If you told me when I was a graduate student in poetry that, 20 years later, I'd be addressing someone called a "Chief Risk Officer" and his executive leadership team at one of the largest financial services institutions in the world, sharing strategies and insights on innovation and risk management... I would have told you to please not interrupt me when I'm playing NHL Hockey on my Sega Genesis
Quite a risk, this executive took in handing me the mic for an hour this morning!
So there I was, bright and early, kicking off my talk by offering common ground between the risks a big bank takes and the risks media companies (like the one I work for) take. I led with a clip from Comedy Central's incredible series "Nathan For You
," now wrapping up its second season.
If you haven't seen the show, it's so worth checking out here
. In the meantime, here's a segment from the show's already famous "Dumb Starbucks" episode
, in which Nathan attempts to mitigate risk by implicating a befuddled "attorney" in his scheme.
Yes. And that's because there's nearly always something it bets on, something at stake, something not exactly safe.Like putting a poetry major in front of a bank's risk management team.