Spring Seminar: “Risk and Strategy: Maximizing the Value of Disruption”

This half-day event features a keynote presentation on Risk Leadership experience from the Super Bowl event and four breakout sessions.

Date & Time:

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
7:30 AM - 1:00 PM



Cost: Early Registration (ends Friday, February 23): $75 Standard Registration: $95 Student Registration: $50


Minneapolis Campus
Schulze Hall, Atrium & Auditorium

46 11th Street South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

The Risk Leadership Initiative invites you to our first annual Spring Seminar, “Risk and Strategy: Maximizing the Value of Disruption”.

This half-day event features a keynote presentation on Risk Leadership experience from the Super Bowl event and four breakout sessions. Topics were selected based on suggestions we received from Risk Leaders like you.

Aspiring and seasoned risk leaders are welcome to attend and contribute. Breakfast and lunch will be served and allow ample time for networking. Advanced registration is required. 


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7:30-8:30 a.m.: 

Registration & Breakfast

8:30-9:30 a.m.: 


9:30-10:00 a.m.:

Networking Break 

10:00-11:00 a.m.:

Breakout Session 1

Session 1-A: Risk Culture and Organizational Behavior

Session 1-B: COSO ERM Framework Update: An Overview for Risk Leaders

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: 

Breakout Session 2

Session 2-A: The Fair Approach: A New Way to Measure & Manage Information Risk

Session 2-B: Strategy and Risk: 5 Tips for Leaders 

12:00-1:00 p.m.:



Adrienne Jordan - Director, Project and Risk Management Office, Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee
Adrienne Jordan is a recognized leader in the corporate, sports, education, foundation, non-profit and community relations arenas. In her current role, she is responsible for leading the Project and Risk Management Office, which coordinates and supports the project, operational and financial objectives of the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee. Jordan also leads and manages all aspects of special projects as assigned by the Chief Operating Officer. For full bio, click here

Breakout Sessions

Risk Culture and Organizational Behavior


Dr. Christopher Michaelson, David A. & Barbara Koch Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics & Social Responsibility, University of St. Thomas


Chelsey Griggs, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Risk Management, Ceridian HCM, Inc.

Orlando Flores, Ethics & Compliance Officer, Americas Region, Medtronic

Dana Lindman-Gustner, Sr. Manager, Employee Relations, Caribou Coffee

People leaders and those focused on organizational behavior don’t always think of themselves as risk leaders. This is particularly true in companies with a risk management function that tends to take formal responsibility for risk-related topics. Join our panel of organizational culture shapers for a discussion on how company culture prevents and mitigates risks and is critical to the success of many company initiatives, including takeaway tips you can incorporate into your role. 


COSO ERM Framework Update: An Overview for Risk Leaders


Stephen Zawoyski, Partner, Risk Management and Compliance Solutions, PricewaterhouseCoopers 

With the release of the new COSO ERM Framework in late 2017, this session is intended to provide attendees with greater insight into the research and findings that drove the a significant framework update.  Ten key changes will be reviewed along with potential implications for your organization. You will learn how these changes were intended to elevate the relevance of ERM, meet management's and the board’s increasing expectations of ERM, and gain practical examples of the application of the new COSO ERM Framework.


The FAIR Approach: A New Way to Measure & Manage Information Risk 


Jeff Norem, VP of Security, Augeo Marketing 

In many cases, how organizations complete information risk analysis and how we communicate results to leaders is broken.  You will gain insights into why managing information risk is difficult and complex and gain insights into alternatives, including the “Factor Analysis of Information Risk” (FAIR) model.  The first 50 attendees will receive a copy of "Measuring and Managing Information Risk: A FAIR Approach" by Jack Jones and Jack Freund.


Strategy and Risk: 5 Tips for Leaders 


Lana Weber, Chief Strategy Officer, Elements Group


Dominic Venturo, Executive Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer, U.S. Bank

David Williams, Chief Innovation Officer, Elements Group

Leslie Kupchella, Founder & CEO, Leslie Kupchella & Partners 

To be competitive, companies constantly need to develop new strategies and capabilities.  This panel discussion will provide insights on the key roles of risk leaders in setting company strategy, the risk of not responding, innovative strategies companies can employ, and the impact of effective risk leadership.  You will gain practical tips on applying strategic thinking based on insightful examples shared by our panelists.  

CLE Credits:

3 Standard credits approved | Event Code: 253864

All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.