Catherine Allen

Former Board Member, El Paso Electric Co. and Synovus Financial; Chairman of the Board, The Santa Fe Group

For more than 30 years, Catherine A. Allen has been an outstanding leader in technology strategy and financial services and a key thought leader in business innovation.

Catherine is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Santa Fe Group, managing agent of The Shared Assessments Program based in Santa Fe, NM.  The Santa Fe Group is a strategic consulting company specializing in briefings to C-level executives and boards of directors at financial institutions and other critical infrastructure companies. and provides management for strategic industry and institutional projects, including the Shared Assessments Program, focused on third party risk.

Catherine sits on the board of Women Corporate Directors and the Executive Women’s Forum, served as a board member of Synovus Financial Corporation and El Paso Electric Company, chaired the Security Committee for El Paso Electric and is a member of the Risk, Energy and Natural Resources, Public Policy and External Affairs, and Nominating and Governance Committees. She is co-chair of the University of Missouri’s Capital Campaign and sits on the Research and Development Committee.  She is also.  She sits on the Advisory Committee for Houlihan Lokey and chairs the Board of Trustees for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and the board of Appleseed NM.  She is also a member of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, International Folk Art Alliance, Lensic Center for Performing Arts, Communities for Schools in New Mexico, Valles Caldera Trust, and the Mark Twain Research Foundation boards. She was a former board member and Chair of the Technology Committee for Stewart Information Services.

In 2007, Catherine stepped down from her role as the founding CEO of the financial services industry consortium, BITS, after a decade of service, to continue her work with The Santa Fe Group and pursue her passion to serve on corporate and nonprofit boards. During her tenure at BITS, Catherine worked closely with CEOs, CIOs and executives at the nation’s largest financial institutions on strategic issues facing the financial services industry, from payments strategies to risk management.  BITS’ accomplishments under Catherine’s leadership include creating best practices in more than 30 areas of financial services management.

Earlier in her career, Catherine served in several senior executive positions at Citicorp in the Retail, Bankcards, and Corporate Technology divisions.  She represented Citibank as founding chair and president of the multi-industry Smart Card Forum.  Prior to joining Citibank, Catherine was director of corporate planning for Dun and Bradstreet, where she created and chaired the Electronic Yellow Pages and Information Association.  Catherine was also a consultant to CBS, Inc. on new technologies and international trade while she was a professor at American University’s Kogod College of Business Administration.

Catherine is active politically in national and local spheres, including being a former member of President Obama’s Economic Development and Small Business Committees and the New Mexico State Investment Council.

Catherine was honored in 2007 by US Banker Magazine with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions to financial services and technology.  In 2013, she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to technology by the Executive Women’s Forum.  She was honored with the 2015 Leadership Award by the Griffith’s Society. She is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Missouri, recognizing her professional achievements in financial services and technology.

Catherine is married to Paul Rooker and they live between Santa Fe, NM and Cape Cod, MA.

Wed., April 7 | 10:40 – 11:20 AM ET

Call to Action: Elevating Digital Risk Management in the Boardroom

Cyber has quickly become the global threat that knows no borders, nor does it distinguish between the public and private sectors. As digital transformation accelerates at warp speed – from 5G, the Internet of Things, advances in quantum computing that put our encryption at risk to other emerging technologies – it’s imperative for companies to elevate digital risk beyond just a siloed focus into their holistic enterprise risk processes. We will share how to companies can establish a new narrative that changes the focus on yesterday’s problems and infrastructure vulnerabilities into a forward-thinking, growth-oriented conversation.

Niall Browne

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Palo Alto Networks

Niall Browne is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Palo Alto Networks. Niall is passionate about helping secure businesses in the cloud.

Virtually every company is going through a digital transformation journey to be able to compete and thrive, e.g. cloud, mobile, IoT, machine learning. At Palo Alto Networks, Niall leads the security team that is responsible for helping secure our services.

