Special Advisor to the CEO, and a key part of the LRN Executive Team, my role is to amplify the company’s worldwide Advisory Services business, company culture, operations, and Go-To-Market strategy. Using my deep professional networks in legal and corporate E&C spheres in the US, EMEA, LatAm and Asia, I uses my industry relationships to strengthen LRN's latest thinking on leading practices and organizational culture.
LRN’s innovative SaaS e-learning and communications platform seamlessly integrates education solutions with customization options, reporting tools, and a mobile app, providing an easy-to-navigate user experience that delivers customized education for each employee. LRN has helped to shape winning organizational cultures inspired by sustainable values in hundreds of companies with over 20 million people working in over 100 countries since 1994. In 2019, LRN entered into a strategic partnership with Leeds Equity Partners, LLC a New York-based private equity firm dedicated exclusively to partnering with management teams in the education, training and information services industries.
Responsible for leading the overall strategic goals of the New York Stock Exchange’s Governance Services division, where I was a thought leader, SME, primary client contact and the chief revenue driver for all commercial operations of NYSE Governance Services Board Solutions and Corporate Board Member.
Instrumental in producing new director education conferences, content and research initiatives through his leadership, network and development of key business relationships, growing the market leadership position for the company in the governance, investor relations and board education market. I successfully conceived and launched the ‘NYSE Governance, Risk and Compliance Leadership Awards’ in 2014. I was also a regular speaker for NYSE Governance Services summits, peer exchanges and director forums.
NYSE Governance Services was an integrated suite of resources, within the New York Stock Exchange for public and privately held companies worldwide seeking to create a leadership advantage through corporate governance, ethics and compliance practices via peer-to-peer events on key governance thought leadership topics for company directors and C-level executives.
Executive Vice President and Group Publisher at the Ethisphere Institute with responsibility for the long-term strategy and revenue production across Ethisphere’s full suite of events, research and media business in North America, EMEA and Asia.
The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. We have a deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character. The World’s Most Ethical Companies is a distinction that honors superior achievements in transparency, integrity, ethics and compliance. The Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) is an international community of industry professionals committed to influencing business leaders and advancing business ethics as an essential element of company performance.
Appointed as a Business Advocate for Wales in 2014, I am tasked to further Foreign Direct Investment, Welsh culture, and heritage by The Right Honourable Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales. Helping support the Welsh office representatives in North America promote Wales as a premium place to invest.
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, appointed me as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), in the 2017 Birthday Honours List. This honour was in recognition of services to promoting business in Wales.
Wales has its own devolved government and a vision for growth and sustainable living. Economically competitive and with strong links to the rest of the UK.The economic infrastructure of Wales is sound and the workforce is well qualified and skilled in a variety of areas, from traditional manufacturing to life sciences. The level of support available to businesses in Wales is significant and the costs are highly competitive.
Honorary Doctorate of Business
Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business by Solent University in England for outstanding contributions in the field of corporate governance, diversity and international trade.
During my time at Southampton Solent I was elected to a Paid sabbatical role as President and Chief Executive of the Students Union. Re-elected, serving for two terms seeking to improve the student experience for over 12,000 full and part-time students. Other roles included Non-Executive Board member, Southampton Institute Academic Board, Non-Executive Board member, Southampton Institute Quality Standards Committee, Board Member, Southampton Institute Board of Governors.
Stanford Directors College
Stanford Law School and the Rock Center for Corporate Governance’s Directors’ College, is the nation’s premier executive education program for directors and senior executives of publicly traded firms.
The program brings together leading CEOs, directors, regulators, jurists, and scholars for a rigorous and balanced examination of a broad range of problems that confront modern boards, including the board’s role in setting business strategy, CEO succession, techniques for controlling legal liability, challenges posed by activist investors, boardroom dynamics, and contemporary issues including the state of the macroeconomy, emerging cybersecurity threats, privacy, and disruption.
Oxford Executive Leadership Program.
Understanding the relationship between effective leadership and performance in organisations. Exploring the significance of power and influence within leadership. Interpreting the functions and dynamics of high-performance leadership. Developing strategies to manage complexities inherent in leadership and alignment of purpose. Defining the role of leaders in driving change.
Saïd is a world-class business school, fully integrated into Oxford University, the world's top university. Ranked Top business school in the ‘Times Higher Education Awards’ 2017 and ranked 5th internationally for one-year programmes in Forbes 2019
The Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP)®
The CCEP is an industry recognized certification for compliance professionals with knowledge of relevant regulations and expertise in compliance processes sufficient to assist organizations with their legal obligations, promoting organizational integrity through the operation of effective compliance programs. Being certified in this dynamic, growing profession demonstrates expertise in helping mitigate compliance-related risks.
Disciplines include, Anti-Money Laundering, Audits & Monitoring, Bank Fraud, Code of Conduct, Conflicts of Interest, EU Privacy and Data Protection, Gifts and Entertainment, Global Anti-Bribery Laws/Anti-Corruption, Global Fair Competition/Antitrust, Harassment and Discrimination/EEOC, Insider Trading, Privacy/Data Privacy, Retaliation, Supply Chain and Third Party Risks
Leadership Strategies in a Time of Transition
The program provides a mixture of overviews of the current and future state of the industry and in-depth explorations of specific topics in editorial content, design, marketing, circulation, advertising, finance, and management.
The carefully-selected industry experts and distinguished faculty from the Yale School of Management present real-world business models and case studies from both large and small publishers.
International Relations, Business and the Political Economy
Exploring the influences that shape foreign policy and international relations. Examining the effects of globalization, economic drivers and developing economies, and analyzing and evaluating doing business in a particular country.
The course assesses the impact on business and industry by global market shifts. Corporate responses to a changing global environment and evaluating key strategic factors when determining whether to expand internationally and the efficacy of various strategies to operate in new markets.
Leverage Diversity and Inclusion for Organizational Excellence
The course explores the barriers and potential solutions to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce. Improve group and team performance by expanding the talent pool and leveraging different perspectives and skillsets.
Foster a culture of inclusion where employees feel respected and their perspectives and contributions valued. Examine potential barriers to both diversity and inclusion and design solutions to overcome those obstacles. Distinguish cultural myths from credible research in order to design and implement solutions that create diversity in the workplace and increase organizational performance.
“At a time when key stakeholder groups – customers, employees, investors, legislators, etc. – are increasingly making decisions based on corporate governance and ethics criteria, Ty Francis has emerged as a visionary thought leader who transcends industries,” - Paul J. Gennaro, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for Voya Financial.
“Today's competitive global marketplace makes achieving the right kind of company culture a mission critical effort. Proper governance practices and board involvement and oversight in ethics and compliance are central to that process. Ty is both a cutting edge expert thinker in this space and an accomplished innovator when it comes to bringing together board members and helping them share and develop strategies for enhancing their company's behavior and performance.” - F. Daniel Siciliano, Professor & Faculty Director, Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, and Associate Dean for Executive Education and Special Programs, Stanford Law School.
"As companies look to make a difference around the global ecosystem, Ty’s passion and unique ability to bring together multidisciplinary leaders across the globe in productive forums will be an asset for companies, thought leaders, and experts.” - Tim Erblich, Chief Executive Officer for Ethisphere.