Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Global Ethics & Integrity at Salesforce Inc.
Senior Vice President, Audit, Compliance & Ethics Officer at AARP
Director, Business Ethics and Compliance at Avis Budget Group
VP, Escalation, Investigations and Analytics Director at U.S. Bank
Cheryl Forino Wahl
SVP/Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at The MetroHealth System
Director Internal Audit Strategy at KPMG
Compliance Officer at Vulcan
Program Manager, Business Ethics Office at Thrivent
EVP Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer at Convercent
Deputy Chief Compliance Officer & Assistant General Counsel at National Basketball Association
Eric R. Feldman
Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Corporate Ethics and Compliance Programs at Affiliated Monitors, Inc.
Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer at CDM Smith
Susan du Becker
Global Compliance Enablement at Cisco Systems
Former Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer and Global Head of Employment Law at HP Inc.
Former Ethics & Compliance Officer at Under Armour
Compliance Consultant, formerly Global Head of Compliance at Uber
Vice President, Research Director at Forrester
Vice President, Ethics and Compliance at VF Corporation
CEO and founder of The Volkov Law Group, LLC
Managing Director of Stinnett & Associates
Associate General Counsel, Litigation & Compliance of Venator Materials Plc
Senior Director of Leadership Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Assistant General Counsel, Office of Legal Compliance at Microsoft
Chief Compliance Officer at KPMG
JD, Senior Director, Harassment Prevention at EVERFI
Vice President, Head of Compliance & Ethics at Liberty Latin America
Deputy Bureau Chief at the Wall Street Journal
Vice President and GM, Global Compliance Solutions at Skillsoft
Vice President, Compliance Products at Skillsoft
Former Chief Compliance Officer at Dematic
Lead Attorney, US One Commercial Partner group at Microsoft
Solutions Consultant at Convercent
Product Owner at Convercent
HR Project Manager at Sodexo
GRC Economist & Pundit at GRC 20/20 Research
Partner at PwC
Data Scientist at Convercent
Ethics & Compliance Officer – Policy Enforcement and Investigations at Alstom Group
Vice President, Compliance & Risk at Intertek
Manager, Ethics & Compliance Training and Communications at American Airlines
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.
David is the Compliance Officer at Vulcan Inc. He joined to bring the compliance program up to best practice, which has included a new Code of Conduct, programs for handling conflicts of interest, due diligence and speaking up, a communication and training program, and a process for handling Federal contracts.
In prior roles at Huntsman Corporation, David has been responsible for the Compliance Program, legal support to one of their international divisions and their Americas legal team. He has lived and provided legal support in America, Europe and Asia.
David is qualified as a solicitor in England and an attorney in New York.
Director Internal Audit Strategy
Sheila Stark has spent the past 12 years working in various public accounting and internal audit roles.
Most recently, Sheila was the Director of Audit, Risk and Compliance for Service King Collision Repair Centers, a privately-owned, Texas-based company with over 300 locations across the country. Sheila led the development of the Audit, Risk and Compliance function including implementing financial, IT and entity level controls, a code of conduct program, policy governance and enterprise risk management along with supporting cross-functional projects.
Previous to her role at Service King, Sheila was in internal audit management at 7-Eleven, Inc., where she worked alongside the CAE to re-build and brand the function. During her time at 7-Eleven, Sheila also helped re-evaluate the organization’s code of conduct program.
Code of Conduct Program Manager
Keturah Pestel is the Program Manager for Thrivent’s Business Ethics Office. In this role, she communicates ethical expectations to the enterprise, provides strategic guidance on the ethical culture and climate to the board and executive management, leads investigations, provides policy and ethics advice, creates and coordinates ethics training and communication plans and manages the external and internal hotlines. Core components of Thrivent’s Code of Conduct program are publicly available on thriventcodeofconduct.com, including Thrivent’s interactive digital magazine Code of Conduct with embedded Thrivent investigation summary videos and key policy infographics. Thrivent has been named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by the Ethisphere Institute from 2012-2018.
Keturah graduated with summa cum laude honors from Concordia University Chicago with a BA in communications and history. She earned an MBA from Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and holds the CFE and FLMI designations.