Before joining Palo Alto Networks, Niall was the CSO of cloud platforms for the past sixteen years, including as the Chief Security Officer (CSO) and Chief Trust Officer at Workday.

Wed., April 7 | 12:55 – 1:35 PM ET

CISOs Speak: What I Wish the Board Knew

Always an attendee favorite, we’ll sit down with a panel of experienced Chief Information Security Officers to share what they wish the board knew—from staying out of the weeds and making sense of analytics to IoT security and supply chain partner considerations. Hear from the frontline the most critical questions your board should be asking about the company’s cybersecurity strategies.

Agnes Bundy Scanlon

Board Member, Truist Financial Corp., New Tower Trust Co. and AppFolio

Agnes Bundy Scanlan, Esq., is the President of The Cambridge Group LLC, a strategy and risk management advisory firm.

Recently, Agnes was a senior adviser for Treliant LLC where she counseled financial services firms on various matters including strategy, governance, privacy, regulatory and risk management matters.
Previously, Agnes served as the Northeast Regional Director of Supervision Examinations for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”). As Regional Director, Agnes oversaw the regional staff, and represented the CFPB Supervision mission on all matters relating to conducting consumer financial protection supervision and examinations at a variety of complex depository financial institutions and non-depository consumer financial services companies. The 32 financial institutions and 25 companies under her regulatory authority had assets totaling over $6 trillion.

Earlier, Agnes was the chief regulatory and compliance officer, and global chief privacy officer at TD Bank. She worked in similar roles at Bank of America and its predecessors. Agnes also served as counsel at Goodwin Procter and for the United States Senate Budget Committee.

Agnes is an independent director for Truist Financial Corporation’s Board of Directors; for NewTower Trust Company (chair of its audit and compliance committee); and, for AppFolio (chair of its risk and compliance committee). She is a fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers, a commissioner for the American Bar Association’s (“ABA”) Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, and, is the chair of the ABA’s Business Law Section’s Privacy Subcommittee. Agnes is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council, an organization of Black corporate executives. Agnes was selected for inclusion in Boston Business Journal’s Most Powerful Women, and in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. She is the former vice chair of the Smith College Board of Trustees, former chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors’ Consumer Advisory Council, former (and founding) chairman of International Association of Privacy Professionals, and former chair of FannieMae’s Housing Impact Advisory Council.

Agnes holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and an A.B. from Smith College. She is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, the Bars of the Commonwealths of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, and the Bar of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Recently, Agnes completed the certification courses of NACD’s in Cybersecurity Oversight; Harvard University’s course on Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the Information Age; and, MIT’s course on Artificial Intelligence. Currently, she is enrolled in the University of Cambridge’s Digital Disruption: Digital Transformation Strategies certification course.

Thurs., April 8 | 1:15 – 1:45 PM ET

Tackling Risk in the Boardroom

With the growing number of risks facing today’s boards, what is the best way to approach risk oversight in the boardroom? Where do different non-financial risks belong—the audit committee, the governance committee? What are the pros and cons of a separate risk committee? This panel of veteran board members will share their lessons learned and unique perspectives on the different structures and processes their boards use to prioritize and monitor risks to get—and stay—ahead.

Dawn Cappelli

VP, Global Security and Chief Information Security Officer
Rockwell Automation

Dawn Cappelli is Vice President, Global Security and Chief Information Security Officer at Rockwell Automation. She is responsible for developing and executing a holistic cybersecurity strategy to ensure that Rockwell Automation and the Connected Enterprise Ecosystem – the company’s infrastructure, products, and customers – is safe, secure, and resilient. She is also responsible for Global Security programs, including physical security, executive protection, workplace violence prevention, and crisis management. Cappelli became CISO in 2016. She came to Rockwell Automation in 2013 as Director, Insider Risk, and built the company’s Insider Risk Program to mitigate threats from individuals within the company or trusted third parties who might steal information, sabotage infrastructure or products, or violate physical security controls. The Rockwell Automation Insider Risk Program was awarded the Global Team Leadership award by the Society of Women Engineers in 2016.

