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10 Challenges of Doing Business in Africa (EMR009)

With a more stable political environment, solid GDP growth and untapped resources, Africa is a continent of rich opportunity, but also tricky terrain to navigate. It is a continent of independent countries, each with particular customs and business practices. Ensure your company’s investments are adequately protected and compliant with local practices for long-term success. Review the most important risk management issues you will face, events that have disrupted current investments and a blueprint for success.

10 Things You Thought Microsoft Excel Could Not Do (TLT003)

Microsoft Excel remains your go-to resource, regardless of your risk management information system’s capabilities. See how Excel remains an essential tool for aggressive data-centric analysis of past events. Renew your appreciation for the value of a software resource you already own.

10 Tips for Nailing Down Responsive Cyber Coverage (TLT004)

Get the tools you need to purchase the cyber insurance you want. Review the most important coverages as well as ways to avoid traps and increase protection from actual risks. Plus, take a look at claims handling practices that maximize the likelihood of a full recovery.

A Big Deal for the Hospitality Industry: Recovering from a CAT 4 Storm in a Unique Business Environment (IND013)

In 2014, Hurricane Odile made a direct hit on a highly concentrated region of resort properties. Recovery was different and worth exploring. Delays began at the outset. Time-share obligations with cost-sharing components had to be addressed separately. And then, the inevitable debate: Did these conditions fit within the wording of even the most comprehensive property policies? Discover recovery strategies for the hospitality industry brought to light by Odile, including insights into a business environment, business culture and local government unlike others.

A Global Workforce is Risky Business: Managing the Risks of Travelling and Transferred Employees (GRM013)

In a smaller world with a global workforce you likely have employees on temporary or permanent overseas assignments. You have an obligation to know the risks and your duty of care should incidents arise. Plan ahead for unforeseen risk and train employees to be risk averse. Dive deeper into coverages and procedures for medium- to high-risk emerging regions. Prepare for the impact of incidents on your company, employees and brand. And test your knowledge in an interactive scenario.

A New Cookbook: Standard For Risk Assessments (ERM013)

Just like fine meals, risk assessment programs can be flavored to satisfy the tastes of organizations, their different purposes and the decisions being made. Even so, certain basic ingredients are essential for feeding the organizational need in evaluating the “effect of uncertainty on objectives”. Find out how you can prepare these “ingredients and flavorings” - as covered in the recently published national ANSI/ASSE/RIMS Risk Assessment Standard - within your own organization.

A Risk Professional’s Guide to Using the SEC Whistleblower Program to Strengthen Culture and Loyalty (LGL006)

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) whistleblower program receives more than 3,000 tips each year, triggering company investigations, fines and penalties. These whistleblower employees bypass internal reporting mechanisms and catch their companies by surprise, causing potentially irreparable reputational damage. Confront the challenge. You can encourage employees to report issues internally using the same incentives from the SEC whistleblower program.

A Stepwise Approach to Identify, Measure, Monitor and Manage Organizational Strategy Risks (SRM007)

Explore how to conduct a strategic enterprise risk assessment. Properly performed, it will identify potential enterprisewide risks that affect specific organizational strategies. You can then measure the financial and operational impacts of those risks based on the probability of occurrence. And, finally, develop risk monitoring and management tools to continuously control those strategic risks.

Achieving Balance: Managing Mental Health and Stress-Related Issues in the Workplace (RIC016)

Mental health and well being affect quality of life as well as organizational performance. Stress, depression and anxiety are repeatedly ranked among the top causes of employee absenteeism. And mental and behavioral health issues drive disability and decreased productivity. With a more proactive approach to managing mental and behavioral health issues, however, you can address work-related stress and achieve a more positive balance. Explore some of the new approaches that are being developed in this area and how they drive both clinical and financial results.

Achieving Results Through Strategic ERM Maturity (SRM005)

Follow one company’s ten-year journey from an undisciplined risk management environment to one where risk is thoroughly identified, examined, quantified, reported and discussed. Examine the approaches tried, modified and ultimately deployed to transform from fragmented to truly strategic enterprisewide risk management (ERM) capability with an advanced maturity level. See how disciplined risk analysis and assessment impart insight for strategic objectives.  Appreciate the value realized when embedded ERM gets the traction all aspiring ERM leaders seek.

Allocation and Chargeback Systems that Drive Organizational Results and Accountability (RIF004)

All organizations struggle with the appropriate allocation of costs to profit centers. Models and experience rating formulas balance equity versus fairness, stability versus responsiveness and credibility versus predictability, but the act is challenging. Accountability can promote risk management and better loss control, but stability, predictability and fairness shape planning, budgeting and buy-in and ownership of the process. Learn to tailor your cost allocation model to your insurance program, the nature of business units or subgroups and your allocation goals.

Alternatives in Food Sustainability Consequences: Taking on One Hot Potato at a Time (TLT008)

In the next 50 years, we will have to produce enough food for nearly 2 billion more people. New risks will emerge as we change the way operate and feed the world. Focus on consumer food preferences and their effect on worldwide food supply sustainability. Engage in a balanced conversation about consumer education, GMOs and allergens.

An Innovative Approach to Seismic Risk Control (RIC006)

This century, 2.5 million earthquake-related deaths are expected. Each event could also damage structures, disrupt supply chains and process flows, financially weaken or even cease your organization’s operations and devastate entire communities. The magnitude of the potential losses obligates stakeholders to prepare with informed decisions. This calls for a thorough understanding of earthquakes, their probability and the unique vulnerabilities of your facilities and business operations.

Artificial Intelligence: Risk Implications and Opportunities (TLT009)

How important is artificial intelligence (AI) to your role? With thought-leadership focus, discover the current and planned capability of AI to identify, assess and make decisions on risk. Assess AI’s maturity and development challenges based on the findings of an emerging risk report. Debate whether a machine can be given a risk appetite and define the parameters of its decision process. Examine opportunities for risk understanding and the implications for insurance and your risk exposure.   

Assessing the Senseless: Global Terrorism Threats and Commercial Risk Management (RIC001)

Increased terrorist activity over the past decade has left risk professionals searching for answers. This risk is a function of three interrelated components: the threat to a target, the vulnerability of a specific target to the threat and the resulting consequences if the target is attacked. Each aspect of terrorism risk can be measured and mitigated to provide protection for businesses and individuals. Review global terrorism threats to your commercial properties and examine a risk management framework for assessing and mitigating the associated exposures.

Associate in Risk Management 54: Risk Management Principles and Practices Exam Review (CAD007)

Familiarize yourself with form and content to optimize your test-day performance. In this review for the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) 54 exam (Risk Management Principles and Practices), dissect the more challenging areas of the course. Review content on identifying, analyzing and treating an organization's risks, including hazard, operational, financial and strategic risks. And practice exam questions. To fully benefit from this session, advanced preparation by studying the course materials is recommended.

Associate in Risk Management 55: Risk Assessment and Treatment Exam Review (CAD008)

Familiarize yourself with form and content to optimize your test-day performance. In this review for the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) 55 exam (Risk Assessment and Treatment), dissect the more challenging areas of the course. Review content on loss control, system safety, root cause analysis, business continuity, reputation risk, cyber risk and environmental risk. And practice exam questions. To fully benefit from this session, advanced preparation by studying the course materials is recommended.

Associate in Risk Management 56: Risk Financing Exam Review (CAD009)

Familiarize yourself with form and content to optimize your test-day performance. In this review for the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) 56 exam (Risk Financing), dissect the more challenging areas of the course. Review methods for retaining and transferring hazard and financial risk, including insurance, self-insurance, retrospective rating, captive insurance, reinsurance, contractual risk transfer, forwards, swaps and insurance-linked securities. And practice exam questions. To fully benefit from this session, advanced preparation by studying the course materials is recommended.

Associate in Risk Management–ERM 57: Enterprise Risk Management Exam Review (CAD010)

Familiarize yourself with form and content to optimize your test-day performance. In this review for the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) 57 exam, focus on understanding the more challenging areas of the course. Review content on ERM goals, strategic risk management, risk management frameworks, risk governance, internal control, business process and performance management, risk mapping, influence diagrams, portfolio theory, risk-based capital and capital investment analysis. And practice exam questions. To fully benefit from this session, advanced preparation by studying the course materials is recommended.

Aviation Industry Session (IND001)

Address your risk and insurance challenges as part of an exciting, interactive panel discussion. Get a brief insurance market update and claims review. Discuss the risks you and your colleagues currently face and what is being done to mitigate them. Learn about risk management best practices for fixed-based operators and maintenance operations. Address concerns related to the use of unmanned aircraft. Explore the application of enterprise risk management and safety management systems.

Basic Statistical and Financial Tools: What Can They Reveal About Your Risks? (RIF001)

Even without a statistical and financial background, you can use probability distributions and related statistical tools to analyze risk exposures. Apply net present value analysis to various risk financing plans in order to choose one that best meets your organizational objectives. Calculate various financial ratios and discover what they reveal about the potential impact of retained risks on organizational financial results. And share ideas for communicating the results to top management, including CFOs. This session is hosted by RIMS Silicon Valley Chapter.

Because Nice Matters: The Soft Skills of Risk Management (CAD001)

Your work touches every area of your organization. So only when you fully understand your organization- how it is set up, its culture, the decision makers and how to get-buy in-can you move your risk management strategy forward. Join a vibrant discussion about navigating these waters with an organizational communication strategy that helps you deliver good-and bad-news in a constructive way. Examine examples of successful and not-so-skillful situations and keys to doing it nicer. This session is hosted by RIMS Arizona Central Chapter.

Behind the Actuarial Curtain: More Than Numbers (CLM020)

Any actuarial report has enough numbers to make your head spin. While these are vitally important, what about the considerations, assumptions and judgments an actuary employs to arrive at them? Through examples, charts and graphs, go beyond the scope of a standard reserve analysis. Explore some of the ways actuaries consider future scenarios and incorporate them into the report. Learn how you can get the most from your actuary.

Benchmarks of a Strong Risk Culture: How Does Your Organization Measure Up? (ERM004)

Your risk culture is the system of values and behaviors that shapes your organization and guides its risk decisions. Examine practices that encourage a risk-intelligent culture, financial incentives tied to safety metrics and the role of enterprise risk management in risk culture enhancement. With real-world case studies, explore executive roles in a risk culture, how ethics are communicated and the effect of rewards for good results by any means. Question if risk is formally considered during decision making and whether your risk culture extends to service providers. 

Best Practices for Managing Outdoor Event Risks (PRM005)

Does your organization host outdoor athletics in stadiums or concerts in parks? Uncover the unique challenges you face and the best practices you can use. Consider public safety concerns—weather conditions, power, electricity and lighting, trip hazards and pet risks. Look at human health—medical needs and first aid, bathrooms and trash. Examine security—crowd control, prohibited items, perimeters and communications. Know legal and regulatory rules for temporary structures, noise and traffic. And understand how event cancellation insurance reduces the financial risk.

