Programs and Events

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 result? The gap between academia and practice grows smaller. Long-time experts and fresh new thinkers offer each other challenges, and help each other find solutions. Industries that once seemed worlds apart find common ground. And every member of the conversation leaves knowing more—about why risk matters, and how it can be used to their advantage.

Risk Culture in the Financial Services Industry
March 7, 2016

Financial institutions are accustomed to facing many kinds of risk, including credit, liquidity, operational, reputational, and regulatory risks. How firms manage these risks affects the availability of credit and overall economic growth in the economy. The Risk Institute brings together a high-level panel of experts including:

  • Kevin R. Allard
    Deputy Superintendent for Banks, Deputy Superintendent for Savings and Loan Associations and Savings Banks, Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Financial Institutions
  • Steven Chenenko 
    Chief Investment Risk Officer, Nationwide Insurance and
    Chief Risk Officer, Nationwide Bank
  • Helga Houston 
    Chief Risk Officer of Huntington National Bank
  • Rick Wilson 
    Principal Examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
  • Professor Isil Erel - Moderator
    Associate Professor of Finance and Academic Director of The Risk Institute, Fisher College of Business

The panel will focus on how regulators influence adoption of risk culture in financial institutions, as well as how the financial crisis moved regulatory risk to a more central point in the conversation of risk management and subsequently how critical culture is to risk management. The panel will also provide perspective on who is responsible for instilling culture, how it can be measured, and the positives and potential pitfalls of this approach.  

Past events

The Risk Institute 2015 Annual Conference
DISRUPTION: Implications for Risk Management
October 7-8, 2015

Our second annual invitation-only conference took place on October 7-8, and focused on DISRUPTION and it's implications for risk management.  Attendees gained a greater understanding of how your organization can approach the many sides of DISRUPTION, and leverage it to create value. For more information and our speaker line up, visit the 2015 conference webpage

Summer Alumni Networking Event - June 11, 2015

Fisher College of Business and OSU alumni networking event was held at the Longaberger Alumni House, Thursday, June 11 from 5:00-7:00pm.  We spent a summer evening to catching up with fellow alumni, enjoying appetizers and drinks, and sharing how The Risk Institute's outreach, research and educational activites are relevant to alumni and their industries.

The Risk Institute Open House - November 19, 2014

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.

Chief Risk Officer Panel - October 28, 2014

CRO panelThe Risk Institute hosted a panel of high-level risk management professionals who discussed enterprise risk management strategies in the various industries they represented.  The panel consisted of Michael Mahaffey, the Chief Risk Officer for Nationwide, Steve Haynes, the Chief Risk Officer and VP for Strategic Initiatives at American Electric Power, Doug Huffner, Associate Risk Officer at The Ohio State University and David Mehrle, Senior Vice President of Retail & Business Banking Risk at Huntington National Bank. The panel was moderated by Professor Greg Sabin. 

The Risk Institute Launch Event and Conference - October 22-23, 2014

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.