9:00 AM09:00

Center for Excellence in ERM Summit

Tentative agenda:

Francis Nicholson, IIA, CIA QIAL CRMA
Managing Director Global Advocacy

Three Lines of Defense

Michael Zuraw, ON Semiconductor, Senior Director – Global Enterprise Risk Management

Integrating ERM into the Business

Kevin Sams, LiveRamp, Senior Director Internal Audit and Enterprise Risk Management

ERM and Data Ethics

Stu Horn, IBM, Director, Enterprise and Financial Risk Management

Integrating ERM with Controls and Compliance

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8:30 AM08:30

Risk as an Influencer: Embedding Risk Acumen to Change Corporate Culture & Improve Performance 

Center for Excellence in ERM - St. John’s University 

Tentative Agenda:

Registration & breakfast 

8:30─9:30 am  



9:30─9:45 am

Dr. Paul Walker; Chris Ruggeri; Dean Norean Sharpe

General Motors 

9:45─11:15 am

Risk as an Influencer: Embedding Risk Acumen to Change Corporate Culture

Angela Hoon, Executive Director, SRM, GM 

Kristie Bidlake, Strategic Risk Manager, SRM, GM

Networking break



TD Ameritrade 


Risk Appetite at the Center of ERM

Spyro Karetsos, CRO, TD Ameritrade      







The role of risk management in organizational transformation

Scott M. Frisch, EVP & COO/CFO

Joe Pugh, Enterprise Risk Management Director


Networking break





Title: The Risk Culture Path Forward

Denise Sobczak, Sr. Director Enterprise Risk Management (Global), PepsiCo 

Steve Richard, CAE, SVP, Internal Audit and Enterprise Risk Management, Becton Dickinson

Janet Nasburg, CRO, Salesforce.com



Dr. Paul Walker & Chris Ruggeri

Cocktail reception on the terrace



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9:00 AM09:00

Center for Excellence in ERM at St. John's University - Oct 11th ERM Summit

Center for Excellence in ERM 

Oct 11th ERM Summit

St. John’s University

9:00 to 9:30 - Registration & Continental Breakfast & Welcome

  • Dr. Paul L. Walker

9:30 to 10:45 - Digital Disruption and Transformation 

  • This panel of experts will discuss the business risks and ERM implications associated with current digital disruption and transformations. 

  • Chris Ruggeri, Deloitte

  • Tyrone Canaday, Protiviti

  • Seth Rosensweig, PWC


10:45 to 11:00 - Break


11:00 to 12:00 - Enabling the business to better manage risk using data analytics

  • A look at IBM's tool that provides CFOs and senior executives with indicators of country level financial and non-financial risks before they materialize. This one stop risk management reporting tool provides CFOs and senior executives with indicators of financial and non-financial risks before the risks materialize.  Fully automated, it transforms data from over 100 internal and external metrics using predictive analytics into a comprehensive country risk assessment.

  • Stu Horn, IBM

  • Lana Strazhkova, IBM

12:00 to 12:45 - Lunch

12:45 to 1:45 - Machine learning and ERM

  • How Bloomberg uses machine learning to build and enhance ERM. 

  • Mihaela Nistor, Bloomberg

  • Aziz Lookman, RationalAi

  • Adam Krohn, Bloomberg

1:45 to 2:00 - Break


2:00 to 3:00 - Business Model Innovation and Risk

  • Applying a Risk Appetite framework to ensure agility through better decisions. 

  • Soubhagya Parija, NYPA.

3:00 to 3:30 - Moving Forward

  • Deon Minnaar, KPMG

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9:00 AM09:00

Center for Excellence in ERM Summit

Our next risk summit is all set. The them is the ERM Journey. We'll focus on how PepsiCo, Time Inc, Estee Lauder, and ConEdison built, grew, sustained, and even today, challenge and assess, their ERM programs for better success. 

Guest speakers include:

Russ Charlton, Time, Inc.

Rich Muzikar, Long Island Power and formerly Con Edison

Zach Wolff, Con Edison

Denise Treacy, PepsiCo.

Frank Fronzo, Estee Lauder

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9:30 AM09:30

Fall Risk Summit - Moving from Risk to Strategic Risk Advisors

Our next risk summit will be Oct 19th 2017 at our Manhattan campus. Current speakers include:

- Kristie Bidlake, Strategic Risk Manager, General Motors. Kristie will discuss the Interconnectivity of Risks and how GM implemented this approach to help leadership focus on prioritizing top risks when implementing strategies.

- Denise Treacy, PepsiCo, Inc, Enterprise Risk Management Sr. Director, Latin America. Denise will discuss "Enterprise Risk Solutions with What If Scenarios - An End to End Approach" 

- Erik Moreno, Time Inc., Executive Vice President and President, Corporate Development, New Ventures & Investments

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9:00 AM09:00

Noise to Signals to Business Models: Interpreting the Waves of Change into Risk & Opportunity

Join the Center for Excellence in ERM at St. John's University for the annual Spring ERM Event. Final agenda and speaker list TBD. 

Confirmed speakers include:

Stuart Horn, Director, Enterprise and Financial Risk Management, IBM

Claudio Martinez de la Vega, Director, Enterprise Risk Management, IBM

Fang Yuan, Risk Management Analytics Lead, IBM

Session title: Using scenarios, analytics, and cognitive technology to manage emerging risks


Rob Gould: Chief Audit Executive, Harley-Davidson, Inc.

