Faculty NameJeffrey Williams
Jeff started his career as a producer, and then went on to help create UNC Charlotte's internal Risk Management Program, before joining Debbie's Staffing as their Vice President of Risk Management & Safety. He spent seven years with Debbie's Staffing before joining Staffworks Group in the same position. Staffworks Group is a privately held multistate staffing company which focuses on light industrial and professional staffing services. Jeff is also owner and President of Paladin Risk Services. Paladin helps organizations create, evaluate, and measure their internal risk management programs.
Jeff works with internal staff to focus on hazard recognition and incident handling. He also assists clients with setting up safety programs & initiatives. He is an authorized trainer of the OSHA 10- & 30-hour training. Jeff earned his CIC designation in 2008 and his CRM in 2011. Throughout his career Jeff has worked with many different risks in many different industries. He is proud to be distributing information with practical value to working professionals.
Faculty NameJeffrey Driver
Jeff Driver is the chief consultant and principal of Soteria Risk Works, LLC.
Spanning over twenty-five years of professional practice in his prior roles as chief risk officer at Stanford Medicine, Harvard's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Children's Hospital San Diego, Jeff had overall strategic and tactical accountability for enterprise risk management, including the formation and executive responsibility for their captive insurers. In his role as CEO of The Risk Authority Stanford, Jeff led the formation and focus of a team whose philosophy was that every problem has a solution just waiting to be designed. Together they co-created revolutionary approaches to risk management, including the use of artificial intelligence in risk identification, incorporating decision analytics in claim reserve and trial strategy, and a global partnership in clinical risk management innovation throughout hospitals in the United Kingdom and the United States.
In 2018, Jeff partnered with alums of the world-leading design firm "IDEO" to author Discovery Design - an industry-first textbook for healthcare professionals in how to use Design Thinking to drive healthcare innovation and sustainable improvement.
As a pragmatic academic, Jeff is a lifelong student dedicated to continually interrupting the status-quo in a constant vision to increase the effectiveness of risk management and patient safety. Jeff holds a BS in respiratory technology and practiced clinically as an intensive care patient life support specialist before becoming a risk manager and receiving his MBA in healthcare administration. Early in his risk management career, Jeff earned a Juris Doctor and is a member of the California Bar. Recently, Jeff completed his dissertation at the University of Oxford leading to the award of MSc. in Evidence-Based Healthcare which will be conferred in early 2019. Jeff is a faculty associate for Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation and a Doctor of Management candidate at Case Western Reserve University.
Faculty NameLance Ewing
Lance J. Ewing has extensive executive experience in the field of risk management and insurance including his role as EVP Global Risk Management for Cotton Holdings, Inc. Previously he was the VP Real Estate and Hospitality & Leisure Industry Practice Group Leader at AIG with a portfolio of $1.4B of GWP. Prior to this position he served in senior global risk management capacities for Caesars Entertainment, GES Exposition Services/VIAD and for the City of Philadelphia School District. Mr. Ewing additionally worked for various insurance companies including Lumbermen's Underwriting Alliance, Pennsylvania Hospital Insurance Company (PHICO) and New York Lumberman's Insurance Trust in risk management, underwriting and risk control capacities. He also was President of three insurance captives.
Mr. Ewing received his Master's degree in Law & Justice from the University of Pittsburgh and completed his second Master's degree in Occupational Safety Engineering. In addition to his Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation and his International Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designation, he is a matriculated Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) candidate and has completed his Enterprise Risk Management Professional designation (ERMP).
Lance was National President in 2003-2004 for the Risk & Insurance Management Society (RIMS) and was also their Chief Risk Officer (CRO). He teaches risk management as a faculty member for the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. He also served as a Board member for the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) Board. In 2004, he was privileged to have a scholarship in his name (Lance J. Ewing Educational Scholarship) for the Certified Risk Management International designation which grants educational scholarships. He serves on the University of Mississippi Business School (Risk Management) Advisory Board, where a scholarship was created "Ewing Endowment for Business Excellence in Risk Management and Insurance".
Mr. Ewing was honored as the Real Estate Insurance Leader in 2014-2015 for Globe Street and was the 2008 Risk Innovator of the Year. In 2007, Lance was named Risk Manager of the Year (Business Insurance). He has authored several articles on insurance, risk management, crisis management, and workers' compensation. He is a frequent speaker on enterprise risk management, global claims, disaster recovery, and risk financing issues for organizations including Claims Litigation Management (CLM), USLAW, Harmonie Legal Group, RIMS, Willis Real Estate Symposium, and AON Conference. Mr. Ewing is an expert witness as part of the Insurance Expert Network.
Lance has worked and spoken internationally to promote insurance and risk management as well as developed unique risk transfer and claims settlement opportunities for his companies and clients. Mr. Ewing continues to be a strong and outspoken supporter of the risk management/insurance profession.