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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 28, 2005
Attorney General and Company Executives Lead Conference on Responsible Corporate Leadership


Russell Investment Group, Western Wireless and Microsoft among speakers at Dec. 1 conference in Seattle for business leaders and attorneys

SEATTLE – Businesses can learn how to better meet the challenges of corporate social responsibility this Thursday during the Responsible Corporate Leadership in Washington State conference in Seattle. Presenters include Attorney General Rob McKenna and executives from Russell Investment Group, Western Wireless Corporation, Microsoft, Washington Mutual, Itron, and more.

The conference is sponsored by the state Attorney General’s Office and brings together experts in law, government and corporate leadership. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Westin Hotel, 1900 Fifth Ave., Seattle.

“Businesses that do the right thing find success on many levels,” McKenna said. “Companies that uphold a set of values are rewarded with loyal customers, motivated employees, and satisfied investors.

“This conference aims to assist businesses in understanding responsible corporate leadership so that ethical behavior in the workplace is the norm,” McKenna continued. “We want to create an environment in Washington where businesses continue to thrive and consumers benefit from a fair marketplace.”

Speakers will share information on critical current changes impacting public and privately held companies, the challenges of financial disclosures and effective corporate ethics. They will also discuss enterprise risk, complying with new government regulations and building a fraud prevention culture.

The cost to attend is $199 and registration is required. Register online at https://www.wsbacle.org/seminars.php or contact the Washington State Bar Association at 800-945-9722. Walk-ins are permitted on a space-available basis. Continuing Legal Education credits are available for attorneys who attend.

AGENDA

8 a.m. – Registration

9 a.m. – Welcome: Sharon Nelson, Consumer Protection Division Chief, Attorney General’s Office

9:15 a.m. – Corporate Responsibility in Washington State: Attorney General Rob McKenna

10:15 a.m. – Corporate Social Responsibility, Enterprise Risk and the Board: Michael J. Phillips, Chairman, Russell Investment Group

11 a.m. – Corporate Responsibility vs. Government Regulation: John Stanton, Chairman and CEO, Western Wireless Corporation

noon – Lunch (on your own)

1:15 p.m. – Beyond Compliance: Building a Fraud Prevention Culture That Works: Odell Guyton, Director of Compliance, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Corporation

2 p.m. – Transparency and Full Disclosure: What the Investor Relations Professional, Counsel and Executive Have to Say to the Public

Panelists:
Stewart Landefeld, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP (moderator)
Fay L. Chapman, General Counsel, Washington Mutual Bank
Mima Scarpelli, Vice President of Investor Relations, Itron
John A. Seethoff, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Finance
and Operations, Microsoft Corporation
Lesa Sroufe, Chairman and CEO, Lesa Sroufe & Company
David Wilson, Shareholder, Heller Ehrman LLP, Seattle

3:45 p.m. – How to Comply with New Laws or More Regulation

Panelists from the Attorney General’s Office:
Moderator: Craig Wright, Deputy Attorney General
Legislation: Milt H. Doumit, Jr., Chief of Staff
Financial practices: David Huey, Assistant Attorney General
Information security: Steve Larsen, Assistant Attorney General
Education for business and consumers: Rebecca Sears, Outreach and Education Manager, Consumer Protection Division
High-tech litigation: Katherine Tassi, Assistant Attorney General

5 p.m. – Adjourn

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Media Contact:

Kristin Alexander, Public Information Officer, (206) 464-6432, kalexander@atg.wa.gov

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