ABA Risk Management Conference

March 26 - 28, 2017 • JW Marriott Indianapolis • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Who Should Attend

Bank Risk Professionals in risk management divisions and within business lines, Auditors, and Bank Risk Consultants

Every Year, Attendees Benefit From:

Programming focused for the risk manager - created by bankers for bankers. Don't miss this chance to strengthen your risk management program!

  • Enhance how you identify and monitor evolving risks
  • Discover new technologies and leading practices for managing the risk function
  • Benefit from peer networking opportunities
  • View the latest products, services and technologies with industry suppliers
  • Earn ICB Continuing Education Credits and CPE credits

Last Year's Conference Program

See What You Missed!

Program planning for the 2017 Conference will begin in Summer 2016. The 2017 preliminary program will be posted by December 2016. As you review last year's program, keep in mind that 2017's program schedule and choice of session topics will be similar to what we offered in 2016.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
9:30 am – 11:30 am
DEEP DIVE SESSIONS (Select from five options.)
These two hour sessions are designed to go a little deeper than a traditional breakout.  These are all single-sessions with no repeat offerings.
Deep Dive 1:  
FFIEC CAT Maturation Model: Strategies and Controls for Improvement
Hear from leading consultants and bankers on successful cybersecurity strategies and controls to improve your institution’s cyber security maturity level.

Deep Dive 2:  Capital Management
Capital is a precious commodity; getting it right is among a bank’s greatest challenges.   Experts will help benchmark your current capital planning strategy and understand the challenges and opportunities of incorporating strategic, enterprise-wide risk factors and improve your risk-based management of capital.

Deep Dive 
3:  Model Risk Governance - for Community and Medium Size Banks
Examiners now expect banks of all sizes to comply with the 2011 supervisory guidance on model risk management. Community and mid-size bankers are asking how far they have to go to meet these expectations. Our experts will provide their unique experienced-based insights and tactics.  Peer discussions will increase your takeaways.

eep Dive 4:  Credit Risk Management- “Yellow Lights are Flashing”
Our deep dive session panel of professionals will update you on the current risk trends and challenges facing the credit risk world today.  They will cover where we are in the credit cycle, why the regulators are giving a yellow light warning, review the areas of greatest focus and share best practices as to monitoring your portfolios effectively.

Deep Dive 5:  
HELP! !! My Reports Have Fallen and Can’t Get Up!
How many times have unexpected and damaging risk events caught your executives and Board by surprise? Did you provide them sufficient information that should have warned them?  This session will help you translate your operational risk data into meaningful and actionable information for the key decision makers in your institution.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

At this rapid-fire session, you’ll hear from industry providers offering cutting-edge solutions to today’s risk management challenges. Each presenter is limited to a timer-enforced five minutes, so the format is fast-paced and encourages providers to get right to the point – without small talk – as they highlight the benefits of their innovative solutions.

12:45 - 2:00 pm

A Conversation with Senior Risk Management Executives:  Quantifying and Reporting Reputation and Strategic Risk
What is the danger of not fully understanding reputational and strategic risk? Our experts will tackle this question by focusing on ways to preserve and create value, such as integrating risk management into the bank’s overall strategy, ensuring timely and proactive communications, identifying key stakeholders, maintaining appropriate governance and a strong culture to manage risk.  

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
CONCURRENT SESSIONS - Series 1 (Select from five options.)

1A: Enterprise Risk Management Governance:  Maturing the Three Lines of Defense
(Repeated in 2A)

Benchmark your ERM Governance process with leading practices as defined by the OCC’s Heightened Standards.  The session will focus on achieving efficiencies and avoiding duplication in roles and responsibilities, controls you should have in place, measuring success and more.  While this session is for all institutions, we will include size-specific ideas in recognition that one-size does not fit all!

1B:  Credible Challenge Leading Practices (Repeated in 4D)
Heightened Standards has defined credible challenge as enhanced risk management for all banks and a regulatory requirement for large banks. This session will cover a range of approaches and ideas in how to best implement credible challenge on an enterprise-wide level as an integral process of corporate governance within your organization. 

1C:   The Anatomy of a KI Program – Small/Medium Bank (Single Session)
If you are just getting started developing your Key Indicator Risk Management Program, this session is for you!  Experts will dissect the anatomy of a KI program by reviewing the various elements and how they can be used effectively.  We will cover:  Identifying risk drivers; KI development/thresholds; KI approval/socialization; reporting and monitoring; technology and infrastructure and also using KIs for risk measurement/management.

1D:  Taking Control of Risk and Control Self-Assessment (RCSA) (Repeated in 3D)
RCSA is a key component of a robust enterprise risk governance structure.  This session will cover RCSA rollout plans and lifecycle management, including risk identification and setting firm-wide objectives, tools for assessing risk of key processes and related controls, qualitative vs. quantitative results, and developing action plans.  

