Transforming Risk into Confidence: A PwC podcast series

Transforming Risk into Confidence: A PwC podcast series

This series is focused on helping you to assure confidence in the controls, systems and processes that drive your business forward. Podcasts feature PwC specialists that work with clients every day to address today’s most compelling topics and challenges related to digital risk and transformation, internal audit, risk management, compliance and trust and transparency.... Show More

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February 26, 2021 18 min

In this episode, Chris Cook is joined by Monica Nayar and Ed Jasitias to discuss the emerging trends revealed from PwC’s 2020 M&A Integration survey and what companies and board of directors should be focused on now to capture deal value. 

We discuss the following questions:

(1:30) - What are we seeing from the 2020 PwC M&A integration survey in terms of deal trends? 

(3:26) - What have we seen in the survey about integration ...

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In this episode, Fran Grabowski joins Tiffany Gallagher to discuss the new healthcare interoperability rules, the top risk and compliance concerns for consumers, payers and providers, and the case for organizations to treat this as a strategic opportunity.

We discuss the following questions:

1:18 - What is interoperability and what are the goals of the new rules?
4:03 - What are the top concerns and challenges and how do we expect the...

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CEOs are facing increasing pressure to show progress around diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and, now, social justice. But many companies are unprepared to meet the demands for greater transparency into their DEI strategy. In this episode, Sheri Wyatt joins Kevin O'Connell to talk about the importance of an effective DEI strategy, the challenges many organizations are facing and steps they are taking to meet those challeng...

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Recent market volatility has led to heightened regulatory scrutiny of the integrity of index data. In this episode, Wes Bricker joins Beth Savino to talk about the rise of index investing, and how asset managers can drive transparency while navigating the regulations being implemented to ensure the market functions as designed.

We discuss the following questions: 

0:40 - What is the current landscape around index investing, and what ...

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ESG is front and center for boards and leadership teams in the banking and capital markets sector. In this episode, Kevin O’Connell invites Matt Giordano and Corey Merrill to delve into ESG, it’s impact on this industry and what banks are doing to remain competitive.

We discuss the following questions:

0:36 - Why is it the time for banks to put ESG at the forefront?
2:33 - What are banks doing from an ESG perspective to remain competi...

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November 16, 2020 11 min

Investors want to know that energy companies are thinking about the appropriate ESG risks and opportunities, and incorporating those topics into the company's strategy. In this episode, Kevin O’Connell and Chuck Chang highlight those risks and opportunities and offer advice to help them to improve their ESG results.

We discuss the following questions:

0:36 - What are some broad trends in ESG?
1:43 - Why is ESG important to the ene...

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Regulatory complexities continue to grow, while the pace of new products and services has accelerated and innovation and regulatory technology (RegTech) solutions are becoming commonplace. In this episode, Matt Shelhorse joins Chad Gerhardstein to discuss the need for compliance program effectiveness in this environment, including the key compliance elements and trends in this remote and virtual environment.

We discuss the following...

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November 10, 2020 14 min

In this episode, Vrushali Gaud joins Kevin O’Connell to discuss ESG priorities for technology companies, and how they are addressing the challenges and risks associated with stakeholder demands and commitments.

We discuss the following questions:

0:36 - What is ESG and how are technology sector companies prioritizing it?
4:07 - What areas of ESG are top of mind for the technology sector? What commitments are tech companies making?
7:57...

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November 4, 2020 14 min

In this episode, Jenn Kosar joins Kevin O’Connell to discuss the importance of ESG in the Insurance sector, what investors and regulators are expecting, and how top global insurers are implementing ESG strategy.

We discuss the following questions:

0:34 - Why is ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) so important to the insurance sector?
2:20 - How mature are the ESG strategies of the top global insurers?
4:45 - What do investors wa...

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In this episode, Jennifer Lendler discusses how the pandemic has impacted companies' use of artificial intelligence (AI) and how they can navigate these complexities and build trust in their AI.

We discuss the following questions:

0:30 - How has the artificial intelligence landscape evolved in our ever-changing world?
3:01 - Where do you start on this journey to protect and build trust in your AI?
4:28 - What are some questions...

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In this episode, Monica Nayar and Mike Bellin join Eric Watson to discuss special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), which are generating a lot of activity in the market. They explain the complexities and challenges and the actions that should be considered as companies navigate towards successful mergers when looking to go public.

We discuss the following questions: (below times are dependent on further audio edits)

0:50 - How d...

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In this episode, Ryan Folscroft joins Kevin O’Connell to discuss how environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are impacting the four quadrants of the asset and wealth management (AWM) industry, and how firms are finding operational and commercial value.

We discuss the following questions:

0:35 - What is ESG and how is it impacting the asset and wealth management industry?
3:05 - Are firms finding real operational and commerc...

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Joe Sousa joins Kevin O'Connell to discuss the benefits of data lake technology, and the importance of implementing proper governance standards to help manage the risks associated with this technology.

We discuss the following questions:

0:36 - What is a data lake?
1:42 - What are some of the benefits of data lake technology?
2:56 - How are data lakes being leveraged by organizations today?
4:56 - How can we ensure data lakes do not...

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Companies are increasingly providing their customers more access to data, but how do they know they can trust the data? In this episode, Treesha Govender joins Kevin O'Connell to discuss the importance of providing assurance over data management controls given the increasing demand from regulators and customers.

We discuss the following questions:

0:36 - What are the key drivers for more extensive assurance over data management c...

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In this episode Stephen D'Arcy joins Erik Nolte to discuss the potential for intelligent controls automation to reduce the cost of compliance and improve quality and confidence in your controls environment.

We discuss the following questions:

0:41 - What is intelligent controls automation?
1:56 - What is an example of how it plays out in practice?
3:59 - What are some of the main benefits companies can expect from this solution...

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In this episode, Marie Hache joins Kevin O'Connell to discuss the risks associated with communicating ESG claims and commitments made during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the importance of aligning those commitments with your organization's purpose and value.

We discuss the following questions:

1:49 - With many companies having financial difficulties in the current situation, is ESG still relevant in today’s world?
2:47 - Researc...

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In this episode, Julie Holden and Michael Isaac join Lillian Borsa to discuss re-thinking resiliency and the steps you can take now to strategically revise your business continuity management (BCM) program in the wake of COVID-19.

We discuss the following questions:

2:11 - How do you define business continuity management?
3:04 - What are some key lessons that organizations experienced during the pandemic and what they should be thinki...

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In this episode, Elizabeth McNichol and Carrie Duarte join Jill Pavlus to discuss how data and technology help you manage your operational risks as you implement and monitor your return to work strategy.

We discuss the following questions:

0:57 - What areas are organizations focusing on when it comes to de-risking their return to work plans?
4.49 - What are some ways that we are helping our clients with their return to work strateg...

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In this episode, Michelle Hubble joins Mike Maali to discuss the focus areas and process to successfully manage a SOX compliance change management program.

We discuss the following questions:

0:37 - What do organizations need to consider when managing their SOX change process?
2:08 - How important is scoping the SOX program first?
6:01 - How important is digitally upskilling a SOX program?
6:48 - How should you engage stakeholders as yo...

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May 27, 2020 19 min

In this episode, Jaime Phillips and Jeff Sorensen join Michelle Hubble to discuss the four key pillars to digitizing a SOX compliance program and how to address the associated challenges.

We discuss the following questions:

0:41 - Why do organizations need to focus on the entire program when looking to digitize a SOX program?
2:20 - What are the four key pillars that are important when digitizing a SOX program and the challenges aroun...

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