Competitive Advantage: Building Compliance Engagement, Centricity & Agility Into The Core Of Your Business

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 59 minutes
Recorded Date: October 26, 2020
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  • Leveraging Relationships with Business and Legal
  • Rethinking COVID-19: Compliance Challenges vs. Opportunities
  • Leveraging Key Elements of Compliance Programs with USG
  • Agility: Building Competitive Advantages
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: October 26, 2020


An effective compliance strategy can be essential to preventing crises and risks before they arise. To avoid risk, it is also adaptive to regulatory and organizational changes to proactively protect the business at all times. Incorporating compliance agility and compliance centricity into the heart of any compliance program can be fundamental to its success and in making it stick across the business.

This program was recorded as part of Corporate Counsel's Women, Influence, and Power in Law Virtual Conference held on October 26th, 2020.

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Women, Influence & Power in Law Conference


Lauren Zajac

Cheif Legal Officer

Lauren Zajac is the Chief Legal Officer/Data Protection Officer at Workhuman. In her role, Lauren oversees all legal, regulatory, and compliance affairs for the company. With more than 15 years of experience, she has served as legal counsel for a broad mix of high-growth public and private companies.

Prior to Workhuman, Lauren was vice president of corporate affairs and general counsel at Metatomix, Inc., a leading provider of semantic solutions that was acquired by Versata Enterprises in 2010. Previously, she held the role of vice president, general counsel at Riverdeep, an Irish-based, public educational software company.

Lauren also served as senior counsel for Allaire Corporation, Macromedia, Inc., and counsel for Object Design, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College and a Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law.

Monica Howard Douglas

General Counsel, Coca-Cola North America
The Coca Cola Company

fter earning her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Stanford Law School, Monica Howard Douglas began her legal career as a judicial law clerk for Damon J Keith on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals of the United States. She later joined the law firm of Troutman Sanders where she was an associate in the corporate practice group and then subsequently gained in-house experience as a generalist at the Atlanta based Equifax Corporation.

Monica joined The Coca-Cola Company in 2004 as Marketing and Supply Chain Counsel for North America. She then had the unique opportunity to play a role in supporting the largest vertical integration in North American history when The Coca-Cola Company acquired its largest bottler, Coca-Cola Enterprises, in 2010. The result was the creation of an integrated operating Company, Coca-Cola Refreshments, which housed the product supply and customer care businesses that Monica supported as Vice President and Senior Managing Counsel.

In 2013, Monica seized the opportunity and moved to Johannesburg South Africa where she served as the Legal Director for the Southern and East Africa Business Unit that included 24 countries in Southern, East and Central Africa. After spending four years in South Africa, Monica returned to The Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta where she currently serves as the General Counsel of North America. Monica has also been recently elected to serve as an Independent Director for Vici Properties.

Donna Bucella

Chief Compliance Officer
7-Eleven Inc.

Donna A. Bucella joined 7-Eleven in 2018 as Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer. Previoiusly, she was the President of Compliance for Guidepost Solutions an international compliance consultancy. Formerly, she was the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida and has extensive senior leadership experience with the U.S. government including the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Defense, and with three publicly-traded companies: Education Management Corporation, Perot Systems Government Services, and Bank of America.

Additionally, she practiced law with Foley & Lardner LLP and Steel, Hector and Davis LLP. Especially noteworthy, Ms. Bucella was selected by the President of the United States and the Director of the FBI to become the first Director of the Terrorist Screening Center which she created from inception and led it to full operational capacity. Throughout her career, she has been the recipient of numerous awards and decorations.

Julie Myers Wood

Guidepost Solutions, LLC

Julie Myers Wood is the chief executive officer of Guidepost Solutions, a leading investigative and compliance consulting firm. She joined the firm in 2012, as president of its Compliance, Federal Practice and Software Solutions division. Prior to joining Guidepost Solutions, Ms. Wood was the former founder and president of ICS Consulting, LLC, a firm specializing in compliance, risk assessments, immigration and customs investigations. Guidepost Solutions acquired ICS Consulting in September 2012.

Ms. Wood focuses on regulatory compliance and investigative work. Most recently, she supervised a comprehensive technology review and assessment of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and anti-money laundering (AML) capabilities for a global bank, overseeing the implementation of data analytics capability to detect anomalies in AML and OFAC screening, as well as USD clearing for correspondent banks. Ms. Wood managed a team reviewing the AML and sanctions rules/wraps, internal software platform, investigator training and alert closure, and procedures/policies. In this role, she worked closely with New York regulators.

Prior to joining the private sector, Ms. Wood served as Head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) leading its largest investigative component and the second largest investigative agency in the federal government with a budget of nearly $6 billion and 15,000 employees. In supervising ICE’s investigative activity, Ms. Wood oversaw the agency’s wide variety of AML and trade compliance (OFAC, EAR, ITAR) investigations and private sector compliance programs, testified about best practices and investigations, and enforced the Export Administration Act and related export control regulations. Under her leadership, the agency developed new methods and proposed legislative language to combat emerging trends relating to trade-based money laundering, check cashing and money remitters, and stored value cards.

Ms. Wood’s previous leadership positions in the federal government include Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement at the Department of Commerce and Chief of Staff for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice. She also served as Deputy Assistant JULIE MYERS WOOD Chief Executive Officer Secretary (Money Laundering and Financial Crimes) at the Treasury Department, where she helped draft regulations relating to Title III of the Patriot Act, coordinated the U.S. government’s national report/strategy on money laundering, and oversaw Treasury Enforcement activities relating to OFAC. Ms. Wood served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where she prosecuted criminal cases including financial crimes, securities fraud, and other white-collar criminal cases.

Daniele M. Schiffman

Assistant General Counsel
Indo-MIM, Inc.

Daniele is the Assistant General Counsel at Indo-MIM Inc., a leading global supplier of precision-engineered products using Metal Injection Molding (MIM) as the core manufacturing technology. Daniele provides advice and legal support on a broad array of matters and is responsible for ensuring that the company is in compliance with federal, state and local regulatory requirements. Daniele is also responsible for Indo-MIM’s compliance with all applicable U.S and foreign trade laws, including export controls, customs regulations, and other import/export requirements.

Previously Daniele worked as an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Skadden Arps. She represented clients in connection with congressional, government and internal investigations. Daniele graduated with honors from the American University Washington College of Law.

Prior to attending law school, Daniele spent five years as a Senior Policy Analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, investigating how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars and briefing congressional staff on her findings.

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