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  • Thirty-four Risk Management Students Invited to Philadelphia for RIMS 2017

    RIMS, the risk management society™, presented 34 students with a 2017 Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program grant.  The program, sponsored by The Spencer Educational Foundation, recognizes the achievements of outstanding undergraduate and graduate risk management students, providing them with funds for travel expenses, complimentary hotel accommodations and registration to RIMS 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibition scheduled for April 23 – 26 in Philadelphia.  

     In an effort to continue to strengthen RIMS’ global network, for the first time, the Anita Benedetti Program has been expanded to include four grants for international students (outside the United States and Canada). Jing Chen from Peking University (Beijing), Siming Fan from Peking University, Xinyi Huang from Fudan University (Shanghai) and Ashirwad Padhee from the National Insurance Academy (Pune, India) will attend RIMS 2017.

     “Just as organizations’ risk management needs and expectations evolve, the needs and expectations of risk management students continue to change as well,” said RIMS CEO Mary Roth. “The Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program not only affords this bright and enthusiastic group of students the opportunity to experience RIMS Annual Conference and Exhibition but it also allows the Society to gain a better understanding of the future of risk management and engage the men and women who will one day lead this profession.”

     Below is a complete list of this year’s grant recipients:

    ·         Connor Aldridge – University of Mississippi

    ·         Casey Ballenger – Troy University

    ·         Garrett Bell – Temple University

    ·         Amanda Bill – University of North Carolina (Charlotte)

    ·         Parker David Chalmers – Butler University

    ·         Jing Chen – Peking University (Beijing)

    ·         Lolita Dukundane – University of Colorado (Denver)

    ·         Meredith Durden – Troy University

    ·         Siming Fan – Peking University (Beijing)

    ·         Sean Fitzgerald – Illinois State University

    ·         Andrew Grieco – Saint Joseph's University

    ·         Jessica Groenewegen – St. John's University

    ·         Sarah Hercules – Bowling Green State University

    ·         Sunmi Hirata – Georgia State University

    ·         Xinyi Huang – Fudan University (Shanghai)

    ·         Viet Huynh – The University of Texas (Dallas)

    ·         Madison Knowles – Florida State University

    ·         Meerie Lee – The University of Texas (Dallas)

    ·         Emma Leinweber – University of Georgia

    ·         Zheng Lyu – University of Wisconsin (Madison)

    ·         Ryan Mroz – Temple University

    ·         Ashirwad Padhee – National Insurance Academy (Pune, India)

    ·         Wesley Robinson – University of Calgary

    ·         Brianna Saylor – Eastern Kentucky University

    ·         Matthew Sease – University of Mississippi

    ·         Sydney Simpson – The University of North Carolina (Charlotte)

    ·         Meagan Stenger – Indiana State University

    ·         Lisa Sullivan – University of Colorado (Denver)

    ·         Vicki Villarreal – University of Wisconsin (Madison)

    ·         Alexis Wallace – Missouri State University

    ·         Shelby Weatherman – Appalachian State University

    ·         Ethan Witting – Illinois State University

    ·         Katherine Wrightam – University of Central Arkansas

    ·         Joshua Young – University of Hartford

     Initiated as a pilot program at the 1978 RIMS Annual Conference, the program recognizes exceptional students involved in the study of risk management, and has grown into a differentiating part of the RIMS Annual Conference and Exhibition. The program became known as the Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program in 1997 to honor Ms. Benedetti's commitment to developing the next generation of risk professionals.

  • Executive Leadership Education Track to Debut at RIMS 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition

    RIMS has announced a new Executive Leadership Education Track to debut at RIMS 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibition scheduled for April 23rd – 26th in Philadelphia.  The track is a new addition to this year’s conference program that now features 168 educational opportunities, presentations from nearly 350 subject matter experts, 400 exhibitors and countless networking opportunities with over 10,000 risk professionals from around the world.  

    The new Executive Leadership Track is developed specifically for senior professionals tasked with driving strategy throughout their organizations. The high-impact education sessions will be delivered by world-leading business thinkers and strategists, providing multidisciplinary insights found nowhere else. These sessions are open to all registered attendees.

    “RIMS continues to find ways to energize its annual conference and deliver impactful educational programming that empowers attendees to better serve their organizations and advance professionally,” said RIMS Vice President, Events and Education Stuart Ruff-Lyon, CMP, DES. “The Executive Leadership Track gives our attendees access to world business leaders and the strategies they use to achieve greatness. We are proud to add this feature to the RIMS 2017 experience.” 

    Sessions in the Executive Leadership Track include:

    ·         Green Beans and Ice Cream: The Recipe for a Culture of Commitment. Presented by Bill Sims, President of The Bill Sims Company.

    ·         Small Wonder: Bermuda’s Supersized Impact on the World of Risk.  Presented by The Hon. Michael Dunkley, JP, MP, Honorable Premier of Bermuda.

    ·         Managing Uncertain Terrain: The Intersection of International Strategic Planning and Enterprise Risk Management. Presented by Michael Zuckerman, Assistant Professor of Instruction, Temple University, and Roger Kashlak, Professor of international Business, Loyola University of Maryland.

    ·         Strategic Resilience: Taking Your Seat at the Table. Presented by Thomas Lawson, President and Chief Executive Officer, FM Global.

    ·         Brexit: A Threat or Opportunity?  Presented by John Lloyd, JLT Group.

    ·         How Risk Management Can Build Economic Human Resilience.  Presented by Bradley Kading, President of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers; Stephen Catlin, Executive Deputy Chairman of XL Catlin; and Joaquim Levy, Managing Director and CFO of World Bank Group.

    ·         Head of Risk: Your Personal Journey to Help Your Organization Win in a Changing World.  Presented by Martin Vilsoe, Director at the Implement Consulting Group.

    ·         Risk, Resiliency and Continuity: Survival of the Fittest. Presented by Dante Disparte, Founder and CEO of the Risk Cooperative and Lance Ewing, Executive Vice President, Global Risk Management & Client Services at Cotton Holdings Inc.

    ·         Following China’s Silk Road Economic Belt.  Presented by Donghe Zhang, China Risk and Compliance Manager, IKEA (CHINA) Investment Co., Ltd.
    Other new additions to RIMS 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibition include:

    ·         Technology and Risk education category – The new “Technology and Risk” session category will focus on technological innovations – such as 3D Technology, Driverless Cars, Space Technology, Wearable Technology, the Internet of Things and others – that keep business leaders up at night.


    ·         RIMS Risk Manager of The Year and Risk Management Honor Roll Awards Breakfast – The newest RIMS award and honor, The Risk Manager of the Year Award and Honor Roll, will be presented at this Tuesday morning breakfast. In addition to the awards, the breakfast will feature a lively panel discussion lead by industry superstars. Tickets are limited.


    ·         Wellness ZENter – Located centrally in the Marketplace Exhibit Hall, this designated area will offer attendees helpful tips, education sessions and other amenities to make their RIMS 2017 experience a healthy and productive one.


    To learn more about RIMS Executive Leadership Track, new additions to the conference or to register, visit

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