Upcoming Events

Debrief of COP28
Tuesday, December 19, 2023
10:00 AM EST
We are especially excited about our December SERC Risk Leadership webinar on Views from COP28 featuring our guest Tom Kerr from the World Bank who will be fresh from attending this conference.
View Event : Debrief of COP28

Recent Events

A Matter of Life & Death: Supply Chain Disruptions & Critical Shortages in the U.S. Pharma Industry

November 10, 2023

This one-hour SERC webinar will bring together pharma industry senior supply chain executives to discuss a topic of utmost personal importance to many Americans: Why have we been experiencing ongoing shortages of critical drugs used in the treatment of life-threatening conditions such as cancers and cardiac ailments; and shortages of even routine medicines prescribed for chronic conditions such as hypertension?

Currently, the U.S. has serious shortages of over 300 critical drugs- from chemotherapeutics to antibiotics. These shortages have once again highlighted the importance of robust supply chains in the pharmaceutical industry. In this webinar, our expert industry panel discusses what's behind these shortages; the impacts of financial, pandemic, climate and regulatory risks; and the key actions needed to ensure a reliable & continuous supply of safe and effective drug products to consumers.


  • Dov Gardin, Chief Risk Officer, Catalent Pharma Solutions
  • Stuart Glickman, V.P. of Supply Chain at Emergent BioSolutions
  • Kerry Ingalls, Senior Military and Biotech Executive

Moderator: Sandor Boyson, Emeritus Research Professor, Smith School

The Outlook for Commercial Real Estate

October 18, 2023

Watch the recording

The commercial real estate sector has generated some concern among banking analysts, rating agencies and other market observers. In this webinar, we discuss the outlook for commercial real estate risk with one of the industry's foremost authorities, Al Brooks, Head of Commercial Real Estate at JPMorgan Chase. We'll explore what's been happening in this market, which segments of CRE are faring better and worse than others and why, what we are likely to see over the next 12 months and how companies are managing their CRE risks in light of potential headwinds.

Speaker: Al Brooks, Head of Commercial Real Estate, JPMorgan Chase

Moderator: Cliff Rossi, Director of SERC

Past Events

Mortgage Risk Summit

The 7th Annual Mortgage Risk Summit scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023 in Washington, D.C.  This year’s Summit, hosted by SEBA – ZRG Partners, the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, Mortgage Bankers Association, Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae will include topics ranging from today’s economic outlook, climate risk, risk culture as well as panel focused on the Board Risk Committee all with notable industry leaders as speakers and panelists. 

Extreme Weather Events in 2023: A Harbinger of Accelerating Climate Risk or Unusual Weather Patterns?

September 29, 2023

Watch the video

In this webinar, our three expert panelists will discuss some of the recent extraordinary weather events around the US from Maui's wildfires, drought in the western US, severe weather in the southeast to flooding in the northeast. NOAA's Chief Scientist, Dr. Sarah Kapnick, along with Professor Tim Canty from the University of Maryland's Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Dept. and Dr. Bob Brammer, SERC Executive Risk Fellow will provide insights on what's driving these extreme events and how we should be thinking about their relationship to long-term climate change. The panel will also explore the intersection of science and risk mitigation actions to address extreme weather risk on the private sector, governments and communities.


  • Sarah Kapnick, Chief Scientist, NOAA
  • Bob Brammer, Board of Visitors, College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences
  • Tim Canty, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Maryland

Moderator: Cliff Rossi, Director of SERC

Managing AI in the MedTech sector

June 28, 2023

Watch video

Advances in artificial intelligence are transforming development and delivery of medical technology.  In this webinar featuring Abhi Gandhi, a veteran risk manager and executive in the life sciences and medtech sectors, we explore the risks associated with AI in the medtech sector and how companies need to prepare for managing these risks as AI capabilities grow.

ABA Risk and Compliance Conference

June 14, 2023

Prof. Cliff Rossi addressed more than 2,000 risk professionals at the American Bankers Association’s annual Risk and Compliance Conference on June 14, 2023. Rossi focused his presentation on building and sustaining an effective risk culture and how enterprise-wide collaboration is an essential piece of an effective risk culture.

Download the keynote presentation

Balancing the Three Lines of Defense

April 6, 2023

Watch video

The three lines of defense (3LoD) doctrine is well-established at most depository institutions, providing a framework that establishes accountability for risk with business units and a checks and balances mechanism on risk management across the enterprise. Even so, 3LoD by itself is not sufficient to ensure risks are managed effectively. Several high-profile risk events at some large banks over the last several years have highlighted issues that can undermine the 3LoD framework. In this session with Mia Pittman, CRO at the Federal Housing Administration, we'll discuss the importance of risk culture, clarity in roles and responsibilities and distinctions between positional and personal power to the 3LoD model.