Bet-the-Company Litigation: How to Win Large Exposure Cases at Trial (LGL007)

Despite your efforts, a case goes to trial. Know what to expect. Discover the methods, techniques and tricks plaintiffs’ lawyers will use against your organization to obtain jury awards. From jury selection through closing argument, you can combat these strategies. In a case study, pick your jury to determine who decides your company’s fate. Explore defense themes that resonate with juries. And learn to evaluate experts and evidence, prepare your corporate witnesses and advise counsel on opening statements and closing arguments in a potentially catastrophic loss jury trial. This session is hosted by RIMS San Diego Chapter.

Big Data Is Here: Don’t Miss the Opportunity (CLM025)

Big data should be your model: you may not have its volume, but you can learn from its principles. Move beyond using just claims data—insufficient to improve claims processes and outcomes—when you reveal the value of big data analytics by focusing on the right data. By extending the power of your current software you can generate creative, data-focused decision making with emphasis on data quality, not just quantity. Achieve a culture of innovation to which every organization aspires. Bring the promise of big data to reality.

Bliss or Dis: ROI of Reputation-Centered ERM (SRM008)

Reputation risk is the risk of stakeholder disappointment. Disappointment leads to disloyal customers, disengaged employees, distracted suppliers, distrustful creditors, dismissive investors and determined litigators and regulators. Directors and officers must protect reputation as a strategic asset that affects the profit and loss statement and underpins both liquidity and market capitalization risks. Learn to calculate potential reputational losses utilizing big data analytics, optimizing loss absorption and risk transfer capacity and signaling.

Board and C-Suite Risk Management Utopia (SRM011)

Increasingly, the board of directors and C-suite are tuned in to risk issues. Their expectations of you are higher than ever. What do they want? How can you proactively address those needs? How can you become an integral part of your company’s decision-making process? Join a panel discussion on how to make risk management a key strategic business partner in your company. Explore organizational alignment, enterprise risk, operations integration, strategic planning and goal setting and analytics. Grow your influence within your company and grow your career.

Brazil’s SUSEP Strikes Again: Why You Should Take Note of RCTR-C (GRM010)

In 2014, the Superintendency of Insurance (SUSEP) in Brazil required that all truckers comply with the RCTR-C, the compulsory insurance of civil liability of road carriers. Why should you care? You may be charged for the full amount of this new responsibility-without disclosure-by the trucking firms who haul your goods. You may be asked to provide insurance to cover the trucking firm's obligation or to waive your right of subrogation. Get coverage tips to ensure you are properly protected and paying for only your appropriate share of the risk. This session is hosted by RIMS International Committee.

Buying and Selling: Managing Risk in International Development, Acquisitions and Divestitures (GRM015)

What is your approach to managing the risk of international transactions? Get guidelines to achieving the best results with preparation and a strong team. Examine the challenges of dealing with government and regulatory bodies in diverse cultures while protecting your company values and reputation. Consider traditional insurable risk, political and government risk, contract frustration, international security and cyber risk. See how new insurance products secure international transactions. And discuss how you will introduce company guidelines to new assets or operations.

Captive Industry Session (IND002)

We have all heard the phrase. “Go big or go home!” Well, the days of viewing a captive as a small part of your risk management strategy are gone. Captives are here to stay. They have thrived even in a soft market. Now is the time to think big before the next market cycle. Uncover how captive industry leaders have formulated big strategies to utilize their captive and increase the value that captives contribute to their parent corporation.

Career Success “Hacks” for the Risk Management Professional (TLT014)

Risk is frequently evolving and continuing education is always essential to help you stay up-to-date. A key component of this is executing a strategic professional development plan that will set you apart from the crowd. In this session, we’ll explore three types of career “hacks” that will help all risk managers become more effective and add value to their organization: knowledge hacks, personal hacks and professional hacks. Incorporating tips to hone both soft and hard skills, we’ll drill into these three techniques and leave you with tangible actions to chart a course for lifelong learning.

CAT Bonds 101 (RIF003)

What are CAT Bonds? How do they work? As you reassess your organization's exposure to catastrophic events, you may find yourself seeking solutions beyond traditional insurance products that do not necessarily satisfy your risk management and insurance needs. Your organization may require quick access to capital, so you need to create a more comprehensive solution that supports your enterprise risk management goals and objectives. See how CAT bonds and other parametric insurance solutions can provide that and complement your risk management and insurance programs.

Catastrophic Risk Mitigation Through Analytics: Wildfire Threat Index (RIC008)

Southern California’s climate is great for many activities, but it also presents unique weather risks. Hurricane force winds during Santa Ana seasons combined with a lack of moisture create a perfect storm of catastrophic wildfires. See how a targeted mix of analytics, the largest privately owned weather network in the world and creativity, allows one company to mitigate wildfire risks and gather data to stay ahead. You, too, can form internal partnerships between operations, risk management and insurance to use analytics to learn about and prepare for risks in an unparalleled way.

Challenges and Solutions for a Global Property Loss Prevention Program (GRM014)

Do you need a long-term global property loss prevention program? Working with legal, safety and health, procurement, real estate, treasury, maintenance, engineering and mergers and acquisitions (M&A), create one built for success. Incorporate a property loss prevention standard, senior management support and global consistency. Include M&A site selection review, national catastrophe review and primary and secondary modifiers. Consider service provider quality, cost benefits and risk, prioritizing recommendations, local codes and unbundled engineering services.

Changing Global Demographics: Your Duty of Care for Every Generation (GRM011)

From baby boomers to millennials, travel risk executives face a range of vigorous demands and risks in international assignments. More experience may mean greater health-related issues while less experienced employees may end up in dangerous situations or with a mental health crisis. Learn how to identify, mitigate and prevent these risks from creating  bigger financial, reputational and legal damage. Look at effective risk management of various generations from a duty of care perspective when employees represent your company in an international setting.

Changing the Game: An HPR Approach to Cyber (CRM007)

When it comes to pricing cyber liability programs, underwriters lack the data to distinguish “good risk” organizations, while insureds have little control over premiums and terms. Abundant capacity and competition discourage pre-underwriting risk assessments, while organizations with best-in-class cyber hygiene and governance are painted with a broad industry brush. Examine the hypothetical approach of applying the property insurance principle of highly protected risk (HPR) to cyber risk. Consider underwriting prerequisites and risk engineering for this special HPR status. This session is hosted by RIMS Silicon Valley Chapter.

Complex Business Interruption Claims: What to Do When Disaster Strikes (CLM016)

Uncover the hidden pitfalls of business interruption (BI) claims. How will you deal with explicit policy deadlines for notice, proof of loss and suit limitation provisions? How will you handle periods of indemnity? Have you considered extra expense provisions and supplemental coverage - ingress/egress, civil authority and contingent BI? How will you quantify a BI loss? Get insight into the world of BI losses through an analysis of claims resulting from recent disasters in Japan, Australia, Chile, New Zealand and the United States. This session is hosted by RIMS Silicon Valley Chapter.

Concussion in the Workplace and Vestibular Rehabilitation (CLM019)

Treat your employee concussion injuries with treatments and exercises that reduce symptoms and speed recovery. Learn how to identify a concussion. Review the latest evidence-based post-concussion care that improves function to expedite return to work. Explore anatomy, physiological changes with trauma and symptom recognition. 

Construction Industry Session (IND004)

With an examination of construction liability claims, learn about a variety of claims and coverage issues common to the construction industry. Then, join a roundtable discussion of current topics specific to construction: prequalification, federal work, aging workforce, silica and the potential impact of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new proposed rule, the insurance market, adverse contractual terms and conditions, and operational concerns.

Contingent Business Interruption Exposure in the Manufacturing Industry (INS001)

Examine the exposures to your manufacturing business from its heavy reliance on suppliers and customers. How do you distinguish your essential suppliers and main customers? How will an interruption to the supply chain affect your business? What coverage is in place to address these exposures? What is the impact of a customer interruption? Review a risk exposure example with a case study that quantifies the potential contingent business interruption (BI) loss that could affect your organization. 

Contract Law and Contractual Risk Transfer: The Pitfalls of Not Knowing the Restrictions (INS008)

Delve into contract law as a framework for creating your own rights and duties by agreement. In a workshop format, take a broad view of the principles of contract law and professional liability. Look at the contract itself, including indemnity, hold-harmless, additional insured and insurance requirements and limits. Discuss precontract risk management and recent changes in ISO policy forms that can restrict your recovery from third parties in the absence of specific contract language. Review a contract, certificates of insurance and contractual risk transfer communications.             

Coordinating Your Insurance Program (INS007)

How coordinated are you? Find the gaps and duplications in your coverage lines. Manage claims involving multiple lines in a way that avoids conflicts between insurers, multiple deductibles and multiple self-insured retentions. Learn to use claims handling agreements and special handling instructions as tools to control insurance costs. Explore coordination of primary, umbrella and excess insurance and determine why follow form excess coverage may not, actually, follow form. Spot the issues, understand the problems and get real-world advice and solution examples.

Coverage for the Cannabis Industry: Present and Future Risk Management Opportunities (TLT029)

As the legal cannabis market grows, so do the risks. Explore the business risks, liabilities and coverage issues specific to cannabis retailers, infused extracts companies, cultivators and the ancillary companies serving this maturing industry. 

Crisis: Leading an Integrated Response to Catastrophe (RIC014)

Allegedly tainted meat triggers a media frenzy. An oil tanker spills millions of barrels. An online retailer faces lawsuits after it releases customer data. Each catastrophe poses a mortal risk to the enterprise, requires an immediate crisis-management response and raises complex risk management and insurance issues. With an integrated risk and crisis management strategy, you can identify and manage exposures before they become disasters. And you can control and mitigate the disasters before they are compounded by litigation, media attention and insurance coverage disputes.

Critical Factors: Selecting Claims and Risk Management Information Systems (CLM013)

Claims and risk management information systems (CMIS and RMIS) can streamline the claims process and minimize the total cost of risk for your organization. But your existing system may be outdated and in need of a modern solution. Building a list of criteria for a new system can be tedious and time-consuming. Get a leg up on the process with critical factors that help guide your unique selection, implementation and configuration process.

Crossing Borders and the Effects on Your D&O Insurance (GRM008)

Dive deep into cross-border claims and international regulations and their impact on your directors’ and officers’ (D&O) liability. Explore unique D&O exposures that vary based on local law, custom or contract. Understand how and where corporate indemnification works—or does not work—and the effect on claims. Know how you should address uncertain indemnification and restrictions on global insurance programs. Look at the benefits and limitations of insurance and noninsurance solutions. In a workshop format, design your own program and watch a claim run through it.

CSI: Forensic Investigation Techniques for Liability Claims (EMR008)

The best defense is a good offense. This applies to liability claims as well. Forensic investigation best practices - evidence preservation and documentation, chemical analysis, identification of trace evidence and scientific benchmarking -can make the difference in the final cost of liability claims. Explore the role of digital forensics - using data from cell phones, traffic cameras, GPS systems and security recordings -for the defense. Learn from fellow risk professionals how CSI techniques apply to product liability, auto and construction claims investigations.

