USC Risk Management Symposium

Disruption: Risks and Opportunities in Sports, Television, Data Analytics, and Insurance

November 19, 2019
University of Southern California, University Park Campus, Town & Gown Ballroom

The 2019 USC Risk Management Symposium will take place on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 bringing together leading executives, policy officials, and USC faculty to discuss the disruptive forces generating risks and opportunities in sports, television, data analytics, and insurance. Please join us for this all-day event on USC’s University Park Campus in the Town & Gown Ballroom.

TO REGISTER

Early registration is $250 through October 1, 2019. General registration after October 1, 2019 is $300. Registration includes all sessions, continental breakfast, luncheon, breaks, networking reception, and conference materials. Hotel accommodations and other meals are not included.

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Symposium Speakers

Ken Basin

Ken Basin
Executive Vice President and Head of Business Affairs

Paramount Television

Ken Basin is the Executive Vice President and Head of Business Affairs for Paramount Television, where he is responsible for supervising all aspects of dealmaking and business strategy in connection with the development, financing, production, and distribution of Paramount’s broad slate of premium original television series across all television platforms. Prior to Paramount, Ken worked in senior Business Affairs roles at Sony Pictures Television and Amazon Studios. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he has also served as a Lecturer on Law, teaching Entertainment and Media Law, since 2014. Ken is also the author of The Business of Television (2018), a comprehensive overview of the business, financial, and legal structure of the U.S. television industry that has been adopted as a leading reference guide by practitioners and as an educational text by universities across the country.

Willow Bay

Willow Bay
Dean

USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

A veteran broadcast journalist and new media strategist, Willow Bay is USC Annenberg’s first female dean. She was the first woman to co-anchor CNN’s flagship daily financial news program, Moneyline, a reporter and anchor for ABC News’ Good Morning America/Sunday, and a correspondent for Good Morning America and World News Weekend, among others. As senior editor and senior strategic adviser at The Huffington Post, she managed editorial content and growth initiatives for the pioneering online news site. Since joining the USC Annenberg faculty in 2014 as director of the School of Journalism, she has launched the state-of-the-art Annenberg Media Center in Wallis Annenberg Hall, accelerated curricular innovations, and vastly expanded the school’s partnerships with key media and technology partners.

S. Eric Boyum

S. Eric Boyum
Managing Director
Technology and Communications Industry
National Practice Leader
Aon Risk Solutions

Eric Boyum serves as a Managing Director and National Leader of Aon’s Technology and Communications Industry Practice. This industry practice serves more than 1,400 clients representing over $1 billion in annual premiums.In this role, Eric leads Aon’s research, strategy and alignment of Aon core competencies in risk, health talent, and retirement to meet the current and future needs of technology companies. In 2016, Eric was appointed to Aon’s Enterprise Analytics Network focused on identifying and leveraging emerging technologies that can be used to help Aon and its clients better understand and manage their risks in more effective and efficient ways. As a part of this appointment he represents Aon Risk Solutions US at the Plug and Play start-up ecosystem. Eric holds a B.S. in Business Finance with an Emphasis in Risk and Insurance from the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse. In 2014, he was recognized as a Power Broker by Risk and Insurance Magazine.

 

Gaya

Gaya Branderhorst
Director, Americas Lead for Dynamic Risk Assessment

KPMG

Gaya Branderhorst is KPMG’s Americas Lead for Dynamic Risk Assessment (DRA), a method to assess risk in an increasingly complex and unpredictable world. DRA helps organizations create a forward-looking view of how risks interact, using network mathematics and expert elicitation techniques. Gaya has been leading the deployment of DRA with companies across industries in North and South America, including Fortune 500 ones. She is also the global specialist on the application of DRA to quantify environmental, social, and governance risks, as today’s sustainability challenges are unprecedented and inherently interconnected. Gaya holds a graduate degree in Econometrics and an undergraduate degree in Mathematics. She is currently finalizing her thesis in Sustainability from Harvard University.

Aysun Ceyhan

Aysun Ceyhan
Manager Advanced Analytics
FM Global

Aysun Ceyhan is the Manager Advanced Analytics at FM Global, where she leads a team of data scientists that develop machine learning and artificial intelligence models. Aysun holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston. Prior to her current position, Aysun held various roles in Engineering and Research at FM Global. Aysun was born in Istanbul, Turkey and currently lives in Needham, Massachusetts with her husband and two kids.

