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Hot Topic Sessions

Attend our newly-added RIMS 2018 Hot Topic sessions. Hot Topic sessions address game-changing ideas that offer risk professionals an educational experience that they'll want to share. These sessions are innovative and thought provoking, providing attendees with strategies and information to take back to their employers. View the agenda for complete details.

Monday, April 16

A Glimpse of the Future: How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Everything Eventually, Including Insurance

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Room: 303A-C
Take a look at the technology behind machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on manufacturing, transportation, retail and insurance. Sort through the implications for product liability, privacy and other emerging risk concerns. Learn the basic forms of what some are calling "the new electricity" as well as the potential legal and liability issues of AI.

Kate Browne, Senior Claims Expert, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions
Peter Roueche, Director, Enterprise Risk & Insurance, Eastman Chemical Company

Tuesday, April 17

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Growth and Opportunities

11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Room: 220-Global Lounge
Underlining China’s push to play a larger role in the world economy, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) could affect 4.4 billion people worldwide with a collective GDP of US$2 trillion. It also brings risk to participants—banks, construction companies, infrastructure investors, exporters and equity managers. Discuss the political, credit and security risks and insurer partnerships to explore technology for ways to address those risks and enhance service and efficiency.

Tony McHarg, Head of Multinational & Network Management, Asia Pacific, AIG

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

Wednesday, April 18

How Marijuana is Affecting Workers’ Compensation and the Workplace 

11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Room: 225AB
The future of federal marijuana policy and enforcement continues to be uncertain, so stay up to date on the laws and legal decisions, including their complexities and their rapid changes. Determine the value of legal assistance so that you can develop and communicate a sound policy for your organization, whether for the use and reimbursement of medical marijuana for workplace injuries or employee use of medical and recreational marijuana.

Darrell Brown, EVP & Chief Claims Officer, Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.
Denise Algire, Director, Risk Initiatives | National Medical Director, Albertsons Safeway Inc.

New Perspectives on Sexual Harassment Claims and Risk Management 

11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Room: 303A-C
A tidal wave of sexual harassment claims has been unleashed across news and social media with related discrimination, hostile work environment, retaliation and sexual assault allegations also coming to the forefront. Determine the long-term economic and brand damage that could result from the consequent business disruption and marred reputations. Explore the risk from insurance, legal and corporate perspectives as well as transfer and mitigation opportunities.

Carrie Kurzon, National EPLI Product Leader, The Hartford
Meredith Cavallaro, Partner, Paduano & Weintraub LLP
Kelly Thoerig, Senior Vice President, Marsh

What ERM Practitioners Can Learn from the Intelligence Community: A CEMEX Case Study

11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Room: 220-Global Lounge
Get an inside look into the development of an advanced enterprise risk management (ERM) program influenced by the intel world. Learn from the leaders of the risk management group for a Mexico-based global construction materials company about shaping its intelligence pedigree into an asset and how you can apply similar tactics to your program.

Adrian Castillo Cisneros, Enterprise Risk Manager, CEMEX CENTRAL SA de CV
Enrique Alanis, Enterprise Risk Director, CEMEX CENTRAL SA de CV

Opioid Lawsuits: A Tsunami of Litigation and Associated Coverage Issues

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Room: 214AB
Well in excess of 300 lawsuits have been filed—most consolidated as multidistrict litigation (MDL)—against pharmaceutical companies, distributors and pharmacies by states, counties and cities seeking to recover costs from the U.S. opioid epidemic. Examine how liability insurance policies—product liability, general liability and professional liability—could respond. And determine whether you would be prepared should similar suits be brought against your industry.

John Denton, Managing Director, Marsh
Anna Engh, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP