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Jun 18, 2019

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


Today’s guest is Dr. Karen Hardy. Karen has been a risk manager in the Federal government for years. She is known in the industry for being an innovator and influencer for the advancement of Enterprise Risk Management in the Federal government sector. She is a founding member of the Association of Federal Enterprise Risk Management (AFERM) as well as its Board Vice President. Additionally, she is a Producer of the Emmy Award-winning 2018 documentary, A New Leash On Life: The K9s for Warriors Story — which took a look at the impact that service animals have on American veterans experiencing PTSD as they acclimate to civilian life.


Dr. Hardy has a lot of incredible insight on risk management — from how to effectively implement ERM in an organization to becoming a better leader and challenging yourself in the industry. In this episode, she speaks about her background in risk management, how she originally entered government work, instances where she has used ERM frameworks to mitigate a threat, some of the challenges with implementing an ERM framework, what it was like to study for the RIMS-CRMP, and her experience being involved with the film, A New Leash on Life. Be sure to tune in to hear it all!


Key Takeaways:

[:15] About upcoming RIMS events.

[1:30] Justin welcomes Dr. Hardy to the podcast!

[1:43] Dr. Hardy speaks a bit about her background, how she originally entered government work, and her leap into risk management!

[7:04] Karen highlights some of the instances where she has used ISO or ERM frameworks to mitigate or avoid a threat. She also speaks about some of the challenges with implementing an ERM framework.

[10:10] How many team members have to get on board with ERM to make it work?

[11:41] Dr. Hardy describes some of the positive attributes of effectively implementing ERM in an organization.

[15:00] What was the studying like for Dr. Hardy in regards to passing the RIMS-CRMP?

[16:07] Dr. Hardy explains how she was involved in A New Leash on Life: The K9s for Warriors Story film, as well as how being in the risk management industry has expanded Dr. Hardy’s mindset and shaped her to be a better leader.

[19:36] Justin thanks Dr. Hardy for joining him this episode, gives a preview of the upcoming events where she will be speaking, and speaks about her future role with RIMS-CRMP!


Mentioned in this Episode:

The 44th Annual RIMS Educational Conference: July 30th–August 3rd in Naples, Florida

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

Upcoming RIMS Events

A New Leash On Life: The K9s for Warriors Story (Film, 2018)

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RM Magazine

Risk Management Monitor

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

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional Credential (RIMS-CRMP) (Karen will be a new instructor for RIMS and will be teaching RIMS-CRMP-FED, RIMS-CRMP, and Enterprise Risk Management workshops. Email for more information.)


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