Session title: Planning for Business Model Disruptions


Kathy Robinson, Chief Audit Executive, ADP

Session title: Noise to signals to business models - How ADP identifies, aligns, and links trends and previously unknown risks to their business


Arya Yarpezeshkan, Senior Vice President, Director of Risk Management, Western World Insurance Group

Session title: A Process for identifying, analyzing, and board reporting of emerging risks and opportunities

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2:00 PM14:00

Cyber Risks & Emerging Risks Business Forum

Cyber risk is the industry’s biggest opportunity in 2017, but also its biggest challenge. 2016 was a record breaking year in the cyber insurance space. The cyber insurance market is set to reach $14 billion by 2022. This is an opportunity for insurers and reinsurers to innovate their cyber insurance products that manage various degrees of risks and cover cost-associated to data breaches, credit monitoring, forensic investigations, reputation management, and business interruption.


Increased cyber risk awareness among executives and high cyber-related losses have boosted the level of its importance in the market. As a result, the insurance and reinsurance providers of the cyber insurance industry have taken this opportunity upon themselves to secure higher margins. For property-casualty insurers, the expanding Internet of Things (IoT) will continue to open up new horizons for both personal and commercial lines carriers. Given the speed of connectivity that drives business, everyday life, and the likely gaps in protection, it’s inevitable that cyber breaches and ransomware will become more widespread. As our world becomes further connected through the IoT and more businesses switch to intangible assets, insurers will need to respond by further mitigating evolving exposures, while, providing new yet beneficial products to meet the emerging needs of their clients. After all, any size cyber breach is a threat to an organisation’s brand and reputation.

This forum will address the topics of cyber risks, emerging risks, and the changing risk landscape.




Dr. Paul L. Walker, James J. Schiro / Zurich Chair in Enterprise Risk Management & Exec. Director, Center for Excellence in ERM, St. John's University



John Farley, Vice President and Practice Leader, Cyber Risk Management Services, HUB International

Adrian Scott, Global Head of Cyber, Pen Underwriting

Tracey Vispoli, President, Berkley Cyber Risk Solutions, a company of W. R. Berkley Corporation


To register contact:


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12:00 PM12:00

Cybersecurity Threats to Critical Infrastructure in a Time of Zero Days, Ukraine, and Online Banditry

Join the Center for Excellence in ERM at St. John's University and the School of Risk Management for our cybersecurity event.



Keynote Address

Peter Warren Singer, Strategist and Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, and contributing editor at Popular Science.

Panel 1: Cyber Threats to Critical Infrastructure – What’s At Stake

Moderator: Matthew J. Eggers, Executive Director, Cybersecurity
Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Guillermo Christensen, Senior Associate, Baker Botts; Chris Boyer, Assistant Vice President, Public Policy, AT&T Services Inc; Faye Francy, Executive Director, Auto-Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC); Eric Cornelius, Worldwide Managing Director, Industrial Control Systems Security, Cylance

Networking Break

Panel 2: Cyber Threats to Critical Infrastructure – Building Defenses

Moderator: Daniel Riordan, President, Political Risk and Trade Credit, XL Insurance America, Inc.; Scott Laliberte, Managing Director, Cybersecurity Practice, Protiviti; Thomas Reagan, Managing Director - Cyber Practice Leader, Marsh USA, Inc.; Elissa Doroff, Vice President and Product Manager, Cyber & Technology Underwriting, XL Catlin; Aileen Alexander, Senior Partner and Co-Head, Cyber Security Practice, Korn Ferry; Jason Healey, senior research scholar on cyber- conflict, Saltzman Insitute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University.

Closing Remarks

Paul L. Walker

Cocktail reception sponsored by Korn Ferry and Singer book signing immediately following in the Davis Library



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5:30 PM17:30

Insights on Risk in a Disruptive Age


St. John's University, Tobin College of Business (101 Astor Place, New York)

Center for Excellence in ERM


Event Agenda

5:30pm - Cocktails and Networking

6:30pm - Introductions by Warner Johnston and presentation by Henry Ristuccia

7:00pm - Panel Event   


Introduction and Moderator Introduction: Warner Johnston, Head of ACCA USA

Moderator: Professor Paul L. Walker, James J. Schiro / Zurich Chair in Enterprise Risk Management & Executive Director, Center for Excellence in ERM at St. John's University

Dr. Walker is an expert in the field of Risk Management and co-developed one of the first courses on Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). He has written extensively on risk and ERM including the books Improving Board Risk Oversight through Best Practices, Making Enterprise Risk Management Pay Off and Enterprise Risk Management: Pulling it All Together. In August 2014, Dr. Walker released a new research report supported by ACCA and IMA entitled “A Risk Challenge Culture to Promote Good Risk Management Practices in the C-Suite and Across the Organization.”


  • Henry Ristuccia , NY based Partner in Deloitte & Touche LLP's Audit and Enterprise Risk Services (AERS) Advisory
  • Lee Marks, current Global Head of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) at First Data, Senior Vice President
  • Michael J. Lynn, Thought leadership in Audit, Risk, Control and Governance 
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