Before Rockwell Automation Cappelli was Founder and Director of Carnegie Mellon’s CERT Insider Threat Center, where she was recognized as one of the world’s leaders in insider threat mitigation, and has worked with government and industry leaders on national strategy issues. Before that she developed software for nuclear power plants for Westinghouse, and for Carnegie Mellon. She co-authored the book “The CERT Guide to Insider Threats: How to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Information Technology Crimes (Theft, Sabotage, Fraud)”, which was inducted into the Cybersecurity Canon – a list of must-read books for all cybersecurity practitioners.

Cappelli is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). She holds a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh, is co-founder of the Open Source Insider Threat (OSIT) information sharing group, and is a member of the RSA Conference Advisory Board and Program Committee, the Cybersecurity Collaborative Executive Committee, and the CyberWire Hash Table. She was honored as a member of the 2020 Global CISO 100 and was named Pittsburgh CISO of the Year in 2018. 

Wed., April 7 | 12:55 – 1:35 PM ET

CISOs Speak: What I Wish the Board Knew

Always an attendee favorite, we’ll sit down with a panel of experienced Chief Information Security Officers to share what they wish the board knew—from staying out of the weeds and making sense of analytics to IoT security and supply chain partner considerations. Hear from the frontline the most critical questions your board should be asking about the company’s cybersecurity strategies.

Jim Chesnutt

Former FEMA National Emergency Response Team member; Co-Founder, Nusura, Inc.; Senior Advisor, Tilman & Company

Jim Chesnutt has more than 20 years of experience in crisis management leadership at the local, state and federal levels of government. For much of his career he served as a FEMA External Affairs Officer and a member of one of the nation’s three National Emergency Response Teams. He was responsible for coordinating information strategy, media relations, community relations, congressional relations and intergovernmental affairs for more than 30 presidentially declared disasters.

Chesnutt was one of FEMA’s initial team of four people that led emergency public information and media relations following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. He also served as External Affairs Officer for the federal rescue effort following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. While on disaster assignments, he has advised and supported mayors, governors, US Military commanders and two US Presidents.

In 2002, Chesnutt launched an initiative to draw attention to the world’s largest under-reported humanitarian emergencies. He supported the work of aid agencies in about 15 developing countries throughout the world.

Chesnutt is a co-founder of Nusura, Inc., the emergency preparedness consulting firm that developed the Agility Wargaming platform, SimulationDeck, which is used by the US Federal Government, the US Military, and Fortune 500 companies. He serves as a Senior Advisor to Tilman & Company and supports war gaming and crisis management in the private sector.


Thurs., April 8 | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET

NextTest 2021: A Hands-on Exploration of Agility

One thing is certain coming out of 2020: the global pandemic and recession will be followed by new and unexpected challenges and opportunities in the years to come. This interactive session will feature a realistic private sector scenario that will challenge participants’ strategic and tactical agility and will play out on SimulationDeck, the crisis exercise and war gaming platform used by the US Government, the US Military and a growing number of Fortune 500 companies.

Join us as Leo Tilman, General Chuck Jacoby, and SimulationDeck’s co-creator Jim Chesnutt facilitate an abbreviated Agility war game on SimulationDeck. This will be a hands-on, interactive experience where the group’s decisions, actions (and in-actions) will play out within a unique and realistic virtual environment.

General (Ret.) Charles H. Jacoby Jr.,

Fifth Commander of United States Northern Command and the 22nd Commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command

General Charles (Chuck) H. Jacoby, Jr. brings over 36 years of experience leading military, government, and international organizations to Tilman & Company. Prior to retiring from the U.S. Army, he was the first Army officer to Command North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command, where he reorganized the 1,800 person bi-national and joint headquarters and integrated 35 federal, state, and non-governmental organizations for the defense and security of North America.

