Winning Strategies to Ensure Compliance

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 61 minutes
Recorded Date: October 12, 2017
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  • DEFINE the role of Compliance
  • IDENTIFY and address the biggest risks and keep up with regulatory and legal uncertainty
  • INTEGRATE compliance into day-to-day operations (without boring everyone to death)
  • MEASURE the effectiveness and efficiency of your compliance program
  • BUILD the culture and deal with compliance violations
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: October 12, 2017


Going beyond checklists, sample policies and regulatory guidance, this session will discuss the role of compliance, building a culture of compliance, and developing a compliance program that really works for your business – large or small, public or private.

This program was recorded on October 12th, 2017.

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Alyssa Senzel

Deputy General Counsel & Compliance Officer
Blackboard Inc.

Alyssa Senzel has been a member of Blackboard Inc.’s legal team for over 12 years, and is currently Blackboard’s Deputy General Counsel and Compliance Officer.

She is based in Washington, DC and focuses on both corporate compliance and all aspects of employment law, both domestically and internationally. With over 20 years of legal experience, Alyssa takes a practical approach to problem solving and frequently serves as a mentor to students and colleagues.

Prior to her time at Blackboard, Alyssa was Of Counsel at Patton Boggs, where she represented companies—including biotechnology firms, retail organizations, manufacturing plants, and nonprofit organizations—providing counseling, training, and defense of employment-related claims. She has litigated before federal and state courts, the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, and various state human rights offices. Alyssa also drafted policies and agreements, and counseled and trained companies and nonprofit associations on a variety of employment issues, including equal employment opportunity, sexual harassment, wage and hour policy, Americans With Disabilities Act, and family and medical leave policy.

Alyssa has a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and a BA in History and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of both the Washington, DC and California bars. She is also a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional.

Cindy Durkin

Chief Compliance Officer (CCO)
GE Power

Cindy Durkin is developing and administering a global compliance program across GE Gas Power Systems, a 10 billion dollar business unit of GE Power and the world’s largest supplier of gas turbines. Gas Power Systems offers a wide spectrum of heavy-duty and aero-derivative gas turbines for utilities, independent power producers, and numerous industrial applications around the globe - ranging from small, mobile power to utility scale power plants.

Prior to working with Gas Power Systems, Cindy was Chief Compliance Officer for GE’s Distributed Power, a 5.5 billion dollar global distributed power business. DP provides technology-based products and services to generate reliable and efficient power at or near the point of use. The product portfolio features highly efficient, fuel flexible industrial gas engines.

Prior to her CCO roles, Cindy served as litigation counsel for GE Aviation, a world-leading producer of civil and military jet engines; integrated digital, electric power, and mechanical aircraft systems; and aero-derivative engines for marine applications. At GE Aviation, Cindy managed a variety of global disputes and arbitrations, internally reported compliance concerns, and government enforcement matters. Before joining GE, Cindy worked in private law practice, focusing primarily on litigation and arbitration.

Cindy attended the University of Kentucky where she received her undergraduate degree with honors in Political Science and her law degree.

Elizabeth Greenwood

General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC.

Ms. Greenwood is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC (“TCP”). TCP is a leading alternative investment management firm with over $7.5 billion in committed capital. Since 1999, TCP has invested more than $18.5 billion in over 500 portfolio companies. The firm manages onshore and offshore private funds, CLOs, registered funds and a publicly-traded business development company (BDC), TCP Capital Corp. (NASDAQ:TCPC). TCP’s investors include public and private pension funds, financial institutions, multinational corporations, endowments and foundations, charitable organizations and family offices.

As Chief Compliance Officer, Ms. Greenwood oversees TCP’s compliance program. She takes the lead working with TCP personnel to design policies and procedures that meet regulatory and contractual requirements. She is also the point person providing internal guidance and responding to external inquiries from regulators, investors and counterparties. With over 20 years of experience in the alternative asset management industry, Ms. Greenwood is an expert in fund formation, governance, compliance and management.

Prior to joining TCP in 2007, Ms. Greenwood worked in venture capital and hedge funds. She served as General Counsel & CCO of Strome Investment Management and as counsel for Pacific Capital Group and its portfolio companies, including Global Crossing and World POG Federation, among others. She began her legal career as an Associate with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.

Ms. Greenwood received a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a Bachelor of Business Administration with highest honors from The University of Texas at Austin. She currently serves as Chair of the Legal Steering Committee of the Small Business Investor Alliance.

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