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Innovation: Building Company Resilience

January 28, 2015 

Part II of the Center for Risk Management’s series on corporate resilience offers a one day program focusing on case studies, frameworks and tools from companies that are leveraging innovation as a core component of their resilience strategy.  Learn about companies that have successfully leveraged new technologies and trends through creating a culture of ongoing business model innovation versus incremental development of core assets.

Innovation, when built into resilience, enables companies to redefine and redeploy risk-taking to effectively anticipate, adapt to and/or rapidly recover from a potentially disruptive event. 

Companies are challenged by what appears to be a contradiction of terms between resilience and innovation.  According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, resilience is the ability to reduce the effects of the magnitude and duration of disruptive events.  Yet many companies drive resilience through risk-mitigation strategies that, by their very nature, paralyze innovation and limit capacity to recover from a disruptive event.  

Resilience and innovation, when brought together, empower companies to proactively neutralize disruptions caused by terrorists, hostile nation states or cyber criminals, enabling business continuity and protecting company value and reputation. 

The Center for Risk Management invites you to join your peers and subject matter experts for a full day of executive dialogue to explore the inter-connectedness between emerging vulnerabilities, risk-taking, company preparedness and the increasingly important role that innovation will play in responding to—perhaps even embracing—disruptive events.

 Session highlights include:


Beane Hall, 13th Floor Lewis Towers

111 East Pearson/ 820 N. Michigan Avenue

Loyola University Chicago


Seminar II

Innovation: Building Company Resilience

January 28, 2015

9:00-9:02 a.m.


Christopher P. Skroupa, Founder and CEO, Skytop Strategies

9:02-9:10 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Serhat Cicekoglu, Director, Center for Risk Management, Loyola University Chicago, Quinlan School of Business

9:10-9:40 a.m.

Topic #1 Defining Resilience and Innovation

Defining Resilience: Establishing Context

Co-Chair: Fiorella S. Iannuzzelli, Director, PWC

9:40-10:10 a.m.

Innovation and Imagination

Facilitator: Gabe Cooper, CEO, Brushfire Interactive and Virtuous Software

10:10-10:55 a.m.

Topic #2 Emerging Best Practices: How Companies Relate to Risk and Resilience

PPP:  How Company, University and Government Collaboration Advances Research

Facilitator: Jay Bhatt, Managing Deputy Commissioner and Chief Innovation Officer, Chicago Department of Public Health

(Refreshments Available During Sessions)

10:55-11:50 a.m.

Case Stories: What They Reveal About Real versus Attempted Innovation

Facilitator: A. Spencer Wilcox, CISSP, CPP, C/CISO, Special Assistant to the VP & Managing Security Strategist, Exelon

11:50–12:35 p.m.

Topic #3 Clearing Up Operational Ambiguities

Defining Innovation as Resilience Capacity

Co-Chair: Mackenzie K. Phillips, Chief Corporate Counsel, JLL

(Working Lunch)

12:35–1:30 p.m

Understanding Operational Disruption and Response

Facilitators: Thomas J. Kneir, Director, Product Security, Abbott Labs

Kevin R. Brock, BrockCRS, LLC, Assistant Director for Intelligence, FBI (Ret., Former Principate Deputy Director, National Counterrorism Center

1:30–2:15 p.m.

Topic #4 Integrating Innovation into Company Resilience

Trans-Disciplinary and Cross-Thematic Considerations

Facilitator: Gary Lawrence, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, AECOM 

(Refreshments Available During Sessions)

2:15-3:00 p.m. 

Entrepreneurs versus Top-Down Innovation

Facilitator: David J Westfall, Sr. Director, Decision Support and Innovation Leader, Aon-Hewitt

3:00-3:00 p.m.

Topic #5 Next Generation Company Resilience

Why Technology Alone Won't Prevent Costly Disruptions

Co-Chair: John Pirc, Chief Strategy Officer, Bricata

3:30-4:15 p.m.

The Passionate Pursuit of Improvement and How Corporations Can Act Like Lean Start Ups

Facilitators: Halil Aksu, Founder and Chief Thinker, GelecekHane

David M. Wong, Senior Director, Innovation & Acceleration Lab, CME Group

4:15-5:00 p.m.

Seeding Self-Transformation: Multi-Nationals Investing in Companies to
Ultimately Disrupt Their Business Models

Facilitators: Serhat Cicekoglu, Director, Center for Risk Management, Loyola University Chicago, Quinlan School of Business

Mark Bills, Partner, metre22, LLC

5:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks 

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