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The future of business is rife with uncertainty. New risks arise seemingly every day, making an already evolving landscape feel more precarious than ever before. From climate change and cybersecurity to public health and economic downturn, the risks faced by the business community are immense. However, with these risks comes immense opportunities for organizations to act swiftly and gain a competitive edge.

Join the Exec Club, WTW, and Zurich North America to learn more about the future of risk and the tools you need to fortify the success of your organization’s future.

Members: Complimentary
Member Guests: $75
Non-Members: $150

Keynote Session

In today’s business landscape, traditional and emerging risks intersect in unprecedented ways as highlighted by The Global Risks Report 2024. As structural forces shape the emergence and materialization of risks, the environment, misinformation, social polarization, economic downturn, and technological advancements, top the list of risks affecting the public and private sectors.

What do these risks mean for the business community? How should organizations be prepared to handle uncertainty and disruption? In our opening session, hear essential insights and findings from Zurich’s Global Risks Report 2024.

Ann Chai

Chief Risk Officer, Zurich North America

Amy Fahey, Moderator

Chair of the Board, First Women’s Bank

Future Risks in Focus: Chicago Edition

Risks differ between global, national, and local landscapes. For Chicagoans, managing threats to cybersecurity and the climate need to be top priority. On a national scale, economic downturn, infectious disease, inflation, energy shortages, and weather events pose significant threats.

How should organizations balance mitigating local, national, and global risks? What risk should take priority? How can organizations find opportunity in striking this balance?

Joyce Coffee

President, Climate Resilience Consulting

Rebecca Kartheiser

Reliability Inspection Engineer, ComEd

Jarrett Kolthoff

President, SpearTip

Tom Wall, Moderator

Director of Climate Resilience and Decision Science, Argonne Laboratory

Closing Session

In a dynamically evolving business landscape, the integration of cutting-edge technology and the optimal utilization of data and analytics are revolutionizing how businesses identify, prepare for, and potentially avert risks.

The crux of efficiency and adaptive strategy lies in fostering a culture of innovation. Organizations equipped with innovative approaches can proactively manage risks, positioning themselves for a competitive advantage.

As businesses embrace technological advancements, pivotal questions emerge: What steps should organizations take to embed innovation in their practices? How can leaders establish a top-down approach to innovative risk mitigation? Moreover, is there a limit to the level of flexibility and adaptability that is beneficial?

Rao Kotamarthi

Director, Center for Climate Resilience and Decision Science (CCRDS)

Jane Rheem

Chief Data and Analytics Officer, Zurich North America

Delfin Viloria

Director, Risk Consulting & Analytics, WTW

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