Cutting-Edge Risk Management in Workers’ Compensation and Loss Control: A VDERM Case Study (RIC015)

Discover how decision science breaks the barriers of traditional risk practices. By combining decision analysis and enterprise risk management, one risk management department expanded services and focused on maximizing return on investment. See how these approaches lead to value-driven enterprise risk management (VDERM) and a shift from downside to upside risk focus. Walk through the transformation and examine the tools used to identify, assess, evaluate, mitigate risk and increase value, monitor and react.

Cyber 4.0: Cutting-Edge Advancements in Insurance Coverage for Cyber Risk and Reality (CRM005)

Every organization is at risk. Cyber attacks of unprecedented frequency, sophistication and scale span industries and borders. No network is impenetrable. You need to know the legal liability, reputational injury, digital asset and revenue loss your company could face in the wake of an attack. Understand current cyber insurance products as well as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission advisory on public disclosure of relevant coverage. Demonstrate your value to your organization with a mastery of the issues and new products available. This session is hosted by RIMS Pittsburgh Chapter.

Cyber Insurance: Things to Consider Before You Buy (TLT033)

Purchasing cyber insurance policies may not always be the best option. Discuss the pitfalls of cyber risk and insurance, how to avoid making mistakes, what to look for when evaluating policies and the influence of the insurance industry, insureds, the legal system and government.

Cyber Liability and Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance (CRM011)

Cyber issues are top-of-mind for corporate boards and management teams, and for good reason. See how a cyber incident could result in a slew of costs for regulatory investigations, remediation activities and credit monitoring. Examine the duties of your directors and officers facing these new risks. Keep pace with cyber risk trends and developments and the impact they have on your directors’ and officers’ (D&O) coverage.

Cyber Terrorism: Protecting Critical Infrastructure (CRM009)

Every four days, terrorists, state-sponsored agents, disgruntled employees or industrial spies strike—with a cyber attack or probe—the U.S. power grid or an industrial asset. It is a potent reminder of the vulnerability of business, public safety and national security. Focus on the property damage and business interruption caused by a direct internal or external attack on industrial control systems. Learn how to detect, manage and resolve potential risks to keep ahead of the next attack. And explore innovative public and private sector risk transfer solutions for unresolved risks.

Cyber Values and Exposures: Financial Statement Impact Comparison Study (CRM006)

If information technology assets can be as valuable as property assets, why are companies protecting only 12 percent of them? Cloud computing, mobile devices, big data and the Internet of Things create enterprise risk management-linked cyber threats for companies large and small. Follow a roadmap to efficient allocation of an insurance budget based on enterprise risk management. Leverage findings from the first Global Cyber Impact Study and discuss a broader approach to your organization’s overall risk profile.

Data Science for Risk Management (TLT001)

The Internet of Things (IoT) has revolutionized modern-day life, but what has the IoT done already and how can it transform the risk management field? We will explore how risk managers should analyze the vast amount of data generated by companies’ use of sensors, wearables and other smart tools. This includes data being generated by the IoT as well as data science concepts, such as clustering, text mining and network analysis. We will also share how data visualizations can help risk managers discover additional insights from data and communicate the findings to top management.

Data Security and Breach Notification Legislative Update: What You Need to Know (CRM001)

The federal government has been working to pass data security and breach legislation for consumer protection. By the time you attend this session, it should be in place. Join us as we summarize the legislation. Examine the legal ramifications for your organization. Even if legislation is still in the works, you need to know its status and the legislative possibilities on the horizon. This session is hosted by RIMS External Affairs Committee.

Deal or No Deal: Strategies for Effective Management of Public Safety Officer Claims (PRM010)

Take a humorous look in game-show format at the interrelated decision making and cooperation between departments to manage the high cost of public safety officer claims. Discuss the advantages of proactive policies and potential issues for memorandum of understanding contracts and negotiations, tailoring the principles to your state. See how unions, employers and administrators can work together for the good of all parties. 

Defend against Data Breaches: A 6 Step Plan for Data Breach Discovery and Recovery (TLT022)

As a Navy SEAL and intelligence operations officer you always train to accept change.  There is no end-state to being prepared, only a next-state.  The same thing goes for your data breach protection plans.  In this session you will learn how data loss detection can be dramatically improved by applying 6 steps to rapidly gain an integrated view of where your data is, how you maintain control of the data and the efforts to take if your data has been exposed on the open, deep, dark web.

Developing a Strategy for Transgender Employees (EMR015)

Public awareness of transgender issues has grown over the past few years, furthered by prominent celebrities and TV shows, President Obama’s historic use of the word in his 2015 State of the Union address, and recently-issued OSHA guidelines for how employers should handle issues faced by transgender employees in the workplace. Businesses clearly face increasing scrutiny from regulators, the media and consumers for their approach to the transgender community, but many organizations may find themselves unprepared to address concerns from both transgender and non-transgender employees. It is critical to act now and develop plans for integrating transgender employees into organizations and interacting with transgender clients or customers. During this hot topic session, a risk professional and an employment law attorney will provide practical tools for preparing your organization to navigate the risks that can be associated with transgender employees and customers, as well as ideas on how to find opportunity in both the employment and customer arenas.

Do I Really Need a Local Policy? (GRM005)

Constructing a responsive, effective and compliant global insurance program can be at odds with keeping risk transfer costs low. If you are part of a multinational company, you will eventually need to grapple with the questions of where and when to place local policies. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, a simple, consistent and straightforward process can help you find answers. Optimize your program, whether you need to place property, liability, financial lines, marine or even travel accident coverage.

Do You Know Your Company’s Reputational Value? (RIC011)

Organizations are increasingly aware of their brand reputation’s significant economic value. Reputation is a strategic corporate asset, which boards have a fiduciary duty to protect since brand can materially drive profits or losses. Whether you are part of a global entity, a public company or a private organization, you need to know how to value your brand and protect it. This session is hosted by RIMS Silicon Valley Chapter.

Don’t Miss a Beat: How to Build a Public Access AED Program (PRM007)

Cardiac arrest is fatal more than 95 percent of the time. CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) within three to four minutes provide the best available first aid. In fact, lay rescuer and early defibrillation programs can increase survival rates to more than 50 percent. See how you can build a successful public access defibrillator (PAD) program that enables anyone—employees or visitors—to administer life-saving first aid. Learn about an effort lead by a risk management division. See how you too can develop an effective workplace program and save lives.

Draw It: How to Use Art to Communicate Risk Data (ERM012)

Follow the path from problem definition to problem solving via visualization. Since ancient times paintings have served to communicate ideas and express thoughts. Images effectively summarize immense data, so it makes sense that the rules of composition and drawing apply to transforming risk management information system data into presentations. Review the ways software can facilitate that overlap of art and risk. Because when it comes to communicating with the first line of risk management, art may be the most effective tool you wield.

Effectively Managing Risks to Appetite and Tolerance (ERM008)

You want your board of directors to focus on key strategic risks. So, you need a prioritized risk assessment method that uses key risk indicators to help relevant stakeholders monitor and manage risks according to appetite and tolerance. With interpretable and concrete illustrations, learn how a risk dashboard communicates significant information and conclusions to senior management and the board. Ensure your organization focuses on the right strategic risks at the right time, anticipates risk changes, monitors the risks’ quarterly evolution and acts on them promptly.

Emerging Best Practice Risk Management in the Private and Public Sectors (PRM002)

Are there meaningful differences between risk management in the public and private sectors? This question rests at the center of a long-standing debate invariably laden with political overtones. This in itself is instructive as public and private management are never free from political influence. Explore the distinctive aspects of public entity and private sector risk management. Discuss the approaches of each segment in the steps of the risk management process and insights into best practices. This session is hosted by RIMS San Diego Chapter.

Emerging Risk: Staffing Shortages in Our Industry (TLT031)

By 2020, nearly half of the current management-level staff in the risk management industry will be retired. The pool of qualified new hires cannot keep pace. Take on the responsibility to build career awareness and interest. See how you can encourage students through on-campus awareness campaigns, internship programs, recruiting and training. 

Engaging the C-suite: Leveraging Risk-Related Thought Leadership in Your Organization (TLT002)

Learn how to position risk management as a key contributor to your organization’s strategic thinking. Examine the annual Excellence in Risk Management report from Marsh and RIMS and the Global Risk Report from the World Economic Forum to see how you can highlight current and emerging risk trends for your senior leaders.

Entertainment Industry Session (IND005)

Join your entertainment risk management colleagues to take on a 2015 year-in-review. Participate in a roundtable discussion to explore current topics as well as issues, trends and concerns that affect risk management and the entertainment industry as a whole—in 2016 and beyond. This session is hosted by RIMS Los Angeles Chapter.

Environmental Insurance Coverage Under Traditional and Specialty Policies (CLM008)

Coverage for government-mandated cleanup often hinges on whether settlements under government policies meet the definition of an environmental claim. But if it does, that coverage could come from a pollution legal liability (PLL) policy—now with broader scope and industry-tailoring—or traditional lines. Examine when directors' and officers' (D&O) or errors and omissions (E&O) policies cover securities fraud claims from environmental damage or first-party property policies cover environmental damage triggered by a storm. Review the potential responses of these various lines.

Environmental Intelligence: Quantifying the Risks of Climate Change (EMR002)

Climate change is about to change your traditional risk management methods. See how the federal government—U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)—can help you by making data useful and accessible with resources such as DigitalCoast and And examine the works of actuarial societies—the Actuaries Climate Index (ACI) and Actuaries Climate Risk Index (ACRI). Get the tools that will help you understand how traditional risk management applies to the risks of climate change.

ERM and Business Continuity Management: Together at Last (ERM006)

Linking enterprise risk management (ERM) and business continuity management (BCM) programs provides you and your organization's senior leadership with a clear understanding of its approach to business interruption risk. See how well you align operational resilience and interruption risk tolerance. Get insight into the effectiveness of traditional business interruption risk management. And discover emerging risks and those related to new strategic initiatives.

Excellence in Risk Management XIII (SRM006)

See how the scope and mission of risk management continue to change as a result of regulatory, economic and geopolitical trends. Explore the results of the 13th annual RIMS/Marsh Excellence in Risk Management Survey, a compilation of current, key trends in risk management as identified by members of the profession. Join the discussion about the drivers of risk management and their relation to overall business strategy in the twenty-first century. This session is hosted by RIMS.

Financial Services Industry Session (IND007)

Can you bank on your insurance? Learn the naked truth about the hottest market trends in the financial services industry, including cyber risk, professional liability and investment banking coverage. Walk through the riskiest affairs that financial services institutions currently face. Discover ways to enhance your claims process and charm your insurer’s adjuster. Share in the experiences of your peers and get valuable tips for maximizing your insurance recoveries.         

