It’s almost unreal we’re in the home stretch of the 11th RSA Archer GRC Summit. So much sharing, learning, networking – it’s going to be hard to leave!
Day 3 continues an incredible run of opportunities for attendees to explore the changing GRC frontier. I started the day on stage once again, along with Andy Weeks, to announce two more 2014 Excellence Awards and the 2014 Innovation Award. These awards are an important way for us to honor the incredible work of RSA Archer customers. Today’s awards included:
- 2014 Excellence Award for Vendor & Third Party Risk – IRS
- 2014 Excellence Award for Audit – The Hartford
- 2014 Innovation Award – US Bank
I also had the chance to join Alex Bender, Director of RSA Experiential Marketing, in publicly bidding adieu and thanking Cathy Long, Operations Manager for the RSA Archer GRC Summit, for her service with RSA. It’s not just anyone who earns the title of “Queen of the RSA Archer GRC Summit” as Cathy has. She and her team have put on a truly incredible Summit event, and we all wish Cathy the very best in her next adventure.
I think everyone would agree that “comedian” is not a typical career path choice for an electrical engineering Penn State grad. But today’s keynote, comedian Wayne Cotter, had me laughing out loud. As an electrical engineering major myself, I’m not anywhere near that funny. It certainly left me with a big smile for the day.
Our risk and compliance presenters did not disappoint this morning as we finished up the last 16 sessions for the Summit. We learned about methods for designing GRC program metrics, gained insights from our colleagues about operationalizing the management of third party risk, and RSA’s Patrick Potter showcased our latest updates to Audit Management.
To finish off our day, we awarded the coveted “Best in Class” award to Ryan Melle and Melissa Taylor with Berkshire Bank, their first RSA Archer GRC Summit. The “Best in Class” award is quite an honor as it recognizes presenters that had the most impactful session at the Summit, as voted by their GRC attendee peers. In their presentation, Melissa and Ryan addressed how they defined their program, reviewed the issues that were overcome, and provided insight on how their program was successful using a small dedicated team on a very aggressive schedule.
This really has been a fantastic week here in Phoenix. I am always awed by the camaraderie and willingness to share experiences that we see every year from our GRC customers and partners. And this year certainly did not disappoint. Together, RSA will continue to work and partner with our customers to transform compliance, harness risk, and exploit opportunities.
So happy trails for now… until next year!