Course Approach:

This interactive Risk seminar will provide attendees with enhanced risk assessment skills that go beyond COSO and RCSAs. This seminar will improve your understanding of key risks and allow you to more effectively communicate risks to senior management. In this program we will explore the role of leadership, technology, and the decision sciences play in creating the right environment for business performance and risk management to co-exist.

Course Description:

In today’s competitive business environment risk management programs must be cost effective, demonstrate business acumen, and add value to organizational goals. Regardless of whether you are using Microsoft spreadsheets or advanced risk management applications this course is designed to provide you with skills to raise your risk game. The instructors in this course will demonstrate simple concepts that can be implemented right away to improve how you assess and communicate risks.

Making improvements in your risk management program does not require a complete over haul. The difference in a high performance risk program is measured in incremental changes to a program that is already effective. This two-day course led by experts in risk assessment and internal controls design will demonstrate how to make the right changes to your risk program to enhance what you are already doing well. Each of the instructors have led change management at a variety of institutions from government agencies, financial services firms, high technology firms to firms like yours.

Attendees will learn how to use advanced risk assessment approaches with Excel spreadsheets or GRC platforms, improve risk awareness programs, develop internal risk talent, build more effective Ethics programs, and create risk dashboards that communicate key risk exposures. This program will provide innovative approaches to address decision-making under uncertain conditions. The Risk Seminar will provide the participant with new tools to address risk management whether you are in healthcare, energy exploration, finance, industry or a federal agency struggling with how to add value to your risk management program.

Who will Benefit:

CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, COOs, VPs, Directors, Board Trustees, Regulatory affairs, Senior officers in Risk Management and Compliance

Areas Covered:

This 2 day course will include the following topics:

Ann Rodriguez Dr. Sam Savage
Author & Co-Founder,
Vector Economics, Inc

Introduction/Fundamentals – Risk Assessment

  • How to develop a distribution of risk projects to evaluate
  • Simplifying risk probability to improve assessment criteria
  • Creating more targeted risk dashboards
  • How to effectively communicate risks to senior management
  • How to integrate risk assessment into operational processes
  • Learn why COSO is not enough; Build a better risk framework

Corporate Governance/Risk Culture

  • Gain buy-in from senior management with new techniques
  • Demonstrate the value of risk management
  • Learn how to leverage cognitive bias to improve risk awareness
  • Become a center of influence on risk management

Keri Dawson

Dr. Zabihollah “Zabi” Rezaee
Professor of Thompson-Hill Chair of
Excellence and Professor of Accountancy,
University of Memphis

James Bone

James Bone
Global Compliance Associates

Tim J. Leech

Tim J. Leech
Managing Director of Global Services,
Risk Oversight, Inc.

Ann Rodriguez Damian Handzy, Ph.D
Chairman & CEO,
Investor Analytics
Ann Rodriguez Kevin McDonald
CEO & Co-Founder,
Vector Economics, Inc

The role technology plays in risk management

  • Introduction to new add-ons to Microsoft Excel that raise your risk game
  • New advances in risk analytics that are game changers
  • Enterprise Risk management tools that work
  • Low cost changes to your risk program using technology
  • How to build your risk analytics acumen without becoming a “quant”

Ann Rodriguez Tim J. Leech
Managing Director of Global Services,
Risk Oversight, Inc.

Breaking the code on Enterprise Risk Management

  • Learn new approaches and tools to analyze risks across the enterprise
  • Learn why Risk & Compliance Self-Assessments are not effective
  • Improve your design of internal controls self-assessments
  • Create a team approach to internal controls self-assessment and design
  • Risk Reporting made simple

Ann Rodriguez Ali Samad-Khan
Founder and President, Stamford Risk Analytics
Risk Oversight, Inc.

Modern ERM – Innovative approach to Enterprise Risk Management

  • Innovative new approach to Enterprise Risk Management called Modern ERM.
  • How to factor risk into business decision analysis in a structured and transparent way.
  • Holistic management of all risks based on a consistent definition of risk and a comprehensive risk architecture/taxonomy.
  • How to optimize risk-reward, risk-control and risk-transfer in the context of cost-benefit analysis.
  • Key element of Modern ERM is a new method for assessing risk called The ALEC method.
  • Advantages of The ALEC method, over traditional risk assessment.

Ann Rodriguez Peggy Love
Attorney, specializing in Ethics, Compliance, Risk and Legislative Affairs
Ann Rodriguez Dr. Zabihollah “Zabi” Rezaee
Professor of Thompson-Hill Chair of Excellence and Professor of Accountancy,
University of Memphis

Build an effective Ethics Program

  • Learn what works and what to avoid
  • Create a Values-based program with rewards
  • Demonstrate metrics of effective Ethics

Karen Rager-Takeda Karen Rager-Takeda
HR, Senior Executive
Wells Fargo

Create high performing risk management teams

  • How to develop your risk talent for high performance
  • How to focus risk management on key risks
  • Build risk teams with complementary skill sets
  • Demonstrate how risk talent can provide strategic leadership

Course Outline:

June 19, Day 1 Sessions

08:30am - 09:30am


09:30am - 09:45am

Opening Remark and Welcome Note
By - Shellye Archambeau, CEO, MetricStream Inc.

