Originally Published in Entrepreneur | December 9, 2014 | By Paul Mandell

Entrepreneurs who watch ABC’s Shark Tank may think that winning an investment from the “sharks” — an illustrious group of wealthy business moguls — is the entrepreneurial dream come true.  But in reality, selling a piece of your business to an investor, whether one of ABC’s sharks or a close friend, carries a variety of risks that should be considered carefully. Taken from the wrong source or from someone whose relationship you manage poorly, capital can cost you far more than you anticipate.

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BETHESDA, Md- (Dec. 2, 2014) – Chief HR Officers have questioned the efficacy of corporate wellness programs in a new survey by Consero Group, an international leader in creating high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives. Forty-eight percent of surveyed executives said they do not believe their corporate wellness programs are effective, according to the 2014 Chief HR Officer Data Survey, compiled by Consero Group.

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Originally Published in Entrepreneur | December 1, 2014 | By Paul Mandell

Partnerships can be very useful to a startup. With the right company, you can expand your sales pipeline, gain access to otherwise cost-prohibitive infrastructure and generally minimize your risk in pursuing growth. However, the reality is that most business partnerships fail for one reason or another. For those interested in beating the odds with a successful partnership, I offer below a few best practices that should help when teaming up with another company.

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Originally Published in Corporate Counsel | November 26, 2014 | By Sue Reisinger

When Mark Smolik, general counsel and chief of compliance at Exel Inc., wanted to be able to show the effectiveness of his company’s compliance program, he turned to the math department at his alma mater.

Smolik told CorpCounsel.com that mathematicians at John Carroll University in northern Ohio developed algorithms that show the company—and its regulators—the effectiveness of its controls. Exel, part of the DHL group, is based in Columbus.

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Forum, to be Held in San Jose, Calif. Dec. 7-9

BETHESDA, Md- (November 24, 2014) – Consero Group, an international leader in creating high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives, today announced the 2014 Corporate Compliance & Ethics Forum, taking place December 7-9 at Hayes Mansion in San Jose, Calif., will include an interactive workshop on navigating compliance in emerging markets.

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Forum to be Held in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Dec 7-9

BETHESDA, Md- (November 13, 2014) – Consero Group, an international leader in creating high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives, today announced the 2014 Contact Center Forum to be held December 7-9 at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The upcoming Forum will address current challenges facing executives, including how social media is transforming contact centers.

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BETHESDA, Md- (Nov. 11, 2014) - When it comes to protecting corporate brands, China, India, and Russia received the lowest scores among the world’s ten largest economies by GDP, 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 Brand Protection Survey, compiled by Consero Group.

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Originally Published in Corporate Counsel | November 11, 2014 | By Lisa Shuchman

A company’s brands are among its most important assets, but a new survey shows that corporate executives and legal departments charged with protecting those assets consider their brands to be most vulnerable in China, India and Russia.

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Originally Published in Huffington Post | November 4, 2014 | By Julia Neumer

With Veterans Day approaching, it’s the perfect time not just to celebrate and honor our U.S. Armed Forces, but also to consider how their example might apply to our daily lives — including how we conduct ourselves in business.

We can learn valuable business lessons from, in particular, the Marines. Their website explains the 14 leadership traits — such as justice, judgment, endurance and loyalty — that facilitate their success. Though all 14 of the Marines’ leadership traits are important, here are three traits that I believe are particularly valuable in the business world.

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BETHESDA, Md- (October 14, 2014) – Consero Group, an international leader in creating high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives, today announced the 2014 IP Forum For Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology to be held November 16-18 at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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