EVP Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer
Katie Smith serves as EVP Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer for Convercent. Bringing nearly 20 years’ experience from the high tech, energy, insurance and financial services industries, Katie has implemented ethics and compliance programs for multinational companies. Her professional passion flourishes in building compliance programs from the ground up and raising awareness throughout the company on the importance of proactive compliance and ethics management.
She brings to Convercent a unique and seasoned perspective drawing on her experience establishing new ethics and compliance offices, designing and implementing enterprise-wide conflict of interest programs, developing training and communications for multigenerational workplaces, and scaling programs from 5,000-150,000 employees.
Prior to joining Convercent, Katie most recently held the position of Assistant Vice President and Chief Ethics Officer at Texas-based Fortune 500 financial services group USAA. At the firm, she was primarily responsible for promoting ethics and strategic business initiatives; overseeing the development and implementation of ethics communications, policies, guidelines, and training. She served as a trusted internal consultant to leadership on matters pertaining to corporate ethics and investigation of suspected and reported violations of USAA’s Code of Conduct, related policies, and standards.
Previous stints include compliance, ethics, and human resource roles El Paso Corporation and Hewlett Packard.
Katie’s key achievements include 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company award recipient (USAA), Hewlett Packard recipient of the American Business Ethics Award, and El Paso Corporation’s Code of Conduct rated A+ by Ethisphere.
Pat Harned Ph.D.
CEO, Ethics and Compliance Initiative
Patricia Harned is chief executive officer of the nonprofit Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI). The mission of the ECI is to empower organizations to build and sustain high quality ethics & compliance programs.
As CEO, Dr. Harned oversees all of ECI’s strategy and operations. She also directs outreach efforts to policymakers and federal enforcement agencies in Washington, DC and she speaks and writes frequently as an expert on ethical leadership, ethics in the workplace, corporate governance, and global integrity. Dr. Harned advises senior leaders on effective ways to build an ethical culture and promote integrity in organizational activities.
Dr. Harned chaired the ECI’s Blue Ribbon Panel on High-Quality Ethics & Compliance Programs, which established a new industry standard for effective ethics and compliance efforts in organizations. She has served as a consultant to many leading corporations, and she led ECI’s effort to support the establishment of the first-ever values based ethics & compliance program in a US federal government agency. She has testified before Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission, and she has provided briefings to U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, the OSHA Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee, and the Federal Bar Council on strategies to increase effective reporting of suspected organizational misconduct.
Dr. Harned was selected by Ethisphere Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics in 2007, 2014 and 2015, and was named one of the Top Thought Leaders in Trust in 2010, 2011, and 2018 by the nonprofit organization Trust Across America. She serves on the board of the U.S. Center for SafeSport.
Dr. Harned holds a bachelor of science in education degree from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, a masters of education degree from Indiana University, and a doctorate in the philosophy of education from the University of Pittsburgh.
Steph K. Vogel
Deputy Chief Compliance Officer & Assistant General Counsel
Steph Vogel is Deputy Chief Compliance Officer and Assistant General Counsel of the National Basketball Association. Ms. Vogel leads the NBA’s global compliance program, covering the NBA’s fifteen international offices. In this role, Ms. Vogel manages the NBA’s due diligence process, oversees and enforces the NBA’s Code of Conduct and related compliance policies, and produces the NBA’s compliance training. Before joining the NBA, Ms. Vogel was the Ethics Officer at Citigroup and an attorney with the law firm of DLA Piper in New York City, where she specialized providing compliance counseling for clients. Ms. Vogel is a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She speaks regularly on compliance topics and serves on the New York City Bar Association Compliance Committee.
Susan du Becker
Global Compliance Enablement
A Scottish native, Susan resides in The Netherlands with her Dutch husband where they have learned the art of business travel and ensuring the post-it note is on the refrigerator as they pass each other.
Susan is a Harvard graduate, a world traveller who has lived and worked in 11 countries, has a secondary degree in engineering along with her MBA and has worked in Aerospace and Engineering as well as the Automotive industry, both very different to the world of high tech with Cisco.
