With risk professionals from all corners of the world and from different backgrounds gathering in Atlanta on April 30 – May 3 for RISKWORLD®, RIMS will take this opportunity to highlight the importance of DE&I in the risk community. Marsh shares DE&I as a priority and has partnered with RIMS to create a powerful program that includes networking opportunities with industry leaders at the DE&I Lounge and a DE&I track of education sessions that address the most pressing issues impacting underrepresented members of the risk community.
DE&I activities at RISKWORLD include:
Community MeetUps – This new series of networking sessions is designed to bring together underrepresented communities in a safe and inclusive environment. Participants are encouraged to engage and share their experiences and build connections. The 45-minute MeetUps will be led by industry leaders from the African American, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Latinx and LGBTQ+ communities. Allies are welcome to join.
Coffee Chats – These 30-minute discussions led by members of RIMS DE&I Council and leaders in the industry will offer thought-provoking discussions about trending DE&I-related topics, including: ESG and talent risks, risk management’s role in advancing DE&I, and DE&I’s impact on the future of business.
DE&I Education Track – As part of RISKWORLD’s expansive education program, this education track will address topics such as: inclusion and belonging’s effect on injury recovery, HBCU risk and insurance engagements, AI and discrimination, mentoring, supplier diversity and accountability. Sessions will also include a women’s leadership panel and a presentation by the National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA).
HBCU Impact® Connects – In the Marketplace’s RISKWORLD Connect lounge, RIMS will host a series of networking opportunities for students from HBCU IMPACT®, a nonprofit that works to increase the number of Black professionals in the insurance, risk management, financial services and legal industries.
Unifying the Risk Community – Further supporting DE&I efforts at RISKWORLD, RIMS is proud to host leaders from NAAIA, the Asian American Insurance Network (AAIN), the Latin American Association of Insurance Agencies (LAAIA), the Rainbow Risk Alliance and other prominent associations that specifically serve diverse communities.
“Building a corporate culture that recognizes the value of inclusion and that creates opportunities for everyone within the organization to share information, ideas and experiences is critical to risk management's success,” said RIMS President Jennifer Santiago, MBA, RIMS-CRMP, ARM. “There is no better place than RISKWORLD to elevate the importance of DE&I and RIMS is proud to facilitate these meaningful engagements in Atlanta.”
“RIMS draws its strength from the many diverse, insightful and accomplished leaders who routinely share their stories and experiences with the community,” said RIMS CEO Gary A. LaBranche, FASAE, CAE. “Advancing DE&I must be intentional, thoughtful, and collaborative. RIMS is grateful for Marsh’s support and sincerely appreciates all the associations and groups who contribute to RISKWORLD’s DE&I experience.”
RIMS is hosting RISKWORLD on April 30 – May 3 at Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. To learn more about DE&I engagements and learning experiences at RISKWORLD or to register to attend, visit www.RIMS.org/RISKWORLD. To learn about more of RIMS DE&I initiatives outside of RISKWORLD, visit www.RIMS.org/community/diversity-inclusion.
Launched in 1963 as RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition, the annual event attracts some 10,000 risk and insurance professionals at all experience levels, business executives with risk management interests, brokers, insurers and service providers for the ultimate learning and networking experience. The four-day RISKWORLD experience offers more than 150 learning opportunities, keynote presentations, special events, and an expansive Marketplace with hundreds of solutions providers – all with countless opportunities to engage and grow your risk network. RISKWORLD 2023 is scheduled for April 30 – May 1 in Atlanta. RISKWORLD 2024 is in San Diego from May 5-9.