Christopher Dodd, keynote speaker

I am honored to announce that Christopher Dodd, former senator from Connecticut, will be the keynote speaker at our inaugural user conference, ELM15, October 7-9, 2015 in Scottsdale, AZ.

Sen. Dodd has dedicated his life to public service. After graduating from college, he spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic town of Monción. Later, while attending law school at the University of Louisville, he joined and served six years in the United States Army Reserve.

His election to the House of Representatives in 1974 was the beginning of Sen. Dodd’s 37-year political career. Following in the footsteps of his father, former Connecticut Sen. Thomas Dodd, he was elected to the Senate in 1981 and went on to win reelection four times, making him the longest-serving senator in Connecticut’s history.

As you can imagine given such a distinguished career, there are many reasons why I am eager to welcome Sen. Dodd to share his thoughts, including:

His Contribution to Financial Regulation

Sen. Dodd crafted the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the most comprehensive financial legislation since the Great Depression, to avoid another global financial crisis like that in 2008. The regulatory changes included in this historic law have profoundly affected the financial services industry in the United States and abroad, prompting direct changes to accepted best compliance practices and the culture of risk in a corporate context.

His Focus on Communication and Shared Goals

Corporate attorneys and their outside counsel can sometimes find themselves working together on matters without sharing an understanding of all of the underlying priorities and objectives. Thanks to his time in government, Sen. Dodd fully comprehends the importance of listening carefully, setting common expectations, and working toward a shared goal. In the legal business, as in politics, skilled communicators are always invaluable.

I know that Sen. Dodd has much to say that will be fascinating to our user conference attendees. If you haven’t registered yet, visit our ELM15 website for details on the more than 30 sessions we’ll present, the beautiful Scottsdale location, and to learn how your participation can positively impact you and your organization.  I look forward to seeing you in October!