries as well as the difficulties of translating this into actions to mitigate the risks. At the same time Unilever is keen to upskill and build capability in the external community and positively change how business is undertaken from Lagos to London. Awareness, embedding a speak up culture and creating a culture where employees feel confident to raise concerns is part of Unilever’s commitment to delivering Business Value with Values. With both Global and Market Experience Sharon has the benefit of both understanding how to create policy and process and how to make it come part of the everyday on the ground.
Walt Rakowich is a leadership speaker and recently retired executive of Prologis, a global real estate company that was near collapse when he took over as CEO in 2008. During the economic downturn, the Prologis stock had dropped from over $70 per share to approximately $2 per share in 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 addition to speaking to audiences on a range of leadership topics, Walt also serves on a number of corporate and philanthropic boards.
Before starting his business career, Walt attended the Pennsylvania State University where he received his BS in accounting. He then went on to earn his MBA from Harvard Business School. In his free time, Walt enjoys traveling, mentoring youth and participating in a wide range of community service initiatives. He and his wife Sue have two children and reside in Colorado.
Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Global Ethics & Integrity
April currently is a VP and Associate General Counsel at Salesforce. She is a member of the legal leadership team. She provides the strategic vision for the ethics and integrity program and oversees legal compliance training and related investigations.
SVP, Audit, Ethics & Compliance Officer
Ellen Hunt has recently taken on the role of chief audit executive at AARP in addition to her role as ethics & compliance officer. She is a lawyer and ethics & compliance professional with extensive management experience in designing, implementing, and operating ethics and compliance programs including board governance and reporting, designing ethics education, and managing enterprise risk processes, as well as handling investigations and regulatory agency inquiries. She was featured as a Top Mind by Compliance Week in June of 2016; is a contributor to Trust Inc., “A Guide for Boards & C-Suites,” and was named as one of The Top 100 Thought Leaders for Trustworthy Business 2015 and 2016 by Trust Across America.
Director, Business Ethics and Compliance
Strong risk leader with significant international experience in assessing, analyzing, remediating and monitoring risks associated with business activities, processes and systems, with deep specialism in implementing practical and effective business-led compliance programs. Demonstrates a highly collaborative approach working side-by-side with cross-functional internal stakeholders, joint venture partners, franchisee and licensee networks, and third party vendors to helping the business to achieve its strategic objectives in a resilient manner.
Stephen Martin focuses his practice on global compliance matters, risk assessment and management and advising companies in connection with corporate internal and governmental investigations. He counsels clients on developing, implementing and enhancing corporate compliance and ethics programs to address a broad range of potential risks, including anti-corruption/anti-bribery (FCPA and UK Bribery Act), antitrust, privacy, cyber-security, data protection and information management, Dodd-Frank Act, environmental and corporate social responsibility.
Improv relates to ethics by helping us become better people. It relaxes us and encourages us to play. It encourages us to be in the moment and discover authentic truths. This leads us to respect ourselves and our own ideas, and to see others’ ideas; we learn to understand and engage with diversity, and support the people around us. This becomes teamwork: even as we strengthen our own ideas, we have to release control to the group. In the end, this becomes group mind, and we discover and accomplish things as a diverse group that would be impossible as individuals.
Tom Fox is the Compliance Evangelist™. He has practiced law in Houston for 34 years. He was most recently the General Counsel at Drilling Controls, Inc., a worldwide oilfield manufacturing and service company. He is now one of the country’s leading experts on compliance, risk management, and corporate governance.
Tom is the author of the international best-selling books “Lessons Learned on Compliance and Ethics” and “Best Practices Under the FCPA and Bribery Act” as well as ten other books, including his series Fox on Compliance. His seminal work on the design, creation and implementation of a best practices compliance program is Doing Compliance, was published by Compliance Week in October 2015. His most recent book is 2016 – The Year in Corporate FCPA Enforcement: Cardinal and Provident was released in May 2017. He is an internationally recognized speaker on corporate compliance programs.
