2022 Certificate in Ethics and Compliance


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September 7-8, 2022
James M. Collins Executive Education Center
3150 Binkley Avenue | Dallas TX 75275

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Organizational leaders face the constant challenge of making ethical choices in difficult times. In two content-rich days, this certificate in Ethics & Compliance will deliver insights into how organizations are responding—and should respond—to today’s ethical challenges. This multi-disciplinary certificate program designed for compliance, legal and financial professionals will strengthen credentials and give an immediate edge while building knowledge for higher levels of responsibility.  

Participants will have the opportunity to meet and network with other compliance professionals, SMU faculty, and C-suite executives. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion from SMU's Cox School of Business, Dedman School of Law's Robert B. Rowling Center for Business Law and Leadership, and the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. This program qualfies for Texas Continuing Legal Education (CLE) and Corporate Compliance Board CEU credit. 

2022 keynote by Laura O'Donnell, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, McKesson


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Learn from the Best

Every year a highlight of the certificate program is the strong roster of speakers it attracts. Participants significantly increase their level of understanding by learning from individuals who have first-hand knowledge of some of the world’s most complex ethical and leadership issues.

Past programs have included distinguished ethics and compliance officers, business executives, and government officials, including:

  • Hemang Desai, Robert B. Cullum Professor of Accounting, SMU Cox School of Business
  • Kurt Drake, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Kimberly Clark
  • Randall Ebner, General Counsel, Exxon Mobil
  • Matrice Ellis-Kirk, Member, RSR Partners
  • Howard Hacker, Executive Vice President and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Tenet Healthcare
  • David Huntley, SMU Trustee, Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Ethics Compliance Officer, AT&T
  • Jay Johnson and Shamoil Shipchandler, Partners, Jones Day
  • Ambassador Ron Kirk, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; Former U.S. Trade Representative and Mayor of Dallas
  • Jack Lowe, Jr., Chairman Emeritus, TDIndustries
  • Yvette Ostolaza, Partner, Sidley Austin
  • Marc Steinberg, Rupert and Lillian Radford Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law
  • Holly Tucker, Partner, Deloitte
  • Daniel Trujillo, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Walmart 


Past program topics have included:

  • Leveraging Regulatory Guidelines and Best Practice Guidance to Enhance your Compliance Program
  • Privacy vs Safety: Apple’s Ethical Dilemma
  • Leading Practices in Assessing Your Ethics & Compliance Program
  • Technology Assisted Investigations: Best Practices and Ethical Considerations
  • Becoming a Leader in Ethics & Compliance
  • Role of the Board of Directors in Ethics & Compliance
  • Fostering an Ethical Culture: Insights into the Best Practices of Leading Organizations
  • Two Idiots: The Response that Goes Wrong – Navigating a Cyber-breach
  • What “Whistleblowing” Really Means and How Culture in a Company Affects the Perception of Whistleblowing

Click here to see the 2020 program.


Faculty Program Directors

Shane Goodwin, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Executive Education and Professor of Practice, SMU Cox School of Business


Eric Hinton, Director, Rowling Center for Business Law & Leadership, SMU Dedman School of Law


Rita Kirk, William F. May Endowed Director, Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, Altshuler Distinguished Professor of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs


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$1,995 per student, in person | $1,795 early bird registration, in person ($200 off through August 8)
$1,495 per student, online | $1,295 early bird registration, online ($200 off through August 8)

Seats are limited for the 2022 Certificate in Ethics and Compliance. Discounts are available for members of the Texas State Bar Corporate Counsel Section and The Texas General Counsel Forum. For group discounts, please call (214) 768-3329 for promotional code.