Five Essential Crisis Management Capabilities (TLT030)

Improve your crisis management methods with situation awareness, a common operating picture and common ground, threat intelligence, and a command and control framework. Consider team training for generating on-the-fly creativity. And explore decision making, shifting responsibilities and getting leadership support for your initiative.

Food Processing and Consumer Beverages Industry Session (IND008)

Join a roundtable debate on current issues related to food processing and consumer beverages, including: insurance programs, broker services and fees, benchmarking safety programs, workers’ compensation, loss prevention and food safety. Take the opportunity to network with new contacts and ask questions on challenges or risk treatments for your company. This session is open to those companies involved in food processing and distribution and beverage companies involved in soft drinks, wines, beer, distilled spirits, bottled water, juices, tea and coffee.

Former Presidents: Looking Back to the Future to Manage the Change Ahead (CAD012)

There is little disagreement that the world is growing increasingly complex and uncertain. It challenges you to elevate your game. Incremental change may no longer be sufficient to keep management happy, deliver significant results and enhance your chances of success in your organization. Join five former RIMS presidents who have seen it all. Explore contemporary issues and challenges. Apply to your concerns to solutions that have been tested by successful careers, complex problem solving and big impact. And add your questions to the interactive, dynamic discussion.

Future Forecast: How Drones, Sensors and Integrated Apps are Rewriting all the Rules (EMR006)

Next generation technologies—sensors, drones and wearable devices—redefine operations. But consider this example: more than 40 percent of construction companies have no data risk management procedures for such solutions. Could the same be said for your industry? Review a brief history of data management and connectivity in virtual reality, augmented reality and wearable devices. See demonstrations of emerging technologies. And determine the data security you will need to adopt when your organization employs them.

Geopolitical Risks: Assess the Ever-Changing Challenges (EMR010)

The news tells you daily: from terrorism, civil commotion, strikes, currency inconvertibility or nationalization and expropriation of assets, geopolitical instability leaves businesses with damaged production lines and scrambles to find alternative suppliers. With C-suite concern piqued, you must deal proactively with the unpredictable impact on business, production and supply chains. You may even help your organization find untapped opportunities. Learn how a global Fortune 500 company assesses geopolitical risk and the impact on its business and production.

Get with the Program: Keys to Success in Global Insurance Programs (GRM002)

Within the context of a multifaceted, shifting global economy, multinationals manage risk across territories with widely varied regulations. Collaboration and communication between partners on the carrier, broker and client sides are key to successful management of these risks. With a case study, discuss these relationships—what works and lessons learned—and the changing face of program delivery, program tracking and information databases that have resulted. Analyze the composition of a superior network.

Global Risk Agility and Decision Making (TLT020)

Risk agility implies not treating risk as a cost of doing business, but as a catalyst for growth. A leading expert in risk and resilience, will bring the concept of risk agility to life through a series of case studies that cut across industries, countries, and the public and private sectors. These rich, real-world examples underscore how once mighty organizations can be brought to their knees – and even their demise – by simple miscalculations or a failure to adhere to corporate value systems. Participants will gain deep insights into specific risk domains that are shaping our world, as well as a frame of reference from which to think about risk management and decision making.

Going Global? Best Claims Management Practices for Nonprofit Organizations (TLT026)

Higher education institutions, humanitarian agencies, faith-based organizations and other nonprofits face a complex maze of unique risk issues as they operate around the world. Get tips, real-time examples of best practices and new tools to handle and resolve incidents, claims and litigation that may affect your global operations.

Government Contractor Defense: Evolving Case Law on Protections for the Products and Services Industry (IND010)

Over the past decade, the amounts and service types outsourced by the U.S. government have greatly increased. As this industry expands beyond the traditional scope and into austere environments, the statutes and case law that protects your company evolve from new exposures. If your company is currently providing or contemplating selling services or products to the federal government, learn about the legal framework, basis of each defense and tactics to increase the viability of deploying these strategies in litigation. Improve your risk profile and reduce insurance and claims costs. This session is hosted by RIMS Potomac Chapter.

Healthcare Industry Session (IND011)

Hear some of the country’s most sophisticated healthcare risk management specialists present their insights into current topics of pressing interest to the healthcare industry. Explore: patient privacy and cyber risk, critical infrastructure risk, recent developments in cyber insurance for the healthcare sector, innovative management of medical malpractice claims, healthcare reform’s ongoing effect on operations and other issues.

High Fidelity! Corporate Risk and Recovery (RIC004)

In good times and bad, the rate of employee fraud, theft and embezzlement continues to grow exponentially. Take a look at trends in the nature and kinds of fraud that are committed and the business contexts in which employee crime takes root. Get a primer on the triggers for coverage under standard crime and fidelity policies. Learn to overcome major hurdles to recovery. Follow recent developments in applicable coverage law. And discover methodologies for capturing and supporting damages for insurance claims.

Hitting the Driverless Road: A Spectrum of Risk Management Implications (TLT021)

With advances in artificial intelligence and telematics, it’s not a question of if driverless cars will hit the market, but when. For risk managers, the when and how autonomous features are added to vehicles creates countless questions and risk scenarios for all industries. Which is the safer and more viable introduction track – the gradual introduction of driver-assist technologies that most carmakers are employing now? Or Google’s approach of developing a completely autonomous vehicle? This is a preview of Martin Frappolli’s Streaming Transportation session on Wednesday, where we’ll explore the viability and possible timelines for each deployment approach, the pros and cons and implications for risk managers.

How to Build or Be a Risk Professional’s Successor (CAD013)

If you manage your corporate risks as RIMS taught you, then one of the biggest risks your company faces is the failure of a risk management succession plan. Whether you want to create a risk management legacy or seek to be that successor, examine strategies that build relationships with management and create future success. Learn how to find and develop the right person with the right knowledge, personality, skills, drive and situational awareness. Because the best legacy you can leave is a strong successor.

How to Manage Intellectual Property Infringement Litigation Risk (LGL001)

You do not have to own patents to become involved in a costly intellectual property (IP) litigation battle. From high-profile patent infringement cases in the U.S. Supreme Court to pending federal legislation, IP is a threat as big as IT. Consider IP insurance as a viable product to help pay legal costs and damages, whether you are fighting charges of infringement or enforcing IP rights. Your role in the process of implementing strategies to reduce IP infringement exposure can be met with specific strategic planning to protect your organization’s intangible assets.

How to Stop the Madness: Violence in the Workplace (RIC003)

Every day in the United States, someone dies in an incidence of workplace violence. But only 70 percent of U.S. businesses have a workplace violence plan. Learn from real-life examples how to keep your employees safe, your company’s brand and reputation intact and OSHA and other regulators satisfied. Workplace violence should be at the top of your vulnerability and threat analysis. But with a properly implemented program that includes training to recognize and understand behaviors of concern, it can be mitigated or eliminated.

How to Submit a Winning Session Submission Form (TLT034)

Join the RIMS Annual Conference Programing Committee, and learn the pros and cons on how to submit a Session Submission Form that will earn you a speaking engagement at RIMS 2017 in Philadelphia! 

How to Tame the Big One: What’s a Risk Manager to Do? (CLM003)

In the midst of a disaster and in the time that follows, each person in your organization focuses on their specific roles and responsibilities to mitigate loss and restore operations. It becomes essential to maintain clear and consistent communication across all levels of management and with key external parties. With a video case study, assess the complexities associated with placing coverage, using it after a catastrophic loss and issues that arise during the recovery process. Get practical insight into how you can manage expectations across all levels of the recovery process.

How Your Safety Climate Affects Your Safety Outcomes (RIC007)

Is your safety culture a disaster waiting to happen? The 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster and the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill both revealed poor safety cultures. But how do you measure the underlying beliefs, practices and attitudes that shape your organization’s safety behaviors? A safety climate is a quantifiable dimension of safety culture and an indicator of safety outcomes. Learn to administer the Safety Climate Survey to assess the effectiveness of your safety performance through employee perceptions so you can reduce injuries over time.

Human Capital Analytics and Risk Management (TLT007)

This presentation will discuss how human capital analytics can be used in risk assessment and risk management.  It will describe case studies using human capital analytics to predict financial results and manage risk and includes a checklist on conducting a Strategic Human Capital Analytics Initiative and how to integrate human capital analytics in Strategy Maps.

Identifying and Mitigating Risk in Foreign Markets (GRM007)

As the volume of cross-border investments expands into an ever-more complex geopolitical world, the number of companies affected by expropriation and other politically motivated government actions will increase. Political risk insurance can protect your company's international operations against the negative effects of arbitrary government action. Discuss political risk events and claims, the current outlook on global politics and economics—including the instability in Ukraine and Russia and ISIS in Iraq—the different types of political risk insurance and policy wording.

Immigration Policy and the Law: What Do Risk Professionals Need to Know Now and in the Future? (LGL004)

What do you know about immigration policy and law? In 2016 this area has the potential to grow volatile. Join a discussion about managing this risk to keep it from turning into a slippery slope of unintended crisis. You have a foot in every area of your operation and thus the unique opportunity to be a conduit of support and information for hiring managers and human resources. So get tools that prepare you to protect your organization, mitigate risk and take advantage of opportunities that may present themselves in the coming months. This session is hosted by RIMS Arizona Central Chapter.

In Practice: Putting Strategy into ERM (ERM011)

Whether you talk about enterprise risk management (ERM) or strategic risk management (SRM), get in on the conversation about the strategies that can gain traction for your program.  Leverage the lessons learned by early adopters. Understand the difference between enterprisewide risk management and executive (reporting) risk management. Make ERM truly functional across your organization.

Insurance and Business in India: Challenges and Opportunities for Multinationals (GRM009)

The world’s largest democracy presents interesting challenges and opportunities for you and your multinational company. Examine the recent regulatory changes in which the government seeks to open the insurance market further to foreign investment. Review the complexities of the insurance and reinsurance marketplaces. Get valuable tools to help you develop and manage a robust insurance program. Explore the compulsory insurance programs as well as industry-specific requirements. Learn about the trials and tribulations of navigating the business environment of India. This session is hosted by RIMS International Committee.

Insurance M&A: The Rapidly Changing Landscape (TLT016)

With soft pricing, the influx of third-party capital into the reinsurance market, low investment returns and elusive growth opportunities, could consolidation be the insurance industry panacea? Review the drivers of mergers and acquisitions in the life, health, property and casualty and reinsurance sectors. 

Intensive Opioid Monitoring and Management: An Early Intervention Model (CLM009)

When it comes to opioid management, you need a strategy that addresses the spectrum of biopsychosocial patient needs. Look at the preliminary outcomes of a randomized, controlled first-opioid fill (FOF) pilot program that promotes early identification and evidence-based best practices. Envision the changes you would see if physicians prescribing initial opioids to a claimant immediately receive educational materials and you implement an escalating series of reporting requirements and case manager and peer review interventions until optimal closure.

