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Livestream: Rob Chesnut on "Intentional Integrity: How Smart Companies Can Lead an Ethical Revolution--and Why That's Good for All of Us"

5:30pm sharp to 6:30pm EDT livestream of Rob Chesnut's book talk

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Date: Wednesday October 28, 2020 | 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Speaker(s): Rob Chesnut, General Counsel, Airbnb, and Author
Topic: "Intentional Integrity: How Smart Companies Can Lead an Ethical Revolution--and Why That's Good for All of Us" (by Rob Chesnut for St. Martin’s Press, July 28, 2020)

On October 21, Rotman Events will email registrants the link to the page where you can watch the livestream of the talk on October 28 from 5:30 pm sharp to 6:30 pm EDT.

Location: Online
Cost: $38.50 plus HST per person (includes the link to the livestream and 1 unsigned hardcover copy of "Intentional Integrity")
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Book Mailings: Starting October 29 unsigned hardcover copies of Intentional Integrity will be shipped to paid registrants.

Book Synopsis: In Intentional Integrity, a veteran U.S. federal prosecutor turned high-tech lawyer tackles the fascinating dilemma of integrity in the workplace and how companies who hope to prosper must create and nurture an integrity culture. Rob Chesnut, General Counsel at the 21st century travel company Airbnb, says integrity can be a modern company’s quiet super power. But make no mistake: doing business in a digitally transparent world means a lack of integrity can be a company’s undoing.

As nearly daily headlines attest, the modern workplace is a minefield of legal and ethical issues. Shifting cultural norms, including the #metoo movement and social media posting, have triggered significant legal consequences for companies and led to employees and senior executives being fired or forced to resign. The digitizing of virtually all interactions between customers and companies makes data privacy critical–not just protecting customer information from outside hackers but making sure employees don’t abuse their access. Online platforms for home rental or ride-sharing or dog walking mean strangers are being connected in increasingly personal and concrete ways—and that can lead to intense disputes over the meaning of simple descriptions like clean, safe, or quiet. Thanks to feedback sites like Yelp, those disputes can destroy your business. And now that we have career connection sites like LinkedIn, an integrity lapse can shadow you for the rest of your career.

Rob Chesnut had a unique vantage point in the development of online commerce. He created and ran eBay’s pioneering “Trust & Safety” division at a time when it was like writing a constitution for a new virtual nation. Today he is helping Airbnb navigate the ethical and legal waters for a brand that operates in 1911 countries and brings strangers together in what used to be private, personal spaces. What could go wrong? A lot. Can it be managed? He’s proven it can.

About Our Speaker: Rob Chesnut is General Counsel for Airbnb. He is responsible for driving the legal strategy of the company and overseeing the company’s corporate and legal affairs. Rob brings over thirty years of legal experience, spanning the government and high profile e-commerce and technology companies. Prior to Airbnb, Rob served as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Chegg’s corporate and legal affairs. Before Chegg, Rob served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for LiveOps, Inc., spent almost ten years with eBay as the Deputy General Counsel in charge of U.S. legal affairs and later as the founder of eBay’s Trust and Safety Department. With extensive experience in the U.S. Justice Department, Rob handled the espionage prosecutions of CIA employees Aldrich Ames and Harold Nicholson, and he received the Department’s John Marshall award for litigation, and the CIA’s Outstanding Service Medallion. When he’s not working, Rob loves to spend time with his family, travel and golf. Rob earned his B.A. from the University of Virginia and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Questions:, Daniel Ellul, (416) 978-6119 

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