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Build lasting relationships and share knowledge with your peers from around the world at these events. 


Saturday, April 25

Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program Reception
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

By invitation only.

Sunday, April 26

Spencer/Gallagher Golf Tournament
8:00 am — 2:00 pm

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. and the Spencer Foundation Board invite you to join us in New Orleans for the 24th Annual Spencer/Gallagher Golf Tournament benefiting the Spencer Educational Foundation. This year, we have teamed up with some of the area’s best restaurants, so as you wind through the golf course, eat a little of this, and eat a little of that (and pick up a mimosa or Bloody Mary as you go, too) – we promise, you won’t be disappointed. And to top it all off, we will have a Dessert Awards Ceremony that will be sure to tantalize your taste buds. For more information and to register, visit:

RIMS ‘15 Community Service Day: St. Bernard Project

8:00 am — 3:00 pm

Join RIMS and Zurich as we spend the day volunteering with the St. Bernard Project. St. Bernard Project (SBP) is a national long-term disaster recovery organization whose mission is to ensure that communities at risk of, or impacted by, disasters have the resources to prepare and recover in the most prompt, efficient and predictable way possible. SBP was founded in 2006 by Liz McCartney and Zack Rosenburg, a teacher and lawyer, respectively, from Washington, D.C., after they saw the tremendous needs, yet solvable problems in the New Orleans region.  Through Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lab (DRRL), SBP works to share lessons learned, prevent common barriers to recovery and help communities utilize SBP’s standardized, repeatable and proven-effective model. We’ll spend the day helping build new homes, include hanging insulation or drywall, mudding/spackling, sanding, texturing, priming, painting, laying floors, and/or hanging trim, doors and baseboard. For more details, visit or

International Attendee Orientation

3:15 pm — 3:45 pm

Exclusively for attendees from outside of the United States and Canada, this new event will offer global attendees an opportunity become acquainted while gaining a better understanding of how to maximize their conference experience.

Attendee Orientation 
4:00 pm — 5:30 pm
Conference Catalyst: Thom Singer

RIMS ’15 is an event that connects you with some 10,000 professionals from more than 70 different countries. We know it can be an overwhelming experience. Attend this program and you’ll be a RIMS ’15 pro. You’ll learn the ins-and-outs of the conference, where sessions are held, how to maximize networking opportunities and the best way to navigate the Exhibit Hall. Thom Singer will share tips on how to best create connections while at the conference. After, we’ll depart for RIMS Opening Reception where you can put your improved networking skills into practice. Whether you’re a first-time attendee or you attend every year, you’ll gain practical tips.




Experience the New NOLA:  RIMS '15 Opening Reception
6:00 pm — 8:00 pm
Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place

Experience: verb/ [ik-speer-ee-uh ns] to come to a knowledge of something by living through it.
RIMS '15 invites you to experience the NEW NOLA!  Experience an indigenous evening at Mardi Gras World, the most unique attraction in America's most uniquely attractive city. Experience New culinary Innovations, New Entertainment Encounters & New Orleans Knowledge of all that is cherished and celebrated in this 300 year old city.  A new generation of New Orleanians welcomes you to the NEW NOLA!

Monday, April 27

RIMS General Session & Opening Keynote
8:30 am — 9:45 am
Doors open at 7:45 am. Breakfast service ends promptly at 8:30 am.

Risk professionals are more often being asked to create value within their organization. RIMS leadership will reveal upcoming association initiatives that will help you become more strategic with your planning so you can elevate your risk strategy.

Keynote Speaker: Erik Wahl: The Art of Vision and Author


Erik Wahl is an internationally recognized graffiti artist, number one bestselling author and entrepreneur. His on-stage painting seamlessly becomes a visual metaphor to the core of his message, encouraging organizations to maximize profitability through innovations and superior performance levels. Erik’s bestselling business book, UNTHINK was hailed by Forbes Magazine as “THE blueprint to actionable creativity” and by Fast Company Magazine as “Provocative with a Purpose”.




Special Performance: Joyful & the Spirit of New Orleans

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Joyful & the Spirit of New Orleans delivers soulful gospel music to enthusiastic audiences all over the world. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, they were privileged to visit some 1,000 different cities in more than 10 countries, 50 festivals and a multitude of clubs.



