Masters of Disaster

Stories of Risk, Ethics & Compliance. Host Leona Lewis interviews people about leadership, managing risk, ethics and compliance strategies for businesses, government, academia or society.
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Dec 28, 2015

Human beings have a natural bias to believe that disasters will not happen to them. The name “disaster” implies an unusual event, not something that happens in ordinary life. 

In this interview, Kemal Balioglu explains why disaster recovery for IT systems is needed for more ordinary events than the term “disaster” implies.  Frequently companies have a skewed perception of the value of disaster recovery services due to common misperceptions about the risk.  Why spend money on a disaster recovery system that is non-revenue generating?

What can take an IT system down can be as simple as a local rodent taking up residence in an electrical transformer.  It is not a matter if a “disaster” will strike, it is when and how often.  Precautionary measures like a disaster recovery system can prevent the very real and expensive impact to a business from lack of access to its IT systems and data centers.

Kemal Balioglu is Vice President of Products at Quorum, a California-based company that sells Disaster Recovery products as local appliances and in the cloud. Kemal has more than 15 years of global leadership in the software industry at companies ranging from startup phase to Fortune 100 and in various domains including automation, security, energy management, and data protection.

Kemal holds an M.S. EE from Technical University of Karlsruhe (Germany).



Kemal’s LinkedIn Page:



Quorum Resources Page

Disaster Recovery Journal

Computerworld Disaster Recovery Page - News and Practical Advice 


Dec 21, 2015

Data and metrics in ethics and compliance are becoming more important but are also hard to find.  How do you measure the number of times a disaster did not happen? Still, board audit committees tend to value data-based storytelling, and using more data is necessary to keep compliance and ethics adequately resourced. Kathleen Edmond is featured on today’s podcast to explain her perspective on the problem of data for compliance and ethics practitioners.


Kathleen Edmond is a partner in the law firm of Robins Kaplan LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Kathleen helps companies of all sizes build effective compliance and ethics strategies and assess ongoing compliance efforts. She serves as counsel for large company chief ethics and compliance officers (CECO), on call and interim CECO for mid-sized companies, and advisor to entrepreneurs and small/ growing companies. After working in compliance and business ethics for most of her legal career, Kathleen believes that a company-wide, culturally-specific approach best addresses the challenges created by today’s compliance environment. By melding her compliance and ethics experience with a highly developed ability to discern key cultural components, Kathleen helps clients develop their vision for ethics and business conduct and create meaningful corporate social responsibility strategies.

Kathleen is recognized in the ethics and compliance field for leading edge communications and transparency, and she has a proven reputation as a thought leader for instilling organizational courage and integrity. She has become a sought-after speaker on ethics, compliance, and governance topics and she has presented at multiple key compliance seminars and conferences. She is also the recipient of numerous awards for her innovation and leadership in the field.



Kathleen Edmond



Leona Lewis


Dec 14, 2015

Nicole Rose is a leading international trainer, lawyer, and artist and CEO of Create Training, which uses animation in employee training. With 20 years experience in global companies, Nicole understands the challenges companies face when it comes to financial crime and workplace crime. She has seen first hand​ the legal spend, wasted management time, reputational loss as a result of bribery and corruption and occupational fraud. Nicole has worked with companies such as Wesfarmers, Rio Tinto, LinkedIn and Airbus, creating brilliant online training solutions globally. 

Nicole and her team at Create Training specialize in producing training videos that provide a return on investment, time and resources. Nicole is also the founder of The Centre For Excellence, providing incredible and affordable licensed training. Over 60,000 employees have undertaken their online training, and the feedback has been outstanding:
- 91% found the training engaging
- 95% said it was relevant to their role
- 83% said they had learned something new
- 86% wanted more



Create Training has created a 3 min animation of points made in her interview for Masters of Disaster.  Please see my website for the post of this episode to view the video.



phone +61 428 536 707 



Learn more about Create Training in the following Forbes article:



Dec 7, 2015

Carole Switzer is the President of the Open Compliance & Ethics Group (OCEG), a global nonprofit think tank that provides standards, guidelines, and online resources to help organizations achieve Principled Performance - the reliable achievement of objectives while addressing uncertainty and acting with integrity.


Traditionally, compliance programs were seen as a combination of “people + process + technology” with the “people” portion of the equation focused exclusively on ethical principles and “tone at the top.” Today, “people” also needs to include the skill sets and capabilities of the people in the organization, in addition to ethical principles.

