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Innovation in compliance brings you interviews with industry leading experts who are changing the way practitioners approach compliance. Host Tom Fox, the Compliance Evangelist and Voice of Compliance is driving the conversation about compliance into the 2020s and beyond with his focus on innovations for the compliance practitioner and the compliance profession. If you want to learn how to bring business solutions to compliance problems to more fully operationalize compliance, this is the podcast for you.

Innovation in Compliance with Tom Fox Thomas Fox

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    • 4.4 • 15 Ratings

Innovation in compliance brings you interviews with industry leading experts who are changing the way practitioners approach compliance. Host Tom Fox, the Compliance Evangelist and Voice of Compliance is driving the conversation about compliance into the 2020s and beyond with his focus on innovations for the compliance practitioner and the compliance profession. If you want to learn how to bring business solutions to compliance problems to more fully operationalize compliance, this is the podcast for you.

    A General Counsel in Crypto with Maryann Bullion

    A General Counsel in Crypto with Maryann Bullion

    Maryann Bullion is the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Bitcoin IRA, the first 24/7 retirement solution that allows customers to invest in cryptocurrencies within their IRAs. At Bitcoin IRA, Maryann and her team handle a wide range of complex legal issues and run a comprehensive compliance program. Tom Fox welcomes her to this week’s episode to talk about Bitcoin IRA, how it helps its clients, and how her professional background prepared her for her current position. 

    Maryann’s Unique Professional Background 
    Fulfilling a childhood dream, Maryann joined the US Army in 2009, serving in the Judge Advocates General’s Corps (JAG Corps). She was a reservist in the military and worked full-time at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Tom asks her how her stint in the army influenced her career. She highlights one of her favorite training activities where they would run an obstacle course with their weapons and stop periodically to answer legal questions. “It sounds kind of funny but in real life, these are some of the questions you're going to be asked as an attorney out on the field,” she tells Tom. While at the FDIC, Maryann worked in the professional liability and crime section, which advised the receivership section. She later moved to the DC area where she worked in the financial crimes unit; she worked with law enforcement to bring bank employees who committed mortgage fraud to justice. While working in this position she was introduced to the world of cryptocurrency. 

    The World of Cryptocurrency 
    Despite its increase in popularity over the past few years, the cryptocurrency industry is still unknown territory for many. Tom asks Maryann to define cryptocurrency and Bitcoin investing. She responds, “So for me, cryptocurrency is just money in a digital format that's protected cryptographically; cryptography is a lot of mathematical algorithms set to secure the monetary value. It exists on blockchain which allows it to maintain a transparent and public accounting settlement process.” She explains that Bitcoin is the most recognized cryptocurrency that investors transact in. She assures Tom that cryptocurrency isn't the Wild West - it follows rules and regulations. “There are a lot of regulatory agencies in the United States, and there are a lot of good actors in the cryptocurrency world that are following those rules,” she points out. 

    What is Crypto IRA?
    Tom asks Maryann to define a crypto IRA and how a consumer buys Bitcoin with a crypto IRA. Maryann briefly explains that individuals can invest in various cryptocurrencies using funds from their retirement accounts. She compares it to your average TD Ameritrade personal brokerage account, except that with a Bitcoin IRA account you invest in cryptocurrencies. She also confirms that all cryptocurrency platforms have your data security as their number one priority, to defend their clients from hackers.  

    Resources
    Maryann Bullion | LinkedIn 
    Bitcoin IRA | Digital Trust  

    • 18 min
    Episode 5-Scott Schneider Spotlight on Anti-Corruption Training

    Episode 5-Scott Schneider Spotlight on Anti-Corruption Training

    Welcome to a special five-part podcast series on the New Traliant, sponsored by Traliant. Over this series, we will discuss what is new at the company and key issues that Traliant is helping to lead and define the online training industry in going forward. Over this five part series I will visit with John Arendes, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the company on what is new at New Traliant and what the Department of Justice (DOJ) has communicated to the compliance community regarding its expectations around online training and communications; Maggie Smith, Vice President of Human Resources at Traliant on the role of DEI in your corporate ESG program; and Scott Schneider, Head of Content Development at Traliant on your Code of Conduct and anti-corruption training. In this concluding Episode 5, I visit with Scott Schneider, VP of Innovation at Traliant, on the evolution anti-bribery/anti-corruption training.

    Why is bribery and corruption a tricky subject to train on?

    When is training effective?

    Assuming the movers are aligned, what makes bribery training effective?

    The importance of practical advice.

    Resources
    Traliant Website
    Scott Schneider on LinkedI

    • 16 min
    Episode 4-Scott Schneider, Spotlight on Your Code of Conduct

    Episode 4-Scott Schneider, Spotlight on Your Code of Conduct

    Welcome to a special five-part podcast series on the New Traliant, sponsored by Traliant. Over this series, we will discuss what is new at the company and key issues that Traliant is helping to lead and define the online training industry going forward. Over this five-part series, I will visit with John Arendes, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the company, on what is new at New Traliant and what the Department of Justice (DOJ) has communicated to the compliance community regarding its expectations around online training and communications; Maggie Smith, Vice President of Human Resources at Traliant on the role of DEI in your corporate ESG program; and Scott Schneider, Head of Content Development at Traliant on your Code of Conduct and anti-corruption training. In this Episode 4, I visit with Scott Schneider, Head of Content Development at Traliant, on the evolution and importance of the corporate Code of Conduct. Highlights include:

    Culture is the key driver, and your Code of Conduct is the foundation for a broader discussion of what regulators look for in a compliance program. 

