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RIMS Announces Keynote Speaker Lineup for RIMS 2010 Boston 11/16/2009

RIMS 2010 Annual Conference & Exhibition to feature speaker powerhouse that includes Fortune 500 CEO, New York Times best-selling author & innovative entrepreneur

NEW YORK (November 16, 2009) —The Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) today announced its three keynote speakers for RIMS 2010 Annual Conference & Exhibition, taking place April 25-29 in Boston. They include Gary Loveman, chairman, CEO and president of Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc.; Nassim Taleb, professor of risk engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and principal at Universa Investments; and Rebecca Ryan, founder of Next Generation Consulting.
“Risk professionals today face a rapidly changing landscape as the discipline adapts to the post financial crisis business climate,” says Mary Roth, ARM, executive director of RIMS. “This was our mindset as we set out to bring the brightest, most innovative speakers to RIMS 2010. I am confident that the keynote addresses will be packed with both sound practical advice and inspiration.”

The Speakers:

Gary Loveman is a former associate professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. He joined Harrah’s Entertainment as chief operating officer in 1998 and drew on his extensive background in retail marketing and service-management to develop and implement the gaming industry's most sophisticated and successful loyalty program, Total Rewards. Loveman has earned the distinction of being recognized as the gaming and lodging industry's best CEO by Institutional Investor magazine for four consecutive years. He is the past chairman of the American Gaming Association and a director of Coach, Inc. and FedEx Corporation. He also sits on the Board of Trustees at JoslinDiabetes Center in Boston and on the Trust Board at Children's Hospital Boston. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from M.I.T., where he was an Alfred Sloan Doctoral Dissertation Fellow, and a B.A. in economics from Wesleyan University.

Nassim N. Taleb is a scholar of risk and model error, literary essayist, and derivatives trader. He is known for a multidisciplinary approach to the role of the high-impact rare event –across economics, philosophy, finance, engineering, and history. He is author of the New York Times best-seller The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable which was voted by paper as one of the 12 most influential books since World War II. His books have more than two and a half million copies in print in 31 languages, making him one the most read and most translated essayists. Taleb is currently distinguished professor in risk engineering at New York University Polytechnic Institute and Principal at Universa Investments. He has an MBA from Wharton and a PhD from the University of Paris.

Rebecca Ryan is an energetic entrepreneur and the founder of Next Generation Consulting (NGC), a research and consulting firm that helps clients engage the next generation. NGC has conducted interviews, focus groups, and surveys with over 30,000 young professionals since 1998. Ryan is author of Live First, Work Second: Getting Inside the Minds of the Next Generation and was named the 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, as well as the 2006 Communicator of the Year by Women in Communication. Prior to starting NGC in 1998, Ryan held posts with the Iowa Department of Economic Development, Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Association of Business and Industry, and Keep Iowa Beautiful. She has played professional basketball in Iowa, Minneapolis, Germany, and Hungary.

About RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition

Launched in 1963, RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition attracts some 10,000 risk and insurance professionals at all experience levels, business executives with risk management interests, brokers, insurers and service providers for the ultimate educational and networking experience. The five-day event offers more than 120 educational sessions, keynote presentations, special events and an expansive Exhibit Hall with more than 400 exhibitors. Following Boston, the event will be hosted in Vancouver in 2011. For more information, click here.

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About RIMS

As the preeminent organization dedicated to educating, engaging and advocating for the global risk community, RIMS, the risk management society™, is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 3,500 corporate, industrial, service, nonprofit, charitable and government entities throughout the world. RIMS has a membership of approximately 11,000 risk practitioners who are located in more than 60 countries. For more information about the Society’s world-leading risk management content, networking, professional development and certification opportunities, visit

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For more information, contact:

Josh Salter, RIMS communications manager, (212) 655-6059 or



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