As the Global Compliance Enablement owner for Risk Management and Ethics for Cisco Systems Inc, Susan ensures that by proactive detection and prevention as part of an effective compliance program, they help promote the correct behaviour required to ensure adherence to the organisation’s financial, legal and ethical obligations
A keen observer of human behaviour and an SME in Culture, Susan believes that when you are risk- based due diligence compliance specialists you need to remember that you serve and support your business and, as part of ensuring the correct ethical behaviour you must remember to always ask the question ‘what is the real risk to the business’ and not over burden leadership with minutia which is all too easy a trap for compliance specialists to fall into.
Compliance Consultant, formerly Global Head of Compliance
Joe is an accomplished Chief Compliance Officer with deep international experience and a 20-year track record of success on behalf of companies in the high-tech and life sciences industries. Joe is currently a compliance consultant to start-ups and public companies. His services include creating compliance strategy and brand; conducting risk assessments; scaling compliance programs; building interactive training; and doing internal investigations.
Before launching his consulting practice, Joe was heavily recruited as the first Associate General Counsel / Global Head of Compliance at Uber based in San Francisco. Joe joined Uber in March 2016, where he built a team and scaled a compliance program, including a mobile-first, Code of Conduct, new policies and procedures and workshop-style training.
Before Uber, Joe held several positions of increasing responsibility at Baxter International based in Deerfield, Illinois, the last as Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer from June 2011 to March 2016. During his tenure, Baxter achieved declinations in four DOJ investigations, including FCPA. Joe also served two expat assignments in Shanghai, China.
Before going in-house, Joe was a litigation / white-collar partner of Winston & Strawn and Much Shelist in Chicago. Joe received his B.A. from New York University and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School.
Eric R. Feldman
Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Corporate Ethics and Compliance Programs
Mr. Feldman is the Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Corporate Ethics and Compliance Programs for Affiliated Monitors, Inc. (AMI) where he is the lead Independent Monitor on matters involving federal suspension and debarment actions, federal regulatory court orders, and deferred or non-prosecution agreements with the Department of Justice. In addition to monitoring both large and small companies in the government contracting, construction, engineering, manufacturing, financial services, and non-profit sectors, Mr. Feldman also conducts proactive assessments of corporate ethics and compliance programs and ethical culture throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
Mr. Feldman joined AMI after retiring from the Central Intelligence Agency in 2011. He had a distinguished 32-year career with the federal government, serving in executive positions with Offices of Inspector General at the Department of Defense, Defense Intelligence Agency, CIA, and National Reconnaissance Office. At the NRO, he presided over a highly successful procurement fraud prevention and detection program, widely recognized by the Department of Justice as a model for the federal government.
In 2009, Mr. Feldman was appointed Senior Advisor to the Director of the NRO for Procurement Integrity where he helped ensure the NRO’s industrial partners were meeting the integrity and ethics responsibilities required by federal law. His work involved the real-time assessment of corporate ethics and compliance programs at more than 40 government contractors, including some of the world’s largest corporations in the aerospace, military and public contracting fields.
During his tenure as a Federal Inspector General, Mr. Feldman worked with the Department of Justice to establish programs that prevent and detect fraud in the federal acquisition program. As Inspector General, he helped to recover millions of taxpayer dollars in matters involving overpricing, kickbacks, and other forms of fraud.
A former Senior Intelligence Service Officer, Mr. Feldman is a 1995 graduate of the Federal Executive Institute, and is both a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Inspector General (CIG). He also served for over a decade on the Executive Committee of the Association of Inspectors General Board of Directors, and was the founding President of the California Chapter. In 2016 he successfully completed the Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional – International (CCEP-I) examination, which certifies his expert knowledge of international compliance regulations and processes. Mr. Feldman also represents AMI as a Fellow of the Ethics and Compliance Institute (ECI).
Mr. Feldman is a member of the teaching faculty of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), and a frequently sought-after speaker and author on the topics of procurement fraud detection and prevention, bribery and corruption, corporate business ethics and compliance, and managing an Inspector General function. He has given presentations at national conferences of the ACFE, the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, the Association of Inspectors General and the ABA Procurement Fraud Institute, as well as regional fraud and compliance conferences in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer
Strong leader with experience as corporate attorney and business executive in publicly- traded and privately-held corporations as well as with government contractors. Current focus is on legal and regulatory compliance in corporations. Experienced in negotiating and drafting contracts for contractors, suppliers, vendors, joint venture agreements, as well as creation of compliance programs, including policies, procedures, training, internal controls and risk analysis, anti-bribery and corruption efforts, antitrust and fair competition, among other areas.
Experience spans a number of industries and positions, including VP and Chief Compliance Officer of a privately-held, global German company focused on the Americas in the automotive industry, and Chief Compliance and Risk Officer of growing international energy company. Expertise in ensuring compliance with domestic and international laws and regulations, integration among operating groups to meet strategic business objectives. Experienced in providing quarterly reports and updates to the Board of Directors, including the Governance Committee and the Audit and Finance Committee. Capabilities in managing enterprise risk management, policies, procedures, and records retention functions. Other industry experience includes commercial nuclear, oil and gas, manufacturing, government contracting, defense industry and other energy sectors.
Specialties: Capabilities include excellent public speaking, writing and presentation skills, negotiating and drafting contracts for Government and commercial purposes, strong project management and training skills; expertise in developing a turnkey Compliance Program, negotiating and advising on all matters related to employment law, due diligence of potential acquisitions and mergers, and Human Resources compliance.
Former Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer and Global Head of Employment Law
David is an experienced executive providing practical, business-focused strategic and legal advice to executive leadership and the Board of Directors of a Fortune 50 company, and its US and international subsidiaries and spinoff. As Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer and Global Head of Employment Law for HP Inc., he was responsible for maintaining world-class, risk-based employment, ethics and compliance solutions, fostering a culture of integrity, and driving effective global data privacy and anti-corruption programs. His experience includes a wide-range of employment, benefits, commercial, and transactional legal support.
David joined HP (formerly Electronic Data Systems and Hewlett-Packard Company) in 2000 as a Senior Attorney in labor and employment. His roles at HP included Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Employment & Benefits, where he and his team focused on global HR policies and strategy, including executive compensation, equity and employee benefits. In that role, David was the lead HR legal support for HP’s separation into two publicly traded Fortune 100 companies, HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company. He also served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Corporate Compliance. He and his team were responsible for legal and regulatory compliance matters including HP’s program to evaluate the maturity and effectiveness of compliance programs across HP, as well as U.S. public sector issues and anti-corruption, privacy and trade issues globally.
Prior to joining HP, David practiced as a labor and employment attorney with Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP, where he represented companies in all phases of labor and employment litigation.
David earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, magna cum laude, from Southern Methodist University, and a Juris Doctor degree from Baylor University School of Law.
Ethics & Compliance Officer
Amy Much, CCEP, is the ethics and compliance officer for Under Armour (NYSE: UA, UAA), the originator of performance footwear, apparel and equipment. Designed to make all athletes better, the brand's innovative products are sold worldwide to athletes at all levels. The Under Armour Connected Fitness™ platform powers the world's largest digital health and fitness community through a suite of applications: UA Record, MapMyFitness, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland.
Amy has worked for Under Armour for eight years and is the first person to hold the role of Ethics and Compliance Officer at the company. She architected and built the compliance and ethics program from the ground up. Prior to UA, she worked in-house for Prime Retail as a commercial and real estate attorney, and prior to that she worked for MCI managing litigation. Amy began her career at Saul Ewing, a mid-Atlantic firm, as a litigator, with a focus in telecommunications and real estate.
Amy is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from University of Maryland law school in 2000. Amy attained her undergrad degree at UMBC, now famous as the first (and only) no. 16 seed to upset a no. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Vice President, Research Director
Chris leads a team of analysts covering topics including risk management, compliance, audit, information security management, and brand protection. He also leads the company’s coverage of governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC). In this role, he helps clients around the world implement successful strategies, best practices, and technologies to support GRC programs as well as related functions such as enterprise risk management, corporate compliance, and corporate responsibility. Chris frequently contributes on these subjects at vendor and industry events as well as top media outlets.
His previous experience includes marketing and public relations for security, compliance, and risk management vendors.
Chris has an M.S. in business ethics and compliance from the New England College of Business and Finance and a B.S. in marketing from California State University, Fresno.
Vice President, Ethics and Compliance
When people discover what they are destined to do, they thrive. Kellye Gordon has found her passion in her work at VF Corporation. Trained as a lawyer, she serves as Vice President, Ethics and Compliance, where she designs creative ways to help VF’s more than 67,000 employees understand how to follow complex compliance requirements while living their values in their everyday work. Since 2017, less than four years after Kellye launched VF’s Ethics and Compliance Program, the company has twice been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as a World’s Most Ethical Company. Prior to working at VF, Kellye lived in Johannesburg, South Africa, leading the Africa legal department of a global engine manufacturer and spending time promoting HIV awareness among women. She currently serves on the board of the local Boys and Girls Club and is the Executive Sponsor for WOVEN, the Women of VF Employee Network. Kellye lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, where VF is currently headquartered.
Director, Global Ethics & Compliance
Ronnie Kann is Director, Global Ethics & Compliance, at Kimberly-Clark. He leads strategic operations for the global ethics and compliance function, focusing on training, communications, risk assessments, surveys, and program metrics. Before joining K-C, Ronnie led research and operations for CEB, now Gartner, across three membership groups serving Chief Auditors, Risk Managers, and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officers worldwide. He helped develop the CEB Compliance and Ethics Leadership Council from its inception and led that program for more than 8 years. Ronnie is a former trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, and has worked at national law firms in New York and Boston. He holds an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law.
CEO and founder of The Volkov Law Group
A former federal prosecutor and veteran white collar defense attorney, he has expertise in areas of ethics and compliance, internal investigations and enforcement matters. Mr. Volkov spent over 20 years as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and served in the US Department of Justice in a variety of management positions. He also served as a chief counsel on the Senate and House Judiciary Committees. Michael Volkov maintains a highly popular FCPA blog – Corruption, Crime & Compliance. He is a regular speaker at events around the globe, and is frequently cited in the media for his knowledge on criminal issues, enforcement matters, ethics and compliance and corporate governance.
Managing Director of Stinnett & Associates
Melinda is the Managing Director of Stinnett & Associates. She founded the firm in 2001 and has over 26 years of experience with public companies and internal controls. She worked in public accounting for 12 years with international firms including Arthur Andersen and Price Waterhouse. She has significant experience in various industries including energy, manufacturing, construction, utilities, and retail.
Melinda functions in the role of the Director of Internal Audit for a Fortune 500 company. She provides internal audit outsource and co-source services for several other companies, both public and private. In her current and former roles, Melinda has been involved with various aspects of her clients’ risk management and marketing activities. In addition, she has conducted governance reviews for public companies to help refine governance practices. She is an active participant on a range of client governance committees. She has also performed technical accounting research support, evaluations of contracts, operational process improvement reviews, and quality assurance reviews.
Melinda is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with an undergraduate degree in accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Internal Auditor, and a speaker for various professional organizations.
In 2017, Melinda was named Oklahoma Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Melinda has also received several awards from OSU including designation as a recipient of the Spears 100 for 100 in 2015. She was also recognized as an OSU School of Accounting Distinguished Alumni, and the OSU Spears School of Business Orange Star Award in 2011. She is on the Board of Governors for the OSU Foundation, and enjoys being back on campus to meet with students and faculty. In addition to her service to OSU, Melinda is an active board member of the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce, Tulsa Community College Foundation and the Indian Nations Council of the Boy Scouts.
Chief Compliance Officer
Tom is the Chief Compliance Officer for KPMG LLP. In that role, he is responsible for, among other things, overseeing the Firm’s national personnel compliance program, including oversight of all internal investigations regarding reports of potential crimes, ethics violations and other misconduct (from intake to Board communication) and related firm-wide policy implementation.
Prior to becoming KPMG’s Chief Compliance Officer, Tom was an Associate General Counsel, handling the Firm’s litigation and advisory matters emanating from its Tax Practice.
Tom also has an extensive background in the government sector having served as a Senior Trial Attorney for the Office of District Counsel-Internal Revenue Service; a tax crimes prosecutor for the Department of Justice-Tax Division; a member of the Department of Justice-Criminal Division’s Terrorist Financing Task Force after the 9-11 tragedy; and an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, where he specialized in white-collar prosecutions. Tom was also an assistant director in the PCAOB’s Division of Enforcement and Investigations.
