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"RIMS was a life experience for me. I attended sessions where I learned new concepts, networked with professionals and expanded my risk management world view. I can see the emphasis that RIMS puts on this conference because of its overall grandeur, professionalism and well-planned schedule of events. I am very thankful that I was able to attend as a student because it opened my eyes to the professional world of risk management like I had never seen before." - Christopher Mohler, Butler University '15, Associate Underwriter, Markel Corporation

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1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Behind-the-Scenes RMI tour of the Superdome (STUDENT MEMBERS ONLY by Invitation) (BST)

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Category: Networking Event
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5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Welcome Reception for Students & RRPs (STUDENT MEMBERS AND ADVISORS ONLY) (ASR)

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Category: Networking Event
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8:00 am - 3:00 pm
RIMS ‘15 Community Service Day: St. Bernard Project (CSD)

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 www.RIMS.org/CommunityService or www.stbernardproject.org.

Room: 228-229
Category: Networking Event
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11:00 am - 12:30 pm
ABSIP Brunch (ABSIP STUDENTS AND ADVISORS ONLY) (ABB)

Room: 210
Category: Networking Event
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4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Attendee Orientation (FTO)

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. 

Room: 208-210
Category: Networking Event
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6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Experience the New NOLA: RIMS ‘15 Opening Reception (ROR)

Experience: verb/ [ik-speer-ee-uh ns] to come to a knowledge of something by living through it. RIMS 2015 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!    

Room: Mardi Gras World
Category: Networking Event
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7:45 am - 9:45 am
General Session and Opening Keynote (RGS)

Doors open at 7:45 am. Breakfast service ends promptly at 8:30 am 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 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. 

Room: The Great Hall
Category: Keynote
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10:00 am - 12:15 pm
Exclusive Exhibit Hall Hours (EXH)

Room: Exhibit Halls B, C, D
Category: Networking Event
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12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
Awards Luncheon and Leadership Keynote (ALK)

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. Plus, conference catalyst Thom Singer will kick off the luncheon with an ice breaker. 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.

Room: The Great Hall
Category: Keynote
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1:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Spencer-RIMS Risk Management Challenge Presentations Final Round (IND022)

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 risk management solutions to The Walt Disney Company’s case study and compete for cash prizes. 

Room: 215-216
Category: Industry (IND)
Level: Foundational

Speakers:
  • Ashley Morris, Member Engagement & Retention Manager, RIMS
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Millennials Are Changing Your Workforce (TAL004)

As millennials change your workforce, your actions will determine whether they are an organizational risk or asset. What do we know about them? They are dedicated to their careers and individual achievement, but value work-life balance and establish sprawling and diverse social circles. Millennials have an outlook many of us secretly would like to emulate and one your organization needs to foster openly. If you have not yet developed an employee value proposition that recognizes the assets and maximizes the potential of millennials, do so now. Instead of focusing on managing this growing group of talent, address potential risks by retooling your human capital strategy to succeed and grow with this new workforce.

Room: 231-232
Category: Talent Risk (TAL)
Level: Innovative

Learning Objectives:
  • Relate the buying preferences of millennials to your total rewards offering.
  • Ensure your employee value proposition reflects diverse generations in the workforce.
  • Consider approaches for rewarding top talent, including reviewing original and flexible work arrangements.
Speakers:
  • Jessica Ward, Benefits Manager, DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse
  • Lester Morales, Chief Growth Officer, Human Capital Practice, Willis Group
What Exactly is the Risk? (ERM013)

Risk assessment lies at the heart of every risk management process. The information generated by risk assessment informs or validates the decisions your organization makes. Review a number of common risk assessment techniques. Learn how you can determine which methods are suitable for your organization and integrate them in your risk management framework. And understand how to apply key and common risk assessment methods from examples. This session is hosted by RIMS Enterprise Risk Management Committee.

Room: 222
Category: Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
Level: Innovative

Learning Objectives:
  • Explore different types of qualitative and quantitative risk assessment methods.
  • Break down the three components of a risk assessment.
  • Contrast techniques based on the risk type, analysis purpose, resource limitations and available information.
Speakers:
  • Ward Ching
  • Linda Conrad, Director of Strategic Business Risk, Zurich North America
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cybersecurity Risks in a Mobile Device World (FOR004)

More than 200 million people will use a mobile business app this year. Thousands of new apps are developed each month. Mobile business is great, but how secure is it? More than 80 percent of popular apps come from unique developers; not all of them use best practices. Many apps expose sensitive information. No industry nor company is immune and normal security measures are insufficient. Tour the changing cybersecurity landscape as it reflects businesses’ continued mobile shift.