Ms. Switzer is a recognized global leader in GRC. She holds a GRC Professional Certification (GRCP) from GRC Certify, is frequently published in leading business magazines, and lectures on GRC internationally. In 2010, she was honored with a lifetime membership in the Institute for Risk Management.

Ms. Switzer directed the development of the OCEG Framework, including the open source OCEG Red Book GRC Capability Model, of which she is a principal author, and the accompanying GRC Assessment Tools (known as the Burgundy Book).

Over the past decade, Ms. Switzer has presented the concepts of Principled Performance and GRC to audiences throughout the world, speaking to groups such as the International Conference of the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Italian Banking Association, The Caribbean Compliance Association, RIMS, the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, the Congress of Latin American Auditors, and events and training sessions throughout the U.S. and in, Germany, The Netherlands, Brazil, Colombia, Singapore, and elsewhere. She is a regular columnist for Compliance Week magazine and advises business school professors in several countries on teaching GRC.



Carole Switzer:

On-demand webcast mentioned in the interview

Nov 30, 2015

Eric Lambert shares the advantages of a “Compliance by Design” approach to legal risks. Compliance by Design advocates building into products and processes compliance strategies to allow the business to operate without slowing down. Eric recommends building strong relationships in the business to allow this pro-active approach to succeed.


Eric is Associate General Counsel at Jostens with experience in contracts, e-commerce, marketing, supply chain, compliance, privacy, export, intellectual property, litigation management, and general in-house practice.  He seeks practical, creative, risk-appropriate solutions to facilitate business objectives. 


Eric holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Rochester, and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.  He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).  Before joining Jostens in April 2014, Eric served as Associate General Counsel of Digital River, a leading e-commerce and e-marketing company.  Prior to Digital River, Eric served as a senior associate at Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren, a Minneapolis-based law firm, as a member of their Intellectual Property and e-commerce group.  Eric began his career in New York, working for Emanuel Publishing Corporation (a legal publisher), Prodigy Communications LP (an internet service provider), and IntraLinks, Inc. (a Software-as-a-Service provider). Eric resides in Lakeville, MN with his wife and two sons.



Eric Lambert Linkedin Page

Nov 23, 2015

In the spirit of Thanksgiving this week, I am excited to interview Edward Cassidy about his exceptional work representing death row inmates in Louisiana. Ed is the kind of lawyer that makes me proud to be an attorney.  Risk, compliance and ethics professionals have special abilities to help others in crisis or prevent harm. Ed is an exceptional example of someone who believes it is his privilege to serve using his gifts as an attorney.


Ed Cassidy practices in the Employment and Labor and Litigation Groups at Fredrikson & Byron. Ed has 32 years of litigation experience in a variety of jurisdictions on matters ranging from state and federal OSHA,  workers’ compensation, general litigation in state and federal court involving many jury trials, to post-conviction habeas corpus death penalty representation.


Pro bono and community involvement has been an integral part of Ed’s practice. He has

represented indigent parties in family law matters, post-conviction criminal proceedings, and he has been

appointed by the court many times as a guardian ad litem in Ramsey County child protection proceedings.

He has represented indigent parties in family law matters, post-conviction criminal proceedings,

and he has been appointed by the court many times as a guardian ad litem in Ramsey County

child protection proceedings.


In July 2009, the Louisiana Supreme Court appointed Ed lead counsel to represent an inmate on

Louisiana’s Death Row at Angola State Penitentiary. Ed leads a team of five Fredrikson & Byron

lawyers that in July 2010 filed a State Habeas Corpus Petition with the local district court,

seeking a new trial and related relief. A hearing on that Petition was completed in June 2013.


In 2014, Ed was appointed lead counsel to a second inmate on Angola’s Death Row in the State

Habeas Corpus Petition.


In 2015, Ed was appointed lead counsel to a third inmate on Angola’s Death Row. The Habeas

Corpus hearings, in this case, start in December 2015.


