To foster a welcoming environment for risk professionals from all backgrounds and with varying identities and perspectives, RIMS, the risk management society™, has formalized Diversity and Inclusion events and educational programming opportunities within the RIMS 2018 Annual Conference & Exhibition agenda.
RIMS, in collaboration with Marsh, a global leader in insurance broking and innovative risk management solutions, will host a Diversity Meet-Up on Sunday, April 15 at 4:00 p.m. in San Antonio’s Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The networking and educational session is open to all registered attendees who identify with a specific diversity group, those who support them, as well as others who want to learn more. The event will be led by a professional moderator and will feature structured conversations about issues, challenges and opportunities impacting the risk management profession.
In addition, Diversity and Inclusion programming will be offered at RIMS HQ in the Marketplace and the following conference sessions will explore these issues:
· Diversity and Inclusion: The Risks and Opportunities
Monday, April 16, 2018 – 1:30 p.m.
· Diversity Training: How to Handle LGBTQ Issues with Cultural Sensitivity
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – 11:30 a.m.
· The Journey of the African American Insurance Professional
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – 3:00 p.m.
“RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition welcomes 10,000 professionals with very different cultures and perspectives to its Annual Conference each year,” said RIMS VP of Events and Education Stuart Ruff-Lyon. “We are proud to add these opportunities to RIMS 2018 and offer everyone an inclusive environment for us all to learn together.”
This year, RIMS Board of Directors formed the RIMS Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. The Task Force, comprising risk management professionals and RIMS staff, will explore RIMS’ resources and other opportunities to further embrace different cultures and perspectives.
“Diversity and inclusion should not just be a conversation. It must be woven into the fabric of the Society and assigned actionable steps to ensure progress is made,” said RIMS President Robert Cartwright, Jr. “The RIMS Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and the additions to our Annual Conference exemplify RIMS’ commitment to the very diverse and global risk management community.”
“Diversity of thought produces innovative solutions for clients, greater business performance for companies, and more nurturing environments for employees. Marsh is proud to partner with RIMS to advance this critical conversation about increasing diversity and inclusion within the insurance industry,” said Marsh US and Canada President Martin South.
To register for RIMS 2018 Annual Conference, visit www.RIMS.org/RIMS2018. To learn more about the Society’s resources, visit www.RIMS.org.