Room: 217-219
Category: At the Forefront (FOR)
Level: Masters

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand businesses' reliance on mobile devices, medical devices and cloud services.
  • Calculate your security risks associated with mobile and medical devices.
  • Know how to test mobile applications, evaluate cloud vendors and fix weaknesses before they are breaches.
Speakers:
  • Erik Wirth, Sr. Risk Manager, Microsoft Corporation
  • Vinny Sakore, Assistant HIPAA Security Officer, Verizon
Excellence in Risk Management 12 (SRM007)

See how the scope and mission of risk management continue to change as a result of regulatory, economic and geopolitical trends. Explore the results of the 12th annual RIMS/Marsh Excellence in Risk Management Survey, a compilation of current, key trends in risk management as identified by members of the profession. Join the discussion about the drivers of risk management and their relation to overall business strategy in the twenty-first century. 

Room: 208-210
Category: Strategic Risk Management (SRM)
Level: Innovative

Learning Objectives:
  • Take in the views from the C-suite and advice on key risk management topics.
  • Determine how you will improve the use of analytics.
  • Appreciate the top risk issues and the evolution of strategic thinking in risk management.
Speakers:
  • Carol Fox, Director of Strategic and Enterprise Risk Practice, RIMS
  • Brian Elowe, Managing Director, Global Risk Management, Marsh
  • Julie Pemberton, Director, Enterprise Risk & Ins. Mgmt., Outerwall Inc.
7:30 am - 8:30 am
Student & RRP Breakfast (STUDENT/RRP MEMBERS ONLY) (ASB)

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Category: Networking Event
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9:00 am - 10:00 am
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Tech Trends for the Next Generation (RIC002)

A report by the Pew Research Center shows that 90 percent of U.S. adults have a cell phone, 58 percent have a smartphone and 42 percent have a tablet. The era of smart everything has changed the landscape of risk management. Apps provide new avenues for risk management approaches and tablets with instant connectivity have transformed approaches to medical care. In a world where today is not fast enough, everyone is trying to keep up. Gain valuable insight into the newest technology and its impact on risk management.  

Room: 214
Category: Risk Control (RIC)
Level: Masters

Learning Objectives:
  • Anticipate the future landscape of technology and its impact on business decision-making processes.
  • Adapt examples of cutting-edge solutions to address your organizational challenges with risk.
  • Keep up with the trends: the internet of everything, mobile apps, smart machines and wearables.
Speakers:
  • Edith Granillo-Fahey, Senior Claims Manager, Gap Inc.
  • Gordon Clemons, Chairman of the Board, CorVel Corporation
Implementing and Sustaining ERM: Applying a Military Mindset for Success (ERM006)

Take a look at a different approach: applying effective management tools used in military operations to plan, implement and sustain an enterprise risk management (ERM) program. Examine ways to monitor multiple simultaneous actions and techniques to reduce the chance that your ERM efforts stall or fail altogether. Review: ERM lines of operation; the mission-essential task list (METL); supporting tasks; status and progress presentation techniques; and determining the ERM “battle rhythm” of your organization. Study real-world examples of introducing, implementing and sustaining an effective ERM program.

Room: 228-229
Category: Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
Level: Masters

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the critical actions and dimensions of an ERM program.
  • Apply the military concept of a METL to key outputs and expectations.
  • Gain insight into synchronizing ERM activity cycles and reporting frequency with your operating tempo.
Speakers:
  • William Wiseman, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Enterprise Risk Mgmt, East Carolina University
The Top Ten Risks Presented by the Affordable Care Act (CLM024)

Get to know the greatest risks the Affordable Care Act (ACA) poses for your organization. Seek guidance on how to recognize these risks and address them. Analyze real-life situations and go over how you can do an internal risk analysis to ascertain how your organization will fare when ACA is fully implemented. 

Room: 222
Category: Claims Management (CLM)
Level: Foundational

Learning Objectives:
  • Uncover the hidden risks posed by ACA.
  • Determine the degree to which your organization is at risk to compliance issues.
  • Compare pragmatic alternatives for handling conflicting challenges.
Speakers:
  • James Anelli, Partner, LeClairRyan
  • Randy Jouben, Director, Risk Management, Five Guys Enterprises, LLC
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Aviation Industry Session (IND001)

Address your risk and insurance challenges as part of an exciting, interactive panel discussion. Explore risk management related to airport operations, security concerns and the application of enterprise risk management and safety management systems. Explore the risks you and your colleagues currently face and what is being done to mitigate them.

Room: 335-336
Category: Industry (IND)
Level: Foundational

Learning Objectives:
  • Anticipate emerging risks brought about by new technology.
  • Stay up-to-date with the state of the aviation insurance market.
  • Make a plan to improve your risk profile with effective, peer-tested methods.
Speakers:
  • Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation, Louis Armstrong International Airport
  • Tim Bonnell, Senior Vice President, Director of Aviation, IMA Corp
  • Paul Leonard, Chief Executive Officer, Charles Taylor Adjusting (Aviation USA)
Basic Finance Skills: No MBA Required (RIF001)

Practical risk management applications require many skills, especially in finance. Learn how finance can be used to form decisions based on objective data and measure your successes. Speak the language of finance to improve communications with C-suite leaders. Follow a case study that examines how to quantify the decision-making process. Study net present value (NPV) program cash flow comparisons, discounting on liability accruals, budgeting and NPV cost benefit analysis on safety initiatives.   