Tom began his professional career as a certified public accountant for KPMG.
JD, Senior Director, Harassment Prevention
Elizabeth Bille, JD, SHRM-SCP, is an employment law attorney and HR leader who currently serves as the Senior Director of Harassment Prevention at EVERFI. As EVERFI’s subject matter expert on the prevention of harassment and discrimination in the workplace, Elizabeth conducts and presents cutting-edge research, informs the development of evidence-based educational tools and courses for organizations, and builds strategic partnerships with leading experts and organizations.
Prior to joining EVERFI, Elizabeth was the General Counsel of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She also has served as the legal and policy advisor to former Vice Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Leslie Silverman; in this capacity, she provided legal advice to the EEOC regarding the federal laws prohibiting harassment and discrimination in the workplace, contributed to the development of regulations and enforcement guidance, and the like. Elizabeth has also provided counsel to employers of all sizes on a range of employment and labor law matters as an attorney in the global law firm of Hogan & Hartson. Elizabeth’s work has been cited in various publications and news outlets including National Public Radio, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and the New York Times.
Deputy Bureau Chief
Vanessa Fuhrmans is deputy bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal’s management bureau, where she edits and writes about management and workplace issues, including the shifting roles and challenges facing business leaders. An 19-year veteran of the Journal, Ms. Fuhrmans has covered an array of topics, from America’s uninsured and healthcare policy to how companies and their CEOs are navigating the Trump presidency. She has also served two tours as a foreign correspondent, first in Frankfurt and later in Berlin, during which she wrote about businesses’ efforts to grapple with Europe’s debt crisis.
Prior to the Journal, Ms. Fuhrmans was a correspondent for Bloomberg News and has a Master of Science from Georgetown University’s Edmond A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and dog.
Vice President and GM, Global Compliance Solutions
John Arendes is the Vice President and GM Global Compliance Solutions at Skillsoft. John is responsible for the leading the direction of Skillsoft’s Global Compliance solutions, ensuring the company’s compliance programs have a multinational impact on organizations. John works closely with many clients in identifying best practices for successful compliance training programs. John’s experience crosses multiple verticals in dealing with compliance training. Prior to joining Skillsoft, John was Head of Compliance Learning, North America for Thomson Reuters.
Vice President, Compliance Products
As Vice President of Compliance Products, Norman Ford has responsibility for the compliance product portfolio at SkillSoft. His role prior to joining SkillSoft was Vice President of eLearning Products and Services and co-founder of GoTrain Corp. Prior to GoTrain, Mr. Ford served as Manager of Technical Assistance and Qualification for Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, where he was responsible for the development of Lockheed Martin Energy Systems training requirements and procedures and provided corporate subject matter expertise in regulatory and compliance issues. Mr. Ford has over 30 years’ experience in Conduct of Operations, Nuclear Operations, Training Drills, Qualification, Certification, Training Procedure and Technical Training issues while serving organizations including Lockheed Martin, the US Department of Energy, and the US Department of Defense (Navy).
Rapper, Author, and Producer
Chuck D is the leader and co-founder of the legendary rap group Public Enemy, the author of two critically acclaimed books, and a political activist, publisher, radio host, and producer. Chuck D has been featured on and/or interviewed in over fifty documentaries on music, technology, politics, and race; he has appeared in numerous public service announcements for national peace and the Partnership for a Drug Free America. He has also been a national spokesperson for Rock the Vote, the National Urban League, Americans for the Arts Council, and the National Alliance for African-American Athletes.
For the past five years, he has hosted On the Real/Off the Record for Air America, on which some of the most important musical and political figures
of our time have been interviewed. Chuck D continues to make music and to write prolifically on technology, politics, rap and soul music, and race in the US. His recent book, This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History, was released in 2017. There are few artists who possess such sophisticated understandings of the music business, entertainment industry, and racial politics in America, and few speakers who can command an audience like Chuck D.
HR Project Manager
Alexander joined Sodexo France in 2013 as Project Coordinator to organize employee engagement survey and communication around compensation & benefits . He then participated in different initiatives to comply with reform of the French’s social dialogue.
