Call for Speakers: GRC Conference 


2018 Governance, Risk and Control Conference
Aug. 13-15, 2018 | Omni Hotel | Nashville, TN

Call for Speakers Deadline: 29 January 2018 

Submit a Proposal



We are looking for dynamic presenters who can engage their audience and have thought-provoking discussions. You are encouraged to participate by submitting a proposal to speak, suggesting a topic you would like to see addressed within the education tracks noted below. We also invite you to recommend high-caliber presenters with whom you are familiar and provide us with their contact information.

The 2018 GRC Conference features these four educational tracks:

  • Deep Dive Learning Labs*
  • Cyber (Security, Resilience, Mitigation)
  • Governance, Risk and Compliance
  • Leadership, Career and Communication Development

*Deep Dive Learning Labs are two-part, interactive, 60-minute sessions highlighting strategies, tools, resources, and innovative methods for positive outcomes. These sessions, presented in two-parts, will incorporate interactive discussion techniques such as case studies, problem solving exercises, hands-on use of tools, and polling technology. Each proposal should include two, 60-minute sessions including a Part I introduction followed by a Part II deeper dive providing practical takeaways for implementation in the practice setting.

Topics of interest within these tracks include, but are not limited to:

Deep Dive Learning Labs:

  • Auditing data
  • Cloud computing controls: auditing the cloud
  • Data analytics/data mining
  • How to audit governance
  • Data management and risk analysis
  • ERM
  • Interpreting dashboards and performance reports
  • Leveraging IT resources for audit risk assessment
  • Technology solutions
  • Utilizing frameworks


Cyber (Security, Resilience, Mitigation)

  • Bring your own device
  • Cybersecurity advancements
  • Cyber Resiliency
  • Cyber attack mitigation
  • Cyber threat prevention
  • Cyber threat landscape
  • Information security
  • Social media
  • Using IT to provide reliable assurance

Governance, Risk and Compliance

  • ERM
  • GRC of enterprise use of IT assets and resources
  • How to audit governance and the impact on 3rd party relationships
  • Integrated audit collaboration of business processes
  • Collaborative auditing of corporate compliance
  • Audit efficiency tools as they apply to GRC
  • How to use COBIT as a business framework for the governance and management of enterprise IT
  • Building an Internal Control Structure GDPR

Leadership, Career and Communication Development

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Crisis management
  • Ethics
  • Marketing the audit function
  • Meeting stakeholder expectations
  • Personal brand management
  • Persuasion and collaboration
  • Strategic planning
  • Strategic auditing

Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • A proven track record as a speaker (you are welcome to submit past evaluation scores, comments, or recommendations).
  • The ability to share leading practices and innovative tactics implemented in your internal audit function.
  • The ability to address an issue critical to the internal audit profession.
  • The level of interaction the session will provide the attendees including Q&A, polling technology, case studies, and takeaway tools.
  • Service providers are required to provide a current practitioner with whom they will be co-presenting. If proposal is accepted, the practitioner will need to be identified two weeks after confirmed participation.

This conference program not only brings together members from two international organizations but will offer world-class education that addresses success stories, challenges, opportunities, tangible action items, and valuable takeaways to apply in your practice setting.

Speaking at the conference is a volunteer opportunity. Compensation for speaking fees and travel is not provided unless otherwise indicated. If you will need assistance with travel, please indicate that in your submission. All speakers receive a full, complimentary registration for the GRC Conference.

If you would like to submit a proposal, please go to and follow the directions for submission.

Please review the Speaker Proposal Guidelines document in advance of submitting your proposal. This document outlines all of the key information to ensure your proposal meets our guidelines and requirements.

Important timeline events include:

Deadline for submission of proposals

Jan. 29, 2018

Proposals reviewed by GRC Conference Subject Matter Experts

Jan. 29–Mar. 23, 2018

Invitation issued to selected speakers

March 26–30, 2018

Email notification to speakers who were not selected

By Apr. 30, 2018

We look forward to hearing from you!