& Risk

November 14 – 15, 2023  |  Washington, D.C. & Digital

Executive Leadership Exchange

For Qualified Attendees

The Executive Leadership Exchange (ELE) is an executive program for up to 50qualified Security & Risk executives. The program will create a private senior executive network supporting leaders’ priorities, demonstrate Forrester’s thought leadership tailored to qualified c-suite executives​, and offer rich, facilitated networking sessions and peer case studies targeting best practices aligned to executive priorities.​

ELE is an invite-only program. To be considered, those interested must be the CISO, CRO, or senior-most security or risk leader from their organization, not reporting into any higher executive with direct security or risk responsibility. Applicants cannot be representatives from direct security provider organizations that sell security and risk products or services. Attendees who may meet these qualifications will be invited to join the ELE experience.

Please contact with any questions.  

Exclusive Agenda

Recommended Executive Agenda

Take Forrester’s guidance on which sessions from the entire conference to attend as a c-level security and risk leader.

Private Executive Sessions

Attend private sessions featuring exclusive case studies, networking sessions and private presentations from Forrester analysts.

Detailed agenda coming soon.

Analyst Access

Priority Analyst 1:1 Booking

Receive advanced, priority booking for 1:1 networking and guidance meetings with our best-in-class analysts & experts.

Private ELE Networking Lounge

Connect with your peers during the conference at the exclusive sessions and in a private networking lounge in the virtual experience.

Detailed Agenda

Monday, Nov. 13

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Meet Your Peers: ELE Networking Reception 

Join us for a pre-conference reception where you can network with Forrester experts and industry peers who will be part of the ELE program throughout the event.

Jess Burn, Principal Analyst, Forrester


Tuesday, Nov. 14

8:00 am – 9:00 am | Exclusive Networking Breakfast

Start the day with a nourishing meal, the company of your fellow ELE participants, and an overview of the day ahead.

12:40 pm | Exclusive Lunch Keynote: A CISOs Guide To Building A High-Performing Security Team

Join your ELE peers to discover the essential strategies for assembling and leading a high-performing security team in today’s dynamic threat landscape. This lunch session with Jacobs Head of Security, Raj Badhwar and Forrester’s VP and Principal Analyst Jinan Budge will dive into the critical components of team building and leadership that every CISO needs to know. Learn how the team at Jacobs is tackling the business needs of today while taking the steps to build the security team of tomorrow. This session will cover: ​

  • Identifying and attracting top cybersecurity talent that might otherwise be overlooked. ​
  • How CISOs can nurture a collaborative security culture. ​
  • How security teams can foster a more inclusive environment and community for all.

Raj Badhwar, Vice President, Global Head of Cybersecurity, Jacobs
Jinan Budge, VP, Principal Analyst, Forrester

5:30 pm | Private Networking Reception

Enjoy this opportunity to further engage with peers met during the ELE program.

Wednesday, Nov. 15

12:05 pm | ELE Lunch Keynote: A Q&A With The Security & Risk Enterprise Leadership Award Winner

Hear the “behind the scenes” story of the Forrester Security & Risk Enterprise Leadership Award Winner and ask your questions about the journey that led to the award and the winner’s perspective on the road ahead.  


  • To Be Announced
  • David Levine, VP, Executive Partner, Forrester 

S&R Forrester Women's Leadership Program: Balancing Effectiveness And Influence

S&R Forrester Women’s Leadership Program: Balancing Effectiveness And Influence Monday, Nov. 13 | 1:00-3:30 PM
Advancing Women’s Leadership in Security & Risk

Join us as we discuss the many ways you can power change and growth for yourself and other women in the workplace. Network and learn from your peers on advancement strategies for women leaders and participate in conversations about how to develop meaningful relationships with women leaders in the data and analytics industry. All are welcome to join!

Panel: Avoid The “She’s Not Strategic”* Trap: Balancing Influence And Effectiveness To Lead In Cybersecurity

If you take pride in your ability to get stuff done and prefer to let your work speak for itself (because you’re uncomfortable with self-promotion), this session is for you. Paradoxically, many ambitious and talented women miss out on leadership opportunities precisely *because* they’re excellent at getting stuff done — they end up spending all their time executing effectively, or no one notices their strategic contributions among all the operational work that they do. For this session, we’ve assembled a fantastic panel of information security leaders who’ve faced this challenge. Here’s what you’ll take away from this session if you join us:

  • How to make space for contributing strategically — and how to highlight your strategic contributions (yes, this will involve some self-promotion!)
  • How to build influence and visibility with the leaders above you in the organization
  • How to help those more junior to you avoid or climb out of this trap

*Jess Iandiorio, the author of this 2020 blog post, is a former Forrester colleague who’s now the CMO at Starburst.


Jada Breegle, CIO, Legal Services Corporation
Mary Faulkner, VP, CSIO and VP of IT Operations, Thrivent
Sarah Nur, Associate Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity and Treasury Chief Information Security Officer, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Stephanie Balaouras, VP, Group Director, Forrester

WISP Scholarship
To cultivate a more diverse cybersecurity community and help support women entering the field, Forrester has partnered with WISP (Women in Security & Privacy) to offer four deserving individuals a chance to attend this year’s Security & Risk Forum. During the Event, Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to attend numerous keynote and track sessions, collaborate with esteemed Security professionals, and receive 1-on-1 mentoring from Forrester’s leading analysts.

To learn more about WISP and their mission to advance women to lead the future of privacy and security, check out their website here.


Diversity & Inclusion are part of the fabric of Forrester’s culture. We are excited to share that this year’s program includes sessions dedicated to a number of important areas of focus as it relates to Diversity & Inclusion.

