The Power of In-Person Networking and Education at SCCE CEI Chicago


By Jacki Cheslow, CCEP, CCEP-I, CRM
OMC Consulting Services LLC

In the world of compliance and ethics, staying at the forefront of industry trends and regulations is paramount. But sometimes, it’s not just about what you know; it’s also about who you know. That’s why I’m attending the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) Compliance & Ethics Institute (CEI) in Chicago. In this blog post, we will explore the significance of in-person networking, reconnecting with old friends, and obtaining cutting-edge compliance education, all within the context of my recent participation in the SCCE CEI in Chicago.

The Power of In-Person Networking

In today’s digital world, where virtual interactions dominate, there’s something magical about meeting fellow professionals face-to-face. The SCCE CEI in Chicago offered an exceptional platform for compliance and ethics experts like me to network with peers, industry leaders, and thought visionaries. My plans for Chicago include:

Building Genuine Connections: Meeting people in person allows for more authentic and lasting connections. You can read body language, gauge sincerity, and create a stronger rapport that goes beyond a virtual encounter.

Experiencing Serendipitous Encounters: Some of the most valuable connections and opportunities arise unexpectedly. In-person events like the CEI offer the chance for serendipitous encounters that could lead to collaborations, mentorships, or career advancements.

Gaining New Perspectives: Networking goes beyond amassing business cards; it’s a dynamic exchange of knowledge. Engaging in discussions with fellow attendees can offer you new viewpoints, valuable insights, and practical solutions to address your compliance hurdles.

Reconnecting with Old Friends: The SCCE CEI isn’t just about making new connections; it’s also an excellent opportunity to reunite with old friends and colleagues.

Renewing my Sense of Belonging: In the fast-paced world of compliance, it’s comforting to know that you have a network of familiar faces who understand your journey and can provide a sense of belonging within the industry.

Obtaining Cutting-Edge Compliance Education: Attending the SCCE CEI also provides a unique opportunity to access the latest trends, updates, and insights in compliance and ethics.

Sharing My Experience and Insights:  Sharing what you know can help you connect with people who have similar interests. These connections can lead to new friendships, mentorships, and partnerships.

Attending Expert-Led Sessions: The CEI features a lineup of industry experts and thought leaders who share their knowledge and expertise through workshops, panels, and presentations. This is a chance to stay updated on best practices and emerging trends.

In-person networking, reconnecting with old friends, and obtaining cutting-edge compliance education are the cornerstones of a successful SCCE CEI experience. I believe these not only have enriched my professional life but will continue to contribute to my personal growth within the compliance and ethics industry.

So, if you’re still on the fence about whether to attend the SCCE CEI in Chicago, remember that it’s more than just a conference; it’s an investment in your career, relationships, and expertise. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this transformative experience. Visit to learn more.