Day 2 Highlights from the 2015 NICSA Strategic Leadership Forum

KKP_7292Welcome to day 2 of the 2015 NICSA Strategic Leadership Forum! This morning kicked off bright and early in the resource center with breakfast, exhibitors and roundtable discussions. Led by the NICSA Technology Committee, attendees ate and discussed a variety of topics including: SDLC-Agile, data analytics, robo advisors, speech analytics, eDelivery, CRM and strategic management of data.

Attendees filed into the general session room anticipation for James Glassman, Former Ambassador and Expert on Finance. Ambassador Glassman not only discussed the economic state of the U.S., but events from the past, present and future have impacted the financial services industry. Luckily, Ambassador Glassman stuck around to moderate an interactive investment industry panel discussion featuring a few of our industry experts. Dan Houlihan, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Fund Services, North America, Northern Trust; Michael Roland, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Voya Investment Management; and Peter Poulin, Principal, Advisory, Deloitte discussed some of the hot industry topics, like cybersecurity and risk management, while reflecting on their professional experiences.

Afternoon breakout sessions began promptly at 11:00am. Attendees went their separate ways to sit in on one of the three sponsored sessions: End to End Oversight: From Board to Back Office sponsored by Broadridge; The Dissolving Boundaries: Passive Strategies Achiever Explosive Growth, Alternatives Become Core and ETFs Mature sponsored by PwC; and Liquid Alternatives: Time for Investor Education and Risk Awareness sponsored by State Street.

The conference wrapped up with lunch and the closing keynote delivered by Rob O’Neill, Team Leader, Naval Special Warfare Development Group (SEAL Team 6). Rob captivated listeners with his stories of his leadership roles in more than 400 missions and how to approach strategic planning when failure is not an option.

Thank you to everyone for making the 2015 NICSA Strategic Leadership Forum a great success. A special recognition to this year’s conference co-chairs Nick Nichols, Vice President, DST and Nicole Best, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Heartland Advisors Inc. for their hard work and dedication.

We look forward to seeing you in Hollywood in 2016!



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