The section below highlights sessions which are available to attendees during the program.


Build A Better Listening Strategy To Inspire And Enable Your Employees  

Gone are the days when leaders stood in front of their followers and told them what matters. Modern leaders engage their teams to learn from them, and with them, what matters in business and for customers. But that can only happen with a more purposeful listening strategy. In this session, attendees will learn:   

  • What listening is and why it plays the largest role in an organization’s approach to employee input.  
  • How listening is a productive, rather than merely reactive, tool for improving the business.  
  • Why successful leaders will be known as much for what they learned as what they said.

Speaker: David Johnson, Forrester


Earning Excellence: How Managers Can Inspire And Enable Sustained Excellence 

Energy and engagement are finite resources that are essential to achieving business results. One of the challenges that organizations and leaders face is that these resources have been depleted for many of their employees due to a lack of strategies to refresh and sustain that energy. In this session, we will: 

  • Define “tired rock stars” — high-engagement contributors who are at risk of burning out. 
  • Guide leaders to see the tired rock stars in their ranks (including, possibly, themselves) and understand them more clearly. 
  • Share how leaders can sustainably earn excellence from their talent. 

Speaker: Jonathan Roberts, Forrester


The Evolving Drivers Behind Accessibility Commitments: Attracting and Retaining Talent Enters The Spotlight 

Compliance and avoiding lawsuits are no longer the primary drivers behind enterprise accessibility commitments.  In this panel session we will discuss why firms increasingly cite “attracting and retaining talent” as a top driver behind accessibility commitments and the best practices to deliver on those commitments.  

You will learn:  

  • The myths of providing accommodations and how to manage an increasing number of requests from employees 
  • How companies personalize their employee value proposition at scale 
  • Why a “one size fits all” approach to accessibility doesn’t work and why having a strong, accessible, culture can be the difference between a productive employee base versus and unsatisfied one


  • Sarah Bernard, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Inclusively
  • Charlotte Dales, Co-Founder & CEO, Inclusively
  • Gina Bhawalkar, Forrester


Fireside Chat: Resilience, Growth Mindset And Self-Care: A Leadership Journey

A personal & professional journey that has seen this Product Leader succeed across multiple industries, geographies and at the intersection of technological & business disruption. In this fireside chat, Ash Mukherjee will discuss with Monica Carlesso how she has grown as leader by embracing curiosity and displayed grit to open to be constantly out of the comfort zone, yet has learnt how self-care is key to leadership and a sustainable growth. Modern leadership is about embracing change and dichotomies, both as strategic business levers but also to lead compassionately through massive societal changes and Monica will share her story with Ash. 
During this session, we will discuss:  

  • A product leader’s journey across different industries and geographies, exploring challenges and implications
  • How to overcome the bumps of a growth journey with curiosity, grit and self-care.   


  • Ash Mukherjee, Forrester
  • Monica Carlesso, Lloyds Banking Group


Fireside Chat: Inner Master, Outer Impact: Lessons in Leadership 

Hitendra’s mission is to discover, codify, and explore the laws of success in life and leadership. With an MBA and Ph.D. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Wadhwa brings a mathematician’s rigor and a truth-seeker’s spirit to some of today’s most vexing questions about authenticity, success, leadership, and human potential. In this conversation, we’ll explore with Hitendra his personal journey of discovery, his insights, and his recommendations for defining, and then achieving purpose, and how you can be a better leader with Cultural Intelligence. 


  • Ash Mukherjee, Forrester
  • Hitendra Wadhwa, Mentora Institute

Bring Your Team

“If you want to go fast, travel alone. If you want to go far, travel together.” Security & Risk 2022 provides a broad and deep agenda to maximize learning and networking opportunities for groups of attendees from the same company.

Take another look at the agenda today. Browse some sessions you think would interest your team. See for yourself why it really is smarter to “travel together” when you come to this year’s Security & Risk Forum.

Small Team

Pricing incentive for teams of 5-9 paid attendees from the same enterprise.

  • Discounted Tickets: Receive 5 tickets for the price of 4 in one transaction. No code required, add 5 tickets to your cart and receive 20% off.

Large Team

Pricing and experiential incentive for teams of 10+ paid attendees from the same enterprise.

  • Preferred Access Seating in Keynote Room: Premier seating reserved for Team attendees.​
  • Preferred Access Badge: Unique name badge identifier to signify premier-level status.
  • Access to Team Lounge: An exclusive space for Team attendees to use for huddles or down-time during the event. The lounge will be equipped with refreshments, comfortable seating, charging stations and more.=

Analyst Relations Exchange

For Qualified Attendees

The Analyst Relations (AR) Exchange at Security & Risk welcomes AR leaders to join Forrester Executives in exploration of Forrester’s evolved value proposition, product portfolio and research methodologies benefitting Security organizations. This session explores the latest on Forrester’s journey to increased value, expertise and insight for high-tech and service provider clients.

The AR Forum is for qualified AR leaders only. To be approved to attend, applicants must have an Analyst Relations title or be the verified AR leader with another title. Attendees who meet these qualifications will be invited to join the AR experience. This event is offered in-person only.

Session Details

Tuesday November 14 | 3:40 – 4:25 pm EST

Analyst Relations Exchange 

Targeted program for analyst relations leaders designed to provide private networking for AR professionals, insight on Forrester’s value proposition, product plans and research methods benefitting high-tech and service provider companies. This event is offered in-person only.


Christopher Andrews, VP, Product Management, Forrester
Andras Cser, VP, Principal Analyst, Forrester
Danielle Jessee, Director, Evaluative Research, Forrester
Merritt Maxim, VP, Research Director, Forrester