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The Risk Institute

The Risk Institute is where thought leaders, seasoned professionals, and students of risk come together. We’re constantly engaged in an open, collaborative dialog about risk: its complexity, its relevance across all industries, and its potential as a tool for competitiveness and growth.


The Risk Institute Open House took place on November 19

The Risk Institute Open House brought together students and faculty from diverse department across Ohio State interested in risk-related research. The open house was designed to introduce The Risk Institute to the Ohio State community, and provide details about available funding for research on topics related to the identification, measurement and management of the ever-changing and often interconnected risks impacting organizations. We also announced the call for papers for The Risk Institute’s first academic conference taking place April 24, 2015 and a Request for Proposal for research grants. Both of these opportunities are designed to advance our approaches to leveraging and managing organizational risk.

View Call for Papers and Request for Proposals

Balancing Risk to Create Value

Balancing Risk eventOver the past several years, innovation has been widely touted by both executives and researchers as an effective means for companies to revitalize their strategy, improve their financial performance, and create long-term growth and value. In this session of the 2014-15 Risk Institute Executive Education Series, Fisher College of Business Associate Professor Michael Leiblein discussed the importance of effectively managing innovation and various associated risks that companies face and introduced a simulation exercise to help sensitize executives to the challenges of innovation. James Sonnett, Managing Partner at Redwood Innovation,  discussed a series of models and tools that may be used to accelerate innovation and the implications of these approaches based on his experiences as an Innovation Executive at Battelle, DuPont and W.L .Gore. Overall, the session emphasized the importance of balancing the role of innovation and the associated risks to create value.

The Risk Institute Launch Event and Conference

The Risk Institute Launch and ConferenceOur first conference and launch event took place on October 22-23, 2014, bringing together academics, practitioner experts, institutions and companies interested in participating in the conversation about integrated risk management.  For more information and speaker line-up, visit the conference webpage or read the press story.


Founding member’s Chief Risk Officer honored by American Banker

Helga HoustonCongratulations to Huntington’s Senior EVP and Chief Risk Officer Helga Houston, who has been selected as one of the “25 Women to Watch” in American Banker magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Banking feature. Houston is one of the industry’s most high-profile risk management executives and is an active board member of the Risk Institute.

The Risk Institute Blog: Getting the Conversation Started

The Risk Institute Blog is now up and awating your contribution to the discussions on all things related to risk management - topical events, new academic research, and thoughtful commentary on integrated risk management issues from faculty and top practitioners. Book mark the web address today and visit often! 


The Risk Institute In the News 



Denita Strietelmeier
Program Manager
Phone: 614.688.8289
301 Fisher Hall
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Columbus, OH 43210