Four days in Vegas, with no regrets. Sounds like the premise for a movie — The Hangover 4.
It’s not that, but it is a challenge for anyone
attending the Compliance Institute (CI), which
runs from April 15–18, 2018. With well over
100 sessions, upwards of 3,000 attendees, and
Before you go
a full Exhibit Hall, it’s going to be tough not
to leave without saying, “Oh, shoot, I really
The key to making the most out of
your time at the CI is to put in place a
plan before you go for what you’ll do
before, during, and after the confer-
ence. Here’s a bit of a step by step.
There are a wide range of things you
can and should do, even before you
leave for Las Vegas.
Secure management approval
If the first challenge is getting a manager’s
approval, our advice is not to just ask, but
instead to build your case. List the reasons
why it would be good for you to attend,
whether it’s sessions that address risks your
organization faces, a chance to meet with ven-
dors who have a solution you need, or to get
CEUs to maintain your certification. Be sure
to make the case as to how it will add value to
your compliance effort.
To help, the HCCA has a template you
can use. Just look at the “Manager Approval
Letter” ( http://www.compliance-institute.org
/About/ Pricing.aspx) on the CI 2018 Website:
Next, be sure you have an adequate supply of
business cards, and make sure to put them in
your suitcase or briefcase. It is remarkable how
many people forget to bring them each year.
Whether you’re networking with people at
the meeting or want to enter a drawing with
a vendor or get more information, a business
card remains one of the best tools out there.
Picking your sessions
Third, figure out what you need to learn at the
meeting. There are two basic strategies you
by Adam Turteltaub
Prepare now: Getting the most
out of the Compliance Institute
» Plan out your schedule for sessions before you go.
» Register early to avoid the crowds.
» Be sure to take advantage of the networking opportunities.
» Don’t let work back at the office distract you too much from the learning onsite.
» When you get back, make a list of key ideas to follow up on.
Adam Turteltaub (adam.turteltaub@ hcca-info.org) is Vice President of
Strategic Initiatives & International Programs at the Society of Corporate
Compliance and Ethics & Health Care Compliance Association.