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Houston Chapter Meeting July 17th, 2009
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When: July 17th, 2009
10 AM to 1 PM
Where: HESS Club
5430 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas  77056
United States
Contact: Kathy Fediw

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10:00 - 11:00 --  IMC Practice Development Workshop (PD)


Session Topic:  "I don't need no stinkin' Businss Plan.  Or do I?" 
Facilitator/Leader: Reardon Smith


This is the first of a series of three summer PD programs reviewing the purpose, format and content of a simple Consultant's Business Plan.

Join us and focus on a mid-year check-up of your business to determine if you need to make any adjustments to your business plan.  We will do an initial assessment of your current plan; teach you how to go about completing a business plan that fits on one sheet of paper; and discuss how your business will be strengthened based on your assessment.

The PD workshop series is designed to cover all aspects of managing a successful consulting practice - as an internal or external consultant. 


 11:00 - 11:30 -- Networking


11:30 -- Lunch Served & IMC Announcements - Gift Basket Drawing


Noon -- Keynote

"Ethical Trash - How to Keep Things Clean.  Squeaky Clean."
Note:  You must be 21years of age to attend this IMC session.

Join us as we examine the components that make up a corporate ethics and compliance program, review the hot button issues of employers, the concerns of employees, and discuss the laws and regulations impacting ethics and compliance departments across America – and “across” the Pond.

 This meeting promises to be anything but dry and staid – including discussion around conflicts of interest, gifts and entertainment, political activities, sex, and more. 

 A recent analysis of more than 25 years of historical data shows that scrutiny of corporate governance is the strongest it has been in many years – with obvious and just reason.  Much of the recent news has demonstrated the fallacy of the “it can’t happen here” line of thinking.   As a result of an increased focus on corporate governance and to help mitigate and offset risk, a lot of emphasis has been placed on both compliance and corporate culture.  But exactly how has Corporate America responded to revisions to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, New York Stock Exchange listing requirements, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and to the whistle-blower protection guaranteed employees by the Sarbanes –Oxley Act? 


Our Speaker - Stella Raymaker - Director, Ethics and EEO Compliance at Waste Management   

Waste Management, Inc is the leading provider of comprehensive waste environmental services in North America.  The company is strongly committed to a foundation of financial strength, operating excellence and professionalism. 

As of December 31, 2008, the company served nearly 20 million municipal, commercial, industrial and residential customers through a network of 367 collection operations, 355 transfer stations, 273 active landfill disposal sites, 16 waste-to-energy plants, 104 recycling plants, and 111 beneficial-use landfill gas projects. 

 Walk-ins are welcome without reservations but will pay a $10 surcharge per person.

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