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Blog > Spotlight on Compliance – Reflections from Compliance Week National Conference

Spotlight on Compliance – Reflections from Compliance Week National Conference

VComply Editorial Team
April 9, 2024
4 minutes

Compliance Week recently organized compliance industry’s premier cross-industry national compliance event called “COMPLIANCE WEEK NATIONAL: The Annual Conference for Compliance and Risk Professionals.” This popular nationwide compliance event brought together compliance and risk professionals from different industries so that they can connect and learn. These special sessions and talks from top leaders in compliance provided attendees with valuable insights and actionable takeaways.

Out of the diverse range of topics discussed in the event, we’ve handpicked four topics to share our perspectives on.

Topic 1: Women in Compliance – Rising the Ranks – All the Way to the Boardroom

Studies show that organizations that support leadership teams with diverse backgrounds and perspectives tend to make better decisions, handle risks more efficiently, and enhance overall performance. Having more women compliance leaders on the board brings unique perspectives, backgrounds, and helps ensure a more comprehensive approach to corporate governance.

But getting more women compliance leaders into the board roles isn’t that easy. What are the barriers hindering women compliance leaders’ progress? And the steps both women compliance leaders and the organizations can take to get more women on the “board track”?

Here are some helpful tips for women compliance leaders for moving up in leadership and be on the board:

  • Create a brief but powerful bio that highlights your strengths and relevant experiences.
  • Gain at least ten years of managerial experience, showing you can make big decisions and manage operations well. But there are exceptions, especially if you are someone with specialized skills.
  • Understand the difference between governance (making big decisions) and operations (day-to-day management) when serving on the board.
  • Find and highlight your unique strengths that can fill gaps in the board. Show how you can help the company meet its goals.
  • Learn from both good and bad experiences. Challenges can teach you valuable lessons.
  • Be careful when considering offers to join a board. Make sure it aligns with your goals and schedule. Do your research and meet key people to see if it’s a good fit.
  • Use networking opportunities both online and offline, meet new people and learn about potential opportunities in compliance leadership. Join industry groups and stay updated on what’s happening.

Now, lets see what businesses can do to encourage more women’s presence on the board. Organizations must actively address obstacles hindering women’s progress, such as unconscious biases and limited mentorship opportunities. By providing a supportive and inclusive workplace culture, companies can empower more women to attain leadership positions on boards.

Develop and implement diversity and inclusion programs aimed at increasing the representation of women on boards. Set measurable goals and hold leadership accountable for achieving them. Review and revise board nomination processes to ensure transparency, fairness, and inclusivity. Actively seek out qualified women candidates and consider diverse perspectives and backgrounds during the selection process. Offer leadership training and development opportunities specifically tailored to women, focusing on skills such as strategic thinking, decision-making, and board governance. Invest in programs that prepare women for board roles and provide them with the necessary knowledge and expertise.

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Topic 2: The Leader’s Brain – A Neuroscience approach

Neuroscience explores how our brains and nervous systems function daily and affect our abilities and emotions. By focusing on the inner workings of our minds and bodies, leaders can adapt and develop new strategies to enhance their capabilities in leadership roles. Neuroleadership integrates neuroscience with management practices, providing insights into stress management, mentoring, change facilitation, team engagement, and emotional regulation. By using well-tested scientific methods, they help each team member work in a way that matches their own biology, rather than working against it.

Understanding stress responses enables leaders to identify boundaries and minimize their impact on themselves and their teams, improving productivity and job satisfaction. And, recognizing individual learning styles enhances mentoring effectiveness, optimizing onboarding and skill development.

Neuroscientific applications can facilitate change implementation by providing a clearer understanding of people’s aversion to change and offering innovative yet balanced solutions. Engaging with team members provides a stimulating work environment, improving leadership skills and team cohesion. By regulating emotions effectively, leaders can manage challenges, reduce conflicts, and maintain a calm, collected management style that enhances workplace satisfaction and productivity.

By using well-tested scientific methods, leaders can help each team member work in a way that matches their own biology, rather than working against it.

This means considering how each person’s body and mind naturally function. Instead of forcing people to work in ways that don’t fit them well, they help them find methods that align with their natural tendencies. This approach makes work easier and more efficient for everyone involved. Ultimately, it ensures that each team member can perform at their best by working in harmony with their biology.

Topic 3: Empowering Organizations to Ensure Responsible Development and Implementation of Generative AI

In today’s world of artificial intelligence (AI), it’s important to ensure that AI is developed and used responsibly. With new trends, regulations, and ethical ideas influencing the field, organizations need strong strategies to manage and contain the rapid changes in AI field. One helpful approach is to include and implement Generative AI ethics oversight and compliance processes for managing the development and implementation of AI. This means dealing with ethical issues and following the rules before using AI.

Another important step is creating an Artificial Intelligence Governance Framework. This helps organizations manage AI in an organized way and follows the regulations and makes sure decisions made with AI are fair and clear. To make sure the Artificial Intelligence Governance Framework works well, organizations need to communicate to everyone about it a lot. This means using different ways to explain it and teaching people about it. By doing this, organizations can make sure everyone knows how to use AI responsibly. This helps organizations use AI in the best way possible while following the rules and being fair.

Topic 4: Leveraging COSO ICSR for Compliance and Value in Sustainability Reporting

As sustainable business practices and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting gain prominence, stakeholders increasingly prioritize transparency and accountability. COSO ICSR stands for the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission Internal Control over Sustainability Reporting. It provides a framework for organizations to ensure the reliability and accuracy of their sustainability reporting processes. By implementing COSO ICSR, companies can enhance compliance with sustainability standards and add value by improving transparency and accountability in their reporting practices.

The COSO framework, consisting of five components and 17 principles, provides a structured approach to internal control, ensuring that organizations meet their objectives with integrity and confidence. To implement robust internal controls, organizations must focus on several key areas outlined in the COSO framework. First, establishing a strong control environment involves setting expectations, forming governance structures, and aligning organizational purpose with sustainability commitments.

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The next important aspect is risk assessment, with organizations incorporating ESG-related risks into existing enterprise risk management assessments and identifying potential fraud risks. Control activities, including tailored business processes and technology control activities, support operational and compliance objectives. Information and communication systems should effectively collect, measure, and present ESG-related information, prioritizing data integrity and accuracy. The organizations should implement continuous monitoring activities to ensure the effectiveness of governance structures and control activities, demonstrating a commitment to transparency and accountability. Organizations can adopt these actions and establish internal control over sustainability reporting (ICSR) to articulate their values and mission, define their goals and strategies, and instill trust in their performance metrics.


We have explored four key topics centered around compliance and its various dimensions. These topics underscore the critical role of compliance in organizational success, urging stakeholders to prioritize ethical practices, responsible decision-making, and transparent reporting to build trust and confidence in today’s rapidly evolving business landscape.

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