Well, I made it home safely from the trip to Des Moines where I attended the AICP Heartland Chapter’s E-Day. It was great to see everyone, enjoy some very nice meals, and catch up on what has been keeping all of us busy – both personally and professionally! Attending this E-Day was a very nice reminder that while it is true we are peers with similar agendas to network, learn, and ultimately do what we need to so we can get the work done, we are also friends with common interests.
Those of us in the compliance profession all want to do the right thing for the companies we represent, but more importantly, for the consumers who benefit from the products we help create. I think it is this commonality of caring that truly brings us together - those with the desire for a compliant, quality product can be found gathering in groups across the country to talk about how these goals can be achieved. To an outsider, that fact alone could raise eyebrows – why do we need to go to so many meetings to talk about compliance? Obviously, if the question is asked, the understanding is lacking. We care because it is in our nature; it’s what makes us good at what we do!
While attending these events, we are all in the role of a compliance professional, but I like to think of us as kindred spirits as well. We have the same goals as professionals, but it is the recognition of the caring, like-(compliant)-minded spirit in peers that makes us friends. It was great to see you all again, my dear friends!