Minnesota State Bar Association, North Star Lawyer, 2012-2014

Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated, ‘2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor &


Certified Trial Specialist, Civil Trial Litigation Section, Minnesota State Bar Association, 1989-1995

Certified Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem in Ramsey County District Court

Minnesota Legal Services Coalition, Annual Pro Bono Award, 1995



Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged Committee, Chair, 1992-1995

Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem, Ramsey County Child Protection Proceedings, 1999-present

Chair Ramsey County Correction Board, 2006-2009

Supreme Courts Legal Services Advisory Committee (LSAC), 2006-2012


Edward Q. Cassidy’s Fredrickson & Byron page


Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana

Supreme Court’s End-of-Summer Conference: Where Appeals ‘Go to Die’ New York Times, August 31, 2015

Nov 16, 2015

Today’s podcast features Jen McDonough (pronounced “McDunna”) aka The Iron Jen.  Jen empowers first responders and those who work in high-stress jobs to find strength in the face of adversity. She recently obtained her Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2 certifications. However, she still needs to get over her fear of tight spaces, heights, and fire. I thought she would be the perfect interview for a podcast called Masters of Disaster.


Jen’s interview also comes just in time for the holidays. Its November and it is well-known the holidays can be very stressful.  For people in high-stress jobs, ignoring stress can become as a way of life, but that can stop working when family relationships are added.  Ignoring stress is destructive in the long run.


In her roles as a motivational storyteller, engaging Amazon Top 100 author, and business coach, She is also an 8-time national weightlifter and 2-time US Olympic Festival medal winner as well as an Ironman triathlete. All three of her books have hit Amazon’s Top 100 categories including her book 5 Minutes a Day to Living Beyond Rich, which hit #1 under Amazon’s budgeting category. 


She lives in Lindstrom MN with her four awesome kids, one handsome husband, three naughty dogs and one ugly mortgage. You can find out more about her at

Nov 9, 2015

Richard Bistrong spent much of his career as an international sales executive in the defense sector and currently blogs and speaks on foreign bribery and compliance issues from that front-line perspective. Richard’s experience included a role as the Vice President of International Sales for a large, publicly traded manufacturer of police and military equipment, which required his residing and worked in the UK. For well over ten years, Richard traveled overseas in his sales responsibility for approximately 250 days per year.

In 2007, Richard was targeted by the US Department of Justice in an investigation of a UN supply contract and was terminated by his employer. In that same year, as part of a plea agreement, Richard assisted the United States, Great Britain, and other governments in their understanding of how FCPA, bribery, and other export violations occurred and operated in international sales.

In 2012, Richard was sentenced and served fourteen-and-a-half months of a Federal sentence at a Federal Prison Camp. He was released in December of 2013.

Richard now writes and speaks about current front-line anti-bribery compliance and ethics issues. Like today, Richard shares his experience on anti-corruption and ethical challenges in international business, reflecting on his experience as a former sales executive. Richard currently consults with organizations through his company, Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC, and welcomes the opportunity to exchange and share perspectives on real-world anti-bribery and compliance challenges.



Richard Bistrong

twitter @richardbistrong

Leona Lewis

twitter @complyethic

Nov 2, 2015

Masters of Disaster is the podcast on risk, ethics and compliance. Today’s episode focuses on risk by talking with Steve Banker, an expert in supply chain risk management. Risk management in supply chain has come a long way in the last 10 years. Steve Banker believes there is an emerging revolution in risk management based on real-time data. It is now possible in some companies to assess the impact of an earthquake on a supply chain in a matter of minutes. The potential to add predictive capabilities to risk analytics is emerging.

Steve heads up the Supply Chain & Logistics consulting team at ARC Advisory Services. Steve has managed consulting projects for manufacturers, retailers, software providers, and venture capital firms. Steve's research includes ROI analysis of a variety of supply chain applications, benchmarking, and best practice reports. He has aided users in supplier and consultant selections, and suppliers with acquisitions and product roadmaps.

Steve has been covering supply chain technologies since 1996. He is one of the best-known industry analysts covering supply chain management and a frequent speaker at industry events. In recognition of his contribution to the supply chain and logistics field, Steve was selected as a 'Pro to Know' by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine. Steve has a column in covering logistics and supply chain management and writes the Monday column in Logistics Viewpoints.

Before joining ARC, Steve was a Professor at Stonehill College and Pennsylvania State University. He holds an MBA from Babson College and a Ph.D. from Indiana University.



Steve Banker

ARC Advisory Services

Leona Lewis


Oct 26, 2015

Jay Rosen works for Merrill Brink International and assists global companies with foreign language based investigations of potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) exposure, patent and IP litigation and import/export compliance and cross-border matters. 

Jay has the experience to guide clients through both the best practices and pitfalls of translation solutions.  He helps businesses and representative counsels understand how and when to save on translation costs while minimizing business risk, essentially helping them navigate the appropriate ways to take advantage of cost-effective resources while ensuring the highest quality certified translations when necessary. 