1E: Managing Your Model Inventory Can Be Fun – NOT! (Single Session)
Model risk management starts with identifying all the quantitative processes used in the bank, determining which are “models,” and setting up a system to periodically review all the models in inventory. In this session, professionals will discuss practices and tools for this process.

3:45 - 5:00 pm
CONCURRENT SESSIONS - Series 2 (Select from five options.)
2A:  Enterprise Risk Management Governance:  Maturing the Three Lines of Defense
(Repeated from 1A)
2B:   The Internet of Security Things: Opportunities and Risks  (Single Session)
Physical security is more than locks, keys, gates and cards.  Many of the devices used to protect your branch, your customers and your assets are now controlled by online systems. Join this session to learn how the Internet of Things can be leveraged to your benefit to protect your customers and employees, secure your assets, and enhance facility management operations.

Managing Third Parties – Where’s the Beef? (Single Session)
Banks have been managing third parties for some time, but vendor management programs need to be constantly beefed-up to address current trends and emerging risks.  Experts will walk through leading practices surrounding identifying ALL third party relationships, effective monitoring techniques and maintaining adequate documentation. 

How to Bring the KI Lifecycle to Life – Large Banks (Single Session)
Large banks with an established KI program will benefit from hearing how to stay in step with changing risk profiles to maintain program vitality.  We’ll define key activities in KI lifecycle management including KI development and implementation, monitoring and reporting, KI maintenance/refresh and disposal.  You’ll also hear ideas on aligning/aggregating key risk measures with a bank’s risk appetite as well as using/aligning risk metrics with capital planning/stress testing.

2E:  INTERACTIVE SESSION:  Scoping a Broader View of Risk (Repeated in 3E)
In this peer exchange, we’ll talk about your ideas for ensuring consistent horizontal views across risk categories. We’ll tackle issues such as:  breaking down silos, risk reporting efficiencies, designing metrics consistent across the institution, aligning with heightened standards requirements and more.

Thursday, April 21, 2016
7:00 am – 6:00 pm REGISTRATION OPEN
7:00 am – 8:00 am POWER HOUR
Take full advantage of your conference experience!  Join one of our expert corporate partners for a quick-paced informative session all while enjoying breakfast.  Seating is first-come, first-served - no reservations are required.  A breakfast buffet will be available from 6:50 – 7:20 a.m. for delegates attending one of the two sessions.

Option 1:  From Next Generation Branches to Smart Buildings: Opportunities to Enhance Customer Experience and Life Safety
Sponsored by Tyco Integrated Security

Option 2:  What to Expect on the Road to $10B
Sponsored by:  Crowe Horwath

8:15 am – 9:30 am GENERAL SESSION
Payments Risk and Reward: A Key Note Address
Suresh Ramamurthi, is making news for his innovative approach to faster payments.  He’ll share what he is doing and where he sees payments innovations heading.  

9:30 am – 10:45 am CONCURRENT SESSIONS - Series 3  (Select from five options.)

3A: Credit Risk:  Monitoring Leading Indicators for Heightened Risk (Single Session)
Our banker panel will share what the KRI’s are they are using to monitor heightened risk, share board reporting and portfolio monitoring best practices over credit risk and their insights as to how they have been successfully managing credit risk in their banks.  

3B: Accelerated Payments - Risk and Opportunities (Repeated in 4B)
NACHA Same Day ACH, FRB adoption of Same Day ACH and the FRB Faster Payments Task Force are recent initiatives that will have a profound effect on payments. This session 

will identify how these initiatives will impact your bank and enable you to accelerate your customers’ access to their money.

3C:  Operational Loss Data:  New Kids on the Block (Repeated in 4C)
This session will not only explore trends in defining quality operational risk data but walk through the recent regulatory guidance concerning internal legal expenses, including discussions on what defines internal legal expenses and how to capture the data.  Finally, we’ll walk through current trends in interpreting and using operational risk data.

3D: Taking Control of Risk and Control Self-Assessment (RCSA)  (Repeated from 1D)

3E:  INTERACTIVE SESSION:  Scoping a Broader View of Risk (Repeated from 2E)

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

CONCURRENT SESSIONS - Series 4 (Select from five options.)

Information Security is a Moving Target (Single Session)
When technology is constantly evolving – how to do you manage information security risk within a dynamic threat landscape?  This tactical session will provide specific techniques to identify and control these risks, especially those that can occur as a result of streamlining/integrating multiple technologies.  

4B:  Accelerated Payments -  Risk and Opportunities (Repeated from 3B)

Operational Loss Data:  New Kids on the Block (Repeated from 3C)

4D:  Credible Challenge Leading Practices (Repeated from 1B)

4E:  INTERACTIVE SESSION:  Managing Talent Risk (Single Session)
This non-lecture session will provide a productive and targeted opportunity to discuss challenges and find solutions.  Exchange ideas with peers on how you manage talent risk.  All size institutions are welcome - expect customized seating to allow for collaboration with those within your asset category. This session will be open to all attendees, banker and non-banker.

