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National Association of Corporate Directors, Silicon Valley Chapter: An Inspector General For Corporate America: The Governance Ombudsman

October 20, 2011

Speakers: Charles L. Howard

October 20, 2011
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Palo Alto, CA

Chuck Howard will serve on a panel discussion on the topic of Organization Ombudsman.

Other panelists include:
Jonathan McBride, McBride Associates, Inc.
Patrick Gnazzo, former Chief Compliance Officer and Vice President of Business Practices at United Technologies Corporation and former Chief Compliance Officer and Senior Vice President, Business Practices at CA, Inc.

The moderator is Dan Siciliano, Associate Dean and Professor at Stanford Law School

Why are corporate employees unwilling to report serious misconduct? Why are they also frequently unwilling to share good ideas for improving products, services and business processes? Fear of retaliation is most often cited for the failure to report misconduct; a sense of futility for the failure to suggest improvements. All too often, employees have a low level of trust in both management and the board. Our panel will examine how the presence of a governance ombudsman can change this climate of non-participation and foster a culture of trust and candor.

To view a post-interview with Chuck Howard entitled "The Corporate Ombudsman: A Strategy To Detect and Stop Corporate Wrongdoing," please click here.

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