Jay Rosen Linkedin Page

(310) 729-6746

twitter @FCPA_Translate

YouTube Videos

Merrill Brink International

Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics

Leona Lewis, Host of Masters of Disaster

Oct 19, 2015

Your legal department did an internal investigation of suspected executive wrongdoing, and the results show there is no problem. Isn’t that enough to protect us?  Maybe not.  If the internal legal department conducted the investigation, government prosecutors might view with suspicion its results.

David Schultz knows what makes an internal investigation credible in the eyes of prosecutors.  David is a former white-collar crime prosecutor as Minnesota Assistant Attorney General in addition to being a partner in the law firm of Mason LLP.  David also specializes in conducting government and internal investigations for corporations and public institutions. He has conducted investigations of state and federal regulatory compliance, Medicare/Medicaid billing practices and fraud, FDA civil and criminal, regulatory violations, NIH grants, academic fraud, financial fraud, and sexual misconduct.

I hope you enjoy the interview! - Leona


David Schultz

Maslon LLP

p 612.672.8399   f 612.642.8399
3300 Wells Fargo Center, 90 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402


Leona Lewis

Oct 12, 2015

Its difficult for businesses to understand the value of proactive investments in compliance until they have an investigation. Implementation of the general principles of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines is a challenge, but it is where the value of a compliance program lies.

White collar crime and environmental attorney, Peter Anderson, describes the evolution of working with the government in investigations. The government has broad discretion in investigations, and the law favors the government in regulatory cases. Peter explains the “old school” reactive adversarial approach compared with a “new school” proactive strategy.

Peter Anderson specializes in white collar crime and environmental litigation.  Peter is a principal at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. in Washington D.C.

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

Peter Anderson’s Contact Information:

(T) 202-789-6014
(C) 704-756-8800

Oct 7, 2015

Jonathan Armstrong is a UK attorney with Cordery Compliance, concentrating on privacy, technology and anti-corruption.  His practice includes advising multinational companies on matters involving risk, compliance and technology across Europe. 

This interview with Jonathan was recorded in person at the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE)  Compliance & Ethics Institute 2015, one day after the European Court ruled that the EU data privacy “Safe Harbor” was invalid in the Schrems case.  I am excited to bring you this interview with Jonathan as he was working round-the-clock updates to clients and the public on the impact of the Schrems case.  He also needed to re-write an excellent presentation on data privacy law that he gave at the conference early in the morning.  The law continues to develop.



Jonathan Armstrong

Oct 5, 2015

Influence is the foundation of a successful compliance and ethics team.  Sharí Alexander is an Influence Coach helping people use the dark arts of con-artists, spies, interrogators and hostage negotiators for positive change in business and life. Ethics and compliance professionals continually strive to achieve influence in their companies, and influence requires a strategy.  That is why I am so excited to have Sharí on the podcast.  I hope you find what she has to say interesting and inspiring.  Let me know what you think by sending me an e-mail



Sharí Alexander

Blog Articles 

What Good People Can Learn from Con-Artists: Bringing the Dark Arts of Influence Into the Light

Separating The Four Horsemen: Influence, Persuasion, Manipulation and Coercion

Book Coming Soon Undercover Influence: Bringing the Dark Arts of Influence into the Light



Leona Lewis, JD, Founder of ComplyEthic Consulting LLC


Sep 28, 2015

Michael Volkov specializes in white collar defense, government investigations and compliance issues. Michael devotes a significant portion of his practice to anti-corruption compliance and defense. He regularly assists clients on FCPA, UK Bribery Act, AML, OFAC, Export-Import, Securities Fraud, and other issues.

Michael has extensive trial experience, and has developed a problem-solving approach to serve client needs. He has extensive contacts in the federal government and on Capitol Hill. Given his broad government experience, he represents clients in federal and state court, before the Justice Department and other federal agencies, and on Capitol Hill. 

Prior to launching his own law firm, Mr. Volkov was a a partner at LeClairRyan (2012-2013); Mayer Brown (2010-2012), Dickinson Wright (2008-2010); Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice (2008); Chief Counsel, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, House Judiciary Committee (2005-2008); and Counsel, Senate Judiciary Committee (2003-2005); Assistant US Attorney, United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia (1989-2005); and a Trial Attorney, Antitrust Division, United States Department of Justice (1985-1989).

