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Sunday, April 23

First Time Attendee Orientation

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm  | Room 103BC

Talk about overwhelming! We’ll break it down for you and share the ins-and-outs of a conference this size—where sessions are held, how to maximize networking opportunities and the best way to navigate the Marketplace (tip: it used to be called the Exhibit Hall).

Networking can tough and uncomfortable for even the most practiced professional. Our keynote speaker, author Debra Fine, will coach you on the art of small talk and share strategies and tips to get you talking to strangers with ease. And you’ll need it. After the orientation, we’ll head over to the RIMS Opening Reception where you’ll be surrounded by thousands of attendees from around the world.

​​Debra Fine
Author / Communication Expert

A formerly shy, tongue-tied engineer, Debra Fine is now an internationally recognized speaker, business networking guru, trainer and communication expert who will teach you how turn every conversation into an opportunity for success. She’s also a bestselling author of three books on the topic of conversation. Together we’ll laug​h, learn and leave with the tools to develop and cultivate outstanding networking techniques that will result in building rapport and engaging new and current clients.

RIMS 2017 Opening Reception: DISRUPTION

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Franklin Institute Science Museum​  

Deviate from the usual cocktail party experience and observe how the museum’s namesake used disruption to stimulate innovation. Discover how the disruptors of today create ground-breaking ideas that change how we think, behave, and do business. Don’t miss this revolutionary evening.

RIMS General Session // Opening Keynote

8:30 am — 9:45 am | Terrace Ballroom                    

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

We are noticing more and more interest and recognition of the risk management profession. It’s our mission to continue those efforts. RIMS leadership will reveal upcoming association initiatives that will help you disrupt the status quo and become more strategic with your planning. Then we’ll hear from our keynote speaker, Global Soap Project founder Derreck Kayongo.

Derreck Kayongo
Business Visionary / Global Soap Project Founder /CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights

Have you ever wondered what happens to that barely used bar of soap in your hotel room? This guy did, and he didn’t like the answer. So Derreck Kayongo talked hotels into donating their used bars of soap instead of throwing them away. His Global Soap Project takes donated, melted, purified and reprocessed hotel soap and redistributes it to vulnerable populations around the world. This successful entrepreneur is a renowned expert in environmental sustainability and global health and is using his knowledge to disrupt the way hotels dispose of their “trash.”

Awards Luncheon // Leadership Keynote

12:00 pm — 1:30 pm | Terrace Ballroom

Celebrate the achievements of the risk professionals, organizations and chapters that are driving innovation in risk management. These awards honor lifetime achievement in our industry as well as community involvement at the chapter level. After the awards, visual artist Allison Massari shares her dynamic and deeply moving keynote.  ​

​​Allison Massari
International Speaker / Executive Coach / Visual Artist

Hailed as life-changing, riveting, extraordinary, bold and deeply moving, Allison Massari¹s triumphant keynote is packed with poignancy and insight. As the survivor of two life-threatening car accidents, and having suffered second and third degree burns on more than half of her body, Allison shares her story of absolute loss, to forgiveness and understanding, and finally to success and a life beyond anything she could have imagined. Her dynamic and deeply moving keynote offers applicable tools to rise above any obstacle and find peace, purpose, and happiness despite turbulent times. Allison ignites vitality, inspires confidence, and offers essential tools for self-mastery to audiences worldwide. Prepare to be inspired, moved, and energized. Prepare to be taken on a journey.

Marketplace Exhibit Hall Social // The Fizzy Tizzy​ 

4:00 pm — 5:00 pm 

Join us for a fun, bubbly treat to end your first day! Regroup with your peers and colleagues and network with new ones as you enjoy champagne and cotton candy.

Sponsored by J.D. Power

Risk Manager of the Year Breakfast // Risk Management Panel

7:30 am — 9:30 am | Loews Millennium Ballroom

This breakfast celebrates outstanding achievement in our field—the Risk Manager of the Year. After the induction of this year’s Risk Manger of Year, stay and listen as four past RMOYs engage in a vibrant discussion the attendees about the latest risk related issues and trends. Topics will come straight off the business pages and reach back into times and events where unusual and thought-provoking circumstances challenged even the most experienced and capable risk leaders of the time.   ​

Marketplace Exhibit Hall Networking Luncheon //​ The Amish Connection

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm 

​Don’t fill up on lunch—there’s shoofly pie for dessert! Grab a plate and enjoy a fun twist on traditional local Pennsylvania fare.

Marketplace Exhibit Hall Networking Reception //​ Gin and Bare It

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Take a break in the Marketplace, network with fellow attendees, and enjoy a gin & tonic and some savory treats.  

Marketplace Exhibit Hall Luncheon // RIMS 2018 Kick Off​, A Taste of the Alamo

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm                           

​Grab your cowboy boots and get ready to hoedown—RIMS 2018 is going to San Antonio! This feast will feature the best of Texan cuisine.


Conference Finale // Closing Keynote

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Terrace Ballroom

Let’s wrap things up, Hollywood style. There’s drama, there’s humor, there’s Michael J. Fox. His tale of struggle and achievement in spite of career-ending obstacles will inspire you to never give up.  ​

Michael J. Fox
Award-winning Actor / Parkinson’s Disease Advocate


He’s been charming audiences for decades. Life threw him a curveball but he didn’t let that hold him back. Now hear about his struggles in his own words as he shares the remarkable lessons he has learned and the hard-won perspective that ultimately helped him view challenges as opportunities.

Speaking about his life through the critical themes of work, politics, faith, and family, he walks audiences through his journey of self-discovery and reinvention with captivating humor and wit.

Describing how to become a happier, more satisfied person by recognizing the gifts of everyday life, Fox encourages audiences to not build walls but rather develop a personal policy of engagement and discovery. It is this emotional, psychological, intellectual, and spiritual outlook that has served him throughout his struggle with Parkinson's disease.​

Sedgwick-RIMS Official Closing Party

7:00 pm – 11:00 pm | Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street
Party with the INdustry crowd! The busiest week of the year is IN the rearview mirror, so put your business attire IN the suitcase, head IN the direction of Union Transfer and get ready to join the IN crowd at the Sedgwick party, now proudly endorsed as the official closing event of RIMS 2017.

Presented by Sedgwick