Is Fleet Safety Your Risk Management Blind Spot? (RIC013)

It would not be unusual if you and your C-suite downplayed auto risks since your organization does not operate a large fleet of trucks. Vehicle collisions, however, remain the top cause of workplace fatalities. And auto liability and workers’ compensation costs resulting from vehicle collisions weigh heavily on your total cost of risk. Learn to couple the use of traditional fleet safety management controls with telematics and other advanced technologies to manage your risk. With real-life examples, learn how your organization can benefit from a proactive approach to fleet safety management.

Is Protecting the Balance Sheet Really Enough? (ERM010)

Safety risks that cost pennies to treat can result in billions of dollars in exposure. Get inside recent enterprise risk management (ERM) lapses to assess these risks. Explore organizational culture and the need for a holistic approach. See how high reliability organizations (HRO) achieve ERM that identifies and manages risk management process lapses. Learn how risk scenarios from the COBIT (Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology) governance framework combine with HRO characteristics to manage mission, safety and reputation risk-as well as finance.

It’s Missing in Mexico (TLT027)

Theft and misappropriation in Mexico are constant risks suffered by many international companies doing business there. See how you can tackle the challenge to protect your company’s goods and inventory in transit and in storage.

Leading from the Risk Management Platform (CAD002)

Do you feel hobbled by your perceived inability to influence the senior-level formulators of organizational strategy? Are you left out of key strategic risk discussions? Do you have robust senior-level support for a project, but feel sabotaged when subordinates fail to fully embrace its vision? End the lack of peer support. Uncover opportunities to break out of the middle manager role and deliver maximum value by leading up, across and down your organization. Use risk management as a springboard for developing organizational talent and leaders. 

Leverage the Alignment of Risk and Internal Audit to Improve Corporate Performance (SRM001)

Discover the measurable financial benefits that result from audit and risk management alignment. In one case study, review an auto insurance program’s focused internal audit directed by risk management. It saved more than $5 million in two years with the implementation of targeted loss control programs. In a second case study, examine a technology company’s risk management-directed cyber security audit. That lead to improvements in security posture through cost-effective, targeted security enhancements and, ultimately, Service Organization Controls (SOC) 2 report compliance.

Loss Forecasting for Beginners (RIF005)

Know thy enemy! Understand the mystery behind loss triangles and loss development. See how they are used by underwriters to establish loss projections and by risk managers to better communicate with management. Follow a case study in which you apply the concepts you have learned. Develop professional notes to which you will refer for years.

Major Risk Management Challenges in Latin America (GRM003)

Latin America’s insurance market has grown enormously over the last ten years. Yet, risk management has been left behind. Explore the region’s risk management culture—particularities and major trends—and the role of insurance companies, brokers, risk managers, adjusters and clients in shaping it. Look at the development of enterprise risk management and strategic risk management. Examine special wordings required, claims management and challenges created by the differences from major markets.

Managing Claim Reserves: The Ultimate Impact (CLM005)

When you estimate the ultimate value of claims you combine art and science in an interplay of multiple disciplines and facets of your risk management program. Explore the methods used by claims examiners to establish case reserves and by actuaries to estimate costs by line of coverage. What role should you play to influence them? How do claim reserve decisions affect the underwriting process? What are the short- and long-term financial impacts of specific approaches and practices? Assess the importance of open lines of communication between all parties to keep the answers clear.

Managing the Risk in a Codified Legal System (GRM012)

If your organization is active in a jurisdiction subject to a codified legal system, you should be aware of a certain reality. Take a look at the two main legal systems—codified and common law—and the history behind them. Study the main jurisdictions where codified legal systems are in force. See how codified legal systems affect risk management by reviewing examples from various jurisdictions. This session is hosted by RIMS Quebec Chapter and will be in English & French, depending on the preference of attendees.

Managing Unique Risks Posed by Unmanned Aircraft Systems (PRM006)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has estimated that by 2020 about 30,000 small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) will be used for all types of business purposes.  Integration of UAS is a top priority and the FAA is finalizing rules for commercial UAS operations. Hundreds of realized and unrealized uses—border patrol, filming, news gathering, crop dusting, search and rescue, power line patrol and land surveying—pose unique challenges. Will your company or clients be exposed to potential liability from UAS? How can insurance innovation protect them?

Maquiladoras: Understanding the Insurance Requirements (GRM006)

U.S. corporations benefit from establishing operations in the Free Trade Zone (FTZ) region on the Mexican border. These maquiladoras, or manufacturing operations, in the FTZ are subject to the insurance requirements of Mexico. Examine the Mexican insurance regulations governing local operations and how you can comply with these rules with U.S. insurance. Review some of the risks associated with maquiladoras and the appropriate coverages to protect your assets and operations.        

Measuring the Value of Risk Management to Your Organization (ERM005)

“The task of managing risks effectively is confounded by a classical paradox,” writes Dr. Alan McLucas. “Nobody becomes aware of just how effective careful risk management actions have proven to be. Nobody slaps the manager on the back and congratulates them for a job exceedingly well done. In stark contrast, however, if risks are managed poorly, the whole world lines up to say so.” Take on this challenge by demonstrating to your organizational leaders how your risk management programs add value to the organization.

Medicaid Third Party Liability Recovery: The Next Medicare Secondary Payer? (EMR011)

Although Medicaid is managed at the state level, the federal government pays for more than 60 percent of the benefits. Because the states' Medicaid programs face insolvency issues, they must find methods to protect funds, which makes third party liability a hot topic. Compare and contrast the Rhode Island Medicaid reimbursement law and the National Conference of Insurance Legislators' Model Act. Learn why you must follow Medicaid secondary payer developments and how they could add time to the prompt closure of claims and play havoc with settlements. This session is hosted by RIMS Broward County Chapter.

Merge Ahead: Avoiding Common Pitfalls of Mergers and Acquisitions (RIF008)

When it comes to mergers and acquisitions, unifying the workers' compensation claims management systems requires you to research, evaluate, select and create risk management roles, programs, procedures and goals. You are also taking on another company's legacy workers' compensation exposures while meeting tough financial targets and integrating different business cultures, models, processes and systems. Learn how risk and claims management leaders successfully brought their insurance and claims programs together and exceeded financial synergy targets.

Migrating to the Cloud: Threats and Opportunities for Risk Management (CRM004)

More than 90 percent of U.S. corporations have migrated business functions to software as a service providers operating over the cloud. With the legal, technical and security implications, you must become a smarter user and consumer. Know when a weak provider could leave your company vulnerable and when a best-in-class provider could be better than in-house security. Even if you are not directly involved in provisioning, you need to understand cloud proliferation and how to vet vendors, negotiate contracts and determine which functions should remain within your organization.

Mind the Gap: Identifying and Closing Gaps in Your Insurance Program (INS002)

A real estate management firm has a liability policy that excludes claims arising from the management of real estate. A technology company has no crime coverage for computer fraud. Ridiculous? Both of these situations are based on real-world experience. Join an in-depth discussion of coverage gaps and how they can be identified and eliminated. Learn how insurance policy and claims audits can be used as tools for your company’s benefit.   

Mining Metals Industry Session (IND014)

While the mining sector is under strain, the rail industry is emphasizing innovative technologies and safety programs to de-risk a crucial part of the commodity supply chain. Look at solutions to reduce risk as well as the frequency of derailments. Through case studies, examine contingent liability that may arise after products have left a company’s care, custody and control. In another a case study, review mitigating a major loss in an open pit coal mine and the need for flexibility in loss mitigation. Learn to get the policy wording right before the loss event.

Mission Possible: Implementing an Enterprise Risk Management Framework (ERM002)

Your ability to manage risks is key to setting and achieving your organization's strategic goals. But often risk management activities lack an integrated and disciplined process. See how Université de Montreal-after several unsuccessful initiative-found an innovative, simple-but-not-stupid way to implement a comprehensive, formalized and structured enterprise risk management framework to support its diverse activities and operations. Plan a route that links strategic planning to enterprise risk management at your organization.

Mitigating the Risks of International Travel for Women (TLT010)

Cultural differences worldwide create scenarios and safety considerations unique to female travelers—from cultural considerations for dress and decorum to rules on transportation and travel. Prepare and protect your female travelers with pretravel safety workshops.

Multinational M&A Issues (INS009)

This session will discuss the evolving regulatory and legal landscape creating challenges for global mergers and acquisitions. The potential for unseen or under-appreciated risk can threaten an otherwise sound transaction. In addition, aggressive timelines to close transactions may challenge companies to conduct thorough due diligence, heightening the potential that the target company’s historical and ongoing liabilities may not be known or properly addressed. This session will provide risk managers with a roadmap to guide them through the risk identification process, identify current and potential liability risks, and present insurance solutions to mitigate these exposures.

New Uses for Old Captives (TLT011)

Recognize when you should revive a dormant captive to support a broader risk management strategy for legacy and emerging liabilities. Analyze captive issues such as environmental statutory financial assurance requirements, emerging risks, domicile choice, capitalization, uninsurable risks, recent tax opinions and administrative hurdles.

Opis: The RIMS Information Network (TLT013)

Experience Opis, a dynamic virtual platform that provides customized content recommendations based on your personal interests, competencies and skills.

Overcoming Psychosocial Barriers to Recovery: Is It a Viable Solution? (CLM011)

A growing interest in integrated, patient-centric solutions to address both the physical and the psychosocial barriers to recovery is emerging in the workers’ compensation industry. But are these viable solutions when implemented on a large scale? Hear about successful efforts to implement and deliver a comprehensive, integrated program to address delayed recovery cases.  And explore the psychosocial risk factors that affect work disability and drive costs.

Performance-Based Engineering and Structural Modeling for Your Risk Control Program (RIC010)

Executives are asking: Are there other effective risk management strategies? Look at how you can team with structural engineers to utilize engineering-based risk management tools to improve resilience. In a program that considers loss of life, property damage and business interruption, you can balance overall costs and risk retention levels by optimizing insurance purchases. Develop an engineering-based risk management strategy that creates value executives can appreciate. This session is hosted by RIMS Silicon Valley Chapter.

Pitfalls and Perils with Additional Insured Endorsements (INS004)

Take a detailed look at the benefits and protections provided by valid additional insured endorsements. See their power in real-world litigation situations. Discover how these protections differ from indemnity agreements. Learn to avoid pitfalls and traps for the unwary—large self-insured retentions, insufficient limits, absence of an actual certificate, hidden policy exclusions and problematic endorsement language—so that your company’s protection is not undermined. This session is hosted by RIMS San Diego Chapter.

Price Tag This! Putting a Value on Your Company’s Financial Capacity to Take Risk (SRM009)

Risk does not come with a clear price tag. Risk professionals do not come equipped with a barcode reader or price tagger. But is it really that complex? See how you can better understand and communicate the value of your company’s capacity for risk. With the right tools you can easily and accurately measure the three Rs: risk-bearing capacity, risk appetite and risk tolerance. Learn how to calculate the return needed to derive real value from risk-bearing capacity to enable more consistent decision making with respect to the risk-and-reward tradeoff.           

