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  •  September 5, 2019
     8:00 am - 10:30 am (Eastern)
Senior Executives Association
IBM Center for the Business of Government
Brought to you by the SEA Fiscal Accountability Community of Change and AFERM, with support from the IBM Center for the Business of Government

Agencies are under increasing pressure to perform their missions more effectively and efficiently, while the types of challenges that government confronts are growing more complex. Agency leaders are expected to keep programs and operations on track by getting ahead of risks before they turn into problems. Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is an approach that leaders can apply to gain a comprehensive assessment of the biggest risks to mission success and provides a strategy for managing and mitigating these risks. Done well, ERM can improve positive outcomes while reducing negative surprises, improve resource deployment, and enhance organizational resilience.

Seminar 2 on September 5, 2019
ERM in Action: Mission Success in the 21st Century

This seminar will share key insights and lessons learned about the use and application of ERM. A panel of ERM experts will provide an “ERM in Action” perspective, including a discussion of private sector ERM management trends, and share the latest research on setting a foundation for successful ERM in government. Join us for a robust discussion on methods and best practices that can help support a more risk-aware culture and promote ERM within federal government agencies.

Introductions and Closing Remarks

Dan Chenok, Executive Director for the IBM Center for The Business of Government (full bio), Bill Valdez, President of the Senior Executives Association (full bio), and Tom Brandt, AFERM President (full bio) will provide opening introductions and closing remarks about promoting risk on the federal government management agenda.

Topic 1: Enterprise Risk Management in Action

Karin O’Leary, former Chief Financial Officer of the Judicial Branch (full bio), Dr. Rajni Goel, Professor at Howard University (full bio), and Dr. Tim Persons, Chief Scientist and Managing Director of the Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics team for GAO (full bio) will provide brief presentations and a panel discussion on recent research including Managing Cybersecurity Risk in Government, Financial Management for the Future, and More than Meets AI – Part I & Part II.

Topic 2: Private Sector Risk Management Trends

Carol Fox, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for RIMS (full bio), will present risk management trends in the private sector that relate to SES and AFERM.

Topic 3: Reflections of an ERM Practitioner: A Perspective on the Evolution of ERM in the Federal Government

Dr. Karen Hardy, Deputy Director for Risk Management at the U.S. Department of Commerce (full bio), and Michael Keegan, IBM Center for The Business of Government Leadership Fellow (full bio) will discuss the state of ERM today, the evolution of ERM in government as a tool to improve government decision making and results, and the growing importance of managing risk across the federal government enterprise.

Event Details & Registration

The ERM for Government Executives Seminar Series is open to members of the SEA and members of AFERM. Space is  available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration is free, but required due to limited space.

Seminars will be held at 600 14th St, NW, Second Floor, Washington, DC. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. for check-in and coffee. Seminars start at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by 10:30 a.m.

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About the SEA
The Senior Executives Association is a non-profit professional association that promotes ethical and dynamic public service by fostering an outstanding career executive corps, advocates the interests of career federal executives (both active and retired), and provides information and services to SEA members. The SEA is the professional association for career members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and equivalent positions. SEA also represents aspiring leaders (GS-12 to GS-15s) who are part of SEA’s leadership pipeline program.

The Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management (AFERM) is the only professional association dedicated to the advancement of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) in the Federal government through thought leadership, education and collaboration. AFERM provides programs and education about benefits, tools, and leading practices of Federal ERM and collaborated with other organizations and stakeholders to encourage the establishment of ERM in Federal departments and agencies.

About the IBM Center for the Business of Government
Through research stipends and events, the IBM Center for the Business of Government stimulates research and facilitates discussion of new approaches to improving the effectiveness of government at the federal, state, local and international levels.


600 14th St NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, District of Columbia, 20005, United States

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