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Compliance Week 2015: Tom Fox liked the vibe

Compliance Week 2015 has ended. This was the tenth anniversary of the yearly conference and in many ways I found it to be the best one yet.

Matt Kelly and his team put together an absolutely first-rate event and experience. If you weren't able to make this year’s event, I hope you'll join us for Compliance Week 2016. The dates are May 23-26, 2016, back of course in Washington D.C. at the Mayflower Hotel. There's more information here.

Here are some of my thoughts on Compliance Week 2015 and what made it so unique.

At the risk of channeling my teenage daughter, the first thing I noticed was a very different vibe this year from past years’ conferences. Beginning with the cocktail party reception Sunday night, until the conclusion of the event, there seemed to be an atmosphere I'm still not quite able to put my finger on. Let's say there was a special excitement about how far the compliance profession has come in the past ten years.

While I've written about the chief compliance officer (CCO) and the compliance profession as CCO 2.0, I had the feeling we may already be moving on to CCO 3.0, which was even the title of a session.

One key ingredient for me was the use of social media in the conference experience. Many events now feature a conference app to provide information about the agenda, the speakers and their presentations, room locations and the like. The Compliance Week 2015 app went further. It was fully interactive, allowing you to live tweet, send IM to fellow conference attendees, and receive texts for room changes or other conference alterations. It also provided a virtual help desk for all attendees.

Compliance Week 2015 had to come to an end. But that vide will stay with me until Compliance Week 2016, when I look forward to being once again with old friends, and making new friends as well. I hope you'll join me then.


Thomas Fox is a contributing editor of the FCPA Blog and a Compliance Week columnist. He's the founder of the Houston-based boutique law firm A popular speaker on compliance and risk-management topics, Fox is also the creator and writer of the widely followed FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog. His book Lessons Learned on Compliance and Ethics topped Amazon's bestseller list for international law. He can be contacted here.