As most compliance professionals already know, the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics will host its annual conference in two weeks—at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Given the tragic massacre just down the street from Caesar’s last night, SCCE chief executive Roy Snell sent the following email to SCCE members this afternoon:
By now you have heard about the tragedy in Las Vegas. It is so horrible for those who were affected by this. We will respect the decision by any attendees, vendors, or speakers who choose not to attend, however, we will be moving forward with the SCCE CEI conference in Las Vegas in 2 weeks. We have already reached out to the events team at Caesars Palace to review the security they had planned for the Institute. We will work with them to bring in additional security personnel. We will also be very strict this year about Institute participants wearing a conference badge. Once you have been given your badge at registration you will need to wear it to access meeting rooms.
More than ever, I look forward to seeing familiar faces in Las Vegas and meeting new members of the compliance and ethics community. And I also want you to know that the SCCE remains committed to serving our membership in these difficult times. Our challenges are not diminished, and neither is the dedication of SCCE to meeting our members’ needs. Our hearts go out to all those who were affected by this tragedy. We will carry on.
The precautions Snell cites above all sound sensible to me, and certainly those matters have been on my mind this morning. I was in Las Vegas on business two weeks ago, and drove by the the exact spot at Mandalay Bay where the shooting occurred.
But more important to me is Snell’s second paragraph. The SCCE conference is one of the best events in the business, always worth attending. I plan to be there, and I hope you will be too. I stand with Snell.
I mean, I’ll be hitting up Snell for extra drink tickets while I’m with him, but I’m with him. And everyone else who shows up. We all should be. This is the best professional community in the world.