Property Risk Management and Insurance for Multinational Companies (INS003)

An expanding international footprint is a competitive necessity for many companies. That challenges you to assure that adequate and compliant insurance coverage is in place worldwide, while risk engineering services and claims expertise are available locally. Explore the issues of property risk management and insurance for your multinational company with insight into best practices.

Protecting Precious Citizens on Public Playgrounds (PRM001)

Children, our most precious citizens, jump, run, slide and hang around our playground equipment. Having this equipment properly installed and maintained can help prevent injuries and lawsuits. Explore how to institute a sustainable playground management program. Discuss standards and appropriate inspection protocols. Reduce the risk to our children and maintain a defensible position for your organization should a lawsuit arise.

Putting Innovation on Your Daily To-Do List (CAD004)

When was the last time you came up with a truly innovative idea? Minimal investment in time and resources can bring about such opportunities. Hear how a national company embedded a spirit of innovation within its operations. Drive progress—more effective safety programs, faster shipping times and streamlined claims management—when you make continuous improvement part of your organization’s culture by carving out time to think through problems and create solutions.

Quantifying Cyber Security Risk in Dollars and Cents to Optimize Budgets (CRM008)

How can it be generally acceptable to assess cyber security risk in qualitative terms? High, medium or low? Red, yellow or green? How do you create an insurance and mitigation budget based on such terms? Risk assessments based on regulatory checklists validate control efficacies but lack critical information. You need to know the potential loss exposure to determine your organization’s insurance requirements and measure information security investment effectiveness. Learn how with a case study of cyber risk quantification.

Real Estate Industry Session (IND017)

Join an interactive discussion of current issues and trends within the real estate industry. Explore: contractual risk transfer and indemnification; tracking certificates of your tenants, vendors, contractors and other third parties; construction risks and construction defect litigation; catastrophe exposures, such as earthquake, wind and flood; environmental issues; and claims management. Using a case study, look at the matters that affect you and your colleagues most and share in each other’s knowledge and experience.

Reducing Risk Using Employee Product Liability Training Programs and Mock Jury Exercises (LGL003)

Employees often know little about product liability or the role they have in your company’s overall risk profile. The acts or omissions of even one employee can have severe financial and operational consequences. At the same time, fear of litigation should not prevent robust safety discussions. With simulations based on actual cases and a mock trial exercise, learn how to keep both new and long-time employees up-to-date and responsible for litigation prevention, risk management, regulatory compliance and proper incident response.

Regulations: The Wild Card (GRM004)

Multinational programs are increasingly affected by regulations that have a tangential impact on the structure, design and performance of cross-border insurance programs. Abiding by these requirements can be time-consuming and challenging for your already stretched centralized risk management team. They complicate the decision-making process and the execution of required documentation and filings. Review examples of these regulations, their impact and ways to work with them.

Renewable Energy: What Are the Risks? (TLT006)

Examine the challenges and reduce the risks of photovoltaic system—solar power—installations. Understand the implications of still-emerging standards and best practices and unknown structural implications. Learn to evaluate and mitigate fire, wind loading and the possibility of damage caused by weight issues.

Reservation of Rights Letters: Protecting the Policyholder (CLM006)

When the insurance company sends you a reservation of rights letter in response to a notice of claim, it may be a partial denial of coverage or a request for your acquiescence in certain positions. There may be an asserted right to recoup its defense payments under certain circumstances, or a requirement that defense counsel abide by the insurance company’s billing or other guidelines. Look at some of the potential traps for the unwary and tips on how you can successfully navigate and respond to reservation of rights letters to ensure your interests are being protected.

Resiliency: ERM or BCM Functionality? (TLT032)

Resiliency is about protecting your environment as part of your organization’s enterprise risk management (ERM) portfolio. It is no longer just a business continuity management (BCM) function. Examine how resiliency will become part of your ERM program and what that means to the non-risk professional.

Respect the Claim: A Panel Discussion on Real-Life Claims (CLM001)

Claims are like battles: You always need a great plan, but be prepared for the unexpected. Look at claim scenarios from experienced perspectives. See how lack of preparation can cost your company, particularly in delayed claim resolutions. With real-life case studies, learn to establish and protect client needs and determine an approach to handling claim situations before they happen. Prepare for the most common—as well as more unique—claims with steps to take once a claim occurs. And consider where your broker fits in to make sure all contingent risks are covered. This session is hosted by RIMS Los Angeles Chapter.

Responding to Sexual Abuse Accusations on Campus (PRM003)

What do you do when the unthinkable happens: an employee, volunteer or another participant is accused of sexually abusing a minor in one of your programs? The actions your institution takes in these critical initial moments and those that follow set the stage for a variety of emotions, opinions and legal exposures that may last years, even decades. Have the right abuse prevention system in place and know what to expect in the aftermath. Looking at examples from decades of experience, consider a crisis response plan that addresses victims, family assistance and communications.

Restaurant Industry Session (IND018)

The restaurant industry is evolving to keep pace with the economy, federal legislation, increased volatility and operations focused on labor and food costs. Join risk professionals from leading restaurant companies to explore strategic risk management and your challenges. Be among the first to examine the annual claims benchmarking results. Participate in the survey in advance and receive a confidential report that compares your company’s results by segment and industry. Network and discuss your specific problems. Session is closed to press.

Retailer Risk Industry Session: The Tipping Point (IND019)

Are you ready to tackle the latest retail challenges by leveraging big data and other analytical tools? Retailers’ continual reinventions tap into the explosion of multichannel customer interaction, which can lead to nontraditional risks and exposures. Your improvement journey in total cost of risk (TCOR) encounters risks growing in magnitude, complexity and scrutiny. Explore in depth how specialty retailers use analytics and big data to understand their unique exposures. Gain tools to mitigate volatility, enhance organizational resilience and protect your balance sheet from the unexpected.

Rethinking Information Security Risk Management (CRM002)

Many information security risk management programs focus on technical risks—tactically adequate but lacking in suitable information for enterprise risk management (ERM), senior management and the board. Whether you are building an information security risk program or enhancing one, bridge the gap between tactical and strategic risks. Explore an innovative approach that aligns with ERM, produces stakeholder-applicable information, resonates with security, auditors and business leaders, focuses on the down- and upside of risk and evaluates risk treatment options. 

RIMS Risk Maturity Model: How can I improve my ERM process and provide business value? (TLT028)

How do you build a sustainable ERM program that provides a direct link to business performance? It’s all about bench-marking your capabilities to see where you are weakest and knowing what action to take to improve.  The RIMS Risk Maturity Model (RMM) is a best-practice framework for ERM and a free online assessment tool for risk professionals to rank their programs against the best practice standards. Learn how to measure and improve your current ERM program with a method that is statistically linked to up to 25% market valuation premiums. 

Risk Assessment Tool: A Simple Resource for Strategic Decision Making (ERM001)

Are you doing your part to help your organization reach its goals while thoughtfully considering and managing the risks? Hone your understanding of the risk assessment process. Learn about the functionality of the risk assessment tool. And draw lessons that you can apply to your organization and your role with successful examples of the risk assessment tool in action.

Risk Management in the Driver’s Seat: Navigating the World of Automated Vehicles (EMR001)

Many new vehicles offer crash avoidance features—warnings and automatic braking—while advances in intelligent transportation systems will soon allow vehicles to communicate with one another and road infrastructure to further avoid incidents. As we move to operations where a machine responds to data it records, how will that data be handled? Examine automated vehicle research, technological advancements and opportunities, political and legal risks and the role of industry professionals. Consider the impact of automated vehicles on your insurance program.

Risk Shifting, Insurance, Indemnity and Risk Management in the Energy Industry (IND020)

The oil and gas business has many moving parts. Companies spend billions of dollars finding, producing and transporting oil and natural gas, each stage with its own particular risks and hazards. The risks and hazards of upstream (exploration and production) and midstream (shipping, storage and pipelines) markets require different, specialized risk management strategies. And oilfield services companies have their own concerns. You must understand the legal and legislative landscape in which you work before you can be confident that your risk strategies will be effective in meeting your goals.

Rollout and Maintain a Global Supply Chain Risk and Resiliency Program (RIC012)

Supply chain leaders manage risk as part of their daily routines. This can make it difficult to get their buy-in for your programs, especially since supply chain dynamics make many traditional operational risk and business continuity techniques ineffective. Still, supply chain leaders need your risk management techniques and tools to make decisions, solve problems and communicate in complex environments. See how one organization inspires resilient supply chain efforts and builds a community of supporters. Gather methodologies, tools and roadmaps to find your program success. 

See You in Court: Proven Strategies to Drive Down Workers’ Compensation Costs and Improve Outcomes (CLM017)

On a journey through workers' compensation litigation, follow a roadmap to one of your program’s largest cost drivers. See how one risk professional revamped each element of litigation management to drive down costs and achieve sustainable results. Review strategies for aligning claims and legal staff, including developing effective feedback mechanisms. Assess actual exposures of individual and legacy claims. Regardless of your resources, needs and challenges, bring your questions to learn how you can provide more effective direction to law firms and drive results.

Shaking Up the Status Quo: Innovations in Risk Management (CAD006)

Get ready to reenergize risk management at your organization with a creative approach to engaging people in unexpected ways and boosting program momentum. Compelling communication campaigns, activity-based training and interactive conferences are just a few of the approaches that the third-largest U.S. private company has taken to bring risk management into the limelight. Learn how you too can inspire resiliency efforts and build a supportive community while overcoming organizational challenges. 

Strategic Risk, Scenario Planning and Predictive Analytics: Cross-Industry Leading Practices (SRM003)

More organizations are managing the uncertainty and complexity of strategic risk by leveraging scenario planning and predictive analytics tools to identify key drivers and threats and convert them into opportunities. Take a comparative view across industries, pulling out leading practices from a range of sectors. Dive deeper into scenario planning and predictive analytics. Determine who owns strategic risk and whether quantitative analysis and scenario planning can help your organization make more defensible decisions. Apply cross-industry trends to your organization.

Streaming Transportation Services: What if Uber and ZipCar Had a Baby? (EMR013)

On-demand transportation, technological advances and the sharing economy have disrupted the car ownership value proposition. Along with the prospect of autonomous cars, such convergence will affect fields beyond carmakers and insurers. As auto liability moves from operator to manufacturer and human error is virtually eliminated from operation, consider the implications for car making, insurance, risk management, law enforcement and health care. Apply an analysis of the impact of ownerless/driverless cars on your risk management and insurance program.

