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New York Chapter In-Person Event | Charting the Unknown: A Masterclass on Non-Financial Risks for Board Directors
Grant Thornton NY Offices
757 3rd Ave 9th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
Category: New York Metro

Charting the Unknown: A Masterclass on Non-Financial Risks for Board Directors


Ever seen a corporate governance nightmare firsthand?

Dive into the intricate world of corporate risks as we go beyond the financials. Discover how Boards and Audit Committees can proficiently assess and manage risks. You will get an understanding of the Landscape of Non-Financial Risks and hear real world examples from Board Directors.

Equip yourself with strategic insights to fortify your company and board against such risks, including:

  • Streamlined risk management frameworks for your board
  • Critical roles in preempting and handling corporate crises
  • Multi-level company actions to safeguard your interests
  • The event will touch on Digital Assets & Privacy; Crypto, Blockchain & AI Risks; and Human Capital (CSR, ESG, and DEI)

Register Today. Seating is limited.


5:30 Registration & Networking
6 PM Program and Q&A
7 PM Reception & Networking


$45 Member Registration
$75 Non-Member Registration


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Thank you to our Chapter Sponsors!



Thank you to our Event Sponsor!



Alice Brennan
Board Director

Alice Brennan is a public and private company board director with more than 20 years of boardroom experience. She has deep knowledge of enterprise risk management, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance, as well as broad knowledge of the financial services sector. Currently, she serves as a board director for Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company ll, a private sustainable infrastructure company, the RENN Fund, a publicly traded equity mutual fund, and FRMO Corp., a publicly traded holding company.

She served as the first Chief Compliance Officer of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and then as the architect of the award-winning enterprise risk management program at Verizon Wireless. She is the former president of the Stockholder Relations Society and board director for the Society for Corporate Governance. She studied chemistry and biology at Skidmore College and received a master’s degree in microbiology from Columbia University. She holds a law degree from Hofstra Law School. She has earned a NACD Directorship Certification. She is a NACD New Jersey Chapter board member.


Markus Veith
Grant Thornton LLP

Markus is Grant Thornton’s National Industry Leader for Digital Assets, Blockchain & Web3 and is also the Partner-in-charge of the Northeast Financial Institutions Practice. He is also an SEC and IFRS specialist and is a member of the AICPA Digital Asset Working Group. Markus has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and in public accounting. He has led client services for a variety of multinational digital asset companies such as cryptocurrency exchanges, trading desks, digital asset custodians, wallet companies and payment processors for over 9 years.

Markus leads audit and advisory engagements for several digital asset clients of the firm. As Industry Leader, Markus has authored and developed our firm’s audit methodology and helped build our Blockchain technology center of excellence. Additionally, he leads audits of both public and private financial services organizations ranging from large multinational financial institutions to broker dealers and fintechs. He also leads internal audit and other risk management engagements as well as consulting projects on loan reviews, operational process reviews, post-merger integration, due diligence, and asset securitization. Other areas of expertise include capital raises and IPOs.


Shiva Rajgopal
Kester and Byrnes Professor
Columbia Business School

Shiva Rajgopal is a world-renowned expert on ESG, financial reporting issues, fraud, executive compensation, corporate culture and corporate governance.

Professor Rajgopal has been internationally recognized for his scholarship on several occasions including the prestigious American Accounting Association (AAA) Notable Contribution to the Literature Award (thrice), Graham and Dodd Scroll Prize given by the Financial Analysts Journal (twice) and the Glen McLaughlin Award for Research in Accounting Ethics (thrice). Shiva is passionate about bridging academic theory with policy setting and corporate practice. He writes a regular column for Forbes and has published op-eds in every major outlet. He advises think tanks, asset management firms, advisory firms and professional and trade associations.



Gene Quinn
Advisor, Board Director, Private Investor
Confluence Partners, LLC

Gene Quinn is president and sole proprietor of Confluence Partners, LLC, a family office that invests in and advises start-up and scale-up private companies in travel, finserv and media technology. Gene is a pioneer in digital media, fintech and travel after a mid-career transition from a successful career as sports editor of the Chicago Tribune and sports editor and columnist of the Philadelphia Daily News. He was the first GM of Tribune Interactive Services, where his team launched Chicago Online and Destination Florida in the early 1990s following Tribune’s investment partnership with America Online. He also was the first Senior VP of MTV Networks Online and Interactive Television. Since 2021, Gene has been co-chair of the non-profit Decentralized Identity Foundation’s travel & hospitality working group.

Gene’s governance background includes director of public companies Checkfree (e-bill payment) and Open Market (e-commerce platform); director of private companies Tnooz (e-media), Phocuswright (e-travel consulting) and Integrated Development Enterprise (B2B software). He also served as chairman/director of the trade group Interactive Services Association (online / web), non-profit Travelscrum, Inc. (travel education post-Covid), non-profit conservation group Henry’s Fork Foundation; and member of advisory boards of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA, birthplace of the Mosaic web browser) and the MIT Media Lab. Gene has an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and is a mentor at NYU’s Hospitality Innovation HUB, a travel incubator for startups.