I hope all of you in the US had a very nice long holiday weekend. It’s summer here in Chicago, sort of. The weather’s been quite erratic – hot, sunny, rainy, chilly as if it’s October, and then hot and sunny again. Still not sure whether to break out all my summer clothes or keep a few hoodies and sweaters handy.
It was a relaxing mixed with busy weekend for me. I filled it with some writing, some family, and some “business of blogging” activities.
Once and a while I feel that my efforts are falling into the futile category. To counteract that I do something that reminds me of what I’ve accomplished and where I’ve been. Check out my new About Francine McKenna and Speaking pages. I am refocusing my efforts towards freelance writing and paid speaking as that has less chance of conflict and constraint than consulting. I am still consulting on a limited basis, when it makes sense for the client and for me. But I’d like to be out there more, talking and writing in multiple outlets about the issues I raise here.
Lots of other great things happening at re: The Auditors headquarters. I am part of a new blog launch, Technically Women. It’s an all-star, global lineup that I am thrilled to be a part of. We’ll be writing about technology, women, social media and software, women in technology and as many variations on those themes that a bunch of women who share at least biology can come up with. Take a look. I hope you will find it intellectually stimulating as well as sometimes surprising and irreverent. You can count on me to give it my best shot.
I will be participating this Thursday at 2 pm EST in the “2009 Mid-Year Review – Securities Litigation and Enforcement” sponsored by Securities Docket. The webcast, which is part of BrightTalk’s Securities Litigation Summit, will be a follow-up and update to the popular “2008 Year in Review” we presented in January 2009.
I am joining several of the leading bloggers in the securities litigation and SEC enforcement world — including Kevin LaCroix (The D&O Diary); Tom Gorman (SEC Actions); and Lyle Roberts (The 10b-5 Daily) — with Securities Docket’s Bruce Carton for what promises to be lively and entertaining event.
Finally, I was asked by Accountancy Magazine in the UK to write a summary of the Compliance Week Annual Conference for their readers. This article, entitled “Regulatory Reformation,” can be found here. Please let me know what you think.
Music by Chris Blake