Room: 244
Category: Risk Finance (RIF)
Level: Foundational

Learning Objectives:
  • Be familiar with basic finance skills: present value, future value, discount rates and time value of money.
  • Quantify the decision-making process.
  • Add practical risk management applications to your repertoire.
Speakers:
  • Sandra Little, CRM, ARM, CPCU, MBA, Manager, Enterprise Risk, Bar-S Foods Co.
  • Marcia Linton, Senior Vice President, National Analytics Practice Leader, Wells Fargo Insurance Services
  • Jerry Stevens, Professor of Finance, University of Richmond
Casino Industry Session (IND002)

The casino business is growing at a rapid pace, not only in the United States but globally as well. With new growth, comes new risks and exposures. Explore those new risks and get a global perspective on solutions and alternatives. With a panel of experts, examine online gaming, terrorism coverage, counterfeit casino chips, skilled labor shortages and new foreign casino regulations. Find answers and thought-provoking risk management solutions to apply to the domestic and global gaming industry.

Room: 243
Category: Industry (IND)
Level: Foundational

Learning Objectives:
  • Expand your understanding of global casino risks.
  • Build your solution skill set to address casino risks.
  • Be aware of new regulations and governance for risk management in gaming.
Speakers:
  • James Cunningham, VP, Enterprise Risk Management, Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc.
  • Brad Darr, Senior Managing Director, Beecher Carlson
  • Gert Cruywagen, Director of Risk, Tsogo Sun Group
Financial Services Industry Session (IND005)

Can you bank on your insurance? Hear from a panel of experts about the latest market trends in the financial services industry, including cyberrisk, professional liability and investment banking coverage. Walk through the top ten claims problems that financial services institutions currently face. Discover the best practices for presenting your institution’s insurance claims. Share in the experiences of your peers and get valuable tips for maximizing your insurance recoveries.

Room: 333-334
Category: Industry (IND)
Level: Foundational

Learning Objectives:
  • Recognize the trends in the insurance market for the financial services industry.
  • Acquire practical risk management skills tailored to your industry.
  • Assemble tips for assessing and handling your insurance claims.
Speakers:
  • David Goodwin, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Tracy Jurusik, Senior Vice President, FINEX North America, Willis
  • Barbara Miller, Claims Manager, Well Fargo & Company
  • Jacqueline Olson, Risk & Insurance Management Principal, Wells Fargo
Higher Education Industry Session: New Focus on Traumatic Brain Injuries in Athletic Programs (IND007)

The management of a student athlete’s health after a traumatic brain injury (TBI)—on a lifelong basis—has come under increased scrutiny from a wide variety of affected parties. Sports medical professionals and risk managers should work in tandem to effectively manage the risk of injury to athletes and reduce the impact on an institution in the event of an injury. These professionals must understand the nature of TBI, the risk of TBI and best practice protocols and policy that should be in place to manage the related risk and legal exposure. Hear a panel of medical, legal and risk professionals discuss these key issues and answer your questions.

Room: 242
Category: Industry (IND)
Level: Foundational

Learning Objectives:
  • Consider the nature of TBI and the risk potential.
  • Survey the legal landscape surrounding TBIs.
  • Gain methods to improve the management and mitigation of TBIs in your athletic programs.
Speakers:
  • Joyce Fred, Professor, Tulane University
  • Gregory Stewart, Co-director of the Tulane Sports Medicine Program, Associate Professor, Tulane University
  • Tory Lindley, Assoc. Athletic Director/Athletic Training Services, Northwestern University
Real Estate Industry Session (IND010)

Find out what drives your real estate peers’ concerns and curiosities. Join the discussion and get involved. See how you can continue the learning experience by forming real estate risk professionals networking groups in your city or state. 

Room: 240-241
Category: Industry (IND)
Level: Foundational

Learning Objectives:
  • Network with your real estate peers.
  • Share and receive insight into others’ best practices.
  • Keep up with the latest industry hot topics.
Speakers:
  • Tony Tatum, Attorney, King & Spalding
  • Alice Edwards, Managing Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Gregory Woodman, Risk Manager, iStar Financial Inc.
  • Lori Agee, AVP, Risk Management, Duke Realty Corporation
Retail Industry Session: The Risks Brands Constantly Face (IND017)

The retail industry is bombarded with changing and complex risks requiring real-time decisions. You perpetually manage data breach, margins, supply chain, workforce, fraud, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), food safety and claims frequency issues. Atop this is the potential for overnight social media backlash striking at your company’s brand and valuation. As a part of the retail industry, make sure you are using industry best practices to incorporate strategies that identify, mitigate and manage these risks to reduce your company’s total cost of risk, protect its brand and increase employee productivity.       

