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2021 Governance, Risk, and Control Conference Now a Hybrid Experience

July 15, 2021 GMT

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 15, 2021--

Aligning information technology governance and risk management amid disruption requires enterprise leaders to manage continual change and adjust their business models. The annual Governance, Risk, and Control (GRC) Conference, jointly presented by ISACA and The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), will be available for both in-person attendance in Denver, CO, and as an online experience for a global audience. GRC 2021 will unite more than 1,000 governance, risk, and control professionals from dozens of countries to embrace challenges, forge new solutions, and define the future of global GRC.

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Sessions will be focused on core GRC principles and how they correlate to cybersecurity, data, technology trends, and individual professional development. Rather than traditional tracks, sessions will be tagged with one or more themes to allow attendees to accomplish their educational goals. The topic themes include:


  • Career Development
  • Compliance
  • Control
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data
  • Governance
  • Leadership
  • Risk
  • Technology Trends

The conference’s opening keynote will be delivered by celebrated speaker, author, and syndicated columnist Shawn Rhodes, a former Marine Corps war correspondent and global business consultant experienced in pivoting during times of change. His presentation, “Pivot Point: Thriving in Crisis for Systems and Audit,” will focus on how governance, risk, compliance, and audit professionals can flourish in crises by leveraging change and building an engaging team culture.

Delivering the closing keynote will be bestselling author and consultant Jessica Rector, a former TV talk show host and Fortune 100 company sales leader who advises companies and teams on improving outcomes while reducing burnout and building resiliency. In her presentation, “Fire Up: Prevent, Break Through, and Extinguish Burnout (and the Power of Resiliency),” Rector will share her Burnout Success Formula, offering steps to stifle stress and extinguish burnout while tackling obstacles.

Shawnee Delaney, a decorated intelligence officer and insider threat expert who spent nearly a decade with the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency conducting clandestine human intelligence operations worldwide, will deliver the third keynote address, “Insider Threat and Unintentional Insider Threat.” She will explore the ways that employees can leave companies vulnerable and how teams can mitigate these risks, identifying factors that can lead to insider threat behaviors and malicious acts.


Anthony J. Pugliese, CPA, CGMA, CITP, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The IIA will join David Samuelson, CEO of ISACA in a moderated chat to discuss the future of the GRC workforce, share insight into member and certification trends, propose strategies to support the next generation of professionals, and describe adding competencies to adjust to new environments.

Two virtual workshops are also offered for GRC conference attendees: “Practicing Agility–A Roadmap Toward Agile Auditing,” with IIA Director of Curriculum, IT, Shawna Flanders, CISA, CISM, CRISC, SSBB, SSGB, taking place pre-conference on 13 August, and “Using COBIT Focus Areas to Improve Governance Practices in Your Organization,” with instructor Mark Thomas, CGEIT, CRISC, CDPSE, COBIT Assessor, and president, Escoute Consulting, on 16 August following the conference.

Attendees can earn up to 22 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) credits for attending the conference, and an additional 8 CPEs for each workshop attended.

Registration for GRC Conference 2021 will close on Thursday, 5 August. For more information, visit the event pages at ISACA or The IIA.


For more than 50 years, ISACA® ( ) has equipped individuals with knowledge, credentials, education and community to progress their careers and transform their organizations, and enabled enterprises to train and build quality teams. The global professional association and learning organization has more than 150,000 members who work in information security, governance, assurance, risk and privacy, and a presence in 188 countries, including more than 220 chapters worldwide. In 2020, ISACA launched One In Tech, a philanthropic foundation.

About The Institute of Internal Auditors

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is the internal audit profession’s most widely recognized advocate, educator, and provider of standards, guidance, and certifications. Established in 1941, The IIA today serves more than 200,000 members from more than 170 countries and territories. The association’s global headquarters are in Lake Mary, Fla. USA. For more information, visit or

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