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RIMS strives to create a welcoming environment for risk and insurance professionals of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, religions and perspectives. Join us at the diversity and inclusion Meet-Up on Sunday, April 15 and learn more about D&I by attending education sessions.

you’re already registered to attend RIMS 2018, be sure to add these events to your schedule.​

Sunday, April 15

Diversity Meet-Up

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm | Room: 302
​This networking and educational session is open to all registered attendees who identify with a specific diversity group, those who support them, as well as others who want to learn more. The event will be led by a professional moderator and will feature structured conversations about issues, challenges and opportunities impacting the risk management profession.

Robert Cartwright, Jr., Division Manager – Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability – Northeast Division, 
Liz Cole, Chief Human Resources Officer, Marsh
Martin South, President US and Canada Division, Marsh

Christine "Shimo" Shimaski, President, 2Synergize

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Monday, April 16

Diversity and Inclusion: The Risks and Opportunities

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm | Room: 214CD
Make the connection between risk management and diversity. Look at how your organization can leverage its effort in the diversity and inclusion arena to reduce risks beyond employment liability and generate new opportunities. Learn how diversity and inclusion issues are not always observable and the importance of understanding these aspects. Explore the legal landscape governing these issues. Consider best practices for optimizing the upside of diversity and inclusion while minimizing the downside.​​​

Victoria Nolan, Risk and Benefits Manager, Clean Water Services
Liani Reeves, Attorney, Bullard Law

Tuesday, April 17


Diversity Training: How to Handle LGBTQ Issues with Cultural Sensitivity

11:30 am - 12:00 pm | RIMS Marketplace: RIMS HQ Booth 1337
Discover how awareness of ethnic, racial and generational diversity has fostered unbiased, sensitive claims responses—but why some groups have not seen this. Improve your cultural competence to ensure understanding of and empathy with the LGBTQ and other communities. 

Tammy Delatorre, PR Specialist, Scott Public Relations / Visionary Ink
Chikita Mann, Disability Case Manager Supervisor, Genex Services 

Hot Topic: The Journey of the African American Insurance Professional:
Past, Present and Future

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Room: 301A-C
African American professionals are vastly underrepresented in the insurance industry—particularly in leadership roles—despite demographic and buyer expectation changes. Understand the opportunities and obstacles that African American insurance professionals have confronted and the legacies of the pioneers. Examine how you can enact transformative hiring, retention and advancement changes for African Americans and other executives of color.

Dr. Leroy Nunery, Founder/Principal, PlusUltré LLC
Alex Amonett, Global Diversity and Inclusion Leader, Marsh
Celeste Azubuike, Underwriting Specialist I, Aon Affinity | Affinity Nonprofits
Robert Cartwright, Jr., Division Manager – Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability – Northeast Division, Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC