Originally Published in the Wall Street Journal | June 26, 2015 | By Ben Dipietro

Yes, You Must: Two-thirds of the companies that were asked say they mandate anti-bribery and anti-corruption training for their senior executives, according to a survey from executive meeting firm Consero Group. While training is mandatory, executives feel their companies aren’t keeping up with technology, as only 20% said their business has the necessary technology infrastructure to meet the needs of its compliance requirements. Only 10% of compliance officers who were asked mentioned technology as an area of focus.

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Survey Also Finds Only 20 Percent of Executives Believe Their Company Has a Sufficient Tech Infrastructure

BETHESDA, Md- (June 29, 2015) – Corruption and bribery remain top risks to organizations, and Chief Compliance Officers are responding, as nearly two thirds (67%) have made bribery and corruption training mandatory for all managers, 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 Spring 2015 Corporate Compliance & Ethics Survey, compiled by Consero Group in partnership with Broad and Cassel.

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Originally Published in Supply Chain Management Review | June 11, 2015 | By Audrey Ford

Editor’s Note: This guest article addresses our industry’s need for attracting and recruiting a talented workforce. For more information on employment opportunities, check out our Job Board.

It’s time for Chief Procurement Officers to cast aside any preconceived notions of their millennial employees and take a hard look at one of the fastest growing segments of the workforce today.

Many describe this group as entitled, unmotivated, and unable to stay in one place for long. Others say millennials have strong voices that should be heard, as well as an even stronger connection to trends, given their tech-savviness and ability to network with social media.

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Forum to Be Held June 7-9 in Coral Gables, Fla

BETHESDA, MD.- (June 1, 2015) – Consero Group, an international leader in hosting high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives, today announced the 2015 Corporate Finance Forum to be held June 7–9 at The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Fla. The upcoming Forum will address how the finance function can drive productivity and innovation.

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Forum to Be Held June 7-9 in San Francisco, Calif.

BETHESDA, MD.- (May 27, 2015) – Consero Group, an international leader in hosting high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives, will confront the challenges facing today’s General Counsel  during its June 2015 General Counsel Forum. The Forum, to be held June 7–9 at The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, Calif., will identify steps General Counsel can take to ingrain compliance and ethics into the corporate culture.

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Originally Published in IPFrontline | May 22, 2015 | By IPFrontline

Consero’s 2015 Global IP Management Forum, June 7-9 in San Francisco, California

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Originally Published in Corporate Counsel | May 26, 2015 | By Sue Reisinger

Technology companies thrive on perpetual change, always striving to grow quicker and better than their competitors. So it makes sense that when a conference group went looking for someone to speak about reimagining the role of the GC, it turned to tech-industry general counsel.

“Tech general counsel spend more time in discussions and meetings where people are consumed with the idea of how to endlessly innovate, create clever efficiencies, be more nimble and successful than others,” Felix Sterling told CorpCounsel.com. “That mentality radiates through internal teams of a company.”

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Forum to Be Held June 7-9 in San Francisco, Calif.

BETHESDA, MD – (May 21, 2015) – Chief IP and Chief Patent Counsel will convene in San Francisco, Calif. on June 7 – 9 to discuss today’s pressing intellectual property concerns during Consero’s 2015 Global IP Management Forum. Consero Group, an international leader in orchestrating high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives, will host the Forum at the Fairmont Hotel.

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Originally Published in Inside Counsel | May 13, 2015 | By Adam Donovan and Will Card

In the first article of this two-part series (“Ready for the spotlight? 7 ways to prepare for your next speaking appearance”), we posed some important questions to ask yourself and the organizer before attending a conference and explored best practices for new and veteran speakers on the circuit. In this article, we’ll discuss setting realistic networking goals, the do’s and don’ts of partnering meetings, and how to work the room to your advantage (without being creepy). We’ll also provide reliable methods of follow-up in order to significantly expand your network. After all, isn’t that the point?

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What’s the best way to get compliance a seat at the big business table? At least one compliance chief does it by structuring her staff around her company’s three business divisions while still keeping the compliance program centralized and reporting to her.

“Having a centralized compliance program is good from a governance perspective,” attorney Suzanne Webb Sainato, chief audit and compliance officer at Symetra Financial Corp., told CorpCounsel.com. “But it is also good to have each leader of a key business area have dedicated compliance staff within their departments. That helps drive us to the table.”

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