The Neuroscience of Risk: Using the Brain for Stronger ERM

The Conference Board of Canada, April 13, 2016
Recorded Webinar
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Risk is everyone’s business. But as it turns out, we don’t all see it the same way.

Have you ever been surprised, frustrated, or disappointed by how your staff, board members or other stakeholders deal with risk? Perhaps they are not applying enough rigor to evaluating potential business strategies, or obsess over small risks while simultaneously burying their head in the sand when it comes to looming threats. So is getting everyone on the same page a futile endeavour? How can your organization ensure it has an effective risk management approach that everyone can get behind?

As it turns out, the brain holds a crucial part of the answer. Discoveries in neuroscience illuminate and help to explain some of the common pitfalls of risk management, including the blindspots and misperceptions individuals have around risk. Join us to learn how you can apply brain science to improve your own decisions and to design organizational processes that support your people to better handle risk.

Webinar Highlights

During this 60 minute session, Risk expert Diana Del Bel Belluz will explore the neuroscience of risk, and help you:

  • Understand the two main ways our brains approach decision-making and how each can help or hinder risk management
  • Learn about barriers to risk intelligence that are inherent in many ERM programs
  • Find out the most common ways that a lack of risk intelligence undermines the success of organizational strategies
  • Discover what neuroscience teaches us about decision-making biases that are hard-wired in the human brain
  • Find out when two heads are better than one, and when they’re not
  • Learn strategies you can use to overcome biases and enhance your risk intelligence and decision-making

About Diana

Photo of Diana Del Bel BelluzDiana Del Bel Belluz is President of Risk Wise Inc. She brings over 25 years of experience in risk management consulting to a diverse range of clients across the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors. She helps executive teams and boards gain clarity and confidence by having effective conversations about complex and difficult risk issues.

Diana’s forte is guiding clients through challenging people and leadership issues to ensure their Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) initiatives successfully and sustainably enhance accountability, performance and resilience. Her clients appreciate that she teams with them to combine their insight and knowledge about their business with her expertise in ERM and enhancing organizational risk culture. As a result, each client receives pragmatic ERM solutions that ‘fit’ their reality.

Diana’s thought leadership has earned her an international following as a speaker and author. Her Risk Management Made Simple Advisory—a free online publication of ERM implementation tips & resources—is available at

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