Gail Sater

Gail Sater

Risk Manager in Residence to Address IWU, Community

October 31, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Gail Sater, manager of risk management for Musicland Group, Inc., will address the Illinois Wesleyan University campus and the Bloomington-Normal community with a talk titled “What Can a Community do to Prepare for a Disaster?” on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Davidson Room, Memorial Center (104 University St., Bloomington).  The lecture is free and open to the public.

The talk will be based on Sater’s experience with flooding in Red Wing, Minn., which is located south of Minneapolis along the Mississippi River, and is especially relevant in light of the destruction caused by hurricanes this fall in the southern United States.  In 2001, Sater, who then worked for the Red Wing Shoe Company, collaborated with the mayor, the Chamber of Commerce, and businesses of the city to implement a plan for employees who lived across the Mississippi River in Wisconsin to get to and from work in the case of a flood rendering the bridge over the river unusable.

Sater, who has an extensive and diverse background in risk management, will be on campus from Nov. 1-4 and, in addition to her general presentation, will speak to business students in their classes. Her visit is made possible by a $3,500 grant the University received from the Spencer Educational Foundation, Inc., to fund a “Risk Management in Residence” program at the University.  According to Tim Query, associate professor of business administration and coordinator of risk management studies at IWU, this is the first year that the University has been selected to participate in the program.

The Spencer Educational Foundation, Inc., was established in 1979 by the Atlanta Chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS) in honor of the late Robert S. Spencer, a former president of RIMS.  Since 1980, it has awarded over $2.2 million in scholarships and $1.2 million in grants to students and universities. 

For more information about Sater’s visit or the “Risk Management in Residence” program, contact Query by phone at (309) 556-3827 or by e-mail at

Contact: Rebecca Welzenbach, (309) 556-3181