Sue or Settle? Strategic Thinking for Insurance Coverage Disputes (CLM018)

Too often, faced with a denial of coverage, you may conclude that you must either commence costly litigation against your insurers, or walk away emptyhanded. Most insurers, however, are receptive to principled compromise on a serious claim. Determine your strategy with careful analysis of the economic and legal circumstances of the claim. Moreover, settlement requires careful preparation and strategic thinking—every bit as much as litigation. Explore what insurers want for settlement dollars and strategies that get you to “yes” without going to court.

Supply Chain Brain: Avoiding Pitfalls in an Integrated World (RIC002)

With increased reliance on third parties, supply chain disruptions are becoming more common, as can be seen after the 2001 earthquake in Japan and Superstorm Sandy. Coverage, however, is new and policy language often vague. Understand how your supply chain is changing, why it is changing and the risks before you attempt to mitigate, transfer or assume that risk. Explore the greater complexity of an integrated supply chain and how recent world events shape the ways policyholders and insurers look at coverage and claims.

Surveillance: Advanced Strategies with Social Media (CLM010)

With approximately 80 percent of 18- to 49-year-old individuals engaged in social media, the insurance claims community routinely investigates this medium to better educate themselves regarding the specific activities of their claimants. Are you? Using social media as a pre-investigative tool can ensure positive surveillance results. Examine social media trends, history, demographic statistics, privacy issues and privacy expectations. Analyze the integration of this intelligence into an investigative fusion cell and the effective use of synchronized intelligence as an investigative tool.

Tales from the Trenches in Litigation and Claims Management: Essentials for the Risk Professional (CAD003)

Get the practical and encouraging advice you need, whether you are a developing risk manager or have transitioned from a related field. Walk through accessible litigation and claims examples to review: choice of counsel, selection or replacement of outside counsel during the course of a claim, protection of privileged communications, handling pro se claimants (those without lawyers) and maintaining dignity and civility during claims. Pair each challenge with associated loss control techniques that could prevent a bad day from becoming worse. This session is hosted by RIMS Potomac Chapter.

Technology Industry Session: New Risks and Seizing Opportunities (IND009)

We are becoming increasingly more connected—to each other and the machines around us. Fifty billion devices are forecasted to be part of the Internet of Things by 2020. New technologies will change our world, creating both new risks and new opportunities, from personal health to product delivery to transit infrastructure. Prepare for risk assessment when new technology issues arrive. In peer teams, risk review scenarios and share your identified exposures and risk management steps. This session is hosted by the RIMS Silicon Valley Chapter.

The Affordable Care Act and Same-Sex Marriage: Implications Under Your EPL Program (LGL010)

Move beyond the political divide in Washington, D.C. as you explore the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring states to recognize same-sex marriage. These developments have the potential to increase discrimination claims under federal and state laws. Look at the overlap between the ACA, disability discrimination laws, wellness programs and the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act. This could affect how underwriters perceive your company’s employment practices liability (EPL) risk.

The Art of Taxation for Multinational Insurance Programs (LGL008)

If your organization has an office, operation, subsidiary, affiliate, asset or people outside of its home country, it is a multinational. With business expanding into new geographic markets, you look to multinational insurance programs to help manage the risks and exposures that result. But do you understand the tax considerations and issues to be addressed when designing and implementing a multinational insurance program? Explore tax developments and trends as they relate to your multinational insurance program.  

The Back-Up Plan: Workers’ Compensation and Employers Liability (CLM021)

The “grand bargain” of workers’ compensation relies on injured workers giving up their right to sue in civil court in exchange for certain statutory benefits in a no-fault system. A trend in judgements, however, has allowed injured workers to pursue these and circumvent the exclusive remedy protections for employers. Understand the role that employers liability insurance plays in protecting your organization from employee injury, disease or death claims caused by workplace practices or conditions that are not covered by workers’ compensation.

The Changing Climate of Subrogation: Why Risk Professionals Should Think Subro First (CLM004)

Broaden your subrogation knowledge with a background on the changing climate of the industry and the benefits for the self-insured and society. Review case studies and ways to improve results. Understand what is needed for a successful recovery and how to implement these tools to manage in-house subrogation staff, vendors and independent adjusters.

The Changing Government Workforce: Does It Spell Trouble for Duty of Care Management? (PRM008)

More than one-third of career federal employees could retire by 2017. They will be replaced by millennials who use technology to effect change, believe themselves to be part of a global community and employ a “me-first” attitude at work. Independent and likely to challenge compliance, 63 percent would balk at advances such as mobile monitoring. If you are not developing a culture of compliance while embracing innovative ways to communicate, you could face pitfalls in safeguarding the agency and its workforce of the future.

The Comic-Con of Risk Financing (RIF006)

Do you have trouble talking to your CFO about the financial aspects of your insurance program? Are you confused by terms like IBNR, loss development, net present value and discovery and payout patterns? If so, take a walk through the basic elements of risk financing. Focus on tools such as loss triangulation, loss analyses and net present value cash flow comparisons. Through case studies, discover the skills you need to effectively communicate risk financing details and understand how to use these techniques to improve insurance programs.

The Cross-Border Data Breach: How to Handle an Advanced Persistent Threat (CRM003)

Try your hand at responding to a sophisticated, targeted cyber attack against an international organization. In a mock scenario distilled from thousands of actual breaches, face decisions at crucial junctures and sift through incomplete and murky facts and red herrings under a time-crunch. Choose what to investigate, when to communicate and to whom and how to minimize the challenge with media at the door. Get feedback from experts on the technical, legal and logistical aspects of your responses and discover unforeseen concerns, best practices and empowerment.

The Electronic Financial Revolution: Digital Wallets and Currency (TLT019)

Technology-revolutionized payment methods and digital currency, such as Bitcoin, present risks for both the buyer and seller. Consider release of personally identifiable information, forgery and security lapses in mobile software platforms and the carrier involved in the transaction. Can you manage these risks?

The Human Element: Understanding Human Performance Impact on Risk Management (TLT018)

Take into account how humans actually behave. Discuss cognitive biases that affect our ability to make effective decisions about risk. Look at the limitations of human awareness in business operations. Learn to create an open corporate culture that encourages improvement and recognizes the value of learning from failure.

The Impact of Rare Events: Is Your Organization Prepared? (SRM004)

Black swan or perfect storm events suggest incidents never before observed for which prediction and preparation is impossible. But is this an excuse for ignoring signals and failing to foresee events despite evidence from industry experience and near-miss accidents? By identifying and acknowledging key risk indicators, even rare events can be anticipated and their impact mitigated with planning. Get recommended strategies for incorporating risk analysis and crisis preparation into your operational strategy to anticipate events and adapt operations accordingly.

The Internet of Things: A Good News/Bad News Story (CRM010)

In 1982, on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University, a nondescript Coke machine became the first Internet-connected appliance and a portent of things to come. Today, the Internet of Things has grown out of a convergence of technologies. It has led to increased productivity and efficiency, but also what many consider to be the greatest network security risk. Understand this evolution and its impact on your insurance coverage and risk mitigation strategies. Learn how a focused approach—identify, protect, detect, respond and recover—can incorporate security while leveraging technological benefits.

The Limits Loss: It's a Lot Tougher Than You Would Expect (CLM015)

Discuss the difficult aspects of the business interruption (BI) claim, including coverage, quantification and timing of a BI loss. Gain a greater understanding of complex BI endorsements more closely scrutinized in recent years, such as contingent time element and extended period of indemnity. Through a case study, see how you should negotiate a BI loss. Elevate your intermediate understanding of BI concepts and calculations to accomplish more complex levels of BI claims management.

The New Face of Risk Management in a Modern Corporate World (CAD011)

Well-staffed risk management departments, large corporate budgets and straight-forward insurance and risk transfer programs. These are driven by leaner corporate structures, global operations and political events, increased reliance on vendors, technology and data and broader financial means. The leaner, more fluid, global organization faces both market advantages and unintended disadvantages. Learn why you need to relearn how you evaluate and choose insurance programs to meet modern corporate needs.

The New Frontier: Outcomes-Based Claim Audits (CLM014)

An audit is a “methodical examination and review.” In a claims management context, it assesses compliance with carrier and industry best practices and special handling instructions. But the correlation between a best practice compliance audit score and outcomes may be lost if the wrong activities are audited. Critical activities that are never audited may cause poor outcomes in a claim. Discover the truth about the traditional claim audit process and an innovative alternative. Only when you methodically examine and review the right activities do you improve the bottom line.

The New Game Changer in Managing Worksite Health: Wearable Technology (EMR005)

An exoskeleton that enables mobility and independence will soon step out of the science fiction movie and into your workplace. The potential could transform productivity and costs. From buttons that measure posture to intelligent prosthetics and equipment that measure and report health status, discover the latest wearables and examine specific devices. Discuss their impact on managing and preventing ergonomic risk and injury, hastening return to work and transforming the prognosis and cost of care for seriously injured employees.

The New Normal: Most Employees are Non-Exempt and None are Independent Contractors (LGL011)

Review recent changes in wage and hour laws. See how the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) proposed salary amendments are likely to increase the number of wage and hour claims filed annually. Review DOL guidance on independent contractor classification, looking at the recent Uber case as a perfect example of the potential impact on your organization.

The Next Nightmare? Be on the Lookout for These Emerging D&O Claim Trends (INS011)

Four directors and officers (D&O) claim trends have grown in significance. Patent infringement involves deliberate acts by a director or officer leading to the alleged infringement. Violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act result from dealings with third-party businesses in foreign jurisdictions. Violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act happen when customer personal identifiable information is shared without consent. And violation of antikickback statutes by healthcare providers are related to postmerger fee structures. Learn to mitigate these D&O claims and coverage issues.

The Politics of Guns Versus the Reality of Risk Management: Are You Prepared? (EMR007)

The politics of guns in America are volatile, divisive and passionate. Yet the risks firearms present to organizations every day does not depend on the politics of the moment. You must deal gun violence in America. Discuss the legal aspects of what your organization can do and the practical implications of creating a firearms risk management program.

The Proof Is in the Data: Applying Predictive Analytics to Reduce Workers’ Compensation Risk (CLM022)

Turn big data into actionable data. Predictive analytics can reduce risk and cost for injuries and return-to-work programs. Take an in-depth look at a successful program that uses this to identify risk levels for claims. Then, try your hand at applying predictive analytics tools to four real-world, high-risk claims. Learn best practices so you can apply data to identify high-risk claims and shape workforce management to promote improved health, fewer injuries, early injury intervention and treatment and avoidance of reinjury

The Risk Professional’s Role in Mitigating Employment Practices Liability Losses (INS005)

The number of employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) claims continues to rise. Associated losses—defense costs, settlements and verdicts—can be exorbitant and potentially damaging to your company's reputation and bottom line. You need controls to prevent the claim from occurring in the first place, but what happens after the claim is made? Your involvement in the post-claim process and understanding of the EPLI policy's terms and conditions can significantly mitigate the overall loss. Better define your mitigation role and learn strategies for favorable claim resolution.