Liquidity & Capital Risk Webinar
Hosted by the Smith School and Deloitte

July 20, 2022

Watch video

As the global economy recovers from the effects of the worst pandemic in a century, financial markets now face major challenges from several sources: the worst inflationary period in 40 years, rapidly rising oil and commodity prices and interest rates, and war in Europe. Against this backdrop, the liquidity and capital positions of financial institutions appear strong. But what are the warning signs of deterioration in firm liquidity and capital if market conditions worsen that risk managers should be monitoring over the next year or so? Our panel of experts will discuss these issues and provide insights into how you can improve the monitoring, measurement, and management of liquidity and capital risk as it relates to the performance of your firm and/or counterparties.

Join Dr. Clifford Rossi (Executive-in-Residence and Professor of the Practice, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland), James Depfer (Senior Manager in the Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP practice), and Greg Young (Director of the Counterparty Risk Analysis Division, Ginnie Mae) discussing these issues.

Risk Leadership Series: Mahesh Aditya, CEO Santander Consumer Bank US

May 5, 2022

Watch video

A discussion on Risk Leadership with Mahesh Aditya, President and CEO of Santander Consumer, Clifford Rossi, Finance Professor of the Practice, and Robert Iommazzo, co-founder and Managing Partner of SEBA Executive Search.

Risk Leadership Webinar
With Prof. Cliff Rossi & Ryan Zanin, Chief Risk Officer, Fannie Mae

Feb. 17, 2022

Watch video

SEBA Risk Leadership Series: Unraveling the Circumstances Behind Credit Suisse's Archegos Loss: Lessons for Risk Managers

July 2021

Maryland Smith Professor of the Practice, Cliff Rossi, and special guest, Yury Dubrovsky, Chief Risk Officer for Lazard Ltd.


A Scientist's Take on Climate Models and Risk Management Applications
With Dr. Tim Canty

November 17, 2021


SEBA Risk Leadership Series: Fifth Annual Mortgage Risk Summit

October 7, 2021

Elevating your Cyber Security Risk Management Awareness and Capabilities
With Clifford Rossi and Tim Li

August 17, 2021


SEBA Risk Leadership Series: Regulation Risk: Impact to Banking & FinTech

March 31, 2021


SEBA Risk Leadership Series: Digital Mortgage Risk Summit – 2021 Economic Outlook

November 20, 2020

Request video for replay.

SEBA Risk Leadership Series: Scenario Analysis in the Age of COVID

Sridhar "Subra" Subramanian, Head of US Consumer Risk, BMO Harris Bank

October 16, 2020

Request video for replay.

SEBA Risk Leadership Series: Digital Mortgage Risk Summit – Chief Risk Officer Panel

October 14, 2020

Request video for replay.

Consumer and Commercial Loan Risks in the Time of COVID

John Stewart, CRO, Boeing Employees Credit Union

September 11, 2020

Request video for replay.

Candid conversations with Professor of the Practice Cliff Rossi on how various leaders in risk management are managing the current crisis.

Risk Perspectives in Turbulent Times

July 31, 2020


In our inaugural Risk Leadership Webinar Series, we'll interview Anil Hinduja, chief risk officer for Freddie Mac to gain perspective on topical risk issues. Learn more.

Unraveling the Circumstances Behind Credit Suisse's Archegos Loss: Lessons for Risk Managers

Maryland Smith and SEBA International present this webinar as part of the "Risk Leadership Series". We thank Maryland Smith Professor of the Practice, Cliff Rossi, and special guest, Yury Dubrovsky, Chief Risk Officer for Lazard Ltd. for their time and expertise.


Managing Risk During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sizing the Eventual Economic Damage of COVID-19: A Risk Assessment - VIDEO
Clifford Rossi, Professor of the Practice & Executive-in-Residence
April 1, 2020

Supply Chain Crisis: How Best In Class Organizations Battle Pandemic Risks - VIDEO
Sandor Boyson, Research Professor
March 31, 2020

How Responses to Crisis Create Risk Chain Reactions: The Case of COVID-19 - VIDEO
Clifford Rossi, Professor of the Practice & Executive-in-Residence
March 30, 2020

Back to Top