He has commanded at all levels in joint and Army assignments, from Company to Geographic Combatant Command, including combat operations in Grenada with the 82nd Airborne Division; Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan; and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq.

He also served as Instructor and Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the U.S. Military Academy. As the Deputy Commander of Combined/Joint Task Force-76, he was responsible for the 18,000 troops conducting combat operations in Afghanistan; as the Commander of Multi-National Corps-Iraq, he commanded the 135,000 troops conducting combat operations across the country of Iraq. General Jacoby served as the Director of Strategy, Plans, and Policy for the Joint Staff, where he led planning for coalition and NATO operations in Libya, assisted in the Middle East peace process, and served as the U.S. Military Representative to the United Nations.

His military decorations include awards from the governments of Canada, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, and Colombia. An avid writer and historian, he has penned scholarly monographs on the efficacy of air campaigns and the organization of modern Brigade Combat Teams and Op-Eds on Ballistic Missile Defense and strategic deterrence.

General Jacoby has served on several organizations, including the Council of Foreign Relations, the El Pomar Foundation, the Association of the United States Army, and the U.S. Naval Institute.

General Jacoby holds a B.S. from the United States Military Academy as well as an M.A. in History from the University of Michigan; an M.S. in Military Arts and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies at Ft Leavenworth, Kansas; and an M.A. in Strategic Studies from the National War College at Ft McNair, Washington, D.C.


Thurs., April 8 | 10:40 – 11:00 AM ET

Agility, Resilience and Winning at Change

From the battlefield to the corner office, today’s leaders and their teams must confidently brave the unknown. Jacoby and Tilman will present a roadmap to help you take advantage of the unprecedented possibilities to dominate change instead of being dominated by it.

Richard Levick, Esq.

Chairman and CEO, LEVICK

Richard Levick, Esq. is Chairman & CEO of LEVICK, representing countries and companies in the highest-stakes global communications matters – the Venezuelan crisis; Qatar; the Chinese trade war; the Gulf oil spill; Guantanamo Bay, the Catholic Church and many others.

Mr. Levick was honored multiple times on the prestigious list of “The 100 Most Influential People in the Boardroom” and has been named to multiple professional Halls of Fame for lifetime achievement.

He is the co-author of four books and is a regular commentator on television and in print. Mr. Levick speaks all over the world; at West Point, The Army War College and teaches at Fordham Law School.

Thurs., April 8 | 12:45 – 1:15 PM ET

Trust on Trial: Risk Management in a Cancel Culture

From sophisticated activist investors and NGOs to online campaigns and citizen journalists, no organization these days is immune from crisis. Most aren’t good at anticipating the “canary in the coal mine” and instead play Whack-a-Mole, responding to the symptoms not the cause. Companies are accustomed to reacting to a crisis but crisis now operates at the speed of light, leaving little time for reaction, only anticipation and preparation. So what do companies do? Join us to find out.

Joseph Prochaska, Jr.

Board Member, Synovus Financial Corp.

Joseph (“Joe”) J. Prochaska Jr is an experienced board member and strategic financial executive with over 30 years helping some of the world’s largest insurance related companies improve profits, navigate transformation activities including mergers and acquisitions and enhance financial systems. Joe has an extensive background in accounting, financial reporting, financial systems, and risk evaluation. He also brings deep information technology experience including enterprise-wide financial and operating systems and cyber security. Joe is designated as a Qualified Financial Expert under Sarbanes-Oxley and serves as an independent director and Qualified Risk Expert on the Synovus Financial Corp. Board.

Joe has served on the Synovus Financial Corp. Board since 2011. In 2011 he stood up the Company’s first Board Risk Committee and he chaired the committee for several years. He is still a member while now chairing the Audit Committee. His board experience includes participation on private company boards in the real estate, technology, and data analytics arenas as well as various charitable boards. He also has extensive experience participating as a member of internal regulatory boards for statutory insurance companies.

