Allison Yttreness

Degrees: Juris Doctor, Class of 2011; LL.M. in Organizational Ethics & Compliance, Class of 2015

Current position: Sr. Director of Financial Crimes Compliance at U.S. Bank

What do you find most fulfilling about your job?
The most fulfilling part of my job is finding collaboration among key stakeholders while navigating new risk challenges to determine a reasonable, successful solution to challenges.

Describe a meaningful experience you’ve had in your career.
The most meaningful experiences of my career relate to employee development and supporting my teams to ensure they have the resources needed to effectively complete their jobs.  

What motivated you to pursue a degree in Organizational Ethics & Compliance (OEC)?
I pursued an OEC degree in order to further enhance my knowledge of compliance and organizational ethics, both within the financial services industry and across other industries.
 
What skills do you feel are most important for someone in your position?
Communication is the critical. Second to that is problem solving. I attribute both skills to my time at St. Thomas, in both the J.D. and LL.M. program.

How do you engage with other St. Thomas Law alums? What has been the value of the Tommie network?
I still see several classmates from St. Thomas, personally and professionally, and I attend and recommend St. Thomas events to colleagues. St. Thomas has a great alumni engagement program!  

What was your most useful OEC class?
I really enjoyed Executive Perspectives on Compliance. The time and knowledge shared by leaders in the local compliance community were invaluable. I still use the lessons I learned from them.
 
Has your St. Thomas OEC degree distinguished you from others in your industry?
I believe my OEC degree has helped to distinguish me from peers in my field because I have a solid understanding of the backbone of compliance and ethics programs and how the key pillars of a compliance program can resonate across industries.

Did you have any concerns or hesitations prior to starting the program? Once you began taking classes did those concerns still exist?
My hesitation prior to starting the program related to balancing work priorities, family and school. I found that the flexibility St. Thomas offered for classes helped to alleviate these challenges, allowing me to continue to be successful at work and at home.