The need for trained risk experts has never been greater.

As it becomes more and more evident that risk impacts every part of an organization—and that one risk is connected to countless others—companies are taking notice and taking action. They’re seeking team members who have a well-rounded understanding of risk’s threats and opportunities and are able to guide their companies through them with capability and confidence. That’s why the Risk Institute provides risk education to Fisher students and working professionals whose understanding of risk is critical to organizational success.

RMAFisher Risk Management Association

The Fisher Risk Management Association (RMA) is a group of graduate and undergraduate students who meet two -three times a month to enhance their understanding of risk beyond the classroom. Meetings include guest speakers, panels, resume work and mock interviews, and recruiting events.

Spring 2017 meetings

Meetings are every Monday, 6:00-7:00pm in #209 Schoenbaum Hall. Follow Fisher RMA on Twitter @RMAOSU. Fisher students can visit the RMA's website for info. For questions about the RMA or about how to become a member, please contact Director of Membership, Gavin Bridegum.

  • March 6 - Mike Glaser, Manager - Midwest Region, Trade Credit, Aon Risk Services
    Mr. Glaser will discuss how businesses navigate trade in an ever-changing global economy and the cutting-edge risk solutions Aon provides to its cutomers.
  • March 27-29 - Ed Katersky, retired CRO of CVS, RMA Risk Manager in Residence
    Sponsored by The Spencer Foundation, the RMA is proud to host Ed Katersky
  • March 27 - Lunch with Ed Katersky
    Join the RMA for a boxed lunch session, in which Ed Katersky will speak about his career in risk and enterprise risk management at CVS.  12:00-1:00pm, Gerlach 315.   
  • March 27 - Ed Katersky, retired CRO of CVS
  • March 31 - Site Visit for Business Simulation Competition Participants
  • April 7 - Business Simulation Competition

    Who: Free for any student!
    Where: Mason Hall
    When: Friday, April 7th. 9:45am - 6:00pm
    The TLA & RMA Business Case Simulation will test participant's acumen of various business disciplines including Operations, Industrial Systems, Supply Chain Management, Risk Management, Finance, and Human Resources as they compete in teams for prizes totaling in $3500. Our competition will also feature a site visit to Toys 'R Us distribution center on Friday, March 31st from 8:30am-12:15pm. For more info:

*Meetings prior to March 6 are included in the archives below.

Previous Events

  • 2016-2017

    August 29 - The Future of Risk Management - Philip S. Renaud II, Executive Director, The Risk Institute

    September 12 - Risk Management in the Financial Industry - Key Bank

    September 19 - JPMorgan Chase Risk Management Overview

    Learn more about the Risk Management team at JPMorgan Chase and how they help the firm's business leaders understand, mitigate, and manage risks, shape decisions, influence models and work with regulators. Find out what training and opportunities are available in risk management at JPMorgan Chase.

    September 27, 2016 - Navigating Disruption without Diversity?  Think Again.
    Pre-Conference Panel -The Risk Institute 2016 Annual Conference

    The best way to navigate disruption is to harness the power of diverse thinking by enabling people with different experiences. Gender diverse leadership is proven to increase the skills businesses need to navigate the disruptive trends transforming their industry. This interactive panel will address meaningful and measurable actions organizations and persons can take to deliver a more diverse and inclusive workforce.  
    Students gained valuable insights on opportunities for a career in risk, as well as have the opportunity to network with leading risk professionals from various companies and industries. 

    Sponsored by EY, The Risk Institute, and the Department of Finance at Fisher College of Business as part of EY's "Women. Fast Forward." initiative.

    • October 3 - Professional Designations for Risk Practitioners - State Auto
    • October 10 - Enterprise Risk Management - Perspective from the Retail Industry - EXPRESS, Inc.
    • November 4 - 2016 RMA Case Competition
      Case distribution - Oct 24, 6pm
      Case coaching session - Octr 31, 6pm
      Case presentations due - Nov 3, 4:30pm 
    • January 23 - Gustavo Cruz, Manager of Business Development, Resilience 360 at DHL