    How has the Code of Conduct evolved?

    Your Code of Conduct should be more than simply aspirational, and your Code of Conduct training helps drive home values, ethics & culture.

    Resources
    Traliant Website
    Scott Schneider on LinkedIn

    • 18 min
    Episode 3-: Maggie Smith with a Spotlight on DEI

    Episode 3-: Maggie Smith with a Spotlight on DEI

    Welcome to a special five-part podcast series on the New Traliant, sponsored by Traliant. Over this series, we will discuss what is new at the company and key issues that Traliant is helping to lead and define the online training industry in going forward. Over this five part series I will visit with John Arendes, CEO at the company on what is new at New Traliant and what the DOJ has communicated to the compliance community regarding its expectations around online training and communications; Maggie Smith, Vice President of Human Resources at Traliant on the role of DEI in your corporate ESG program; and Scott Schneider, Head of Content Development at Traliant on your Code of Conduct and anti-corruption training. In this Episode 3, I visit with Maggie Smith, VP for Human Resources at Traliant and we discuss the intersection of diversity equity inclusion and compliance. Highlights include:

    DEI is much more than anti-discrimination/anti-harassment

    How do you bring in inclusion to an organization and why is it so important?

    It’s all about trust to drive a speak-up culture.

    The role of DEI in ESG.

    Resources
    Traliant Website
    Maggie Smith on LinkedIn

    • 17 min
    Episode 2-John Arendes on What the DOJ Wants

    Episode 2-John Arendes on What the DOJ Wants

    Welcome to a special five-part podcast series on the New Traliant, sponsored by Traliant. Over this series, we will discuss what is new at the company and key issues that Traliant is helping to lead and define the online training industry in going forward. Over this five part series I will visit with John Arendes, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the company on what is new at New Traliant and what the Department of Justice (DOJ) has communicated to the compliance community regarding its expectations around online training and communications; Maggie Smith, Vice President of Human Resources at Traliant on the role of DEI in your corporate ESG program; and Scott Schneider, Head of Content Development at Traliant on your Code of Conduct and anti-corruption training. In this Episode 2, I visit with John Arendes on DOJ communications around its expectations for training. Highlights include:

    In DAG Lisa Monaco's October 2021 speech, she said the DOJ would focus on corporate culture as a key indicia of compliance. 

    The DOJ has made clear that while longer form online training is satisfactory, they expect companies to develop short, direct compliance training for employees.

    Since the release of the Evaluation of Effective Compliance Programs, the DOJ has mandated, effective and targeted compliance training.

    Resources
    Traliant Website
    John Arendes on LinkedIn

    • 15 min
    Creating a Safer Compliance Ecosystem with Eva Pittas

    Creating a Safer Compliance Ecosystem with Eva Pittas

    Eva Pittas is the co-founder and COO of Laika, a company that helps other companies manage compliance, obtain security certifications, and build trust with enterprise customers. Tom Fox welcomes her to this week’s show to talk about Laika and how it helps its clients.

    The Birth of Laika
    Eva began her professional life running IT risk and control for Citigroup and even worked there after the financial crisis of 2008. She was an integral part of the strong response to counteract the economic collapse. She joined the fintech industry in 2014, as she saw the growth happening in that space. She noticed that many companies “needed to get through with vendor procurement but they did not know what those processes would look like, what diligence would be, or what the security requirements were.” She started her consultancy boutique, BRCG, to provide answers to these questions. Working in the fintech space emphasized the importance of audits. Laika was born as a compliance solution for the rise of the cloud and to address the lack of expertise in information security and compliance guidance for companies. 

    The Complete Compliance Solution 
    Tom asks Eva about their typical clients and to describe the complete compliance solution. Eva says that most of their clientele are small to medium-sized innovative technology companies that are looking to introduce a holistic compliance program. She explains, “Compliance is not very straightforward….. it requires an interpretation of a standard, of a rule, of a regulation and how to apply that to your business.” Compliance programs have to evolve constantly to meet new compliance standards. Laika provides a customizable solution based on your compliance needs. 

    What Makes Laika Special
    Eva explains that what makes Laika stand out from other companies is that they have the expertise for all these recognized requirements. She states, “What Laika does is provide expert guidance and various subject matter experts that are a part of our solution that helps companies implement and maintain compliance.” Laika University facilitates this learning process.  

    Women In Tech 
    Eva emphasizes that women belong in the technology industry, no matter their background. “Technology is not in the future – it’s here,” she says. She encourages more women to enter the space, as you do not need a technological background to break into tech - several non-technical jobs are being created every day. 

    Resources 
    Eva Pittas | LinkedIn | Twitter   
    Hey Laika

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

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15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Mndfuul ,

Looking Back at 9/11 is an Incredible Series!

I could not stop listening to this series. Each episode was focused and tight while still packing a punch. Each guest had an amazing story to tell about where they were and what their job was during the crisis. From Eric Feldman who was an Inspector General at the CIA to John Lee Dumas, an ROTC cadet who found himself leading a platoon at 20 years old, every story had so much impact and heart. I highly recommend listening in honor of the 20th anniversary.

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Great for idea generation for compliance

Tom introduces his audience to a wealth of innovative ideas that businesses can adopt. Listen to his podcasts if you want to improve your compliance programs.

JoshCrist ,

Insightful and actionable! 👏👏👏

Whether you’re well established as a compliance innovator, or just getting started carving out your role as a change agent within your organization - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Tom does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of navigating an ever changing compliance environment - from leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

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