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.

2016 Annual Conference

The Risk Institute announces a dynamic line-up of keynote Gordon Bethunespeakers for its third annual conference. Speakers include Gordon Bethune (former CEO of Continental Airlines, pictured right), Cameron Mitchell (president and founder of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants) and others.  This year's event centers on the topic of Governance & Culture: A Risk Perspective. Similar to last year's conversation on disruption, our speakers will cover a broad range of topics related to governance and culture - across business processes and industries. Conference website.

Second Annual Survey on Integrated Risk Management

The Risk Institute has unveiled findings from its second Annual Survey on Integrated Risk Management. The research initiative focuses on how U.S. companies view the role of risk management, how it is structured and the ways it is integrated to support business decisions. For a summary of the findings and a link to the complete results, visit The Risk Institute Blog.

The Risk Series

The 2016 - 2017 Risk Series kicked off on Monday, June 13th with Zika - Can We Predict the Next Pandemic Outbreak?  The session focused on understanding the evolution, spread, prevention, mitigation and business impact of Zika and other viruses that have the potential to make a significant impact on business and society.
Visit The Risk Instiute Blog for Executive Director Phil Renaud's takeaways from the session.

Risk Institute Research Fellow Honored with OSU's Top Research Award

Professor of Finance and Risk Institute Research Fellow René Stulz was recently honored with the University Distinguished Scholar Award.  The honor, bestowed by The Ohio State University and its Office of Research, recognizes exceptional research accomplishments by senior professors.

A world-renowned finance authority, Prof. Stulz is one of the most prolific scholars in finance with 110 articles published in prestigious journals including the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Finance and the Review of Financial StudiesMore...

Fisher Risk Management Association President Honored with Pace Setters Award

Yuqi Wen, president of Fisher's student Risk Management Association was honored with a Pace Setters award in March. As the College’s top honor, the Pace Setter awards celebrate those students who excel both in and out of the classroom and who exemplify the purpose and passion that define Fisher students and graduates:  they are juniors and seniors who rank among the top 2% of their class and demonstrate exemplary leadership and service to Fisher and the community. See her blog post about her year as president of Fisher's Risk Management Association here.

New Chair Announced for The Risk Institute Advisory Board

The Risk Institute at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business today announced the appointment of Huntington Bank Chief Risk Officer Helga Houston as the incoming advisory board chair. Houston succeeds Mike Mahaffey, chief strategy and chief risk officer at Nationwide, who served as chair since the board’s inception in 2013. “Mike and the board have worked to effectively grow The Risk Institute’s membership and elevate the extent of its research and contributions in the study and practice of risk management. I look forward to working with our new leadership team and to advance the influence of this newest center of learning from Fisher College of Business,” said Houston.  More...

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 again this year 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 a member of The Risk Institute's advisory board.

The Risk Institute at Ohio Department of Insurance

Professor Bernadette A. Minton taught Corporate Governance & Culture to examiners at the Ohio Department of Insurance in November. Session content looked at how new regulations are affecting corporate governance and the value of embedding enterprise risk management and a healthy risk culture within the overall corporate governance and culture.

The Risk Institute can tailor programs on a wide range of risk-related topics to fit your company's education objectives and needs. Contact The Risk Institute to start the conversation about how we can work with you to create your custom risk education program. Custom Program Inquiry


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Denita Strietelmeier
Program Manager
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