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Jul 16, 2019

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


Today’s episode is all about the Spencer Educational Foundation, the philanthropic arm of RIMS! It was founded in 1979 and to this day remains the premier organization funding the education of tomorrow’s risk management and insurance leaders. And on September 19th, 2019, RIMS will be celebrating the 40th anniversary with a fantastic gala in New York City!


In this week’s episode, Justin will be speaking with his two incredible guests, Marya Propis and Jeanna Madlener. The first guest, Marya, is the Sr. Vice President for All Risks, Ltd. and the Chairperson for Spencer Educational Foundation. The second featured guest, Jeanna, is the Vice President at Woodruff-Sawyer. She is also a Spencer grant recipient and an active RIMS member, which makes her the perfect candidate to share her perspective on how the Spencer Educational Foundation influenced the trajectory of her career!


Marya and Jeanna will be discussing why the foundation is so important, how it has influenced their own lives and careers, how you can also help aid Spencer’s mission, and what to look forward to at Spencer’s 40th Anniversary Gala.


Key Takeaways:

[:15] About today’s episode.

[:50] Justin introduces this episode’s first guest — Marya Propis!

[1:02] How Marya got started in insurance and risk management.

[2:02] How and when did RIMS and Spencer come into Marya’s life?

[4:02] How many individuals has Spencer served?

[5:10] What does Marya have planned for the foundation during the remainder of her leadership (through January 2021)?

[8:54] How can people help aid Spencer’s mission?

[10:34] Justin introduces today’s second guest — Jeanna Madlener!

[10:53] Jeanna talks about how she first got started in risk management.

[12:20] When and how did Jeanna find RIMS and Spencer? And how was the process receiving the Spencer grant?

[14:57] How did the Spencer grant influence or change the trajectory of Jeanna’s life, personally and professionally?

[17:14] Will Jeanna be in attendance of Spencer’s 40th Anniversary Gala?

[19:22] How does Jeanna stay engaged with RIMS and Spencer?

[21:24] Justin gives thanks to today’s special guests and gives his suggestions on what to follow-up on after this week’s show!


Mentioned in this Episode:

Spencer Educational Foundation

Spencer 40th Anniversary Gala: Sept. 19, 2019, in NYC Reserve Your Table Today!

#RIMS2020 will be held May 3rd–6th in Denver, Colorado! Submissions are now being accepted Send your innovative session proposal by July 19th, 2019

The 44th Annual RIMS Educational Conference: July 29th–August 3th in Naples, Florida

2019 RIMS Canada Conference: Sept. 8th–11th in Edmonton, AB, Canada

2019 RIMS Western Regional Conference: Sept. 9th–11th in Las Vegas, NV

RIMS Legislative Summit: Oct. 16th–17th in Washington, DC

RIMS ERM Conference 2019: Nov. 4th–5th in New Orleans, LA

RIMS Risk Forum India 2019: Nov. 22nd in Mumbai, India

Upcoming RIMS Events

RM Magazine

Risk Management Monitor

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP)

RIMS Membership — Discover why 10,000 of your peers from more than 60 countries are a part of the RIMS community!

All Risks, Ltd.



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Follow up with Our Guests:

Marya Propis’s LinkedIn

Jeanna Madlener’s LinkedIn