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Featuring Rob Nichols, President and CEO, American Bankers Association


2:30 - 3:45 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS - Series 5 (Select from five options.)

5A:  Taking a New Look at New Product Risk Management (Repeated in 6A)
New Product development consists of a significant number of operational risks across the enterprise that should be identified, assessed and mitigated.  We’ll outline a lifecycle approach to mitigate these operational risks, including how to effectively engage the three lines of defense, post-implementation review and effective governance. 

5B:  Fraud Risk Management Policy and Strategy (Repeated in 6B)
Cyber criminals don’t have a monopoly on fraud…fraud comes in many shapes and sizes and can be internal or external. Banks must guard against becoming too narrowly focused and reactive. Learn how to proactively manage the full spectrum of fraud risk to better anticipate, identify and avoid fraud. 

5C: Liquidity Risk in Uncharted Territory (Single Session)
How can a bank prepare for the unexpected in terms of liquidity risk, with interest rates starting to rise from five years of record lows amid Federal Reserve interest in negative interest rates? How do you set tolerance points? What scenarios should you use? What are workable warning levels? Experts in the field will present practical perspectives.

5D: Validation of Vendor Models  (Single Session)
The standards for validation of a model from vendor should be the same as for one developed internally, but how can you accomplish this when the vendor won’t let you into its “black box”? This session will consider negotiations with vendors to get what’s needed and methods to validate the model in place.

The Evolving Role of Internal Audit as the Third Line of Defense  (Repeated in 7B)
Join the experts in a discussion of the current regulatory environment for internal auditors as the third line of defense and the evolution of internal audit processes to an integrated assurance model.

4:00 - 5:15 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS - Series 6 (Select from five options.)

 Taking a New Look at New Product Risk Management (Repeated from 5A)

Fraud Risk Management Policy and Strategy (Repeated from 5B)
6C:   Stress Testing – Lessons Learned  (For Banks $5B and Higher)  (Repeated in 7A) 
We’ve learned a lot in the past few years from recent stress testing experiences.  This session will review the evolution of a specific bank’s stress testing program.  It will discuss the challenges and solutions  developing a stress testing program and speculate on the importance of a stress testing program for a midsize bank in the future.

Think of a Scenario, and Manage Unforeseen Scenarios!  
(Repeated in 7D)
Scenario analysis is a critical tool to identify and manage emerging risks. This session will cover the scenario development process and engagement model, documentation and validation, linkage to inherent and emerging risks, associated challenges and mitigation, scenario maintenance and use of scenarios for effective risk measurement and management.

6E:  So Much Data - So Little Time!   (Single)
Gain new strategies in data risk management!  We’ll review trends in data collection and management, present actionable ideas to overcome common data challenges and pitfalls and provide recommendations on incorporating data management into your enterprise risk management framework.

Friday, April 22, 2016
7:00 am – 8:00 am POWER HOUR
Take full advantage of your conference experience!  Join one of our expert corporate partners for a quick-paced informative session all while enjoying breakfast.  Seating is first-come, first-served - no reservations are required.  A breakfast buffet will be available from 6:50 – 7:20 a.m. for delegates attending one of the two sessions.

Option 1:  Importance of Risk Appetite in Effective Risk Governance
Sponsored by:  Metric Stream

Option 2:  How to Make Your Cybersecurity Program UDAAP-Resistant
Sponsored by Treliant Risk Advisors

8:15 am – 9:15 am GENERAL SESSION
Fostering a Culture of Risk Management:  Key Note Address

Featuring:  Clifford Rossi, PhD.,
Professor-of-the-Practice and Executive-in-Residence, Robert H. Smith School of Business, 
University of Maryland and Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Radian Group Inc.

9:45 - 11:00 am CONCURRENT SESSIONS - Series 7  (Select from four options.)

7A:  Stress Testing – Lessons Learned  (For Banks $5B and Higher)   (Repeated from 6C)

The Evolving Role of Internal Audit as the Third Line of Defense  (Repeated from 5E)
7C:  How Are You Measuring Reputation Risk?  (Single Session)
It may seem daunting as to how to measure reputation risk.  Our speakers will cover the various activities that should be “in scope” as you measure and monitor reputation risk and help you to improve your own risk program oversight of this important risk factor.  

Think of a Scenario, and Manage Unforeseen Scenarios!  (Repeated from 6D)

11:15 am – 12:30 pm
Regulators’ Perspectives
Senior regulators from the Federal Reserve, FDIC, OCC and CFPB will discuss potential risks, supervisors’ evolving expectations for risk management, and their hot button issues. They will also share perspectives from their supervisory teams on emerging practices in bank risk management and reporting. 


​Program Questions? Please contact Dorothy Friedlander
Registration Questions?  Please contact ABA Member Services