Room: 245
Category: Industry (IND)
Level: Foundational

Learning Objectives:
  • Be familiar with the state of risk and key issues in the retail market.
  • Incorporate suggestions for risk management programs, safety standards and government regulations.
  • Find new ways to evaluate exposures, analyze changes in risks and assess your retail risk profile.
Speakers:
  • Laura Woop, Director, Risk Management and Credit Services, Tiffany & Co.
  • George Faigen, Partner, Oliver Wyman
  • Julie Layton, Vice President, Risk Management, Kohl's Department Stores, Inc.
  • Joseph Lee, Senior Vice President, CS STARS LLC
  • Mac Nadel, Retail/Wholesale, F&B Industry Practice Leader, Marsh
The Future Sustainability of Captives in a Regulatory World? The Challenges Facing the Captive Insurance Industry (IND015)

The captive industry seems to be under more scrutiny than any other insurance segment and more so today than ever. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris has characterized captives as a profit-shifting device, tarnishing their true purpose and reputation. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) typically considers some imposition on captive operations. States view captives as potential revenue sources, creating financial hardships, which are made worse by the Internal Revenue Service. Discover how captive industry leaders have formulated strategies to educate regulators to abate these problems and validate the value that captives generate as critical business functions.

Room: 238-239
Category: Industry (IND)
Level: Foundational

Learning Objectives:
  • Dissect the OECD’s criticism of captives and learn to document transfer pricing to neutralize that argument.
  • Translate how the NAIC operates into ways to prevent unnecessary regulation of captives.
  • Stay up-to-date with hot topics for tax authorities and operating efficiencies for your captive.
Speakers:
  • Ward Ching
  • Dennis Harwick, President, Captive Insurance Companies Association
  • Robert Myers, Partner, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
  • Thomas Jones, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Community Service Project: Blessings in a Backpack (CSP)

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.

Room: Exhibit Halls B, C, D
Category: Networking Event
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10:15 am - 11:15 am
Controlling a Corporate Crisis: A Kidnap Escalation Drill (RIC003)

In many emerging economies, kidnapping is on the rise. Companies are boosting their executives’ travel vigilance and preparing in advance for kidnap situations should they arise. Learn more about how you can enhance corporate travel safety. Examine a kidnap and extortion scenario to see what you need to quickly consider to bring a kidnapping event to a safe resolution.            

Room: 222
Category: Risk Control (RIC)
Level: Foundational

Learning Objectives:
  • Assemble tips on corporate travel safety.
  • Understand how a kidnap crisis often unfolds.
  • Establish the decisions that your organization must make to resolve a crisis situation.
Speakers:
  • Francisco Quinones, Senior Consultant, Terra Firm Risk Management
Risk and Stories: Interactive and Creative Ways to Engage Staff and Executives (ERM010)

Risk management is sometimes perceived as a perfunctory, compliance-driven activity. As a result, many in your organization fail to visualize and appreciate the full value and benefits of implementing effective enterprise risk management (ERM). Change the way you portray risk management’s importance to stakeholders—with risk “edutainment.” See how passionate storytelling can create an unforgettable image of using risk management as a daily decision-making tool. Stories are the creative conversation of life, creating powerful, clear and more meaningful experiences. 

Room: 215-216
Category: Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
Level: Innovative

Learning Objectives:
  • Evaluate storytelling as a risk communication tool to assist you in effectively embedding risk culture.
  • Explore creative ways to engage staff and executives.
  • View how “edutainment” helps stakeholders visualize the benefits of ERM and deliver corporate objectives.
Speakers:
  • Adewale Akinwale,, Head, Enterprise Risk Management, Nigerian Aviation Handling Co Plc
  • Joachim Adenusi, Executive Director, IRMS Ltd (UK)
The Current State of Distracted Driving: Best Practices and Defensibility (RIC012)

Distracted driving has now become part of our national conversation. It affects all organizations, from those with a dispersed workforce driving their own cars to those with extensive fleets. Discover how you can protect your organization—from preventing lawsuits to forming a post-claim defense. Gain a greater appreciation of the significance of distracted driving for your organization and be able to implement or enhance your risk management strategies to address it.