09:45am - 10:45am

Keynote Address & Introduction/Fundamentals - Risk Assessment
By - Dr. Sam Savage, Author & Co-Founder, Vector Economics, Inc

10:45am - 12:00pm

Corporate Governance/Risk Culture
By - Dr. Zabihollah "Zabi" Rezaee, Professor of Thompson-Hill Chair of Excellence and Accountancy,University of Memphis
James Bone, Founder, Global Compliance Associates, LLC
Tim Leech, Managing Director of Global Services, Risk Oversight, Inc

12:00pm - 01:00pm


01:00pm - 02:30pm

Technology's role in Risk Management
By - Dr. Damian Handzy, Chairman & CEO, Investor Analytics
Kevin McDonald, CEO & Co-Founder, Vector Economics, Inc

2:30pm - 04:00pm

Breaking the code on Enterprise Risk Management
By - Tim Leech, Managing Director of Global Services, Risk Oversight, Inc

June 20, Day 2 Sessions

9:00am – 11:30am

Keynote Address & Modern ERM an innovative approach to risk management
By – Ali Samad-Khan, Founder and President, Stamford Risk Analytics

11:30am – 12:30pm

Build an effective Ethics Program
By - Peggy Love, Attorney, specializing in Ethics, Compliance, Risk and Legislative Affairs
Dr. Zabihollah “Zabi” Rezaee, Professor of Thompson-Hill Chair of Excellence and Professor of Accountancy,University of Memphis

12:30pm – 1:30pm


1:30pm – 3:00pm

Developing Risk Talent/ high performing risk management teams
By - Karen Rager-Takeda, President, Talent Acquisition at Rager Resources Group, LLC

Elite Panel of Experts

Shellye Archambeau
CEO, MetricStream Inc.

Shellye Archambeau, CEO of MetricStream is responsible for running all facets of the business. Ms. Archambeau has a proven executive management track record and over 20 years of experience driving sales growth in the technology industry. Prior to joining MetricStream, Ms. Archambeau was Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Sales for Loudcloud, Inc, responsible for all global sales and marketing activities. At Loudcloud she led the transformation into an enterprise-focused company while growing sales 50% year over year. Previously, she served as Chief Marketing Officer of NorthPoint Communications, where she led the design and implementation of all sales and marketing strategies. Ms. Archambeau also served as president of Blockbuster, Inc.'s e-commerce division and was recognized by Internet World as one of the Top 25 'Click and Mortar' executives in the country in June of 2000. Ms. Archambeau spent the prior 15 years at IBM, holding several domestic and international executive positions. Ms. Archambeau serves on the board of directors of Arbitron, Inc. and the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives. She earned a B.S. degree at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.

Dr. Sam Savage
Author & Co-Founder, Vector Economics, Inc

Dr. Sam L. Savage, is the author of "The Flaw of Averages, Why we Underestimate Risk in the Face of Uncertainty" (John Wiley 2009). In 2008, Sam invented a new data type, the Distribution String, which, according to Nobel Laureate Harry Markowitz, "represents a major breakthrough in the communication of risk and uncertainty. It significantly widens the practical applicability of sound theory in these areas." In 2010, Sam co-founded Vector Economics, Inc., which provides Probability Management solutions by integrating the latest simulation, data, and cloud computing technologies. Sam received a PhD in the area of computational complexity from Yale University, and holds the positions of Consulting Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, and Fellow at Cambridge University's Judge Business School. He has consulted and lectured extensively to industry and has been called "The Edward Tufte of Risk."

Ali Samad-Khan
Founder and President, Stamford Risk Analytics

Ali Samad-Khan is Founder and President of Stamford Risk Analytics. He has over 15 years of experience in risk management and more than 25 years of experience in financial services and consulting.

Ali has advised more than 100 of the world’s leading banks; insurance, energy and transportation companies; and national and international regulators on a full range of risk management issues. Key elements of his Modern ERM/ORM framework and methodology have been adopted by leading institutions around the world.

James Bone
Founder, Global Compliance Associates, LLC

James Bone,is the founder of Global Compliance Associates, LLC, a consulting firm that specialized in operational risk management, compliance internal controls, risk frameworks, and information technology risk management best practices. James is a contributing writer for Compliance Week, Corporate Compliance Insights, and contributes to publications specializing in Governance, Risk, & Compliance. James has over 20+ years experience in financial services with firms such as Merrill Lynch and Fidelity Investments.

