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For Immediate Release
May 26, 2017
ABA Media Contact: Mike Townsend
(202) 663-5471
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Governor Tom Ridge to Address 700 Financial Services Leaders on Cybersecurity Issues Facing the Industry


​WASHINGTON — The Honorable Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania, will deliver the keynote address to 700 financial services leaders at the 2017 ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking on June 3 at the University of Pennsylvania. His speech will focus on the cybersecurity issues facing the United States financial services industry and how strong leaders can overcome these challenges.
“With cybersecurity issues headlining recent global news, Gov. Ridge’s insight on this topic is especially timely,” said Jim Edrington, executive vice president of ABA’s Professional Development Group. “Banks make the safety and security of customer data a top priority, and they’re consistently building upon the excellent work they’ve done in this area to anticipate future trends.  Our industry’s future leaders have an opportunity here to learn from the best and gain a deeper understanding of how to navigate and protect against pervasive online threats.” 
Ridge is founder and chairman of Ridge Global, providing clients with solutions to cybersecurity, international security and risk-management issues. Following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, he became the first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Ridge was twice elected governor of Pennsylvania, serving from 1995 to 2001. His aggressive technology agenda helped fuel the state's advances in economic development, education, health care and the environment. He serves on the boards of the Institute for Defense Analyses and the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, co-chairs the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, and he is currently chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's National Security Task Force.
Offered in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking will take place June 1-8. The program trains the future leaders of the industry; most students hold the titles of vice president or senior vice president. Twenty percent are executive vice presidents, chairmen or CEOs. In addition, many represent federal regulatory agencies or firms serving the industry. All participants are considered rising stars in their organizations and represent more than 45 states and 21 countries. For more than 80 years, Stonier has trained more than 25,000 of the nation’s top banking executives and government regulators, many of whom have reached the pinnacle of their organizations.
The program features an emphasis on strategic planning, financial management and leadership. Stonier’s faculty includes many of the most influential thinkers, practitioners and experts in the financial services industry.  Students from across the country and around the world brainstorm and share ideas about current banking scenarios to help them develop strategies for excelling in a highly-competitive financial marketplace.
Graduates receive a Stonier diploma as well as a Wharton leadership certificate. More information on the program is available by calling 1-800-BANKERS or visiting
The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $17 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $13 trillion in deposits and extend more than $9 trillion in loans.
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