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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

10:00-10:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:15-10:45 a.m.

Defining Resilience: Establishing Context

Facilitator: Fiorella S. Iannuzzelli, Director, PWC

10:45-11:30 a.m.

Defining Innovation as a Resilience Capability: Clearing Up Its Ambiguities through 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 Principal Deputy Director, National Counterterrorism Center 

11:30-12:15 p.m.

The Role of Public-Private Partnerships:  How Company, University and Government Collaboration Helps Advance Technological Research

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

12:15-1:00 p.m.

Trans-Disciplinary and Cross-Thematic Considerations in Integrating Innovation into Company Resilience: Roles Played by Governance, Sustainability and Risk 

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

(Refreshments Available During Session)

1:00-1:45 p.m.

Entrepreneurs vs. Top-Down Innovation:  How C-Suites Can Enable Great Ideas to Succeed Before Those Ideas Go Somewhere Else

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

(Working Lunch)

1:45–2:45 p.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

(Refreshments Available During Session)

2:45–3:30 p.m

The Passionate Pursuit of Improvement: The Importance of a Fail-Fast Approach to Innovation and How Corporations Can Act Like Lean Startups 

Facilitators: Halil Aksu, Founder and Chief Thinker, GelecekHane

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

3:30–4:25 p.m.

Seeding Self-Transformation: Why Multi-Nationals are Investing in Companies that will Ultimately Disrupt Their Own Business Models

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

Mark Bills, Partner, metre22, LLC

4:25-4:30 p.m.

Seminar Adjourns 

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