Room: 228-229
Category: Risk Control (RIC)
Level: Innovative

Learning Objectives:
  • Appreciate the current legal climate regarding auto accidents.
  • Distinguish the many forms of distracted driving and best practices to address each.
  • Create a plan to prevent lawsuits and defend your organization from a claim.
Speakers:
  • Richard Bleser, Sr. Vice President -- Fleet Safety, Marsh Risk Consulting
  • Catherine Whitney, VP, Risk Management, Sunbelt Rentals
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Emergency Response Planning: How to Protect Your Business from a Natural Disaster (RIC005)

Two of the costliest hurricanes in U.S. history occurred in the past decade: Hurricane Katrina, 2005, and Sandy, 2012. Lack of preparedness contributed to the historic flooding and devastation. Following natural disasters, your concerns naturally increase. Are my organization’s assets susceptible to a natural disaster? Would my facility be forced to shut down? For how long? Taking precautions before a disaster is the best way to minimize risk and recover faster. Understand your risks and make sure proper engineering methods are in place. Continuously updated, detailed knowledge allows you to create and manage an emergency response plan that improves your organization’s preparedness for the next flood emergency.

Room: 225-227
Category: Risk Control (RIC)
Level: Foundational

Learning Objectives:
  • Compile the critical elements to create a flood emergency response plan.
  • Prepare to evaluate your facilities’ flood exposure and aggregated loss estimates.
  • Compare temporary flood protection devices and fixes that could provide extra protection for your facility.
Speakers:
  • Tom Chan, CEO, Global Risk Miyamoto
  • Greg Bates, Managing Consultant, Global Risk Consultants (GRC)
Managing the Risks of Climate Change (FOR008)

Despite reams of data documenting the devastating physical and economic losses caused by climate change, many businesses do not actively assess or manage their climate-related risks. Its changing nature and lagging indicators make estimating the location, timing and intensity of climate change threats additionally challenging. Largely, only those organizations that have already suffered repeated losses from its effects make an effort to address the risk. Has your organization discounted the need to consider climate threats because they generate a low score in comparison to other, more concrete and immediate dangers? Consider the many strategic and operational risks related to climate change.

Room: 235-236
Category: At the Forefront (FOR)
Level: Masters

Learning Objectives:
  • Analyze climate change’s physical, economic, regulatory, operational, reputational and litigation risks.
  • Contrast mitigation failures for predictable losses against effective climate risk management.
  • Craft a framework for identifying, managing and monitoring climate risks and opportunities.
Speakers:
  • Tucker Hackett, Senior Credit Officer, Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Gina Blus, Principal, Climate Ready Solutions LLC
Risk Performance That Makes a Difference (RIC010)

When the question of risk management’s value comes up, the C-suite and business unit managers often press for better answers. Total cost of risk (TCOR) is a common and usually well-received measure, but you need more ways to prove your value to gain management and board commitment for greater investment. Learn to measure the impact that risk management has on corporate success. See how collaboration can influence decision makers to drive your risk management strategy. Go beyond TCOR and exploit risk for gain. Explore various ways successful risk professionals tell their stories to gain deeper commitment to their strategies.

Room: 217-219
Category: Risk Control (RIC)
Level: Masters

Learning Objectives:
  • Review the traditional risk management function within an organization.
  • Consider ways risk management can be elevated within your organization.
  • Compare your peers’ success in communicating effectively with top executives and the board.
Speakers:
  • David North, President & CEO, Sedgwick, Inc.
  • Paul Beattie, Director Risk Management, Whataburger, Inc.
  • David Cammarata, Assistant Treasurer - Risk Management & Insurance, Verizon Communications
  • Tim East, Director, Risk Management, The Walt Disney Company
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Student Advisory Council Student Networking Lunch (STUDENT MEMBERS AND ADVISORS ONLY) (SNL)

Room: Rivergate Room
Category: Networking Event
Level:

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
No Longer Science Fiction: The Risks and Rewards of Autonomous Vehicles (FOR010)

Just as computing and robotics have made the transition from fantasy to practical tools of everyday life, the technology needed to build autonomous cars is mostly available today. With its technological advancements, Google is likely to emerge as a major innovator in personal transportation in the near future. This poses a series of profound challenges for the auto industry, federal, state and local governments and consumers. Explore the benefits and challenges of autonomous vehicles from the perspective of the consumer and the automobile industry, including auto manufacturers, parts suppliers, government, technology providers and insurance companies.

Room: 231-232
Category: At the Forefront (FOR)
Level: Visionary

Learning Objectives:
  • Consider the societal implications of self-driving vehicles.
  • Define the challenges of transitioning to autonomous vehicles for everyday life.
  • Anticipate how autonomous vehicles will change the risk management landscape.
Speakers:
  • Michael Stankard, Managing Director, Industrial & Materials Practice, Automotive Practice, Aon Risk Solutions
  • Alan Gier, Global Director, Corporate Risk Management & Insurance, General Motors Company
The Global Regulatory Environment: An Update on a Changing World (LGL009)

In the wake of the global financial crisis, new laws and regulatory regimes addressing financial services were proposed and implemented around the world. If your company has operations and exposures abroad, the changing nature of global insurance regulation could have implications for your multinational insurance strategies. Explore the emerging trends in local country regulation. Discover: protectionism; enforcement trends; the encroachment of financial regulators into insurance; the implications of organizations being declared systemic risks; the latest activities of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors; and the Federal Insurance Office’s involvement.         