Tom leads the social media discussion on compliance with his award-winning blog, The FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog and seven podcasts; The FCPA Compliance Report, Compliance into the Weeds, Everything Compliance, This Week in FCPA, 12 O’clock High-a Podcast on Business Leadership, One Month to Operationalizing Your Compliance Program series and Unfair and Unbalanced-with Roy Snell.
VP, Director of Global Ethics Escalation, Investigation and Analytics
Sheryl Zaworski is Director of Escalation, Investigations and Analytics in U.S. Bank’s Global Ethics Office. After practicing as an insurance defense litigator she has spent the past 20 years of her career in legal and compliance roles in the financial services industry. She has served as a compliance manager for banks and broker-dealers, as an employee and labor relations director and also as head of a control room monitoring for insider trading. Prior to joining U.S. Bank, she was General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Geraty Investments, a boutique investment banking firm.
Cheryl Forino Wahl
SVP/Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
Cheryl Forino Wahl is the Senior Vice President, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for The MetroHealth System, an integrated health system that provides a fully range of health care services throughout Cuyahoga County, including acute inpatient hospital and outpatient care, a Level I Adult Trauma and Burn Center, and other specialty services including long term skilled nursing services. Cheryl is responsible for the overall development, implementation and ongoing operation of an enterprise‐wide comprehensive compliance program. Prior joining MetroHealth, Cheryl served as the Chief Compliance Officer at EnvisionRxOptions, a national, full-service pharmacy benefit management company and subsidiary of Rite Aid Corporation.
Cheryl has been providing legal, regulatory and compliance advice in the health care industry for more than 20 years. Prior to joining EnvisionRxOptions, Cheryl was the Chief Compliance Officer at University Hospitals (UH), a large fully integrated health care system, where she led the organization to recognition as a World’s Most Ethical Company by Ethisphere Institute three times. Cheryl has considerable experience with government investigations and oversaw compliance during a five-year Corporate Integrity Agreement with the Office of Inspector General which ended in 2012. In 2002 to 2005, Ms. Wahl was the Associate General Counsel for UH and concentrated her practice in corporate, regulatory and compliance issues in health care, including physician transactions and HIPAA.
Cheryl was recognized in 2016 as one of the Most Influential Women in Retail by Mass Market Retailers, in 2013 as a Top Ethics and Compliance Officer by Ethisphere Institute and in 2004 by the YWCA as a recipient of the Woman of Professional Excellence Award. In 2015, Cheryl was admitted into In Counsel With Women, a selective organization of executive women. Cheryl is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the Health Care Compliance Association. She is also a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2012. Cheryl serves on the Board of Directors of Gilmour Academy, and Saint Martin de Porres High School.
She received her B.A. degree with honors from Colgate University, her Master’s Degree in Medical Ethics and her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Jewell D. Hoover
Jewell D. Hoover is a graduate of West Virginia State College with a B.S. in Business Education and a M.A. from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies in Educational Administration and Supervision. After teaching school for five years, she enjoyed a 28-year career with the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC); a bank regulatory division within the United States Treasury Department. She retired in 2003 as a senior bank regulatory official. In this capacity, she was Deputy Comptroller for the OCC’s Western District where she was a senior level spokesperson for the agency and helped to develop policy, systems and programs to achieve agency goals. In addition to overseeing a multi- million dollar budget, her responsibilities included developing working relationships with banking officials, trade associations as well as FDIC and Federal Reserve Bank officials on a senior executive level.
After retirement, she was the principal of Hoover and Associates, LLC, a bank consulting firm. A broad array of services was provided by the firm including strategic planning, bank director education and expert opinions for litigated matters on banking law. She closed her bank consulting firm in 2014. Ms. Hoover is a member of the Board of Directors for Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati, OH; where she chairs the Risk Committee; Board Member and Secretary/Treasurer for AARP in Washington, DC; Board Member and Treasurer for The Foundation for the Carolinas in Charlotte, NC; Board of Advisors for the University of North Carolina Center for Banking and Finance and Board of Advisors for American Association for Bank Directors in Washington, DC.
She is a former member of the Board of Trustees for Wingate University and the North Carolina Banking Commission (Gubernatorial appointment). She is co-author of The Ultimate Guide for Bank Directors. Ms. Hoover resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.