Safety + Security

Climate Risk Management

Assessing and Managing the Risks Posed by Climate Change

March 28, 2019 12:00 pm - March 28, 2019 1:00 pm



A recent report on climate change suggests that the impact to businesses could be worse and sooner than expected. Rising global temperatures will bring stronger storms, more erratic weather, dangerous heat waves, rising seas, and large-scale disruption to infrastructure and migration patterns within the next 20 years.

Climate change is forcing businesses to re-evaluate conventional climate risk management practices that promote sustainability and reduce associated vulnerabilities.

Investors, activists, regulators, and law enforcement are also taking notice. A growing number of asset managers are adopting social impact investing and climate change lawsuits are on the rise.

Forward-looking risk managers need to also look at related business disruption and insurability, potential physical harm to employees, and access to needed resources like oil, gas, and water.

This webinar will bring together a panel of experts to provide their insight into best practices for facilitating climate-resilient decision-making.


Jeff Schlegelmilch, MPH, MBA

Deputy Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness

Jeff Schlegelmilch is the Deputy Director for the National Center for Disaster Preparedness. His areas of expertise includes public health preparedness, community resilience and the integration of private and public sector capabilities. Some topics of past work include developing inter-organizational processes for operational epidemiological modeling, evacuation and sheltering planning for people with medical dependencies, and adapting business intelligence systems for disaster response and recovery operations.

He has advised local, state and federal leaders on preparedness programs and policies and has briefed congressional staff on key preparedness legislation and funding areas. He frequently serves as a subject matter expert source for the media and is an expert Contributor for The Hill. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from UMASS Amherst in Health Policy and Management, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Quinnipiac University.

Christine Harada

President of i(x) investments, Former Federal Chief Sustainability Officer for the United States during the Obama administration

Christine is a seasoned executive, with significant experience in advisory and business operations. She has senior executive leadership experience with government agencies and professional services firms. Most recently, she served as the Chief Sustainability Officer of the United States for the Obama Administration. In this role, Christine provided oversight for all sustainability related initiatives across the Federal government in energy, fleet, and acquisitions, overseeing game-changing improvements that added to our nation’s clean energy future.

Previously, she served as the acting Chief of Staff for the U.S. General Services Administration; and also as the Associate Administrator for the Office of Government-wide Policy and Chief Acquisition Officer. In this role, she helped provide government-wide policies and guidance to enable the sustainable and efficient use of assets, effective acquisition leadership, and sound identity & information management.

Paul Rodel

Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton

Paul Rodel is a corporate partner and a member of Debevoise’s Capital Markets, Banking, Private Equity and Latin America Groups. He represents U.S., Latin American and European companies in the financial services, energy, banking and media industries in registered, private and offshore capital markets transactions.

Mr. Rodel is a frequent speaker and author on securities regulation and corporate governance issues, including recently on the disclosure and reporting approaches taken by companies affected by cybersecurity events, multijurisdictional disclosure requirements with regard to environmental and climate change issues, the impact of proxy advisors on corporate governance, recent developments in insider trading, current trends in cross-border tender offers, recent developments in growth company initial public offerings, regulation of conflicts of interest in analyst research, as well as key disclosure issues for banking organizations.

David Lawrence

Founder and Chief Collaborative Officer, RANE

David Lawrence is the Founder and Chief Collaborative Officer of RANE. He previously served for approximately 20 years as Associate General Counsel and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. During his tenure, David formed and was the global head of the Business Intelligence Group. His role covered a wide range of legal, regulatory, diligence and transactional responsibilities for the firm, as well as advising Goldman’s clients directly. David served on a number of the firm’s global risk-management and investment committees, including its Commitments and Capital Committees. During his tenure, David worked with his industry counterparts to lead in the development of Wall Street’s first design and implementation of controls and technology to safeguard against money-laundering, illicit finance, terrorism financing, foreign corrupt practices and violations of economic sanctions. In 2013, David received the FBI Director’s Award for his efforts in combating international terrorism.