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Being the chief ethics and compliance officer at Booz Allen is a real pleasure—the company has the right mindset and great values. Our people care for each other, the missions we support for our clients, and giving back to our community, deeply.
My contribution to Booz Allen is to ensure we have an effective ethics and compliance program that enables our people to thrive and our organization to have long-term success. And only a program that is designed to integrate with a company's operations and culture will work.
Creating an effective ethics and compliance program is akin to solving a puzzle that never runs out of pieces. It's very intellectually challenging and, when done well, it adds a lot of value and is very rewarding.
I've always wanted to be an attorney, and have had a number of different roles during my legal career, but my favorite has been to lead a team of professionals dedicated to ethics and compliance, and building and overseeing a truly great ethics and compliance program.
Hillary Stanley is vice president, deputy general counsel, and chief ethics and compliance officer. Based in our McLean, Virginia office, she oversees our ethics and compliance program, counseling leadership and managing a team of attorneys and compliance professionals. Hillary's areas of experience include:
Before joining the firm, Hillary was a managing director at Accenture where she held a variety of leadership positions in the company’s legal organization. Most recently as managing director of ethics & compliance, Hillary was responsible for Accenture’s global anticorruption, anti-money laundering, competition, and data privacy and international trade compliance programs. She also was responsible for all global ethics programs including policy management and ethics and compliance training, the code of business ethics, as well as the compliance of the company’s joint ventures and affiliates. At Accenture, Hillary also served as chief counsel for the Communications, Media, and Technology global business unit and chief operating officer for the legal organization.
Before joining Accenture, Hillary was the general counsel and secretary for a professional services and technology company that specialized in information security.
Hillary earned her B.A. from the University of Richmond and her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the state of Virginia.
Where do you see Booz Allen in the next 100 years? Who knows for certain what challenges we'll face 100 years from now. Our geographic footprint and offerings are expanding and our workforce is becoming even more diverse. And just think about the advancements in technology and changes in laws over the next 100 years. We’ll have to adapt to things we can’t even imagine now.
What makes you excited to come to work in the morning? Adding value that really moves the needle.
What keeps you awake at night? Wondering what’s going on that I don’t know about.
What are your tips for managing and motivating your people? Be transparent, honest, authentic, and caring. Lead by doing, not talking.
What’s the best business advice you’ve gotten in your career? Be mindful of other people’s motivations and points of view.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion, ever.
What mentorship advice would you give someone who took on a new leadership role? When you get promoted or recognized for an accomplishment, remember that others are watching you, perhaps looking to model your success, so how you conduct yourself is more important than ever.
What advice would you give yourself as a young professional? Learn as much as you can by asking a lot of questions.
What was your first job? I was a telemarketer for a chimney cleaning company in high school.
What are you nostalgic for? Sometimes I think I’d like the opportunity to be disconnected, but I don’t know how it would feel to be actually disconnected—it sounds good though.
Who’s a fictional character you identify with? Dagny Taggart from Atlas Shrugged.
What’s the most influential book you’ve read? Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
What is your favorite vacation or travel spot? Any beach, I’m not picky if it's warm and there is sand and water.
What’s something not many people know about you? If I were to do it all again, I would work at an art gallery.
What motivates you? Moving the needle.
What’s been your life’s biggest challenge? Learning to balance competing, worthwhile demands. Specifically, my family is important to me—I have young children, and I also have a demanding and important role at Booz Allen.
Why is Booz Allen an ideal firm for an ethics and compliance expert? Booz Allen spends money, time, and resources to cultivate an ethics and compliance-focused culture where our values and integrity are at the center of all we do because we truly think it's the right thing to do. Being an ethics and compliance professional at Booz Allen means you get opportunities to solve challenges that add real value and we get tremendous support and appreciation from leadership. It doesn't get better than that.