Magazine article Risk Management

RIMS 2018 to Embrace Diversity and Inclusion

Magazine article Risk Management

RIMS 2018 to Embrace Diversity and Inclusion

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As nearly 10,000 risk professionals from around the globe head to the RIMS Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas, from April 15-18, they will bring along a diverse range of backgrounds, ethnicities, identities and perspectives. To foster an even more inclusive environment at the Conference, RIMS has planned several new diversity and inclusion initiatives, events and educational programming.

RIMS has always had a diverse audience at its Annual Conference with attendees from more than 70 countries, and this year is no exception. Recently, however, the RIMS Board of Directors formed the RIMS Diversity and Inclusion Task Force with the objective of cultivating opportunities to better embrace the different cultures and perspectives that come together at RIMS. The goal is that everyone in attendance should feel secure that their comments and viewpoints will be heard and valued.

"Diversity and inclusion should not just be a conversation," said RIMS President Robert Cartwright, Jr. "It must be woven into the fabric of the society and assigned actionable steps to ensure progress is made. The RIMS Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and the additions to the Annual Conference exemplify RIMS' commitment to the very diverse and global risk management community."

On Sunday, April 15, RIMS will co-host a Diversity Meet-Up with Marsh. This networking and educational session is open to all registered attendees. It will be led by a professional moderator and feature structured conversations about the challenges and opportunities that diversity can bring to an organization and how this can impact the risk management profession.

On Monday, April 16, RIMS is hosting a session titled "Diversity and Inclusion: The Risks and Opportunities." Attendees will learn how to leverage diversity efforts to help reduce risks of employment liability, as well as how to understand that diversity and inclusion issues are not always observable. Presenters will share best practices for making the most of diversity and inclusion efforts, and how to avoid any pitfalls.

On Tuesday, April 17, two additional diversity and inclusion-themed sessions will be open to all attendees. A Hot Topic session titled "The Journey of the African American Insurance Professional: Past, Present and Future" will examine how organizations can enact transformative hiring, retention and advancement changes for African Americans and other executives of color. …

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