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Nov 2, 2021

Welcome to RIMScast. Your host is Justin Smulison, Business Content Manager at RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society.


Today, Justin is joined once again by return guest, Lynn Haley Pilarski! Lynn is the 2021 Bland Award winner and the Senior Risk Manager of General Motors. She is joining RIMScast today to speak about her recent experience at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. where she advocated on the behalf of RIMS members during the legislative summit on October 26th.


In this episode, she shares what she discussed during her meeting with members of Congress and their staffers, how this meeting has helped move the needle forward with RIMS Advocacy efforts, and offers insights on the legislation that RIMS members are hoping to get sponsored and passed.


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About RIMS’ Global Membership.

[:26] About today’s episode with return guest, Lynn Haley Pilarski!

[:36] Upcoming RIMS current virtual offerings.

[:58] All about the upcoming RIMS ERM Conference.

[1:30] About the upcoming 2021 RIMS India Forum.

[1:48] More about today’s episode with Lynn Haley Pilarski.

[2:18] Justin welcomes Lynn back to the podcast.

[2:33] Lynn shares about her recent trip to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as part of the RIMS Autumn Advocacy week.

[4:13] What Autumn Advocacy week is all about.

[5:37] Lynn shares her experience speaking with members of Congress and staffers.

[7:13] How this year’s meeting was different from years past.

[10:02] About upcoming RIMS webinars!

[10:34] Justin is joined by Morgan O’Rourke for a quick discussion about the new RIMS app!

[10:55] Who can download the RIMS app? Where can you download it?

[11:18] What RIMS members will find on the RIMS app.

[11:58] Is the RIMS app constantly evolving? Will there be updates down the line?

[12:16] How to provide feedback on your RIMS app experience.

[12:30] Returning to the interview with Lynn Haley Pilarski.

[12:48] Lynn shares pertinent information for RIMS members and risk professionals as we all look forward to 2022 and beyond.

[14:44] Lynn shares about opportunities for volunteering!

[15:22] How Lynn prepares herself before getting ready to speak with Congress and staffers on The Hill.

[17:06] Justin thanks Lynn for joining RIMScast and shares some of the links to look out for in this episode’s show notes!


Mentioned in this Episode:

RIMS Events, Education, and Services:

RIMS ERM Conference 2021 will be held Nov. 11th & 12th in NYC — Register with the code RIMScast2021 for a 10% discount!

RIMS India 2021 — Virtual Two-Day Event! December 3rd & 4th — Register Today!

RIMS Risktech Forum 2021 — Virtual Two-Day Event! December 7th & 8th — Register Today!


RIMS Buyers Guide

RIMS Advocacy

Upcoming Webinars:

November 4, 2021 | “Using IoT Technology to Lower the Cost of Commercial Insurance Risk” | Sponsored by The Hartford

November 18, 2021 | “Bermuda Captives — Turning Ideas into Reality” | Presented by the Bermuda Business Development Agency

Sponsored RIMScast Episodes:

“The Golden Era of Insurance” | Sponsored by The Hartford

“Insurance Investigation Trends Happening Now” | Sponsored by Travelers

“What Could a CRO Do for Your Business?” | Sponsored by Riskonnect

“Hard Reality: A Look at Rising Rates in Property & Excess Casualty” | Sponsored by AXA XL

“Property Valuation Deep Dive” | Sponsored by TÜV SÜD

“Property Loss Control Engineering” | Sponsored by Prudent Insurance Brokers

NEW RIMSCAST VIDEO: “Climate Change and Insurance: A Fireside Chat with Dev Bhutani and Deepak Madan” | Sponsored by Prudent Insurance Brokers Ltd.

Virtual Workshops:

RIMS-CRMP Exam Prep Virtual Workshops (October 2021) — Gain an edge with the RIMS-CRMP; the only internationally accredited risk management certification!

RIMS Virtual Workshops: Claims Management — Register now for Nov. 8‒9th

Spencer’s Risk Manager on Campus Program — Volunteer Today!

Related RIMScast Episodes:

“Driving Legislative Change: Advocacy Update with Bland Memorial Award Winner, Lynn Haley Pilarski”

“RIMS Advocacy in 2021”

“Post-Election Update”

“What the Reauthorization of TRIA Means for the Risk Management Community”

“Dr. Daniel Kaniewski on FEMA Resilience”

“AI and Autonomous Vehicles with Stephen S. Wu”

RIMS Publications, Content, and Links:

RIMS Membership — Whether you are a new member or need to transition, be a part of the global risk management community!

RIMS Path To The Boardroom — Visit for past webinar presentations and interviews!

RIMS Virtual Workshops

Upcoming RIMS Webinars

On-Demand Webinars

RIMS Advisory Services — Ask a Peer

Risk Management Magazine

Risk Management Monitor

RIMS Coronavirus Information Center

RIMS Risk Leaders Series — New interview with RIMS 2021 Risk Manager of the Year, Michael Harrington!

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP)

RIMS-CRMP Stories — New interview featuring recent guests, Charles Vu and Steve Pottle!

Spencer Educational Foundation


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Tweetables (For Social Media Use):


“As part of the RIMS Autumn Advocacy week, we had the opportunity to meet with a handful of … staffers both the Senate and Congress to talk about the Pandemic Insurance Act that … RIMS has been supporting over the course of the last … two years.” — Lynn Haley Pilarski


“Hopefully next year everyone’s going to have that opportunity to … go to Washington, D.C., learn about what’s happening, and actually lobby. … It’s one of the most rewarding things that we can do as risk members.” Lynn Haley Pilarski


“We really are trying to get as much support as we can to introduce [PRIA].” — Lynn Haley Pilarski


“You have to try and make a relationship. You need to say, ‘How can I sort of ease into it?’ when [you] start to lobby. … You need to know about the Senator or the representative that you’re going to meet. … You have to do a little bit of homework.” — Lynn Haley Pilarski