April 23, 2015 | Palo Alto, California: Government officials, CEOs, Board Directors, and Senior Risk, Audit, Compliance, Quality, & Legal executives in attendance at MetricStream’s third annual GRC Summit 2015, will have the unique opportunity to meet and hear from Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of the international bestsellers The Black Swan and Antifragile. An essayist, scholar, statistician, and risk analyst, Nassim Nicholas Taleb will take center stage at the GRC Summit to give a keynote address on the topic ‘Risk and Resilience: A Blueprint For The Future.’ Taleb will also participate in a mastermind interview with MetricStream Chief Operating Officer, Gaurav Kapoor, which will be followed by an audience question and answer session. This is a rare opportunity for the GRC community to come together and interact with one of the world’s foremost thinkers on risk and uncertainty.

This year’s GRC Summit, based on the theme ‘Maximize Business Performance Through GRC Journey,’ will be held at the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City in the Washington DC area from May 11 - 13, 2015. The event will bring together business leaders, government officials, policy makers, and GRC practitioners from across the globe to meet, share, and learn from one another.

Taleb’s black swan theory is an extremely important concept for GRC professionals, and the messages in his books align closely with the context and theme of this year’s GRC Summit. Taleb’s theory of black swan events serve as a metaphor for unpredictable losses that have a major effect, and are often inappropriately rationalized with hindsight after the fact. Taleb compels us not to focus on forecasting black swan events, but rather, to build a protective shield against the negative black swan events that might occur, while also being able to swiftly exploit the positive ones. Taleb’s most recent book, Antifragile takes his black swan concept one step further, making the claim that antifragility, which goes beyond being resilient and robust, is about driving continuous improvement and performance. According to Taleb, antifragility is the blueprint for living in a Black Swan world.

Today we live and do business in a mobile, social, global, and cloudy world marked by the unprecedented volume, velocity, and variety of risks. Taleb’s black swan concept has helped further our understanding of both risk and opportunity, and has become an important concept in risk management programs and frameworks around the world.

In addition to Black Swan, Taleb’s other bestselling books include Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets; The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms; and Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder.

This must-attend GRC industry event will feature several keynote speeches, over 50 sessions, workshops, MetricStream App trainings, industry and function-specific panels, customer case studies, and more. The event offers attendees over 600 minutes of networking and the possibility to earn up to 20 CPE credits.

To learn more about MetricStream GRC Summit, or to register, please visit the event website: http://www.grc-summit.com/.

About MetricStream

MetricStream, the independent market leader in enterprise and cloud applications for Governance, Risk, Compliance (GRC) and Quality Management, makes GRC simple. MetricStream apps improve business performance by strengthening risk management, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, vendor governance, and quality management for hundreds of thousands of users in dozens of industries, including Financial Services, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Energy and Utilities, Food, Retail, CPG, Government, Hi-Tech and Manufacturing. MetricStream is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, with an operations and R&D center in Bangalore, India, and sales and operations support in 12 other cities globally. (www.metricstream.com).

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