It is 8:00pm as the last conversation ends between a Director of Audit and Risk in the Energy sector and an Executive Director in the private equity industry. Although they have only just met, they’ve spent the evening with plenty to talk about, particularly surrounding our first Happy Hour Topic, Strategy and Risk.
At 5:00pm we opened the doors of a quaint London bakery and welcomed professionals from all industries to join us to discuss strategy and risk; three hours on our guests have exchanged ideas, enjoyed plentiful food and wine and are leaving with a selection of fantastic new contacts.
Throughout the event, intended to include a 20 minute presentation followed by 40 minutes of networking, exchanges and debates were lively, to say the least. Andrew Smart, presenting the Manigent methodology for aligning risk appetite and exposure, took close to an hour to get to the end of his short presentation, having been, happily, interrupted by questions, opinions and debates from the audience. Click here to view Andrew's presentation.
We shared questions, opinions and experiences on combing risk to strategy at further operational levels within organisations, on how to get the board’s attention to risk issues and risk assessment, on which business drivers to use when defining risk appetite and how to use key indicators to get the best management response, to name just a few of the most interesting debates and discussions.
The evening was a success - friendly, enjoyable and interesting for everyone who attended. This morning, we already have several repeat sign ups for the forthcoming Happy Hour (March 22nd).
Will you join us next time?
To read more about forthcoming, free-to-attend, Happy Hour events and register your interest (places are limited) click here.