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

Digital Disruption: Strategy, Brand and Technology
January 21, 2016

Professor Deborah Mitchell (Fisher College of Business, OSU) and Keith Strier (EY) collaborated to provide insights into customers and employees perceptions about the "digital experience", and how companies can leverage digital disruptions to improve employee collaboration, operations and customer loyalty to create and capture value.   

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. More... 

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.

Demand Uncertainty, Data Analytics and Risk Management
Balancing Risk to Create Value - April 30, 2015

Following on the heels of the popular Social Media and Risk Management session, The Risk Institute held its latest session on April 30. Demand uncertainty has implications for many firm strategies including inventory management, production management, pricing strategies, sales goals, financial planning, and customer satisfaction. Thus, understanding how to approach demand forecasting from an enterprise-wide perspective is crucial in a competitive and continually changing business environment. 

Social Media and Risk Management - Balancing Risk to Create Value 
February 12, 2015

Assistant Professor Lanier Holt of the Ohio State University School of Communication discussed relevant communication theories explaining how the media can influence customer perceptions and how the application of these theories has changed in today's digital world; and Bill Deakin, Executive Director, North America Consumer Practice of EY laid out keys to developing a strong, structured and enterprise-wide social media strategy. 

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.

Balancing Risk to Create Value - November 13, 2014

Over 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. More information...

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, 2015

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.



Regular series

The Risk Institute Executive Education Series

Several times throughout the year, the Risk Institute hosts special seminars for executive business professionals. Focused on topics that range from crisis readiness to choice architecture, these seminars offer presentations from both faculty and practitioners, as well as breakout session to facilitate action-based learning.

More information on upcoming sessions.


Morning Briefing Seminars

Throughout the year, The Risk Institute hosts a series of breakfast events featuring risk managment experts who share thier experience and/or research on a risk managment topic. These events are a great format for getting valuable insight into various subjects across the risk discipline, learning more about some of the cutting-edge research going on at The Risk Institute and networking with other professionals in the risk field.  

Past Morning Briefing Seminars


 Round Table Discussions

Partners of the Risk Institute gather with other thought leaders to periodically exchange ideas and strategies, and participate in problem-solving sessions as a group. These elite events are by invitation only. Highlights can be found here on the Risk Institute website after each event.