Room: 235-236
Category: Legal and Regulatory (LGL)
Level: Innovative

Learning Objectives:
  • Stay abreast of major regulatory trends in different parts of the world.
  • Appreciate the impact these trends may have on your global organization.
  • Create a framework to discuss key regulatory issues with experts and C-suite members.
Speakers:
  • Scott Taber, Senior Assistant General Counsel, Zurich North America
  • Audrey Rudberg, Senior Insurance Manager Global Alternative Risk Transfer, Cargill, Incorporated
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Entertainment Industry Session (IND011)

Entertainment exposures whether film, amusement parks, sporting events or large venues require different approach in risk management. This session will provide insight behind the show curtain as how to manage entertainment risk, underwriting, claims, risk control, crowd control, terrorism and entertainer safety, some of the topics the panel will explore. Come be educated and entertained.

Room: 242
Category: Industry (IND)
Level: Foundational

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify emerging risks in the entertainment industry and provide insight into the underwriting process for entertainment risks.
  • A deep dive into the risk control tools that are used for events and larger venues.
  • Expand your understanding of what goes into a major entertainment event or venue.
Speakers:
  • Paul Holehouse, Director Entertainment Risk Control, Aon/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services, Inc.
  • Dave Sandler, EVP, Head of Corporate Accounts Casualty, AIG
  • Lance Ewing, Vice President, AIG
  • Tim East, Director, Risk Management, The Walt Disney Company
Supermarket Industry Session (IND014)

Join a panel discussion with risk professionals from some of the largest U.S. supermarket chains and explore the latest and largest risk management issues the supermarket industry faces. In addition to the common challenges, delve into the logistics surrounding the latest trends in exposure areas like pharmacy, food safety, contamination, recalls, cyberevents, reputations and fleets.  

Room: 243
Category: Industry (IND)
Level: Foundational

Learning Objectives:
  • Relate strategies used by peers to your risk management issues that extend beyond the well known.
  • Understand why pharmacy’s enormous liability has made it one of the largest issues for you to manage.
  • Consider technology tools to help avoid a cyberattack and plan for when it happens.
Speakers:
  • Lizabeth Christman, Vice President, Risk Management, Ahold USA, Inc.
  • Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis, Safety National
  • David Stills, VP, Risk Management, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • Dorina Hertner, Director, Corp. Insurance & Risk Management, 7-Eleven, Inc.
  • William Zachry, Vice President Risk Management, Safeway Inc.
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Networking Reception and Exclusive Hour: BOURBON BASH (EXR)

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. 

Room: Exhibit Halls B, C, D
Category: Networking Event
Level:

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Legal Drugs, Compounds, Marijuana: What is a Risk Professional to Do? (RIC006)

Discuss the increasing use of unconventional medical treatments as well as prescription medications. Explore some of the challenges you face in the very unsettled U.S. workers’ compensation and health care systems. Examine strategies that help you develop and support policies to mitigate risk and loss in the workplace when employees are using alternative medications. And consider some of the financial impacts associated with the use of these treatment methods. This session is hosted by RIMS Arizona Central Chapter.

Room: 222
Category: Risk Control (RIC)
Level: Innovative

Learning Objectives:
  • Adopt strategies for identifying risks associated with nontraditional drug use.
  • Gather resources to manage these exposures and mitigate risks and losses.
  • Plan to protect your company if an employee’s legal marijuana or other medication use affects the workplace.
Speakers:
  • Robert Balkenbush, Partner, Thorndal Armstrong Delk Balkenbush & Eisinger
  • Sandra Little, CRM, ARM, CPCU, MBA, Manager, Enterprise Risk, Bar-S Foods Co.
Risk Finance and All That Jazz: A Beginner's Source to Success (RIF006)

Are you confused by terms like IBNR, loss development, net present value and discovery and payout patterns? Do you have trouble talking to your CFO about the financial aspects of your insurance program? If so, take a walk through the basic elements of risk financing. With case studies, gain the skills to effectively communicate risk financing details and understand how to use tools and techniques to improve your insurance program. Don’t forget to bring your calculator!

Room: 228-229
Category: Risk Finance (RIF)
Level: Foundational

Learning Objectives:
  • Define risk finance terms and tools.
  • Know how to use loss triangulation, loss analyses and net present value cash flow comparisons.
  • Gain skills to effectively communicate risk finance concepts.
Speakers:
  • Scott Silitsky, Risk Manager, ThyssenKrupp Elevator Co.
  • Shaun Jackson, Director, Risk Management, El Pollo Loco, Inc.
Watch This: Social Media’s Impact on Claims Strategies (CLM010)

Pervasive Internet usage and social networking have become tools for claims examiners, defense attorneys, private investigators and employers investigating injured employees’ claims. Search engines, social networking sites, video-sharing websites and social messaging platforms provide unprecedented access to personal information that can be useful in investigating claims and combating fraud. While investigators must avoid obtaining information about claims from private or nonpublic pages, much information is considered public. This information may provide details about how an accident happened or present information that contradicts the injured employee’s limitations.         