      Mr. Cruz, Manager of Business Development for International Logistics Company Deutsche Post DHL, will lead a discussion on supply chain risk, featuring a presentation of DHL's innovative Resilience 360 software.
    • January 30 - John Wallace, Head of Enterprise Risk Management, Vantiv
      Mr. Wallace will lead a discussion on risk as it relates to commercial payments, and will share insights in to the hybrid industry model of payment processing companies such as Vantiv.
    • Feb 6 - Ryan Mason, Asset Protection Analyst, Big Lots Stores, Inc.
      Mr. Mason will discuss with us how large retailers such as Big Lots protect and secure their assets by employing risk management principles. Big Lots is currently hiring Risk Management Interns, attend this meeting for more info.
    • Feb 13 - Carmen E. Edgehouse, Jr., VP, Practice Leader, P&C Middle Market, Oswald Insurance Companies
      Oswald Companies is recognized as one of the nation’s most successful and admired insurance brokerage and risk consulting firms. Join us as we dive deeper into the philosophies that got them there.
    • Feb 20 - Bob Bowman, Director of Risk Management, The Wendy's Company
      Mr. Bowman discusses the challenges and risks associated with managing one of world's largest fast food chains, highlighing modern challenges of the fast-food industry and how Wendy's works to overcome them.
    • Feb 27 - David Mehrle, SVP of Retail and Business Banking Risk, Huntington
      Mr. Merhle will discuss the topic of payment fraud and how financial institutions are currently managing and mitigating that risk.
  • 2015-2016

    April 20, 2016 - The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation - Central Ohio Insurance Education Day

    The Risk Institute Executive Director, Phil Renaud, wants to take 5 students with him to this year’s program - From Drones to Driverless Cars: Changes and Challenges Abound.  You will hear from insurance industry professionals, including a panel, on issues currently impacting the industry, as well as those that will have implications for years to come. Program details:

    April 15, 2016 - 2016 Fisher Risk Management Business Simulation Competition
    A challenging and competitive event taking students through an exciting learning experience in which they manage a simulated business continuity exercize in direct competition with other teams. Preparation for the event is minimal - students receive pre-read materials one week prior to the event.  On the day of the event, students are introduced to the exercise and possible approaches to the problem. They are then divided into groups and begin working on plans and actions related to incident response, business resumption, recovery and restoration.  Industry experts are on hand during the event to coach teams through aspects of the case. 

    Awards will be given at the end of the day, decided by a panel of industry and faculty judges, who will judge the presentations on various criteria.

    April 14, 2016 - End of Year Professional Banquet

    Graduate and undergraduate students interested in the field of risk management will have the opportunity to mingle with risk professionals in a formal setting. This event will help create stronger relationships between professionals in the risk management field and OSU while simultaneously raising awareness of the Risk Management Association and its goals. 

Professional Organizations

The Risk Management Association (rma)

If you are a full-time student enrolled in a major related to banking, business, management, administration, finance, economics, or accounting, the Risk Management Association offers free membership for students who want to position yourself as a strong candidate for a career in the financial services industry. There is a local chapter here in Columbus that is engaged with The Risk Institute. Registration information can be found here.  Also, be sure to check out The Risk Management Assocation Student Resource Center.

The Risk Management Society (RIMS)

Gain access to the membership and resources of one of the world's largest risk management professional associations.  Membership is free and offers risk students opportunities to build relationships, find jobs, connect with the industry and supplement their education.  Registration information can be found here



Amount: $5,000
Eligible: Current sophomores-seniors and graduate students currently enrolled in risk or risk-related courses
Deadline: January 2018
Application: Available Fall 2017


Amount: up to $5,000
Eligible: rising juniors and seniors
Deadline: Applications will be available Fall 2017


Amount: up to $2,500
Eligible: rising juniors, seniors and graduate students
Deadline: March 2018
Application:Applications will be available Fall 2017


Enhanced Risk Curriculum

Undergraduate and graduate students at Fisher have meaningful opportunities to benefit from and participate in Risk Institute activities. In addition to learning directly from faculty involved with the Risk Institute, students may contribute to the research efforts and problem-solving pursuits of Risk Institute partners.

  • Undergraduate Specialization in Risk Management
  • Graduate Track for MBA Students
Want to learn more?

Keep in touch on LinkedInTwitter, and on our Blog

or contact

Phil Renaud
Executive Director, The Risk Institute 

254 Mason Hall | 250 W. Woodruff Avenue | Columbus OH, 43210