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LRN’s Principled brings together the collective wisdom on ethics, business and compliance, transformative stories of leadership and inspiring workplace culture. Listen in to learn valuables strategies and receive actionable advice from our community of business leaders and workplace changemakers.

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LRN’s Principled brings together the collective wisdom on ethics, business and compliance, transformative stories of leadership and inspiring workplace culture. Listen in to learn valuables strategies and receive actionable advice from our community of business leaders and workplace changemakers.

    Growing Culture: Cheryl Curbeam Engineers an E&C Career at Corteva Agriscience

    Growing Culture: Cheryl Curbeam Engineers an E&C Career at Corteva Agriscience

    Cheryl Curbeam, chief risk and compliance officer at Corteva Agriscience, talks about her journey from engineer to compliance officer; how the pandemic has prompted changes to how her program operates; and how to find and grow a diverse group of talent for careers in the ethics and compliance profession.

    “No longer can you just have a conversation with someone that sits next to you, or in the hallway. People have to be more intentional about it, so we have had to step up our messaging about the hotline.”
    - Cheryl Curbeam

    Cheryl Curbeam is the chief ethics and compliance officer for Corteva Agriscience, a global agriculture company that launched as a publicly traded company in June 2019. Cheryl leads a global team to implement a new ethics and compliance program that inclkudes the creation of its first Corteva Code of Conduct, an Ethics and Compliance Hotline, employee training and certification, compliance policies, and mobile app. Full disclosure: Corteva is an LRN partner, and we worked with Cheryl and her team in helping them create their code.
    Prior to her career at Corteva, Cheryl had progressive leadership roles at DuPont including assignments in operations, sales and marketing, and compliance. She holds a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Tennessee. She is also a certified Corporate Compliance and Ethics Professional and Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
     
    What You’ll Learn on This Episode:
    [1:29] How has Curbeam’s career path led her to her current position at Corteva?
    [3:23] How is Corteva’s E & C program structured and who does Curbeam report to?
    [4:35] What are Corteva’s core values and how are they implemented in the structure of their E & C program?
    [6:19] How has Covid changed the way that Corteva trains and communicates with their employees?
    [9:28] What does Curbeam anticipate the lasting impact of Covid will be in the business world?
    [10:37] How has Corteva conducted employee onboarding during the pandemic?
    [11:34] What is Curbeam’s perspective on the call for racial justice during the summer of 2020?
    [13:46] What can the E & C community do to promote more diversity?
     
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    Transcription:
    Intro: Welcome to the Principled Podcast brought to you by LRN. The Principled Podcast brings together the collective wisdom on ethics, business and compliance, transformative stories of leadership, and inspiring workplace culture. Listen in to discover valuable strategies from our community of business leaders and workplace changemakers.
    Ben DiPietro: Hello, everybody and welcome to another episode of season five of LRN's Principled Podcast. My name is Ben DiPietro. I'm the editor of LRN's E&C Pulse Newsletter. You can find that on our website, lrn.com, click the resources tab, and then click on the newsletter tab. And please sign up. We'd love to have you as a subscriber.
    With me today is Cheryl Curbeam, the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for Corteva Agriscience, a global agriculture company that launched as a publicly traded company in June of 2019. Cheryl leads a global team to implement an ethics and compliance program that includes the creation of the company's first ever code of conduct, an ethics and compliance hotline, employee training and certifications, and a mobile app. Let's welcome, Cheryl. How are you today? And thank you for taking time.
    Cheryl Curbeam: I am well. Thank you, Ben, for the opportunity to speak with you today.
    Ben DiPietro: It's good to have you here. So tell us a bit about your journey in the world of ethics and compliance. How did you become interested in this? And tell us a little bit about the career path you've

    Leading by Example: Eric Flesch Fuels a Culture of Ethics and Compliance at Promigas

    Leading by Example: Eric Flesch Fuels a Culture of Ethics and Compliance at Promigas

    Eric Flesch, CEO of Colombia-based oil and gas company Promigas, talks with LRN’s Ben DiPietro about being an ethics and compliance leader in Latin America, and why it is so important he leads by example when it comes to asking employees to adopt and live the company’s seven core values.

    Pick Your Own Song: Tiffany Archer’s Mission to Advance DE&I at Panasonic Avionics

    Pick Your Own Song: Tiffany Archer’s Mission to Advance DE&I at Panasonic Avionics

    Compliance executive and board and executive advisor Tiffany Archer of Panasonic Avionics shares how her study of psychology underpins her approach to ethics and compliance; what the differences are between diversity, equity, and inclusion, and why those distinctions matter; and how a company needs to look “below the iceberg” to find its true culture.

    Driving Change: Hiltrud Werner Rebuilds Volkswagen’s Culture After Emissions Scandal

    Driving Change: Hiltrud Werner Rebuilds Volkswagen’s Culture After Emissions Scandal

    Hiltrud Werner, Volkswagen’s head of integrity and legal affairs, talks with LRN’s Ben DiPietro about the work to change the company’s culture after its reputation-damaging emissions scandal; how COVID-19 has made that task more difficult; about the need for quotas to get women on boards; and what E&C people can do to make themselves ready for board service. 