Room: 215-216
Category: Claims Management (CLM)
Level: Masters

Learning Objectives:
  • Stay abreast of statistics and trends in social media.
  • Dissect case studies of utilizing social media in the investigation process.
  • Interpret the legal implications of using social media for investigations.
Speakers:
  • Maggie Biggs, Director, Risk & Insurance, Petsmart
  • Scott Rogers, Executive Vice President, Sedgwick
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Food Processing and Consumer Beverages Industry Session (IND006)

Be a part of a roundtable debate on current issues related to food processing and consumer beverages. Examine: insurance programs; broker services and fees; safety program benchmarking; workers’ compensation; loss prevention; and food safety. Take the opportunity to network with new industry contacts. This session is for those companies involved in food processing and distribution and beverage companies involved in soft drinks, wines, beer, distilled spirits, bottled water, juices, tea and coffee. The session is closed to insurance brokers and insurance companies.

Room: 245
Category: Industry (IND)
Level: Foundational

Learning Objectives:
  • Benchmark risk management best practices from food processing and consumer beverage companies.
  • Use the insight of fellow risk professionals to assist with your current challenges.
  • Network with risk management peers from your own industry.
Speakers:
  • John Murphy, Vice President Risk & Benefits, Golden State Foods
  • Roseanne Parans, Senior Director, Global Risk & Insurance, Cott Corporation
The Healthcare Senior Risk Professional’s Guide to Survival Industry Session (IND016)

Every health care chief risk officer expresses concern over three issues: mergers and acquisitions (M&As), litigation and acquiring physician practices. First, consider the $52.9 billion in health care M&As in the last quarter of 2013. This should have you asking: What does this mean for the health care clinically integrated system and how is M&A exposure rolled into my organization? Then, determine if recent class action suits jeopardize your organization’s integrity and when you should notify senior management about litigation. Finally, see whether relationships from physician practices acquisitions provide better access to care and increased revenue but also more regulatory exposures. Address these issues to help your organization rest easy.

Room: 238-239
Category: Industry (IND)
Level: Foundational

Learning Objectives:
  • Plan how you will address risk transfer issues and cultural integration as a result of M&As.
  • Establish your approach to preparing a claim for a loss that could affect your whole organization.
  • Adopt best practices for accessing new partners in physician practices and managing their risks.
Speakers:
  • Beth Diamond, Global Claims Team Leader, Technology, Media and Privacy, Beazley Group
  • Dianne Salter, SVP, Insurance, Corporate & Insurance Sevrices
  • Sheila Hagg-Rickert, SVP and Healthcare Practice Leader- Western Region, Willis
  • Bonnita Boone, Senior Vice President, Marsh
10:15 am - 11:15 am
#saywhat? Liability Exposure for Tweets, Posts and Other Social Media Communications (LGL001)

Can your organization be sued by a competitor for a disparaging blog post? Did your organization’s tweet misrepresent a product or service? Few people in your organization likely understand the potential liability exposure that flows from public statements made on social media outlets such as blogs, Twitter accounts and Facebook pages. Explore the potential liability exposure your organization faces by using social media and the insurance available to protect against these risks.          

Room: 225-227
Category: Legal and Regulatory (LGL)
Level: Innovative

Learning Objectives:
  • Recognize key liability exposures stemming from your organization’s use of social media.
  • Decipher media activities liability coverage.
  • Assemble best practices for marketing with social media.
Speakers:
  • Renee Crow, Vice President, Risk Management, Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC
  • Darren Teshima, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
BCP: The Company’s Undercover Sherlock Holmes (ERM002)

You know that business continuity planning (BCP) can help your company recover after a crisis, but are you looking close enough through the magnifying glass? According to Sherlock Holmes, “[t]he world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.” Find the overlooked benefits to the BCP process, such as business architecture and the gap report. Review case studies of how the BCP process helps businesses uncover hidden vulnerabilities and create more aware and resilient organizations.    

