GRC Presentations and Descriptions 


Track 1—Cyber & Digital Disruption

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Track 2—Technology & Artificial Intelligence

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Track 3—Governance, Risk, Control, & Compliance

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Track 4—Leadership, Career, Communication, Culture, & Ethics

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Workshop 1—COBIT 2019 Bridge Course

Mark Thomas, CGEIT, CRISC
Escoute Consulting 

Students must be a current COBIT 5 Foundation certificate holder. The COBIT 5 Foundation certificate must be issued by one of ISACA's accreditation bodies (APMG or PeopleCert).

Intended Audience
Current COBIT 5 Foundation Certificate holders who are interested in understanding the key differences between COBIT 5 and COBIT 2019. Additionally, COBIT 5 Foundations Accredited Trainers interested in COBIT 2019 Foundation COBIT 5 Foundation certificate holders may choose to attend the COBIT Framework course instead of the Foundation course.

Course Description
COBIT is a framework for the governance and management of enterprise Information and Technology that supports enterprise goal achievement. This one-day bridge course highlights the concepts, models and key definitions of the new framework and explains the differences between this recent release of COBIT 2019 with COBIT 5.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the context, benefits and key reasons COBIT is used as an information and technology governance framework.
  • Compare the key attributes of the updated COBIT framework with COBIT 5.
  • Recognize the target audience of COBIT 2019.
  • Discover the updated COBIT principles for governance system framework.
  • Identify the changes to the COBIT publications scheme.
  • Describe the updated components of a governance system:
    • Governance and management objectives
    • Components of the governance system
    • Focus areas
    • Design factors
  • Compare the updated COBIT goals cascade with COBIT 5.
  • Differentiate COBIT based performance management using maturity and capability perspectives.
  • Discover how to design a tailored governance system using COBIT.
  • Describe the relationships between the COBIT Design and Implementation Guides.
  • Explain the key points of the COBIT business case.
  • Recall the alignment of COBIT with other applicable frameworks, standards and bodies of knowledge.

Workshop 2—TBD, more information coming soon!


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Opening Keynote Speaker

Shift Your Brilliance – Leading Amidst Change and Uncertainty

Simon T. Bailey
Breakthrough Strategist

Business change moves at the speed of light. To keep pace, individuals within an organization must raise the bar on their performance and reset their mindset. The leadership skills of yesterday will not carry the day in today’s continually evolving economy.

As the business climate changes in the midst of gender parity, #MeToo, pay equity, diversity, and inclusion, we, too, must change and embrace what Simon T. Bailey calls the “Vuja de Moment.” This is the opposite of déjà vu and is an invitation to disrupt what is comfortable and convenient to embrace what needs to emerge to remain relevant, innovative, and competitive.

Collaborative problem-solving triumphs over traditional top-down directives. Solution-oriented individuals are forward-looking in their thinking. Forward-looking thinking must permeate throughout the corporate culture. You must shift and embrace new methodologies to survive, compete, and thrive through the ever-changing demographic, technological, and regulatory marketplace changes that affect businesses today.

No one is immune to these predictable changes. The traditional winning formulas of yesterday will not hold up to the technological solutions that will continue to automate “traditional” business processes.

Simon T. Bailey will teach you to:

  • Stay relevant and ensure your company stays competitive in the marketplace
  • Guide even the most tenured employees to reposition themselves and revitalize their role
  • Perform a mindset reset to break through the existing paradigm
  • Maintain clarity and confidence during transition and uncertainty
  • Give participants actionable tools to take ownership and develop the vision needed to be a leader for the future

Success magazine calls Simon T. Bailey one of the top 25 people who will help you reach your business and life goals through practical advice and specific tactics. He joins a list that includes Oprah Winfrey, Brene Brown, and Tony Robbins. His expertise focuses on change, leadership, and customer experience. He's worked with over 1,500 organizations in 45 different countries. As an innovator, educator, executive advisor, speaker, and author, he shapes the lives of men and women around the world.

Prior to founding his company, Simon held the role of Sales Director for the world-renowned Disney Institute and worked in the hospitality and tourism industry for 20 years. His strategies drove the acquisition of an Orlando-based healthcare system and catapulted a hospitality company to be ranked #1 in customer service on

Simon emboldens individuals to impact the world by sharpening natural talents. Outside of his learning and development programs for organizations, Simon's consumer-facing courses powered by Linkedln have been viewed by more than 600,000 people in 100 countries.

When Simon is not working, he spends quality time with his two active teenagers, roots for the Buffalo Bills, and is an avid moviegoer. He believes his most important role is to be a great dad and to volunteer in serving the least, the last, and the lost men in society.

Closing Keynote Speaker

Embracing Disruptive Innovation

Patrick Schwerdtfeger
Business Futurist

Disruptive innovation invalidates existing business models. That’s why it’s become so important for executives around the world. Technology is evolving along an exponential curve. Entire industries are collapsing as new (mostly digital) business models provide better outcomes for fewer dollars. Disruptive innovation generally comes from the edges of industries, not the center. It comes from ‘adjacent markets’ often catching executives by surprise. Patrick dissects the topic and leaves attendees with a series of questions they can use to spot possible threats and also opportunities within their business models.

Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a business futurist specializing in technology trends including artificial intelligence, Fintech, and blockchain. He has lectured at numerous academic institutions including Stanford and Purdue Universities and is a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV. Schwerdtfeger is the founder of Trend Mastery Inc. and host of the Strategic Business Insights video blog, with over 25,000 subscribers and 6 million views on YouTube. He has spoken about business trends, technology, and digital marketing at hundreds of conferences around the world, and discussed “Learned Intuition” at TEDx Sacramento. Schwerdtfeger authored the award-winning book “Anarchy, Inc.: Profiting in a Decentralized World with Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain” (2018, Authority Publishing) and other titles including “Keynote Mastery: The Personal Journey of a Professional Speaker”; “Webify Your Business: Internet Marketing Secrets for the Self-Employed”; and “Make Yourself Useful: Marketing in the 21st Century”. Schwerdtfeger has been featured by the popular press including the New York Times, LA Times, Reader’s Digest, CNN Money, NPR, Fortune, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Associated Press, MONEY Magazine, Forbes, and many others.

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