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Welcome to Six Questions With An Ethics & Compliance Officer, a new interview series created in conjunction with Compliance Officer Day. Each post will shine the spotlight on a different member of the E&C community, from established CCOs and CECOs with years of experience to rising stars with a passion for ethical behavior. 

Q: How long have you been working in ethics and compliance? 

I’ve been working in E&C for 16 years. I started as a Compliance Analyst at Hunterdon Healthcare System before making my way to Director of Corporate Compliance. After a few different in-house healthcare compliance roles, I joined SAI Global in 2012.

Q: What did you want to be when you were growing up? 

I wanted to be a nurse when I was younger. I was in the field briefly in my 20’s before being sidelined by injury.

Q: What are some of the most rewarding and challenging parts of your job?

I enjoy the ever-changing landscape. As regulations change, so must the ways in which we comply with them and educate those who must comply. In my role today, I add in the pleasure of working with a wide array of clients and having the chance to experience that change in a multitude of industries and on varied scales. The most challenging part of my job is working in a multitude of industries and on varied scales! There is just so much to know and keep track of as things are always changing.

Q: What are three important traits a Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer should possess? 

  1. Integrity – as the moral compass for their organization, this is crucial. They should lead by example and word.
  2. Communication – written and verbal communication skills are essential. The compliance officer must have the ability to communicate at all levels in the organization from front-line staff to the CEO and board of directors.
  3. Strong analytical ability – compliance officers need to interpret a wide array of law and regulation and be able to translate to their organization. Being attentive to the details while also keeping the big picture in view is also critical.

Q: If someone wanted to get more involved in promoting ethical behavior in their organization today, what could they do? 

Compliance officers are always looking for organizational compliance champions. Certainly, someone interested in getting more involved should reach out to their compliance officer. Additionally, just ensuring familiarity with policy and regulation and leading by example are great ways to promote ethical behavior and set the tone.

Q: What advice would you give to recent college graduates and other professionals who may want to pursue a career in ethics and compliance?

There is an increasing number of courses and programs designed to educate professionals on the ethics and compliance career path. I would recommend looking into those, as well as joining a compliance organization (e.g., HCCA, SCCE, ECI) and connecting with other compliance officers in their industry of interest.

ABOUT KELLY DZIEDZIC

Kelly Dziedzic is a visionary and goal-oriented professional with a successful history in compliance and project management. With demonstrated experience in developing, implementing and supervising hospital and healthcare system compliance and audit programs, Kelly brings 20 years of experience in audit, compliance, and ethics. Now leading teams in providing companies with guidance in building and delivering top-level education and training programs, Kelly assists compliance officers, HR managers and other senior leaders in assessing risk, identifying educational gaps and developing world-class training for all levels of their organizations.