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2020 Governance, Risk, and Control Conference

August 17–19, 2020
JW Marriott Austin | Austin, TX

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 forces again to host the 2020 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 2020 GRC Conference educational sessions that will be held August 17–19 at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas! We are looking for dynamic speakers on industry-leading GRC topics to 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 2020 GRC Conference features four educational tracks:

  • Track 1 – Governance
  • Track 2 – Risk, Control, and Compliance
  • Track 3 – Cyber, Data, and Technology Trends
  • Track 4 – Leadership and Career Development

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


  • Auditing culture
  • Business stakeholder engagement strategies
  • Environmental and corporate political activity oversight
  • Geopolitical risk
  • Governance and management of enterprise information and technology — COBIT 2019
  • Governance and management of machine learning
  • Governance of shadow IT
  • GRC integration across the organization
  • Model board risk oversight
  • Risk-based approach to data/big data governance

Risk, Control, and Compliance

  • Agile auditing
  • Anatomy of a mature GRC program
  • Assessing risks
  • Assurance challenges and opportunities
  • Audit efficiency tools applicable to GRC
  • Auditing cloud providers
  • California Consumer Privacy Act
  • Compliance in a changing business environment (innovation/disruption)
  • Cyber insurance
  • Data protection versus data privacy (roles/responsibilities within the organization)
  • Effective controls for BYOD and mobile devices
  • Ethical considerations of AI and data usage
  • GDPR
  • Managing regulatory complexity
  • Managing risks for better performance
  • Privacy compliance
  • Risk assessments of third-party vendors
  • Security, risk, compliance program alignment
  • Senior Managers and Certification Regime (in scope for U.S. companies with a U.K. presence)
  • SOC reports
  • Social media risks
  • Cyber, Data, and Technology Trends
  • Adoption of emerging technologies
  • Advances in encryption
  • Anatomy of a cyber breach and response
  • Personal branding

Corporate board oversight responsibilities

  • Data classification and compliance
  • Effective data destruction practices
  • API threats
  • Audit analytics
  • Auditing blockchain
  • Auditing data
  • Biohacking
  • Cloud incident response planning
  • Continuous monitoring
  • Controls for limiting insider threats
  • Crowd-sourced security
  • Cyber threat mitigation
  • Designing information dashboards and performance reports
  • Evolution of attack vectors and threat actors
  • Forensics for IT auditors
  • Information management strategies
  • Measuring and improving your security effectiveness
  • Penetration testing versus vulnerability assessment
  • Quantum computing
  • Risk intelligence and threat management
  • Securing and verifying logical access
  • Software assurance
  • Surveillance and data privacy
  • Understanding cloud platforms

Leadership and Career Development

  • Addressing ethical issues (case-based learning)
  • Appreciative inquiry
  • Becoming a culture advocate
  • Communication planning for data breaches
  • Corporate presence
  • Creating your career path
  • Cross-functional collaboration
  • Educating boards on emerging risks
  • Ethical considerations in the workplace
  • Fostering a positive team culture
  • Hiring and developing critical thinkers
  • Impactful communication to stakeholders
  • Influencing when you don’t have positional authority
  • Marketing audit and risk functions
  • Multi-generational work environment/benefits of a diverse workforce
  • Personal branding
  • Translating geek speak to business speak

Important timeline milestones include:

Deadline for submission of proposals January 26, 2020
Proposals reviewed by GRC Conference subject matter experts ​January 27–February 23, 2020
Invitations issued to selected speakers Week of March 23, 2020
Email notifications sent to speakers who were not selected By April 30, 2020

Submissions received after 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 26, 2020, will not be considered for the 2020 GRC Conference program.

To ensure the quality of the conference program, submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate 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).
  • Address an issue critical to the internal and/or information systems audit profession.
  • Define the level of interaction the session will provide for attendees, including Q&A, polling technology, case studies, and takeaway tools.
  • Refrain from sales or self-promotions of products and services.
  • Specify how many speakers or panelists will participate. Each 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-presenter’s 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 proposal acceptance.

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 2020 GRC Conference. Registration for pre-conference workshops is not included with the complimentary conference registration.

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 2019 GRC Conference?

View the GRC 2019 Program Guide!


If you have questions regarding the 2020 GRC Call for Speakers or have technical difficulties with the proposal submission form, please email for assistance.

The Benefits of Speaking at GRC 2020

Two international professional organizations with more than 300,000 combined constituents worldwide.

  1. The IIA is the internal audit profession's global voice, recognized authority, acknowledged leader, chief advocate, and principal educator. Generally, members work in internal auditing, risk management, governance, internal control, information technology audit, education, and security.
  2. ISACA is a leading provider of knowledge, certifications, community, advocacy, and education on information systems audit, security, governance of enterprise IT, and IT-related risk and compliance. ISACA education is recognized throughout the industry.

Speakers associated with the education events of both organizations are similarly recognized as industry leaders and subject matter experts.

Speakers who are selected to present at the conference will also receive complimentary registration for the conference – a $1,550 value!  This also includes the opportunity to earn up to 18 CPE hours by attending sessions outside of their own session.

*Complimentary registration is not transferable or able to be used as a credit. Registration for pre-conference workshops is not included with complimentary conference registration.