The Road Ahead for Travel Apps: Lessons Learned and What’s Next (EMR003)

In the span of a few short years, apps that track travelers and help keep them safe have evolved from clunky and unfriendly to interactive and intuitive. They are easy to use for travelers and the managers charged with keeping them healthy, safe and secure. But challenges remain. How does employee privacy play a role in the tracking of travelers? How does duty of loyalty fit into the picture? How can apps help with duty of care? How safe is the information? Explore the trends in apps and travel-tracking technology, the challenges of implementation and cyber security.

The Story of a Safe Trip: A Paid Paranoid’s Point of View (RIC005)

Stories have the power to break down barriers, achieve results and capture our imaginations. So, listen to a tale of risk avoidance and traveler productivity as a newly-minted MBA takes her first international sales trip. From pretrip planning and departure to the journey home, experience the perfect trip from a travel risk management point of view. See how education and preparation—involving both traveler and organization—protects your employees, company finances and corporate reputation.

The Updated 2016 COSO ERM Framework (ERM009)

Take a look at the recent revisions to the 2004 Committee of Sponsoring Organization’s (COSO) enterprise risk management (ERM) framework. Understand the reasons for the revisions and follow the revision process.  

The War on Employee Misclassification: Risks and Costs to Employers and Insurers (RIF010)

When workers are labeled independent contractors, employers avoid taxes as well as workers' compensation and unemployment insurance coverage. Conversely, misclassified workers who file suit for injuries sustained on worksites create tremendous liability risk for both employers and insurers. Consider that the insurance industry loses more than $100 million per year in premiums when misclassified workers are surreptitiously added onto workers' compensation policies. Review state and federal action on this matter and the impact on employer and insurer costs and risk.

Tools You Can Use: Building Business Resilience (ERM007)

The slightest disruption—not to mention catastrophe—can open the door for competitors to capture your customers, recruit your staff and overtake your market position. See how you can use business resilience tools and resources to provide a structure for dealing with these risks systematically and holistically. In an interactive exercise, discover approaches to help your organization become more resilient and better able to anticipate surprises, recover from disruptions, adapt to changing conditions and leverage emerging opportunities to optimize enterprise efficiency.

Top 10 Key Attributes of an Enterprise Risk Management Program (ERM003)

How do you maintain key risk focus across all categories of risk? Have you incorporated integrated risks into a calculated, aggregated organizational risk exposure? Examine each of the top attributes of an effective enterprise risk management (ERM) program. Whether your organization wants better risk-return management decisions or improved risk disclosures for primary stakeholders, discover the elements your ERM program must have.

Total Recall: Exploring Insurance Coverage for Product Recalls (INS010)

Airbags, ground beef, ice cream and medical devices: all subjects of high-profile product recalls. Just the word "recall" can send a chill down the spine of even the most seasoned risk professional. Whether the product is yours or it contains a component your company produced, a recall can damage finances and brand value with years of litigation and protracted insurance coverage disputes. Learn what coverage you have (or do not have) under a standard commercial general liability (CGL) policy. And look at other insurance products that cover recall-related liability for third parties.

Turn Down the Heat: Reducing Risk in Solar Panel Installations (EMR004)

Sure, you want to reduce your energy costs and save the planet, but not at the cost of burning down your building. The way photovoltaic systems operate in proximity to roofs does create a fire hazard. Whether you have jumped on the solar energy bandwagon or are considering an installation, familiarize yourself with the apparent risks. Learn from case studies of large-loss fires related to roof-mounted solar panels and discover what you can do to prevent incidents with your own system.

Understanding Additional Insured Coverage and Contractual Indemnity (INS006)

You receive a customer’s letter demanding indemnity for injuries to your employee at the customer’s plant, but the customer is responsible for the injuries. The fine print on the purchase order says your company has agreed to indemnify the customer for its sole negligence and named it as an additional insured. Can this really be so? What about workers’ compensation? And the customer’s insurance as a primary policy? Who will pay your retention? Can the customer access your excess policy too? Find the answers in this workshop. 

Using a Captive as a Risk Management Tool: A Case Study (RIF007)

More than 6,000 captives worldwide-and growing-continuously adapt and innovate to reduce organizations' cost of risk. Explore the basics of captive insurance, the size of the captive market and the reasons to form a captive. Through a case study, learn how one captive insurer has evolved over many years. Examine its business model and the success factors that have enabled it to maximize its value as a global risk management tool. Familiarize yourself with recent trends in captive taxation and the ways captives are used to fund risks-including those arising from employee benefits.

Using Root Cause Analysis to Enhance Risk Management (RIC009)

In most organizations, poor investigations condense complex problems into executive summaries that omit details and distort incidents. Action plans then developed do not adequately address the issue, leaving unrecognized scenarios to materialize. By contrast, root cause analysis looks at an incident in the past to understand how and why it happened. Examine the simple but important connection between root cause analysis and risk mitigation and common confusion between the two. Look at a case study of cause-and-effect analysis used to manage risk.     

Using Strategy Maps in Risk Management and Risk Assessment (SRM010)

Explore leading practices in the application of strategy maps for risk management and risk assessment. Examine process and management tools that you can use with strategy maps for risk assessment and as part of risk management initiatives. Utilize strategy maps as a way to describe the strategy of your organization and to facilitate risk dialogues with executive and management teams in risk assessment. This session is hosted by RIMS Strategic Risk Management Development Council.

Utilities Industry Session (IND021)

Join your fellow utilities risk professionals to discuss hot topics, opinions and practical suggestions on dealing with the issues of the day. Get up to date on cyber insurance with a review of the industry’s activities in collaboration with the federal government this past year. Look at how utilities risk professionals handle new construction projects, including joint ventures. Share in some of the panel’s recent experiences with contract language and additional insured provisions in insurance policies, which present renewed challenges following recent—and concerning—court decisions.

Vendor Risk Management: Who’s in Your Network? (TLT025)

Take a comprehensive approach to data security, including a thorough examination of outside vendors. Know the enterprise risk management tools available, including contractual risk management, vendor assessment, tracking software tools and appropriate cyber insurance.

Wage and Hour 2016: Avoiding the Big Uninsured Claim from On-Call and Rest Breaks (CLM023)

Recent controversy over rest breaks and on-call duty in California’s courts has emphasized the increasing complexity of nuanced labor laws. Your employer may be at risk for typically uncovered wage and hour class actions and millions of dollars in claims. No company is immune. Learn from actual courtroom experience and discover the latest strategies to protect your company from class action suits and minimize exposure to litigation. Your goal: win these suits outright or minimize your exposure to nuisance value settlements.

We Can Work It Out: Integrating Millennials into the Workplace (CAD005)

By 2028, three-quarters of your employees will be millennials. They will bring unique views on responsibility, loyalty and other workplace values. As you prepare to compete for their favor—against technology firms, nonprofits and other popular sectors—how will you build a workplace culture that attracts and retains the most talented? See how one company shifted its culture. Embrace up-and-coming talent while respecting and valuing current employees’ contributions by building for the future without detracting from current business needs.

We Didn't Start the Fire: A Mock Property Claim (CLM012)

Based upon a real-world complex property claim, actors will role-play a series insurer and insured interactions following a major property loss.  Explore the importance of the dialogue and actions taken between the various parties over the course of the claim.  Learn how to manage the entire claim process, from the first 24 hours after an incident through the claim settlement process.  Different approaches will be presented and group discussions will follow each exchange.  

What Does the WEF Global Risks Report Have to Do with My Risk Management Program? (GRM016)

Presented each year at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, the Global Risks report analyzes dozens of current and emerging global risks. It examines their interconnected potential for systemic and corporate impact. Look at what the most recent report has to say about your business and risk management program, especially if it involves captives. Find out how macroeconomic, environmental, health, geopolitical, technological and business risks factor in how you do business in different countries.

When an Employee Is Injured: Workers’ Compensation May Not Be Your Only Concern (CLM002)

What do you do when faced with an injured worker presenting a claim that extends into other areas of risk? Claims can leap into sexual harassment and sexual assault, post-injury suicide and illegal immigration risks that could potentially involve the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Join a compelling discussion with real-life examples of where workers’ compensation claims have proliferated. Discover what you need to consider to mitigate risk in these challenging, multifaceted cases. This session is hosted by RIMS Arizona Central Chapter.

Where the Wild Risks Are: Doing Business in South America (GRM001)

Although the economy in South America has slowed the risks remain the same if you do business there. Analyze the current economic situation. Determine how to obtain adequate insurance. Examine your South American risk management process and administration, as well as property, catastrophe, liability and executive risks. Apply knowledge and real-world experience to address your South American risks.

Who’s on First: FEMA or Insurance? Disaster Recovery Funding for the Public Risk Professional (PRM009)

Whether it follows a localized or catastrophic event, getting available assistance for recovery is critical. Federal funding for not-for-profits and local governments, however, comes with onerous regulations. Failure to comply could result in refunds and increased scrutiny by oversight organizations. Understand the roles of each organization under the National Response and Recovery frameworks and the Stafford Act. Know the available Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster programs, how they interact with existing insurance policies and the process of submitting FEMA claims.

Worried About Procurement? Manage Your Organization's Contract Risks (RIF009)

A contract risk management program will improve overall operations, not just cost of risk. So take a look at your current contract review and approval policies and procedures, contracting and procurement practices and contracting objectives. Get a template to review contract insurance requirements and hold harmless language. Standardize risk management and insurance review and approval processes for various types of contracts. Use checklists of applicable risk management and insurance requirements. And outline recommendations for proposed contract risk management.

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda: Recent Court Rulings Set Low Bar for Plan Fiduciary Liability (LGL005)

“As for those who might contemplate future service as plan fiduciaries, all I can say is: Good luck.” This dissenting opinion reflects how recent court rulings have chipped away at—or even gutted—previously effective defenses for alleged breach of fiduciary duties. Under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), plan fiduciaries have been held personally liable to restore losses caused by their mistakes. Examine how in recent decisions and pending cases. And get strategies for reducing risk and making your company and its fiduciaries more defensible.         

You Sent WHO to My House? Understanding Negligent Hiring and Entrustment Risks (LGL002)

The world's mobile workforce population is estimated to be more than 1.2 billion people—120 million in the United States alone. How safe is the public from your employees? Guard your company and the public against negligent entrustment and negligent hiring practice risks when you propose and initiate a screening, hiring and safety program. Review horror and success stories. Understand the essential elements of a comprehensive program. And learn to promote your safety achievements internally and to the marketplace.

Zika Virus Outbreak: What Risk Managers Need to Know (TLT015)

The Zika Virus is receiving worldwide attention and rightly so. In January, the World Health Organization declared Zika a public health emergency, only the third time since 2007 that a disease has reached this level. The virus has spread to more than two dozen countries, and there are concerns as the Summer Games approach in Brazil. This special update for risk managers will look at the virus' spread, scientific findings and health risks and threats. We’ll also discuss what organizations are doing to combat and respond to this growing threat to travelers, as well as expatriates and local nationals. 


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