Originally Published in Supply Chain Management Review | July 17, 2014 | By Patrick Burnson

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Sixty-five percent of Shared Services executives from Fortune 1000 companies do not believe their vendors are sufficiently focused on minimizing risk, according to a new survey by Consero Group.

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Originally Published in Huffington Post | July 10, 2014 | By Erika Mark

A first job brings an inevitable whirlwind of experiences: successes, failures, and everything in between. Battling through the daily grind can make it hard to realize how your work is contributing to your professional development. However, it is important to recognize that these experiences are much more than just a way to pay the rent; they are great opportunities to build an arsenal of tools that will support you through your entire career. Keeping this idea in the back of your mind can make the day-to-day less mundane, while also helping you proactively lay groundwork for future endeavors. Below are some skills young employees should pursue and exercise in their first jobs to give themselves a clearer path to professional success.

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Originally Published in Inside Counsel | By Paul Mandell | July 9, 2014

As any general counsel will tell you, managing an in-house legal team requires support, whether the department has hundreds of employees or merely one. A large budget for more staff and technology can certainly help, but the most valuable forms of support come simply from developing effective partnerships with the other functions of the company. For those general counsel looking to ease their efforts without the benefit of a bigger budget, consider the following suggestions to develop transformative internal partnerships.

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Forum is First Consero Event in Bethesda, Md

BETHESDA, Md- (July 8, 2014) – Consero Group, an international leader in creating high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives, today announced the 2014 Government IT Forum to be held July 27-29 at Bethesda Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, Md.  This marks the first time Consero is hosting a Forum in its home city.

Best known taking on the traditional events industry with a novel events model designed to deliver greater value to attendees, Consero has grown exponentially since its first Forum in 2010, and is hosting over 20 Forums across the U.S. and Europe in 2014. The Forums, which take place over a three-day period and attract attendees from around the country and world, have been held in destinations such as Florida, California, Texas and London.

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Originally Published in Huffington Post | By Zach Overking | July 1, 2014

When you first entered the working world after college, chances are you made mistakes that taught you about who you are, who you want to be, and what it takes to be successful. These mistakes are a natural part of professional development; any successful businessperson has made his or her fair share of errors in building a career. The takeaways from these mistakes, however, are some of the most important lessons you will learn as you pursue your professional journey. Here are three skills I have developed from my own mistakes along the way, which continue to guide me in my path forward.

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Originally Published in Corporate Counsel | June 27, 2014 | By Rebekah Mintzer, Corporate Counsel

The “do more with less” mandate is one many general counsel have been hearing a lot about for a long time now. But how are they putting that concept into practice?

In a recent webinar, “Bottom Line Remains Top of Mind: The Changing Role of the Legal Department,” two busy GCs—Mark Smolik, GC and chief compliance officer at DHL/Exel Inc., and Tim Phillips, GC of the American Cancer Society Inc.—weighed in on how they are using resources intelligently in a corporate climate where the legal department itself is both evolving quickly and playing a greater role in the overall business. The webinar was presented by the Consero Group, which develops invitation-only events for senior executives in legal and other industries.

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Originally Published in the Financial Times | June 25, 2014 | By Hannah Kuchler

Cyber criminals on the hunt for poorly protected confidential data are circumventing the US federal government and targeting state and regional authorities on the basis that they have fewer resources to defend themselves.

Social security numbers, driving licence numbers and home addresses are among the data kept by government now that access to local services is moving increasingly online.

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BETHESDA, Md – (June 25, 2014) – Consero Group, an international leader in creating high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives, today announced the 2014 Procurement & Strategic Sourcing Forum to be held July 27-29 at Hayes Mansion in San Jose, Calif.

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BETHESDA, Md- (June 24, 2014) – Sixty-five percent of Shared Services executives from Fortune 1000 companies do not believe their vendors are sufficiently focused on minimizing risk, according to a new survey by Consero Group, an international leader in creating high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives. The results were reported as part of the 2014 Shared Services & Outsourcing Data Survey, compiled by Consero Group.

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Originally Published in Outsourcing Center | By Beth Ellyn Rosenthal | June 24, 2014

What keeps shared services executives up at night?

Here’s one example. Your company consolidated all its BPO functions into a shared services center. However, the center outsourced specific pieces of processes that it determined a service provider indeed could do better, faster and cheaper than you could.

And then one morning you wake up to discover the service provider handling your HR benefits administration had a data security breach á la Target and the social security numbers of your 80,000 workers are gone, lost in cyberspace.

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