Damian Handzy
Chairman & CEO, Investor Analytics

Damian has over 15 years' experience in the risk management industry, having consulted to many of Wall Street's largest asset managers on risk management, Internet-based reporting and data management in the mid-1990's. In 1999, Damian co-founded Investor Analytics to provide risk management services to the alternatives industry and was named Chairman & CEO in 2006.

Damian is regularly invited to speak at leading industry conferences, has been featured on the cover of Risk Professional magazine, has had articles published in several prominent investment management publications, and is a regular guest on the London based hedge fund radio program "The N@ked Short Club." His blog, Riskology®, can be found at

Kevin McDonald
CEO & Co-Founder, Vector Economics, Inc

Kevin McDonald is the CEO of Vector Economics a probability management software company he co-founded in 2010. Throughout his career he has had the privilege of helping build penny-less start-ups into going concerns and the opportunity to launch new analytics products for SAP. During a moment of 'this market is just too big to pass up' he started a business intelligence company that was later acquired by Inforte. He was the EVP and GM of the Business Intelligence practice while at Inforte. His teams led successful multimillion-dollar strategy and analytics engagements for some of the world's leading brands including Cadbury-Schweppes, Nike, Kellogg's, NASA, BankOne and Volkswagen Financial Services AG.

Dr. Zabihollah “Zabi” Rezaee
Professor of Thompson-Hill Chair of Excellence and Professor of Accountancy,University of Memphis

Zabihollah Rezaee is the Thompson-Hill Chair of Excellence and Professor of Accountancy at the University of Memphis and has served a two-year term on the Standing Advisory Group (SAG) of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). He received his B.S. degree from the Iranian Institute of Advanced Accounting, his M.B.A. from Tarleton State University in Texas, and his Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi. Professor Rezaee holds several certifications, including Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), Certified Sarbanes-Oxley Professional (CSOXP), Certified Corporate Governance Professional (CGOVP) and Certified Governance Risk Compliance Professional (CGRCP). He has also been a finalist for the SOX Institute’s SOX MVP 2007, 2009 and 2010 Award.

Tim J. Leech
Managing Director of Global Services, Risk Oversight, Inc

Tim J. Leech is Managing Director Global Services, Risk Oversight Inc. (“RO”) RO focuses on helping companies more effectively manage risk, control and compliance to meet emerging due diligence expectations and add real value. He has over 25 years global experience helping public and private sector organizations design and maintain more effective enterprise risk and assurance frameworks. A sample of clients he has provided services to include Mobil Oil, RBC, Boots Plc, Telstra, British Airport Authority, BellSouth, Farm Credit Canada, Treasury Board Secretariat, Institute of Management Accountants, Government of Argentina, CIBC, Manulife, MBNA, National Bank, Potash Corporation, Independent Order of Foresters, Environment Canada, Ontario Provincial government, Rabobank, Fortis, Transport Canada, Northern & Indian Affairs, Parks Canada, Shell, City of Detroit, Australian Taxation Authority, Tucson Electric, and others.

Karen Rager-Takeda
HR, Senior Executive, Wells Fargo

Ms. Rager-Takeda has over 15 years of recruitment expertise across all industries and is often asked to speak at colleges, business networking events and focus groups on recruitment trends in the 21st century. Karen has been an advisor to many Fortune 500 companies and has successfully placed hundreds of manager to senior executives. She worked for several years with some of the top staffing firms in the United States. In 2008, Ms. Rager-Takeda made the decision to start her own executive search firm. Rager Resources is a Certified, Woman, and Minority Owned Executive Search Firm.

She is an acknowledged industry leader that has a proven track record of best practice methods. Karen and her team of recruiters focus on retained and contingency searches, specializing in placing talented Accounting, Finance, and Information Technology professionals throughout the United States and internationally.

Peggy Love
Attorney, specializing in Ethics, Compliance, Risk and Legislative Affairs

Peggy Love is an attorney specializing in Federal government ethics, legal ethics, and professional responsibility. She is the former Deputy Ethics Official (DEO) for the Office of General Counsel (OGC) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Washington, D.C. office. She joined EPA in January 2002, and was responsible for providing professional responsibility and ethics guidance to 140 EPA attorneys in OGC. In addition, she had nationwide responsibility for managing the Agency’s award winning ethics program and providing ethics counsel and advice to 17,000 EPA employees.

Prior to coming to EPA, Ms. Love was a General Law Attorney for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Ms. Love served as the Alternate Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO) and was solely responsible for managing the Agency’s Ethics Program. Under her leadership, FEMA was recognized for the first time in its history by the U. S. Office of Government Ethics for outstanding leadership in managing the ethics program. Ms. Love also provided counsel and advice on appropriations law, and represented FEMA on cases before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).

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