    “Everyone has understood that it’s not enough to overcome the diesel scandal; we need to be a scandal-free company...so we have to make sure that our culture is strong enough to make us robust, and that people will speak out if they have the feeling that something is wrong.” 
    - Hiltrud Werner

    Hiltrud Dorothea Werner, a German business executive, joined Volkswagen in 2016 as the head of group audit, and was appointed in 2017 to the company’s Board of Management, responsible for integrity and legal affairs. In her role at Volkswagen, Werner oversees the compliance and integrity teams, and legal affairs. She is tasked with restructuring the compliance culture. 
    Werner is a member of the supervisory board of Audi AG, Porsche AG, Seat SA, and Tration SE. She began her career in 1991 at the consulting firm Softlab Gmbh as a project manager, and moved to BMW AG in 1996, where she held various positions in IT and audit. In 2011 Werner joined MAN SE as chief audit executive for the MAN Group, then became head of group internal audit at car supplier ZF Friedrichshafen in 2014. 
    Werner was born 1966 in East Germany, and earned an economics degree from Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg. She is married and has two children. 
     
    What You’ll Learn on This Episode: 
    [1:25] How has Werner’s career path led her to her current position at Volkswagen? 
    [3:47] What did Werner learn about VW’s culture in light of the emissions issues? How did she and the board enact the changes they did? 
    [5:21] What was the program that was in place at VW to encourage employees to come forward with concerns? How has it been strengthened? 
    [6:58] How challenging was it to get buy in at VW on these new programs? How is progress measured? 
    [8:47] How has COVID-19 impacted her planning and implementation of these goals? 
    [10:23] As someone who sits on a board representing ethics and compliance, what are some things the E&C community does well and what are some areas for growth? 
    [13:17] Germany recently passed a law mandating a percentage of board members be women. Are these laws necessary for diversification and why are so many companies resistant to this change? 
    [15:15] What advice does Werner have for E&C professionals for what they need to do to make themselves attractive candidates for board service? 
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    It’s About the How: Siemens USA’s Juan Ignacio Diaz on Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    It’s About the How: Siemens USA’s Juan Ignacio Diaz on Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    LRN’s Ben DiPietro speaks with Juan Ignacio Diaz, chief compliance officer for the U.S. and Latin America for Siemens USA, about how COVID-19 has forever changed the workplace; the importance and necessity of being a champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion; and why the job of ethics and compliance isn’t for the faint of heart.

    Hawaiian Style: Gurstel Law's Amy Mertz Brown on Applying Aloha Spirit to E&C

    Hawaiian Style: Gurstel Law's Amy Mertz Brown on Applying Aloha Spirit to E&C

     
    Amy Mertz Brown, chief compliance officer for Gurstel Law, talks with LRN's Ben DiPietro about the differences of practicing ethics and compliance for a government agency and in the private sector, and how growing up in Hawaii allows her to incorporate the Aloha Spirit into how she connects with people to spread the E&C message. 
     
    “That’s one of the biggest challenges in the private sector, bringing those entity-wide issues down to a personal level, and show folks why they need to follow those rules so that the organization can be on the right side of the compliance line.” 
    - Amy Mertz
     
    Amy Mertz Brown has more than 30 years of experience as a leader, lawyer, and compliance professional. Since August 2020, she has served as Chief Compliance Officer at Gurstel Law Firm, P.C., a creditors’ rights firm headquartered in Golden Valley, Minn. She leads the firm’s regulatory compliance with federal and state law concerning creditors’ rights and consumer rights, as well as compliance with operational requirements for the firm. 
    Prior to joining Gurstel, Brown was chief compliance officer at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, leading a team of compliance attorneys and professionals to oversee government ethics compliance for all agency employees. Prior, she developed and implemented the enterprise ethics and compliance program at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She joined CFPB in its start-up phase and over the course of eight years helped to establish and build its in-house legal department. 
    Prior to CFPB, Brown served in legal department management positions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. She is a 1988 graduate of Washington College of Law, The American University, Washington, D.C., and is licensed in California.
     
    What You’ll Learn on This Episode: 

    [1:42] What sparked Brown’s interest in ethics and compliance, and how has her career path led to her to where she is today? 


    [5:00] What are some of the challenges of conducting E&C in a federal agency and what are the differences in doing E&C in the private sector?


    [7:26] What is Brown’s experience in joining Gurstel in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic? How can E&C programs help employees who join a company in the middle of remote work?


    [11:05] From Brown’s experience in government transitions, what did she see taking place in the current presidential transition?


    [14:00] What changes does Brown anticipate as the United States is back under Democratic Party leadership?


    [15:46] What is the “Aloha Spirit,” and how can E&C officers help incorporate it into their work to make them more effective?

     
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