Masters of Disaster

Stories of Risk, Ethics & Compliance. Host Leona Lewis interviews people about leadership, managing risk, ethics and compliance strategies for businesses, government, academia or society.
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Jun 27, 2016

Donna Boehme discusses the evolution from “Compliance 1.0” to “Compliance 2.0.”  Compliance 1.0 was incorrectly structured as a captive arm of the Legal department.  Compliance 1.0 was a flawed model because it did not recognize the independent mandate, skill set and needed for empowerment that a Compliance department needs to be effective. Compliance 1.0 also lead to big compliance disasters found in recent headlines. Compliance 2.0 closes the gaps of Compliance 1.0 and builds a well-designed program to prevent misconduct.

We also discuss the example of the Volkswagen emissions scandal as an illustration of how the evolution of compliance is needed.  Investors and governments do not look at a compliance problem in isolation, but how that problem may indicate more widespread issues.

Donna Boehme is an internationally recognized authority in the field of organizational compliance and ethics with 20+ years experience designing and managing compliance and ethics solutions, within the US and globally.

As Principal of Compliance Strategists LLC, Donna has advised a wide spectrum of private, public, governmental, academic and non-profit entities. She is a regular columnist with Corporate Counsel, Corporate Compliance Insights, ComplianceX, and the FCPA Blog. She has been published and quoted widely on issues in the field including in The Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, the Washington Times, Reuters, the Economist, the Financial Times, Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg, New York Law Journal, Board IQ and Compliance Week.

A featured expert in the award-winning PBS documentary, “In Search of the Good Corporate Citizen,” Donna is frequently interviewed by the media as an authority on organizational compliance and ethics, including by Dow Jones, Fox News, Compliance Week, Canadian Business Network, Corporate Compliance Monitor and Progressive Radio Network.  She has been named to The Top Thought Leaders for Trustworthy Business in 2014 and 2015 by Trust Across America, is a recipient of the 2014 SCCE International Compliance & Ethics Award for extraordinary contributions to the field, and was named as Who Compliance Professionals Should Follow on Twitter in 2013 by ComplianceX.



Donna Boheme

Compliance 2.0: The Next Generation of Compliance

Masters of Disaster is produced by Leona Lewis, Founder of ComplyEthic Consulting LLC

Jun 24, 2016

This morning over coffee in Minneapolis USA I found out that the UK has voted to leave the EU. Like many, I am SHOCKED! How will this change life and business in the EU? Jonathan Armstrong from the UK discusses BREXIT with me.

Jun 20, 2016

Eric J. Conn explains on the Masters of Disaster podcast last month’s breaking news, OSHA issued a new final rule to “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,” which requires hundreds of thousands of employers to submit electronically to OSHA their injury and illness recordkeeping logs (and in many instances, their detailed incident reports). More importantly, for no apparent safety reason, OSHA intends to publish employers’ injury data and incident reports online.  We discuss the possible consequences for employers and compliance difficulties.

Eric J. Conn is a founding partner of Conn Maciel Carey and Chair of the firm’s national OSHA Workplace Safety Practice Group. His practice focuses exclusively on issues involving occupational safety and health law.

Before founding Conn Maciel Carey, Mr. Conn was Head of an OSHA practice group that was honored as the “Occupational Health & Safety Law Firm of the Year” by Corporate INTL Magazine in its 2014 Global Awards. In 2013 and 2014, he was named a "Rising Star" by Washington, DC Super Lawyers, and was selected for inclusion in the Washington Post's Top Rated Lawyers list in Washington, DC.

Mr. Conn is a prolific writer on all topics OSHA related. He edited a popular OSHA law blog at another firm and authored the chapter "OSHA Inspections" in the Occupational Safety and Health Law Handbook, 2nd ed. (Government Institutes, 2008), and the chapter "Defending Clients Against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Increasingly Severe Enforcement Practices" in Complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Act: Leading Lawyers on Navigating OSHA Investigations and Developing Successful Compliance Strategies (Aspatore, Inside the Minds, 2012).

Mr. Conn is also a popular speaker on OSHA and related legal issues and is often quoted as a leader in the field. He created the OSHA Defense Report Group on LinkedIn and can be found on Twitter as @OSHA_Guy.



Conn Maciel Cary OSHA practice!osha-workplace-safety/c1fm0

Final Rule Issued to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

Jun 13, 2016

Doing a training return on investment analysis can help secure your compliance training budget. Joel Smith explains how to use this tool to bolster the persuasiveness for the budget with a measurable system. The first step is defining the benefit you want to measure. Going through an ROI calculation is also important for better decision-making on the effective use of compliance resources.

Joel Smith is a corporate attorney and founder of InHouseOwl, a provider of compliance training services, and the Corporate Counsel Training Tips LinkedIn Group. Joel has always enjoyed explaining difficult concepts to people in easy-to-understand terms. To him, this is the basis of being an effective teacher. Because Joel wanted to be an effective teacher as Corporate Counsel, he dove into the best available research on employee training.  He brings the best in training research to others on his InHouseOwl blog.



Joel Smith

In House Owl

How to Calculate Training ROI (Part 1 of 2)

How to Calculate Training ROI (Part 2 of 2)

Jun 6, 2016

Masters of Disaster features Richard Bistrong, fresh from the Compliance Week 2016 in D.C. We discuss the most memorable underlying approaches to compliance talked about among thought leaders and practitioners in the field. The compliance community seems to be evolving.  Messages from both prosecutors and private industry now speak more holistically on how to view the effectiveness of a compliance program than they did a few years ago.  Compliance professionals and government prosecutors are both moving away from a myopic focus on compliance as a set of policies, to a compliance strategy focused on dis-incentivizing wrongdoing by the Chief Compliance Officer becoming a strategic partner to the business. 

Richard Bistrong is CEO of Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC, a consultancy that engages organizations seeking to take their compliance efforts beyond the traditional "bolt-on" set of rules and procedures. Richard’s story highlights the importance of identifying both "spoken and unspoken" organizational messages, including forecasts and compensation, that might have unintentional consequences on the behavior of front-line employees who may be inadvertently rewarded for bad behavior contrary to the stated intentions of leadership. He also looks at ethical behaviors and messaging as potential red-flags of decision making. 

With respect to bribery in particular, Richard also provides a point of view on how training and tools might be created to provide those at the front-lines with a deeper understanding of why bribery is never a "win-win," which is an illusion too often embraced at the front-lines of international business. Having spent the better part of ten years living and traveling in high-risk areas through the "dark side" of international business, he shares his own perfect storm of "rationalizing bribery" as an insightful perspective to help organizations better understand how corruption is confronted at the field level of international business.

The risk of corruption in the field remains great, and corporate personnel are tasked with business growth in high-risk areas, often working among corrupt local officials, third parties, and other entities. Keeping company employees on the ethical "right side" does not happen without engagement, understanding and training. Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC is centered on helping organizations with those "where to start" moments and the comfort that you can "fix what you know."

In other words, while you might have a robust compliance department & program, but is it understood at the front-line of business where policies & procedures meet the behaviors? Richard’s experience and journey is there to help you calibrate programs to factor in realities in the field.



Richard Bistrong  

Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC

Compliance Week 2016


Masters of Disaster is produced and hosted by Leona Lewis, J.D. | Founder