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Dr. Olson has worked in the ethics and compliance field for over 17 years, both as in-house staff and as a consultant. Early on, he was a contract consultant with the Ethics Resource Center. More recently, he was director of member services and education for the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association (ECOA), working with hundreds of ethics and compliance officers, academicians, professional service providers, and government officials worldwide. At the ECOA, he directed the development and roll-out of its Advanced Practitioner in Ethics and Compliance Certification (APEX) in conjunction with New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. In addition, he continues to teach the ethics metrics session for the ECOA Ethics School. Dr. Olson’s clients have included MetLife, TNT, Oneida Nation of New York, British Telecom, and USAA. In his earlier work for the Orange County Health Care Agency, he directed the design and delivery of a strategic planning process for the health promotion division that revolutionized the way it planned, implemented, and evaluated its risk management initiatives. He also advised the County of Orange at the corporate level on strategies for institutionalizing an Enlightened Leadership™ program that included a strong emphasis on organizational ethics and integrity. In 2002, he was invited to testify before the Ad Hoc Advisory Group to the U.S. Sentencing Commission for amending the sentencing guidelines for organizations to provide his perspective on strategies for measuring the effectiveness of ethics and compliance programs. He has a PhD from Syracuse University in the academic study of religion with a focus on cultural studies and ethics, as well as an MPH that included coursework in program planning and evaluation, instructional design, training technologies, research methodology, and statistics. Finally, Dr. Olson has published several articles in trade and academic journals, including the Journal of Clinical Ethics, on business ethics.

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