Room: 231-232
Category: Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
Level: Innovative

Learning Objectives:
  • Strengthen your understanding of the basics of BCP.
  • Determine how you can implement business architecture to handle change management.
  • Leverage the value of a gap report with effective utilization.
Speakers:
  • Richard Meehan, North American Treasurer, MMS USA Holdings Inc.
  • Michelle Cross, SVP, Business Continuity Practice Leader, Wells Fargo Insurance
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
New Technology That Will Change the Risk Playing Field (FOR007)

The robots are coming! Understand the opportunities and dangers. Wearable exoskeletons will give workers superior strength, mobility, dexterity and stamina, while reducing injuries. Botsourcing—shifting work to robots—will reduce the need to insure workers. Biometric monitoring systems will allow injuries to be spotted earlier and managed more effectively. Smart glasses will allow workers to view information, instructions and even diagrams overlaid on the physical world, which could increase productivity but also risk as workers adjust. Automated vehicles will drastically reduce accidents. See firsthand the technologies that will change the workplace and grasp the scale of impact on your responsibilities. This session is hosted by RIMS Silicon Valley Chapter.      

Room: 215-216
Category: At the Forefront (FOR)
Level: Visionary

Learning Objectives:
  • Uncover how the latest technological achievements will drastically change the way workers work.
  • Compare practical applications of new technologies that increase productivity and reduce errors and injuries.
  • Prepare your organization by assessing which inventions will be of value in your workplace.
Speakers:
  • Erike Young
  • Jeffrey Pettegrew, Chief Imagination Officer, Insurance Thought Leadership
  • Kelly Crowder, Risk Manager, Google, Inc.
The Basics of Surety (ICM010)

Surety is not insurance—it is a credit facility. Examine the differences between surety and insurance, and how surety is more similar to banking. Explore insurance deductible plans, workers’ compensation state guarantees, subdivision bonds and site improvement bonds. Learn the benefits of examining your surety needs separately from your insurance program and how surety can lessen your dependence on letters of credit. This session is hosted by RIMS Delaware Valley Chapter.

Room: 224
Category: Insurance and Contract Management (ICM)
Level: Innovative

Learning Objectives:
  • Differentiate between surety and insurance.
  • Improve your general knowledge of the basic types of bonds.
  • Prepare to examine your surety program separately from the rest of your insurance program.
Speakers:
  • Daniel Desjardins, Senior Director, Bombardier Inc.
  • Matthew Rosenberg, Principal, Rosenberg & Parker
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Before Jumping on the Green Bandwagon, Think about Risk (FOR001)

The number of green initiatives taking place at U.S. colleges and universities is rising. In fact, the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment already has more than 500 signatories pledging to help the environment. From power generation through wind turbines and photovoltaic panels to low VOC paint, from Green Guard-certified carpeting to student-led recycling initiatives, with increased investment comes increased risk. Regardless of the size of your institution or whether you have or are considering investment in a greener campus, you should take a closer look at the risks of being green.

Room: 225-227
Category: At the Forefront (FOR)
Level: Innovative

Learning Objectives:
  • Gain insight into one university’s green efforts, including considered initiatives and ultimate implementations.
  • Increase your awareness of potential risks associated with specific green initiatives.
  • Apply a practical risk assessment questionnaire to your school.
Speakers:
  • John Meriano, Associate VP for Aux. Services, Quinnipiac University
  • Peter Wilcox, Technical Director - Risk Control, Travelers
Continuity Risk Management: What Every Risk Professional Should Know (ERM003)

View business continuity management in the context of broader enterprise risk management. As disparate disciplines of risk management converge and compete for resources and funding, it is more important than ever that you fully understand the principles and best practices needed to protect your organization from catastrophic loss. Learn to apply continuity risk management to vendor, insurance and lending risk assessments. Figure out how to logically and effectively put together the pieces of business continuity management for your organization.       

Room: 217-219
Category: Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
Level: Foundational

Learning Objectives:
  • Devise a framework for organizing multiple disciplines of risk management.
  • Incorporate executive-level guidance to align continuity risk management programs to business objectives.
  • Create a plan to communicate business continuity management’s tactical and strategic value.
Speakers:
  • David Nolan, Chief Executive Officer, Fusion Risk Management
  • Patty Grass, Sr. Manager Corporate Insurance, GATX Corporation
From Enterprise to Strategic: The Evolution of Risk Management (SRM008)

Traditional enterprise risk management is a thing of the past. High performing organizations are evolving—taking a strategic approach to assessing, addressing and capitalizing on the inherent risks to their businesses. Explore how both internal and external risks can be leveraged to give your company a strategic advantage over its competitors.            

Room: 204-205
Category: Strategic Risk Management (SRM)
Level: Innovative

Learning Objectives:
  • Compile the top five risks you can leverage to your organization’s advantage.
  • Apply to your program lessons from case studies of enterprise-to-strategic-risk-management transformations.
  • Establish a goal to heighten your profile via strategic risk management.
Speakers:
  • Julia Graham, Director of Risk Management and Insurance, DLA Piper UK LLP
  • Carol Fox, Director of Strategic and Enterprise Risk Practice, RIMS
  • Ryan Pratt, Principal, Ernst & Young LLP
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Conference Finale and Closing Keynote (CFK)

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.    

Room: The Great Hall
Category: Keynote
Level: