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Top Minds: The accidental expert

Bill Coffin | June 28, 2016

It would be tempting to think that Ellen Hunt has it made. After all, she has a great job as the chief ethics and compliance officer for the AARP, a 37 million-member non-partisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of aging Americans.

At a time when Baby Boomers are turning 65 at a rate of 10,000 a day, the AARP—already the publisher of the nation’s largest magazine and a host of other standout media enterprises—is more relevant than ever, helping to reshape an entire society’s thinking on what it means to grow older, what it means to turn 65 in a country where nobody really retires anymore, and how we look at age in general. If that is not a job with an important purpose baked into it, then nothing is.

Ellen’s role at the AARP is classic ethics and compliance program building. Her primary responsibilities are watching over an organization with more than 2,000 employees, monitoring for any potential conflicts of interest, writing and...

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