Joe was the Executive Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Principal Accounting Officer for MetLife, Inc. from 2003 until his retirement in 2009. Before joining MetLife, he served as Senior Vice President, Controller, and Principal Accounting Officer of Aon Corporation from 1998 to 2003. Joe was actively involved in all financial activities for both entities worldwide including the filing of all SEC reports as well as many compulsory regulatory reports to state insurance departments, the US government, and the Federal Reserve Bank. He also participated actively on numerous merger and acquisition activities at both firms in due diligence, integration activities, and valuation. He has a thorough understanding of the capital markets and valuations. Joe oversaw financial reporting systems during his tenure at MetLife and Aon and was active in designing and implementing operational IT systems.

At MetLife and Aon and, his previous employer, Shand Morahan, which all had extensive overseas operations, Joe developed broad international experience across Europe and Asia and he personally transacted business in over 25 countries. He is well-versed in dealing with multiple currencies and different financial norms and was recognized for his ability to motivate and manage diverse staffs located in multiple offices around the globe.

Mr. Prochaska started his business career at a Big 4 CPA firm before moving to the corporate world. He has worked as a CEO, President, and Treasurer of smaller organizations before moving back to the financial arena. Through these experiences, he acquired deep operational, profit & loss responsibility, and financial expertise.

As a Board Director, he has continued his education attaining the designation of a Governance Fellow from the National Association of Corporate Directors. He is a CPA and has maintained his property & casualty insurance broker license for over 30 years. Recently he has focused his education on cyber security and third party risk management both as a participant and presenter in seminars and meetings.

He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in Accounting and is a CPA. He has volunteered his time to several charitable organizations over the years especially the University of Notre Dame and Elmhurst University, where he serves on the Endowment Investment Committee. Joe and his wife, Gina, have three grown children and six grandchildren. Pre-Covid they travelled extensively when not working and have been to over 80 countries.

Thurs., April 8 | 1:15 – 1:45 PM ET

Tackling Risk in the Boardroom

With the growing number of risks facing today’s boards, what is the best way to approach risk oversight in the boardroom? Where do different non-financial risks belong—the audit committee, the governance committee? What are the pros and cons of a separate risk committee? This panel of veteran board members will share their lessons learned and unique perspectives on the different structures and processes their boards use to prioritize and monitor risks to get—and stay—ahead.

Myrna Soto

Board Member, CMS Energy, Spirit Airlines and Popular Inc.; Chief Strategy and Trust Officer, Forcepoint