Ward Ching

Ward Ching
Adjunct Professor

USC Leventhal School of Accounting
Managing Director
Aon

Ward Ching is Managing Director – Western Region, Global Risk Consulting, Aon. He is primarily responsible for Captive and Insurance Management Services, Domicile Management, and supports a variety of Aon Management Consulting Services to clients. Ward is also part of Aon’s Alternative Risk Finance Practice and Aon’s Multinational Client Council, servicing Aon’s largest international client base. Prior to joining Aon, he was Vice President, Risk Management Operations at Safeway Inc., a Principal at Towers Perrin, and a Managing Director at Marsh. In 2019, Ward is teaching Introduction to Risk Management and Insurance as Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California's Leventhal School of Accounting. He completed undergraduate and graduate degrees, International Relations and Economics, at the University of Southern California. Ward is the 2018 Risk & Insurance Management Society Harry & Dorothy Goodell Award.

Janet Comenos

Janet Comenos
Co-Founder and CEO
Spotted

Janet Comenos is the Co-Founder and CEO of Spotted, a private-equity backed analytics and insurance company focused on disgrace and misconduct insurance. Spotted provides protection to companies who hire key people or famous people, in the case those individuals exhibit unacceptable or improper behavior. Spotted’s insurance policies are written on Lloyd’s of London paper. Janet has been quoted in The New York Times, The Guardian, CNN, Forbes, and several other reputable sources. At Spotted, Janet oversees sales, marketing, operations, and investor relations, in addition to playing an instrumental role in Spotted’s capital raise of $12 million. Janet holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a research fellow. She is also a contributor to Adweek and Entrepreneur.

Michelle Darringer

Michelle Darringer
Senior Director, Risk Management

Los Angeles Dodgers

Michelle has over 35 years of Risk Management experience specializing in Entertainment & Sports. Currently Michelle is the Senior Director, Risk Management, for the Los Angeles Dodgers. She started her career for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer & United Artists. Afterwards she went to work for Twentieth Century Fox/Fox Entertainment Group where she was Vice President of Risk Management for 12 years insuring and working on films like Titanic. Michelle then moved to Central California and started a Global Risk Management Department for MGA Entertainment & The Little Tikes Company. She has previously served on the board and is a past President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society. Lastly, in her spare time, Michelle continues to work as a Reserve Police Officer and Crisis Negotiator for the City of Manhattan Beach.

John Forry

John I. Forry 
Managing Director, International Taxation and Infrastructure Advisory
CBIZ MHM

John I. Forry is Managing Director in International Taxation and Infrastructure Advisory at CBIZ MHM, LLC. He is also a University Professor in international finance, investment and taxation at U.S., Asian, European, and Latin American law and business schools. John has served on the Advisory Group to the U.S. Commissioner of Internal Revenue and on numerous professional organization committees and projects. He has authored or co-authored six books and approximately 50 articles on international finance, investment, and taxation. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School.                                                                                     

William Holder

William Holder
Dean, Alan Casden Dean's Chair, and Professor of Accounting

USC Leventhal School of Accounting

William Holder is the Dean of the University of Southern California’s Leventhal School of Accounting, the Alan Casden Dean’s Chair, and a Professor of Accounting. Bill is an expert on financial accounting and reporting, and auditing. His research has been published in The Journal of Accountancy, The Accounting Review, the Financial Executive, and The CPA Journal. He is a recipient of the Gold Medal Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award. Bill also served as a member of the American Institute of CPAs and chaired its audit committee.

Kristen Jaconi

Kristen Jaconi
Director, Risk Management Program, and Adjunct Professor of Accounting

USC Leventhal School of Accounting

Kristen Jaconi is the Director of the Risk Management Program and an Adjunct Professor of Accounting at the University of Southern California's Leventhal School of Accounting. Prior to joining USC, Kristen served at Promontory Financial Group advising clients on risk management and corporate governance matters, strategic planning, and regulatory compliance. Prior to her work at Promontory, Kristen served as Senior Policy Adviser to the Undersecretary for Domestic Finance at the Department of the Treasury, and as senior counsel to Rep. Michael G. Oxley, Chairman of the Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives. Kristen also worked as an Associate at O’Melveny & Myers, where she advised clients on corporate transactions and corporate governance matters. 

Dr. Thomas H. Jordan

Dr. Thomas H. Jordan
University Professor
W. M. Keck Foundation Chair of Earth Sciences                          University of Southern California

Thomas Jordan is a University Professor at the University of Southern California and holds the W. M. Keck Foundation Chair of Earth Sciences. His current research is focused on system-level models of earthquake processes, earthquake forecasting, continental structure and dynamics, and seismic tomography. As the director of the Southern California Earthquake Center 2002-2017, he coordinated an international research program in earthquake system science that involved over 1000 scientists at more than 70 universities and research organizations. Tom received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1972, was head of MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences from 1988 to 1998, and moved from MIT to USC in 2000. He has been awarded the Macelwane and Lehmann Medals of the American Geophysical Union, the President's Medal and Woollard Award of the Geological Society of America, and the 2012 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Understanding of the Geosciences by the American Geosciences Institute.

