DAY 1 will specifically tackle cybersecurity-related risks. DAY 2 will look at how boards respond to the broader range of emerging business risks and guide their organizations in a time of unprecedented uncertainty.   


April 7, 2021

Cyber has quickly become the global threat that knows no borders, nor does it distinguish between the public and private sectors. As digital transformation accelerates at warp speed — from 5G, the Internet of Things, advances in quantum computing that put our encryption at risk to other emerging technologies — it’s imperative for companies to elevate digital risk beyond just a siloed focus into their holistic enterprise risk processes. We will share how to companies can establish a new narrative that changes the focus on yesterday’s problems and infrastructure vulnerabilities into a forward-thinking, growth-oriented conversation.

Featured Speaker:

  • Melissa Hathaway, Former Head of Cyberspace Policy Review for President Barack Obama; Former Leader of National Cybersecurity Initiative for President George W. Bush
  • Moderator: Catherine Allen, Former Board Member, El Paso Electric Co. and Synovus Financial; Chairman of the Board, The Santa Fe Group

The amount of data produced today is staggering, and companies are racing to capitalize on the opportunities that come with it. From a data and privacy perspective, boards are wrestling with understanding not only what is legal but also what is ethical and aligns with the company’s brand. This panel will help you assess your organization’s data strategy and data privacy risks and, in turn, establish privacy capabilities that not only meet the new regulatory future but earns the goodwill of customers.

Featured Speaker:

  • David Forman, Vice President, Privacy & International Assurance, Coalfire
  • Myrna Soto, Board Member, CMS Energy, Spirit Airlines and Popular Inc.; Chief Strategy and Trust Officer, Forcepoint

Attendees will gather in small groups for a discussion with peers facilitated by topic experts. 

The average cost of an IT outage is $8,850 per minute, growing at a conservative 3% per year. With many businesses now considering a permanent hybrid working model, IT networks are more vulnerable and susceptible to cybersecurity threats than ever before. Join us as we discuss what Board members should be asking their CISOs to better safeguard their assets, and reputation, against cybersecurity risks.

Featured Speaker:

  • Sonia Arista, Chief Information Security Officer, Everbridge

Board governance effectiveness is in the spotlight when it comes to overseeing cybersecurity risks and whether board processes are sufficiently attuned to navigate the challenging cybersecurity landscape. Join your peers to discuss how other boards are addressing their complex cybersecurity oversight responsibilities. From board structure and operations to committee organization and composition, glean insights on best practices you can put into place in your own boardroom.

Featured Speaker:

  • Phil Neiswender, Head of Board Engagement for the Americas and Asia Pacific Region, Nasdaq

Always an attendee favorite, we’ll sit down with a panel of experienced Chief Information Security Officers to share what they wish the board knew—from staying out of the weeds and making sense of analytics to IoT security and supply chain partner considerations. Hear from the frontline the most critical questions your board should be asking about the company’s cybersecurity strategies.

Featured Speakers:

  • Niall Browne, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Palo Alto Networks
  • Dawn Cappelli, VP, Global Security and Chief Information Security Officer, Rockwell Automation
  • Erinmichelle Perri, Chief Information Security Officer, The New York Times

The harm caused by ransomware in 2019 was measured at 11.5 billion USD worldwide and is expected to grow to 20 trillion USD in 2021. This case study will offer valuable lessons learned and tips for organizations to combat increasingly sophisticated ransomware attacks. Learn the key questions you should be asking your security team about their strategy to create a cyber-aware culture.

Featured Speaker:

  • Scott L. Howitt, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, McAfee

The investor community is actively evaluating and attempting to quantify cyber risk across its investments. Many rely on ISS’s Governance QualityScore to help assess and benchmark boards’ information security risk oversight. Learn the key indicators ISS is looking at and gain tips to strengthen your enterprise cyber risk management program.

Featured Speaker:

  • Mark Brockway, Head of Corporate Solutions, ISS
  • Marija Kramer, Head of ISS ESG Business


April 8, 2021

From the battlefield to the corner office, today’s leaders and their teams must confidently brave the unknown. Jacoby and Tilman will present a roadmap to help you take advantage of the unprecedented possibilities to dominate change instead of being dominated by it.