Alexander was named Project Manager of Sodexo group in 2015 and in that role identified solutions in areas such as HR policies structuring and related business change management and value proposition for employees. He also developed a process for determining the HR Group’s global risk matrix. In 2017, he joined the Ethics, HR research and Progress team. In 2018, he contributed to the grievance mechanism framework development and he developed the guidelines and process for the global roll out.
Vice-President Human Resources
Mary Connor is the Vice-President of Human Resources for School of Rock, the world’s largest and most trusted multi-location music school with tens of thousands of musicians going through classes, workshops, camps and performance programs every day. With over 20 years experience in HR in various industries such as telecommunications, retail and health care, Mary has also had hands-on experience running operations.
Director of Global Government Affairs
Michael McLoughlin is a Director of Global Government Affairs in Microsoft, where among other responsibilities he leads the global Legal & Compliance Community campaign to promote trusted and compliant Cloud Computing solutions for our enterprise customers worldwide. Prior to this, he has inhabited a range of roles in 17+ years at Microsoft spanning research, strategy, marketing, biz dev, and technical evangelism functions. Most recently, he has written on behalf of Microsoft Digital Transformation in the Cloud: What Enterprise Leaders & their Legal & Compliance Advisors Need to Know.
Lead Attorney, US One Commercial Partner Group at Microsoft
Adrienne Williams is the lead attorney for the US One Commercial Partner group at Microsoft, where she supports strategic commercial engagements designed to accelerate the digital transformation of Microsoft’s customers and partners. Adrienne advises clients on a myriad of commercial matters including intellectual property, privacy, regulatory, compliance, sales and marketing initiatives. In her prior role, she served as the lead attorney for the Commercial Software Engineering team supporting technical engagements with key customers, partners and start-up companies. Adrienne joined Microsoft in 2005, where she supported the Consumer Device Sales division including relationships with top Original Equipment Manufacturers.
Michael designs and builds new processes for mining, production and visualization of datasets which are used in Convercent products. These processes will improve data and search quality to develop new predictive capabilities. Michael’s expertise is in machine learning, natural language processing and statistical analysis to give better insights to Convercent clients on their ethics and compliance environment. He also works on building sentiment analyzers and explores new data sources that will meaningful to Convercent clients. He accomplished his studies at the School of Criminal Sciences at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, where he wrote a thesis on developing a new process to analyze payment information in an effort to understand and prevent satellite piracy. Michael’s previous roles include: Echostar (a Dish subsidiary) as a criminal intelligence analyst and with local Swiss police departments using data science to help discover patterns in criminal activities.
Ethics & Compliance Officer – Policy Enforcement and Investigations
Barbara J. Petitti is a senior compliance professional with over 20 years of ethics and compliance experience in a variety of industries. Currently, Barbara serves as Alstom’s Global Ethics and Compliance Officer for Policy Enforcement and Investigations. In this role Barbara serves on the corporate team and is responsible for managing global investigations, internal monitoring of policy compliance and managing compliance responsibilities with external stakeholders. In this role she supports all aspects of the Alstom Ethics and Compliance Program to ensure that the standards of integrity are applied in all business activities.
Prior to joining Alstom, Barbara worked for a large U.S. defense contractor for almost 15 years in a variety of roles in ethics, compliance, internal controls and human resources. In her early career, Barbara spent 5 years working in the litigation department of a mid-sized law firm where she focused on complex tort claims and labor and employment matters.
Barbara holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Delaware and a J.D. from Western New England College School of Law. She is active in the local arts community and is an avid knitter.
Vice President, Compliance & Risk
Q VanBenschoten, Vice President, Compliance & Risk for Intertek, is a licensed private investigator and maintains certifications in fraud examination, human resources and mediation. She focuses on compliance, business risk and brand protection, leads investigations, collaborates with authorities having jurisdiction, and oversees employee training and outreach. She holds a B.A. in Architecture from Columbia University (New York, NY), both an M.B.A. and M.A. from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX), and post-graduate study in law. Q began her role as a road warrior playing professional basketball in Europe and now enjoys exploring new cities and discovering culinary gems. She just returned from Dubai where she tried camel tacos and London where she indulged in Fortitude Bakehouse’s banana and bilberry cake.