BPW Sessions

Please note that times, topics and presenters are subject to change.  We will do our best to keep registrants updated with any changes.

Session Topics

All Roads Lead to Data: Embracing Artificial Intelligence

In this session, we’ll make the business case for embracing Artificial Intelligence (AI) in your compliance program.  PwC Cybersecurity, Privacy & Forensics Partner Vanessa Salinas Beckstrom, will moderate a panel of experts who will discuss the following topics:

  • Demystify the “science” of Artificial Intelligence: Dr. Ali Hadjarian, a data scientist, defines the science behind artificial intelligence in easy to understand terms, and shares his experiences working on high profile analytics projects for several regulatory agencies.
  • Interpret the latest US Department of Justice guidance on evaluating the effectiveness of a company’s compliance program: Adrian Mebane shares his insights and perspective as the former Chief Compliance Officer at The Hershey Company and a DOJ prosecutor.
  • Harness the data companies have to make strategic business decisions: Justin Offen discusses how to better leverage corporate data to make real-time, strategic business decisions, including how to gather operational data continuously to update your risk assessments and use data to continuously monitor your compliance program rather than a “snapshot” in time.
  • Apply insights and devise a realistic road map: – Brent Munster, Director for The Home Depot’s Assurance and Advisory Management Program, will share his in-house perspective and discuss practical applications as part of The Home Depot’s AI journey.

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Data Privacy Update: Cybersecurity and Privacy Priorities

In this session we’ll explore how the EU-US Privacy Shield framework invalidation and the global pandemic are impacting cybersecurity and privacy compliance priorities.

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze data protection authorities’ guidance that variously revises and reinforces existing legal requirements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Review changes to legal transfer mechanisms under the GDPR in light of the Schrems II decision
  • Survey trends in 2020 amendments to international and U.S. federal and state privacy and information security statutes
  • Review of cybersecurity compliance implications for remote work


Elizabeth “Bess” Hinson, Chair of Cybersecurity & Privacy Practice at Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

Susan Lam, Vice President of Risk, Security, and Compliance at Fiserv

Faith Myers, Vice President of Global Privacy at McKesson

Karen Shuler, Governance, Risk, and Compliance Practice Leader at BDO


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Diversity & Inclusion in Compliance & Ethics

  • Review the current state of diversity within the ethics & compliance profession
  • Review the importance of diversity in the ethics & compliance profession
  • Learn best practices for improving diversity in the ethics & compliance profession via recruiting, retention, and development
  • Review the role of ethics & compliance professionals and the E&C Department in an organization’s overall diversity and inclusion efforts
  • Learn about potential obstacles and pitfalls when trying to improve your organization’s diversity efforts
  • Learn about leading organizations’ reactions to recent events and social justice efforts in the U.S.


Jennifer Newton, Founder of National Association of Black Compliance & Risk Management Professionals and Attorney, Greenberg Traurig

Luis Avila-Estrada, Interim General Counsel at Cox Enterprises

Aisha Oliver-Staley, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer and Deputy General Counsel at Georgia Institute of Technology

Liban Jama, Partner, Foresnic & Integrity Services at EY

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Innovative Compliance Communications

In this session we’ll explore creative programming & approaches to compliance communications

Learning Objectives

  • Setting the Stage: Short, creative, targeted training and comms are important, says the DOJ, and well, most everyone else. We discuss why this is an effective approach.
  • Creative Approaches & Techniques: Two creative agencies share a variety of techniques for engaging employees and creating some buzz around your program.
  • Success Stories: We’ll hear how E&C leaders have applied these creative techniques within their organization.


Andrea Falcione, Principal & Head of Advisory Services at Rethink Compliance

Ronnie Feldman, President & Creative Director at Learnings & Entertainments (L&E)

Katie Schellenger, Director of Ethics & Compliance at Qurate Retail Group

Len Larsen, Manager, Compliance & Ethics at Starbucks

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Intentional Integrity

Learning Objectives

  • Drive integrity into the culture of your company, inspiring employees with a different kind of “intentional” integrity.
  • Build and talk about a new kind of ethics code.
  • Define your company’s values and “north star.”
  • Speak up on society’s controversial issues and avoid brand defining mistakes.


Rob Chestnut, Author, Intentional Integrity: How Smart Companies Can Lead an Ethical Revolution; Former General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Airbnb, Inc.

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Update from the DOJ & SEC: Regulatory and Enforcement Priorities

Learning Objectives

  • Review major white-collar crime cases and settlements in 2019-20
  • Explain COVID-19’s effects on government enforcement efforts, and DOJ’s collaboration with the Attorney General’s Office and Governor’s Office on the Coronavirus Fraud Taskforce
  • Discuss DOJ and SEC’s current and 2021 enforcement priorities
  • Review recent updates to DOJ Criminal Division’s guidance on effective corporate compliance programs
  • Discuss trends that regulators are seeing in cybercrime and intellectual property crimes


Michael Herskowitz, Chief of the Cyber & Intellectual Property Crimes Section at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia

Steve McClain, Chief of the Complex Frauds Section at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia

Justin Jeffries, Associate Director of Enforcement at the Atlanta Regional Office of the SEC


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