Featured Speakers:

  • General (Ret.) Charles H. Jacoby Jr., Fifth Commander of United States Northern Command and the 22nd Commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command
  • Leo Tilman, CEO, Tilman & Company; Author, Financial Darwinism; Co-Author, Agility: How to Navigate the Unknown and Seize Opportunity in a World of Disruption

One thing is certain coming out of 2020: the global pandemic and recession will be followed by new and unexpected challenges and opportunities in the years to come. This interactive session will feature a realistic private sector scenario that will challenge participants’ strategic and tactical agility and will play out on SimulationDeck, the crisis exercise and war gaming platform used by the US Government, the US Military and a growing number of Fortune 500 companies.

Join us as Leo Tilman, General Chuck Jacoby, and SimulationDeck’s co-creator Jim Chesnutt facilitate an abbreviated Agility war game on SimulationDeck. This will be a hands-on, interactive experience where the group’s decisions, actions (and in-actions) will play out within a unique and realistic virtual environment.

Featured Speaker:

  • Jim Chesnutt, former FEMA National Emergency Response Team member, Co-Founder, Nusura, Inc.; Senior Advisor to Tilman & Company

From sophisticated activist investors and NGOs to online campaigns and citizen journalists, no organization these days is immune from crisis. Most aren’t good at anticipating the “canary in the coal mine” and instead play Whack-a-Mole, responding to the symptoms not the cause. Companies are accustomed to reacting to a crisis but crisis now operates at the speed of light, leaving little time for reaction, only anticipation and preparation. So what do companies do? Join us to find out.

Featured Speaker:

  • Richard Levick, Chairman and CEO, LEVICK

With the growing number of risks facing today’s boards, what is the best way to approach risk oversight in the boardroom? Where do different non-financial risks belong—the audit committee, the governance committee? What are the pros and cons of a separate risk committee? This panel of veteran board members will share their lessons learned and unique perspectives on the different structures and processes their boards use to prioritize and monitor risks to get—and stay—ahead.

Featured Speakers:

  • Agnes Bundy Scanlan, Board Member, Truist Financial Corp., New Tower Trust Co. and AppFolio; Former Northeast Regional Director of Supervision Examinations, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 
  • Jackie Daylor, Partner, KPMG
  • Evelyn Dilsaver, Board Member, TempurSealy, Health Equity and Ortho Clinical Diagnostics
  • Moderator: Joseph Prochaska, Jr., Board Member, Synovus Financial Corp.

Attendees will gather in small groups for a discussion with peers facilitated by topic experts. 

Have the statements, “We are a tweet away from a problem,” “Our pay equity is being questioned,” or “ We need to look hard at our diversity” come up in a recent board meeting? If not, they should. Without a doubt, human capital risks are increasing for every company — partially due to the events of 2020, partially due to new standards in human capital reporting gaining traction with regulators and investors, and partially due to the speed with which bad news – real or just perceived – now travels.

In a world where PR can no longer control the face of the company, the organization’s culture needs to be considered, monitored and often improved. What questions should boards be asking management to ensure that talent is one of your organization’s greatest assets rather than an informal issue addressed in your board’s agenda? How do boards ensure there is an effective human resource strategy in place to minimize the odds of a scandal landing the company on the front-page news? And how do boards gain a better understanding of critical human capital data related to organizational culture, recruitment and turnover, health and safety and leadership, to provide greater transparency for all stakeholders in line with new reporting standards? Join this peer-to-peer roundtable to learn how other boards are thinking about these questions and learn how you can develop a stronger approach to human capital risk oversight.

Featured Speaker:

  • Fred Hencke, Senior Vice President, The Segal Group

This roundtable will focus on the impact of the pandemic, social and political unrest, and climate change on third party risk management, supply chain risk and geopolitical risks—and how boards can improve their oversight in these areas. As corporations pivoted to work-at-home and supply chains were disrupted due to the pandemic, cybersecurity adversaries upped their attacks on corporations and employees, as well as their vendors. In addition, a steady pace of social unrest has led to corporate self-examination of policies on diversity and inclusion, as well as public policy positions. Layered over that is the geopolitical considerations of where corporations outsource to and the risks that exist in those locations. Boards are left with a complex web of intersecting risks to oversee. Join this peer roundtable—led by a veteran director and experienced cybersecurity and third party risk management advisor along with former Department of Defense Business Board member and expert on supply chain risk and global sourcing—to discuss emerging risks associated with these issues and what smart boards are doing to tackle them.

Featured Speakers:

  • Cathy Allen, Former Board Member, El Paso Electric Co. and Synovus Financial; Chairman of the Board, The Santa Fe Group and the Board Risk Committee
  • Atul Vashistha, Founder and Chairman, Supply Wisdom


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