Myrna Soto is the Chief Strategy and Trust Officer for Forcepoint. Forcepoint is a global cybersecurity technology leader for user and data protection. Forcepoint’s behavior-based solutions adapt to risks in real-time and are delivered through a converged security platform that protects network users , cloud access, and prevents confidential data from leaving the corporate network, and eliminates breaches caused by insiders. Forcepoint creates safe, trusted environments for thousands of enterprise and government customers in more than 150 countries. Myrna serves on the Boards of CMS Energy/Consumers Energy (NYSE: CMS), Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) and Popular Inc. which operates under the brand names of Banco Popular, and Popular Bank (NASDAQ: BPOP). She is recognized as a Governance and Board Leadership Fellow by the National Association of Corp Directors. Myrna Soto recently served as COO of Digital Hands LLC. Digital hands is an award-winning managed security service provider (MSSP) focused on providing world-class security operations to customers and partners. She was responsible for Security Operations, Service Delivery, Sales, Customer Success, Marketing and HR. Myrna was also a Partner at ForgePoint Capital (Formerly known as Trident Capital Cybersecurity) and was a member of the ForgePoint Capital Investment Team. Myrna Remains a Venture Investor & Advisor for ForgePoint Capital. ForgePoint Capital is a venture capital fund focused exclusively on investing in Cybersecurity companies. Prior to joining Digital Hands & ForgePoint Capital Myrna served as Corporate SVP & GCISO (Global Chief Information Security Officer) for Comcast Corp. In her role, Myrna was responsible for all security & technology risk management for the Enterprise. Her scope of responsibility included over 54 business lines within the Comcast Portfolio. Myrna Served in her Role as Corp SVP & Global Chief Information Security Officer for 9 years. Myrna has had over 28 years of focused Information Technology/ Security experience and accolades within a variety of industries, including: financial services, hospitality, Insurance/Risk Management and gaming/entertainment. Prior to joining Comcast, Myrna served as CISO & Vice President of Information Technology Governance for MGM Resorts International (formerly known as MGM MIRAGE). She previously held senior leadership positions with American Express, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Kemper Insurance. Myrna holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University, a Master of Science degree in Industrial Psychology, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University. Myrna also holds a Masters Certification in Program Management from George Washington University. She is the recipient of the 2015 CSO Compass Award and was named Information Security Executive of the Year in 2013 by ISE. CNET also named her one of the top 20 Most Influential Technology Latinos in 2014. She was recognized by SC Magazine as the Top 10 Power Players for Women in Security in , Top Women to Watch by Diversity Journal Magazine, named to the Top 100 CISOs list by Hottopics, and named to the Top 50 Women in Internet Security. She was recognized by Multi Channels News as a member of the 2017 “Wonder Woman” honoree class. In August of 2019 she was named to ALPFA’s List of 50 Most Powerful Latinas in Business for the third year in a row, ranked as #1 in 2019. She is a Maestros Awardee, Named to Women’s Inc Most Influential Corporate Directors, named by Bold Business as one of the Top 25 leaders in CyberSecurity and was named as one of the World’s Top IT Security Influencers by CISO Platform.

Wed., April 7 | 11:20 AM – 12:00 PM ET

Making Data Privacy a Competitive Differentiator

The amount of data produced today is staggering, and companies are racing to capitalize on the opportunities that come with it. From a data and privacy perspective, boards are wrestling with understanding not only what is legal but also what is ethical and aligns with the company’s brand. This panel will help you assess your organization’s data strategy and data privacy risks and, in turn, establish privacy capabilities that not only meet the new regulatory future but earns the goodwill of customers.

Leo Tilman

Co-Author (with General Jacoby), Agility: How to Navigate the Unknown and Seize Opportunity in a World of Disruption

Leo Tilman is a leading authority on strategy, risk intelligence, and finance and a long-time advisor to companies, governments, and institutional investors around the world. Prior to founding Tilman & Company, a strategic advisory firm, Tilman held senior roles at BlackRock, Capitol Peak, and Bear Stearns.

Tilman is the author of four books: Agility (2019, with General Chuck Jacoby, former Commander of NORAD and US Northern Command), Financial Darwinism (2008), Asset/Liability Management (Ed, 2003), and Risk Management (2000). In 2010, in collaboration with the Nobel economist Edmund Phelps, he co-authored a Harvard Business Review proposal to create the First National Bank of Innovation. In a 2012 European Financial Review article, Tilman reshaped the concept of risk intelligence, positioning it as an essential new competency for companies and investors. He is the creator of the Corporate Risk Scorecard (Barron’s, 2013).

In recent years, Tilman was one of the main architects of a public/private partnership involving The White House Rural Council, USDA, and the Farm Credit System that brought billions of dollars of private capital to innovative companies and projects (2014-2017). He served as Lecturer at Columbia University where he taught core curriculum, graduate-level finance (2006-2016).

Tilman has been profiled as Business Visionary by Forbes and honored by the World Economic Forum.

Thurs., April 8 | 10:40 – 11:00 AM ET

Agility, Resilience and Winning at Change

From the battlefield to the corner office, today’s leaders and their teams must confidently brave the unknown. Jacoby and Tilman will present a roadmap to help you take advantage of the unprecedented possibilities to dominate change instead of being dominated by it.