Ascend Philadelphia Chapter

ACT Initiative - Solidarity Against Bias

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Event Details:

Date: Friday, August 7, 2020

Time: 4.30 PM - 6 PM ET

Webinar will be conducted via Zoom.  Detail information will be emailed to you upon registration


Ascend stands in solidarity against racism and violence. With the recent tragic events and acts of bias and violence against our Black communities, it has continued to remind us of the racism, institutional bias and prejudice that is still prevalent in America. The Ascend Philadelphia Chapter is hosting a session to discuss this important topic. The session will be a safe space for us to discuss the role we each play to Promote Inclusion, Raise Awareness and Dencounce Bias in our societies and workplaces.

Facilitated by our Chapter President


Anurag Arora

Head, US Finance Innovation and Colleague Enablement, TD Bank

Anurag Arora is Head of US Finance Innovation and Colleague Enablement, he is responsible for driving innovation in Finance and enabling his colleagues to embrace new ways of working. Anurag is also responsible for leading transformation for US Finance.

Anurag joined TD Internal Audit in Toronto in November 2000 and moved to TD Securities Finance in 2002 and held various roles within Finance in Canada. Prior to joining TD Bank in U.S in 2015, he was the Chief  Operating Officer for TD Asia. Anurag has held variety of roles within and outside Finance in TD across different jurisdictions.

Prior to joining TD, Anurag worked with KPMG, EY and Deloitte across India, Middle East and Canada. Anurag graduated from University of Delhi and has a CA and CPA accreditation.  

Anurag lives with his wife and three children in South Jersey.

Breakout sessions facilitated by


Urvi Bham

CEO and Founder, Vikara Risk and Compliance

Urvi Bham is the CEO and Founder of Vikara Risk and Compliance, a consulting firm focused on transforming risk and regulatory compliance in the financial services industry.  Most recently she was a Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Bank of America where she also led the Asian Leadership Network.  Her prior work experience includes Freddie Mac, AOL and EY.


Sudhir Kondisetty

Principal, Risk Consulting Services, RSM US, LLP

Sudhir Kondisetty leads the Philadelphia region risk advisory practice. In this role, Sudhir oversees projects over a wide range of services, including internal audit/SOX, IT risk, financial regulatory compliance, security, enterprise risk management, etc. Additionally, Sudhir serves as the Office Managing Partner of the Philadelphia office. He also serves as the national leader for IT risk, setting the strategy and focus for the firm’s IT risk services.  Lastly, Sudhir serves as an elected member of RSM’s Board of Directors.


Prior to leading the risk advisory practice, Sudhir was involved in leading IT risk advisory projects, including IT risk assessments, IT general controls reviews, network infrastructure security testing, Sarbanes-Oxley IT reviews, Payment Card Industry (PCI) audits, Service Organization Control (SOC) attestation engagements and IT project management. He has over 20 years of consulting experience in various industries.


Roma A. McCaig

Vice President, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Campbell Soup Company

Roma McCaig was named Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability in July 2019. She leads Campbell's corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability strategies and programs, reporting to the Executive Vice President, General Counsel. Campbell has received national and global recognition for its Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability programs and practices, including being named to Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens list for 10 consecutive years, receiving a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index nine times, being named to the “Global 100” Most Sustainable Corporations five years total and appearing on multiple indices including the FTSE4Good Index and the MSCI Index Series.

Roma joined Campbell in January 2017 as Vice President, Operations and Continuous Improvement, and most recently held the position of Vice President, Procurement Business Operations and Strategy where she was responsible for managing the Campbell Global Procurement function’s core processes, performance metrics and IT systems. In that role, she worked closely with the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability team to develop and implement supplier-related corporate responsibility and risk management strategies, including responsible sourcing.

Prior to Campbell, Roma held leadership roles in business operations and operational excellence at Uber Technologies, Citrix Systems and Kaiser Permanente. Earlier in her career, she held communications and change leadership roles supporting business transformation at The Clorox Company and Bechtel Corporation.

Roma earned her bachelor’s degree in communications and advertising from the University of Tennessee. She also earned her Master of Business Administration in management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She brings a unique blend of experience, all centered on driving transformation strategies and large change initiatives in big industries like consumer products, healthcare, and technology.