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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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.



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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

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