4:00 pm - Check-in and Networking 4:30 pm - Introductions and panel discussion 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Cocktail reception and networking
As the enterprise risk landscape continues to increase in complexity, organizations need to be more adaptive to change. They need to think strategically about how to manage the increasing volatility, complexity, and ambiguity of the world, particularly at the senior levels in the organization and in the boardroom where the stakes are highest. All organizations need to set strategy and periodically adjust it, always staying aware of both ever-changing opportunities for creating value and the challenges that will occur in pursuit of that value. To do that, they need the best possible framework for optimizing strategy and performance. Attendees conviened to hear discussion around enterprise risk management. From disruptive business models to cybersecurity to geopolitical risk and culture, presenters explored the ever changing risk landscape and risk management at the board level.
Sarah’s practice is focused on board-level matters. She regularly engages with boards, public and private, on matters regarding corporate governance, disclosure and regulation, and provides board education, representation and engagement on topics including corporate culture and disclosure, reporting requirements, “ESG” (environmental, social and governance) matters, investor engagement, board composition and board and c-suite succession planning and transition management. Sarah also assists boards in assessing their readiness to address corporate crises, including cybersecurity incidents and investor activism, and advises real time on company crises and board investigations. Sarah is a founding member of Vinson & Elkins' ESG Taskforce and is also an experienced securities lawyer with a background in executive compensation.
Charles E. Cheever Chair of Risk Management, Greehey School of Business at St. Maryâ€™s University
Charles E. Cheever Chair of Risk Management, Greehey School of Business at St. Mary's University
Director, Texas Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association
David Sommer serves as the Charles E. Cheever Chair of Risk Management in the Greehey School of Business at St. Mary’s University. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from St. Mary’s University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
For the 12 years prior to his return to St. Mary’s, Dr. Sommer was a faculty member in risk management and insurance at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. During his career, Sommer has taught at the undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA, and Ph.D. levels in the areas of corporate risk management and employee benefits. He has received a number of teaching honors, including the Terry College Teacher of the Year award, the Greehey School of Business Outstanding Faculty Award, and the St. Mary’s University Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.
He is a past president of the American Risk and Insurance Association and the Southern Risk and Insurance Association, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association.
Dr. Sommer’s research has been published in a variety of academic and professional journals. He has been ranked among the most prolific and well-cited scholars in his field over the past 30 years. His articles have been published in such journals as Journal of Risk and Insurance, Journal of Financial Services Research, Journal of Banking and Finance, Risk Management and Insurance Review, Journal of Insurance Regulation, and Journal of Insurance Issues. His research has been honored with numerous awards. Dr. Sommer is also the co-author of a textbook, Risk Management and Insurance.