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2019 Governance, Risk, and Control Conference

August 12–14, 2019
The Diplomat Beach Resort | Fort Lauderdale, FL

The IIA and ISACA need you! Are you an industry expert, thought leader, or passionate professional willing to share your experiences, insights, and knowledge with colleagues and peers?

The IIA and ISACA are joining together again to host the 2019 Governance, Risk, and Control (GRC) Conference. This conference brings together members from two international professional organizations to present world-class education that delivers success stories, challenges, opportunities, tangible action items, and valuable takeaways to apply in a practice setting.

We are now accepting proposals for the 2019 GRC Conference educational sessions which will be held August 12–14 at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, FL! We are looking for dynamic speakers on industry-leading GRC topics that will provide the best possible experience for attendees. This is a great opportunity for you to give back to your profession by sharing your knowledge and insights!

The 2019 GRC Conference features four educational tracks:

  • Track 1 – Cyber & Digital Disruption
  • Track 2 – Technology & Artificial Intelligence
  • Track 3 – Governance, Risk, Control & Compliance
  • Track 4 – Leadership, Career, Communication, Culture & Ethics

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

Cyber & Digital Disruption

  • Adoption of emerging technologies
  • Advances in encryption
  • Anatomy of a cyber breach & response
  • Cyber threat mitigation
  • Cybersecurity advancements
  • Evolution of attack vectors & threat actors
  • Incident response planning
  • Measuring & improving your security effectiveness
  • Risk intelligence & threat management
  • Surveillance & data privacy

Governance, Risk, Control & Compliance

  • Anatomy of a mature GRC program
  • Assurance challenges & opportunities
  • Audit efficiency tools applicable to GRC
  • Business stakeholder engagement strategies
  • Corporate board oversight responsibilities
  • Ethical considerations of AI
  • Governance & management of enterprise information & technology — COBIT 2019
  • Managing regulatory complexity
  • Risk-based approach to data governance
  • Security, risk, compliance program alignment

Technology & Artificial Intelligence

  • Audit analytics
  • Auditing blockchain
  • Auditing data
  • Continuous monitoring
  • Designing information dashboards & performance reports
  • Information management strategies
  • Machine learning
  • Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
  • Software assurance

Leadership, Career, Communication, Culture & Ethics

  • Career development
  • Communication planning for data breaches
  • Critical thinking
  • Cross-functional collaboration
  • Culture & ethics
  • Effective communication to executives & the board
  • Leadership
  • Marketing audit & risk functions
  • Personal branding

Important timeline milestones include:

Deadline for submission of proposals January 28, 2019
Proposals reviewed by GRC Conference subject matter experts January 31–February 15, 2019
Invitations issued to selected speakers Week of March 25, 2019
Email notification to speakers who were not selected By April 30, 2019

Submissions received after 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, January 28, 2019, will not be considered for the 2019 GRC Conference program.

To ensure the quality of the conference program, submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria. Speakers are required to adhere to:

  • A proven track record as a speaker. The proposal form will include space where we encourage you to enter any additional comments, past speaker scores, or speaking references.
  • Include up-to-date data, case studies, and resources.
  • Provide practical strategies (real-world examples), tools, and/or take-home messages for implementation in the practice setting for successful outcomes (emphasize how to, what works, and why).
  • The ability to address an issue critical to the internal and/or IS audit profession.
  • The level of interaction the session will provide the attendees including Q&A, polling technology, case studies, and takeaway tools.
  • Refrain from sales or self-promotions of products and services.
  • The number of speakers or panelist for one session is limited to a maximum of four participants including the moderator.
  • Service providers and/or consultants are required to provide a current practitioner with whom they will be co-presenting. It is highly encouraged for service providers to include their co-presenters information in their submission, as this will be taken into consideration during the review process. If this information is not already identified in the submission and the proposal is accepted, the co-presenting practitioner will need to be identified within two weeks after confirmed presentation.

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 complimentary, non-transferable full registration for the 2019 GRC Conference. Registration for pre-conference workshops is not included with the complimentary conference registration.

Click here to access the proposal submission portal and review additional instructions for submission.

Please review the Speaker Proposal Guidelines document in advance of submitting your proposal. This document outlines all the key information you must provide to ensure your proposal meets our requirements, and it also includes a sample submission form for reference.

Do you want to know more about presentations from the 2018 GRC Conference?

View the GRC 2018 Program Guide!


If you have questions regarding the 2019 GRC Call for Speakers or have technical difficulties with the proposal submission form, please email for assistance.