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Risk Conference

Risk Conference
Chicago Board of Trade building

The annual Risk Conference brings together a select group of experts to explore a wide range of risk topics, helping us navigate the challenges ahead. The conference is hosted by the Arditti Center for Risk Management at DePaul University.

2021 Risk Conference

The 2021 virtual conference examined how the global coronavirus pandemic has created enormous challenges in areas of risk.

Keynote Speaker

  • Richard L. Sandor, chair and CEO of American Financial Exchange, LLC

Introduction: Jeff James, lead portfolio manager, Driehaus Capital Management (0:00)

Panel 1: Managing Market Risk in 2021 (9:14)

  • Moderator: Suzanne Sprague, managing drector, credit & liquidity risk, risk policy & banking, CME Group


  • Sunil Cutinho, president, CME Clearing
  • Max Heitner, haed of risk, Driehaus Capital Management
  • Dave Zurkowski (BUS '85), head of market risk, KRM22

DePaul Alumni Profile: Lauren Blackmun (BUS '12), vice president, stratigic implementation, BAKKT (42:17)

Panel 2: Securing a Risk/Finance Internship or Career  (49:47)

  • Moderator: John Lothian, executive chairman, John J. Lothian & Company, Inc.


  • Bevon Joseph (BUS-MS ’19), founder and CEO, The Greenwood Project
  • Mike Dennis, chief commercial officer, ABN AMRO Clearing Chicago LLC
  • Troy Kane (BUS '06), head of global derivatives and FICC development, Citadel Securities, and instructor at the Driehaus College of Business

DePaul Alumni Profile: Dave Zurkowski (BUS '85), head of market risk, KRM22 (1:12:34)

Panel 3: Managing Organizational Risk In a Work From Home Environment  (1:17:24)

  • Moderator: Michael Phillips, CISO, vSEC, adjunct professor at DePaul University


  • Lamont Black, associate professor of finance, Driehaus College of Business
  • Alli Brennan, managing director, head America's at CQG, Inc.
  • Bob Fitzsimmons, executive vice president, Wedbush Securities
  • Nancy Kearney, vice president & head of operational risk, Allstate Insurance

DePaul Alumni Profile: Eric Johnson (BUS '11, MBA '16), senior equities trader, Prime Trading (1:50:27)


  • Q&A with Richard L. Sandor, chairman and CEO, American Financial Exchange, LLC (1:55:56)

Closing Remarks: Thomas Berry, chair, Department of Finance & Real Estate, Driehaus College of Business (2:32:48)

2021 Risk Conference Recording