Mr. Volkov resides in Washington, D.C., San Diego, California, and Marsala, Italy, with his wife and six children. He and his wife enjoy traveling, the arts, and philanthropic activities. Mr. Volkov is an avid tennis player.



Michael Volkov

Volkov Law Group

Volkov Law TV




Leona Lewis, J.D. is founder of ComplyEthic Consulting LLC


twitter:  @ComplyEthic




Sep 21, 2015

Dr. Bonime-Blanc is CEO and founder of GEC Risk Advisory LLC, the global governance, risk, integrity, reputation and crisis advisory firm (  The firm serves executives, boards, investors and advisors in diverse sectors, growth stages and industries worldwide. Client assignments range from strategic to tactical, including enterprise and specific risk assessments, crisis planning, integrity program development, codes of conduct, and customized education from the boardroom to the shop floor. “Global Risk, Reputation and Resilience” Workshops for Boards and Executives of for-profit, non-profit and international governmental agencies are a custom specialty of GEC Risk.

Dr. Bonime-Blanc wrote The Reputation Risk Handbook: Surviving and Thriving in the Age of Hyper-Transparency (Dō Sustainability, October 2014 –, is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a Lead Cyber-Risk Governance Researcher for The Conference Board. She is an Ethisphere 2014 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics and a 2014 Top 100 Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business. She recently joined the Advisory Board of Spain’s leading think tank,  Corporate Excellence: Centre for Reputation Leadership (

Over the years, Dr. Bonime-Blanc has leveraged her European background and fluency in Spanish to work throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. She holds a Joint J.D. in Law and PhD in Political Science from Columbia University where she wrote her published doctoral thesis, Spain’s Transition to Democracy: The Politics of Constitution-Making ( used for university democracy courses around the world. 


Andrea Bonime-Blanc 

GEC Risk Advisory

Video of Andrea Bonime-Blanc Speaking on the Power of Strategic Reputation Management


Information on the Host

Leona Lewis, J.D.


Sep 21, 2015

Gerard Braud, CSP, Fellow IEC (pronounced “Jared Bro”) is an international expert, coach, trainer, author and professional speaker, who has worked with organizations on five continents. Known as the guy to call when it hits the fan, he is regarded as an expert in crisis communications and media issues.  

Gerard has been active in the field of communications since 1979. For 15 years, he worked in print, radio and television as a frontline journalist, on the scene of every disaster imaginable. His affiliate reports have been seen around the world on NBC, CBS, CNN and the BBC.

Since 1994 Gerard has specialized in helping organizations communicate more effectively through media training, crisis communications plans, and employee-manager training.

Following the events of September 11th, he was commissioned to write the crisis communication plan for the Internal Revenue Service and its 800 offices across America. Gerard’s plans are also used by the Library of Congress, the U.S. Army Missile Defense Command, numerous city, state and county governments, international corporations, national retailers, national and global non-profits, hospitals, and numerous schools and universities.


Gerard Braud has a gift for seeing what and where crises are likely to emerge.  Fifteen years before Hurricane Katrina, Gerard predicted the catastrophic destruction that would befall New Orleans through a series of award-winning reports called, “When the Big One Hits.” For 2 years prior to the Virginia Tech shootings of 2007, Gerard warned that the crisis communications plans at most universities were insufficient and would fail when they needed a plan the most.


Braud Communications


phone: 985-624-9976

Devastation of Hurricane Katrina predicted years before it happened


Leona Lewis, J.D. is founder of ComplyEthic Consulting LLC



twitter: @complyethic

Sep 15, 2015

Thomas Fox brings business solutions to compliance problems. Tom has practiced law in Houston for 30 years. He is the author of the award-winning FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog and the international best-selling book “Lessons Learned on Compliance and Ethics.”  Tom wrote the seminal text on the ‘Nuts and Bolts’ of anti-corruption compliance,  Doing Compliance, published by Compliance Week. In addition to his daily blog and bi-weekly podcast, he is a monthly columnist and blogger for Compliance Week; a bi-monthly columnist and frequent contributor to the SCCE Magazine and a Contributing Editor to the FCPA Blog. He is a well-known and frequent speaker on issues related to compliance and ethics, the use of social media in compliance and corporate leadership.


Contact Tom Fox through his website


twitter: @tfoxlaw



Leona Lewis, J.D. is founder of ComplyEthic Consulting LLC


twitter:  @ComplyEthic