Heather Brooks

Heather Brooks Karatz
President
Los Angeles Wildcats

Heather Brooks Karatz is the President of the Los Angeles Wildcats, the XFL team launching in February of 2020. She is responsible for the team's fan engagement and business operations, including ticket sales, corporate partnerships, marketing, content, communications, community relations, and the game day experience. Prior to joining the XFL, Heather served as the Executive Vice President & General Counsel of the Los Angeles Football Club. Prior to joining LAFC, Heather was the General Counsel and SVP of Independent Sports and Entertainment, formerly known as Relativity Sports. Heather also worked as an attorney for the National Hockey League during the most recent work stoppage and in the management council of the National Football League. She began her legal career at Hunton & Williams, LLP. Heather earned her law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2009. She graduated from Vanderbilt University magna cum laude in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and minor in philosophy. 

Darline Llopis

Darline Llopis
Controller

Los Angeles Rams

Darline Llopis joined the Los Angeles Rams in September 2017 as Controller. In this capacity, she manages the accounting and strategic finance functions of the team. Prior to joining the team, she started her career in public accounting with Ernst & Young as a member of the Real Estate practice serving as part of the Orange County, Chicago, and Dallas offices. During her 6 years in public accounting, she worked in providing public and private audit clients with accounting and assurance services throughout the United States. A native of Los Angeles, Darline graduated cum laude with a Masters in Accounting and BS in Business from the University of Southern California and is an active CPA as part of the American Institute of CPAs. During her time away from the office she loves to travel and recently visited her 30th country. 

Zareen Morrison

Zareen Morrison
Director of Risk Management

H&S Ventures, LLC

Zareen Morrison is the Director of Risk Management for H&S Ventures LLC, the family office for the Samueli family. In her role, she manages all commercial insurance lines for the family’s businesses as well as their personal insurance. These businesses include entities such as the Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, San Diego Gulls Hockey Club, six ice rinks facilities, including the largest indoor ice rinks facility in California, as well as two inline skating rinks facilities. Zareen earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from University of Texas, San Antonio and her Master of Science Degree in Management Information Systems from University of Houston – Clear Lake. She also maintains her Property and Casualty Insurance Broker License in California.

Hanish Patel

Hanish Patel
Managing Director

Deloitte Consulting

Hanish Patel serves as Managing Director with Deloitte Consulting. He is a Business/Digital Transformation Leader with over 20 years of media and global business experience, from leading cross-functional digital transformation projects for Deloitte, to heading both product and marketing for multinational firms. Hanish sells and delivers engagements that transform sales and support functions for new product offerings of Tech, Media, and Telecom companies – through digital technology and enablement. Hanish is also the co-author of the Deloitte’s Digital Media Trends Survey and host of Deloitte’s User Friendly Podcast.

Robert Reville

Dr. Robert Reville
President & Chief Executive Officer
Praedicat

Dr. Robert T. Reville is the CEO and co-founder of Praedicat, a risk analytics company that quantifies mass litigation risk for insurers and global industrials. Bob was a Senior Economist at the RAND Corporation, where he conceived and led an R&D project mining the text of peer-reviewed science to identify emerging "next asbestos" risks, which provided the foundation for Praedicat. At RAND, Bob was also the Director of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice, a liability research center which published influential research on asbestos; and co-director of the RAND Center for Terrorism Risk Management Policy, which published research on terrorism insurance and victim’s compensation. Bob has written over a dozen studies on workers' compensation. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Brown University.

Steve Robles

Steve Robles
Assistant Chief Executive Officer for Risk Management and Privacy

Los Angeles County

Steve Robles is County of Los Angeles’ Assistant Chief Executive Officer for Risk Management and Privacy overseeing risks associated with a $35 billion public entity budget with over 100,000 employees. Previously, he was the Director of Risk Management for the County of San Bernardino where he spent 21 years creating and supervising all Risk operations. He has served as an officer of the Public Agency Risk Management Association, training advisory Boards with the Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training, and most recently participated with the Department of Justice on 21st Century Policing. Steve holds a Bachelor’s Degree, is a retired Certified Safety Professional, and holds several Risk Management designations.

Dan Scharf

Dan Scharf
Global Head of Business Affairs
Amazon Studios

Dan Scharf is the Global Head of Business Affairs for Amazon Studios. In this role he oversees dealmaking for the studio, across television, theatrical films, and international productions.  

Prior to this role, Dan was Head of Business Affairs and General Counsel for The Jim Henson Company; and previously held roles in business affairs for the Disney Television Group, and Fox Television Studios. Many moons ago, Dan was a Deputy Public Defender in Sonoma and Alameda counties. He graduated from Columbia University for his B.A., and University of California, Davis for law school. He currently lives in Echo Park with his wife, three children, two dogs, and three chickens.

