A Focus on You

RIMS President Ellen Dunkin gives a preview of RIMS LIVE 2021 and all of the opportunities it offers for the global risk management community to build stronger capabilities, accelerate this network and advance the profession.

April 15, 2021

To some, RIMS is the go-to place for risk management knowledge, reports and information. For others, it’s the gateway to networking with a global professional community. While others might engage for career development and advancement opportunities. Whatever your reason is, together, let’s make sure you’re maximizing your RIMS experience.

RIMS LIVE 2021 is one of those opportunities to do so. In less than a week, the world’s business community will gather for the most expansive virtual risk management event yet. With no distractions – and added time for you to really explore its 170 education sessions – the conference is the perfect opportunity for you to step back from your daily routine and focus on your skills.

Beyond education, RIMS LIVE 2021’s intuitive networking platform has the power to give your network a boost. The conference’s technology has built-in matchmaking capabilities that will link you with risk professionals in similar industries, with similar responsibilities and interests.  You will also be able to connect with more than 100 exhibitors in the digital Marketplace, set one-on-one meetings with them and participate in small group discussions. For me, RIMS Annual Conference has always been an amazing place to meet others in the field and build lasting professional and personal relationships. This year will be no different.

After the last year, some of us might need a little inspiration. RIMS LIVE’s keynote speakers bring unique perspectives and will share their stories of innovation, persistence, perseverance and risk taking. Duncan Wardle, the former head of innovation & creativity at Disney, will kick things off at our Opening General Session. Jade Simmons, a classical pianist and transformational speaker, will get us ready for the next big breakthrough during the Awards and Leadership Program. And, Netflix Co-Founder Marc Randolph, a man who knows about taking risks, will captivate the audience during the Conference Finale.

Our Society’s annual conference is all about the future of risk management. That future depends on us to support the next generation of risk leaders.  RIMS is so proud to collaborate with the Spencer Educational Foundation for the Spencer-RIMS Risk Management Challenge.  We’re ready to hear the strategies developed by the three final teams from University of Hartford, University of Wisconsin and Appalachian State University.  But, I also want to commend all 20 university teams that entered the challenge, shared with our community and demonstrated just how bright this profession’s future really is.   

We also can’t forget to focus on ourselves, personally. Make your health a priority. The virtual Spencer 5K Fun Run/Walk is on and there’s still time for you to sign up. The RIMS LIVE Wellness Zenter also offers a selection of education opportunities for you to focus on your physical and mental health, as well strategies for you to bring back to your office – wherever it might be. 

The focus on you doesn’t stop with RIMS LIVE 2021.  RIMS External Affairs team continues to monitor the legislative fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and how it’s impacting your organizations. Recently, the Society set guidelines for how we’ll support legislation about liability claims protections. A letter about those guidelines and RIMS other legislative initiatives can be found in RIMS Advocacy Center.

The profession continues to make progress.  Risk professionals continue to gain important ground, breaking through barriers and becoming key players in our organization’s strategy processes. How do you make sure you continue to get invited to those important strategy discussions? And, if you aren’t there yet, how do you create that opportunity?

Opportunities are created when you engage with RIMS and RIMS LIVE 2021. Join us for RIMS LIVE 2021. Engage with our global network and explore the collective, thought-leading knowledge of this Society.  It’s time to focus on you.


Ellen Dunkin
RIMS 2021 President

About RIMS


RIMS, the  risk management society®️, empowers risk professionals to make the world safer, more secure, and more sustainable. Through networking, professional development, certification, advocacy, and research, RIMS and its 80 chapters serves more than 200,000 risk practitioners and business leaders from over 75 countries. Founded in 1950, the Society publishes the award-winning Risk Management Magazine and produces RISKWORLD®️, the largest annual gathering of global risk professionals. RIMS embraces diversity, equity and inclusion and welcomes all risk professionals to connect and learn, explore the online Risk Knowledge library, tune into the RIMScast podcast series, and engage via LinkedInTwitter, and Facebook. To learn more, visit www.RIMS.org.

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