Awards Luncheon & Leadership Keynote
12:15 pm — 1:45 pm

Let’s take a moment and recognize the achievements of the risk professionals, organizations and chapters dedicated to the future of risk management. Help us congratulate the recipient of the Society’s highest honor for outstanding lifetime achievement in the industry, the 2015 Harry and Dorothy Goodell Award. Inductees into the Risk Management Hall of Fame will also be announced.


Keynote Speaker: Simon T. Bailey, Former Disney Executive, Motivational Coach, and Author

Simon T. Bailey is a leadership imagineer and author whose expertise equips organizations with tips, tools and techniques on how to unleash their potential. Bailey’s new book, Shift Your Brilliance – Harness the Power of You, Inc. (Sound Wisdom, May 2014), is a call to action that invites readers to shift their thinking, creating a disruption from the norm that ignites innovation, increasing accountability and profitability in life and business. He is also a weekly columnist for American City Business Journal.




Spencer-RIMS Risk Management Challenge
1:45 pm — 3:35 pm

Witness the next generation of risk management and insurance superstars as they compete in the final round of the Spencer-RIMS Risk Management Challenge. Undergraduate students studying risk management and insurance will present their solutions to The Walt Disney Company’s case study and compete for cash prizes.

Exhibit Hall Break: BUBBLY BASH
3.00 pm — 4:00 pm

We’re bringing the bubbly to this bash. Come unwind and mingle with risk professionals from around the world. This exquisite networking event will feature a tantalizing champagne and sparkling wine tasting. Join us as we celebrate this opportunity to build lasting relationships within the risk community. 

RISK PAC Reception
5:30 pm — 7:00 pm

By invitation only.

Tuesday, April 28

Spencer 5K Fun Run
Presented by Sedgwick
6:30 am — 8:30 am   

Sedgwick and Spencer hope you join us for a fun run to help raise awareness and funds for the Spencer Educational Foundation. The course covers 3.14 miles through the beautiful historic waterfront of downtown New Orleans. For more information and to register, visit:

RIMS and Business Insurance Present: BI Risk Manager of the Year Award and State-of-the-Industry Panel
8:00 am — 9:30 am

Following the award ceremony, join us for a State-of-the-Industry Risk Manager panel discussion presented by Business Insurance editor, Gavin Souter. This session will feature prominent Risk Managers of the Year discussing emerging risks and best practices for addressing them, offering insights into the way organizations can use risk mitigation and risk transfer to add value rather than simply protect their businesses from loss.

Community Service Project: Blessings in a Backpack
10:00 am — 2:00 pm

Join RIMS and Zurich for RIMS 2015 Community Service Project in the Exhibit Hall at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. RIMS ‘15 conference attendees and Zurich constituents will volunteer their time to assist Blessings in a Backpack with their mission guided by the belief that our social and economic future depends on the quality of a young child's experiences. Blessings in a Backpack provides elementary school children who are on the federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program with a backpack of food to take home for 38 weekends during the school year. Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat foods, like granola bars, juice boxes, mac and cheese, and oatmeal. Volunteers will put together backpacks that will be donated to local elementary schools.


Exhibit Hall Networking Luncheon & Exclusive Hour: BAYOU BASH
12:30 pm — 1:45 pm

Enjoy the festive atmosphere and diverse culture that only New Orleans offers. This Big Easy themed luncheon conjures the essence of the city’s vibrant spirit as you indulge in some of the city’s classic cuisines. You’ll also enjoy live big band performances of jazz, Cajun, Zydeco and other music from the region.

Exhibit Hall Networking Reception & Exclusive Hour:
4:00 pm — 5:00 pm

Drink up the excitement during this networking reception. You’ll have an opportunity sample fine bourbons while you explore the show floor with your peers. Not a bourbon drinker? Don’t worry, we’ll have something for everyone.

Wednesday, April 29

12:45 pm — 2:00 pm

Are you ready to head west? RIMS ’16 will be held in San Diego. We’re transforming this lunch event into an oasis full of California delights to help you prepare for next year. Grab a seat and have some fun while building your relationships within the industry.

Conference Finale & Closing Keynote
3:15 pm — 4:45 pm

Keynote Speaker: Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of Huffington Post Media Group and Author

In May 2005, Arianna Huffington launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

She has been named to TIME magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. Her 14th book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder was published by Crown in March 2014 and debuted at number one on The New York Times Best Seller list.