Shelley Smith

Shelley Smith
Reporter
ESPN
Reporter
Adjunct Professor 
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism 

Shelley Smith is a FIVE-time Emmy-winning reporter for ESPN since joining the network in January 1997. Most recently, she won the EMMY in long-form feature reporting for a piece she did on blind USC long snapper, Jake Olson, whom she and her producer, Nancy Devaney, spent nine years with documenting his journey. She was also a finalist, nominated in that category for a feature on Schuye LaRue, a former college basketball star now homeless and suffering from schizophrenia.

In May 2018, she and veteran sports host Chris Berman, were honored at the Vitale Foundation with the first annual John Saunders spirit award. She was also named WISE woman of the year in 2017.

She has covered just about every sporting event in existence, including the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, the World Series, college football and basketball.

A former writer-reporter at Sports Illustrated, Shelley has written extensively for ESPN.com and various ESPN in-house entities. She also has written three books – “Just Give Me The Damn Ball,” with former New York Jets and current ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson, “You Play to Win The Game,” with former head coach and current ESPN analyst Herm Edwards, and “Games Girls Play: Lessons to Guiding and Understanding Young Female Athletes.”

Prior to working for Sports Illustrated (1987-94), Shelley worked at the San Francisco Examiner, Pacific Stars & Stripes, and the Associated Press. While covering the 1988 Olympics, Shelley was the first to land an exclusive interview with Ben Johnson, whose gold medal was stripped after he tested positive for steroids. Shelley flew with him from Seoul to New York.

Samantha Stewart

Samantha Stewart
Vice President, Human Resources

Los Angeles Lakers

Samantha Stewart is the Vice President of Human Resources for the Los Angeles Lakers. In this role, she is responsible for talent acquisition, performance management, employee relations, organizational development, executive coaching, training and development, benefits, health and wellness, culture, employee recognition as well as compliance/policies and procedure for business and basketball operations. Prior to joining the Lakers in 2017, she worked as an HR Business Partner for Pernod Ricard in New York City. She also has experience working at NBCUniversal supporting the corporate functions departments and was the Manager of Talent Acquisition for two years at NBC Sports Group. Before joining NBCUniversal, she worked in human resources at The Madison Square Garden Company and at Sony Music Entertainment. Samantha received her BA degree in sociology and education from Bowdoin College and her MA degree in human resources management and development from New York University.

Kate Stillwell

Kate Stillwell
Chief Executive Officer

Jumpstart

Kate Stillwell is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Jumpstart, an InsurTech startup which has brought parametric coverage to consumers, starting with earthquake risk in California. Kate has worked to build resilience for more than 20 years: as a practicing structural engineer and past president of the Structural Engineers Association; at EQECAT (now CoreLogic) as product manager of worldwide earthquake models; and as co-founder of both the Global Earthquake Model Foundation and US Resiliency Council. Kate holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, and the University of Minnesota. She lives with her family in Oakland, California.

Andrew Wallenstein

Andrew Wallenstein
Co-Editor-in-Chief

Variety

Andrew Wallenstein is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Variety.com and Variety magazine. He has been with Variety since 2011, where he oversees all coverage of the entertainment industry, with a focus on technology. He received the Luminary Award for Career Achievement from the Los Angeles Press Club in 2017. He was an on-air contributor for NPR’s All Things Considered for nearly a decade and also hosted the PBS series “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” and TV Guide Channel’s “Square Off,” a weekly primetime series about the TV industry. He has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Business Week. He was at The Hollywood Reporter from 2002 to 2010.

Hank Watkins

Hank Watkins
Regional Director & President, Americas

Lloyd's

Hank Watkins is responsible for Lloyd’s market development activities in the US, Canada and Latin America. From offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Frankfort KY, New York, Montreal, Toronto, Bogota, Mexico City, and Rio de Janeiro, Lloyd’s is actively engaged in educational and marketing outreach to retail, wholesale and reinsurance intermediaries, risk managers, managing general agents, risk management programs at colleges and universities, and other stakeholders in the Lloyd’s market.  

Hank has more than 35 years of experience in the insurance industry and has held a range of underwriting, client management, and leadership positions in the United States and Europe at Chubb, Johnson & Higgins, Marsh, and HRH.  

Hank received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley and has completed an executive leadership program at The Wharton School.  He’s a member of the Board of Overseers at St. John’s University’s School of Risk Management and is on the boards of the Insurance Information Institute and Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (NY/Northeast Division). 

Background Materials

KPMG, Dynamic Risk Assessment (2019)

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Continuing Professional Education Credit

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