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From presentations by top industry leaders to community service events and lively entertainment, the events at RIMS 2009 Annual Conference & Exhibition are just a few of the many pieces that will motivate and inspire you to energize your risk management strategy.

Monday, April 20, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Orange County Convention Center, Valencia Room, 4th floor
Doors open at 7:30 am. Breakfast service ends promptly at 8:30 am.

Without question, today’s economy poses many challenges that require you to react quickly and adjust your resources. Discover what RIMS is doing to help risk practitioners work efficiently and effectively—our new offerings, the Society’s plans for 2009 and RIMS vision for the future of our industry. Help us recognize one of the industry’s shining stars—the winner of the 2009 Harry and Dorothy Goodell Award for outstanding lifetime achievement in the risk management industry.

Finally, you’ll hear Dennis Perkins, author and change consultant, share his innovative leadership development strategies with stories that occur “at the Edge” and take away valuable lessons that you can start applying today. His breakthrough leadership approach is based on effective leadership in demanding environments, especially those characterized by uncertainty, ambiguity and rapid change. Using stories that occurred “at the Edge”—the outer limits of human endurance—Perkins illustrates his 10 strategies for success. Are you ready to be taken to the Edge?

Relive the 1914-1916 Trans-Antarctic Expedition led by Sir Ernest Shackleton, a compelling story of tremendous leadership and teamwork under extreme “life and death” circumstances. Using actual photographs, drawings and journal entries from the expedition, you will experience the story as if you were part of the crew. The gripping narrative becomes the departure point for an intense and unforgettable experience that will leave you with powerful strategies for leading through change, providing direction, building and leading high performance teams, and gauging appropriate risk-taking and tracking ongoing risk management.


Monday, April 20, 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Orange County Convention Center, Valencia Room, 4th floor

And the winner is… find out who are our industry’s shining stars as we honor the best and brightest in risk management. These individuals and RIMS chapters have worked hard to promote RIMS and the risk management profession—let’s give them the recognition they deserve.

After the awards ceremony, you will discover why laughter really is an amazing method of stress management. Elaine Lundberg, humor therapist, takes a humorous yet practical approach to wellness in Laugh for the Health of It! She will educate, motivate and help you learn to effectively incorporate positive humor into your personal and professional life. Find out how to take your work seriously but yourself lightly by using the most important tool of all—laughter!


Tuesday, April 21, 12:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Orange County Convention Center, Valencia Room, 4th floor

As organizations struggle to find a balance between employing good business practices, delivering on promises and staying cutting-edge in a fast-moving global business environment, Harvard Business School professor and change management guru John Kotter shares the secrets to aligning your business goals and embracing effective change management. Participants will learn an actionable, step-by-step process for implementing successful transformations within their businesses, as well as how you can act as an agent and play a leading role in critical organizational change.

Kotter is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost authorities on leadership and change. He has authored the international bestseller Leading Change and The New York Times bestseller Our Iceberg is Melting. His newest work, A Sense of Urgency, outlines what businesses can do to ensure successful change.


Thursday, April 23, 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Orange County Convention Center, Valencia Room, 4th floor

Roger Lowenstein, financial journalist and author of When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management, will discuss the downfall of Long-Term Capital Management and the current financial crisis. He’ll explain how and why risk managers and others put excessive faith in liquidity, and what investment strategies you should be looking at instead. A reporter for The Wall Street Journal for more than a decade, he is now a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine, SmartMoney and Portfolio.



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