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Aug 3, 2021

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


This week on RIMScast, Justin Smulison is joined by the 2021 Richard W. Bland Memorial Award recipient, Lynn Haley Pilarski.


Lynn Pilarski is the Senior Risk Manager of General Motors. She’s also one of the most enthusiastic members of the RIMS External Affairs Committee! As the recipient of the Bland Award, Lynn has been recognized for her outstanding performance and effort as a RIMS member in the area of legislation and/or regulation related to risk.


In this episode, Lynn speaks about the legislative developments impacting the risk management community, shares some RIMS Advocacy updates around autonomous vehicle legislation, updates about PRIA (and what RIMS members and risk professionals need to know regarding it), the opportunities available through the RIMS Legislative Summit, and more.


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About RIMS’s Global Membership.

[:12] About the RIMS buyer’s guide.

[:47] About today’s episode.

[:59] Is your ERM program award-worthy? RIMS is currently accepting nominations for the 2021 ERM Global Award of Distinction.

[1:29] Upcoming RIMS virtual offerings!

[2:45] More about today’s episode with  Lynn Haley Pilarski.

[3:18] Justin welcomes Lynn Haley Pilarski to RIMScast!

[3:45] Lynn shares about her role on the RIMS External Affairs Committee as well as her history with RIMS.

[7:38] Lynn shares her enthusiasm for RIMS Advocacy and the RIMS Legislative Summit.

[9:43] Justin congratulates Lynn on winning the Richard W. Bland Memorial Award and Lynn speaks about why receiving this award meant so much to her.

[10:41] What led Lynn to become the Senior Risk Manager at General Motors.

[13:22] Lynn provides a RIMS Advocacy update on what’s new in the way of autonomous vehicle legislation.

[18:02] Upcoming RIMS virtual workshops, volunteer opportunities, programs, and the RIMS Canada Conference.

[20:04] Lynn gives an update on PRIA and what RIMS members and risk professionals need to know regarding it.

[25:14] Lynn highlights some of the opportunities that are available through the RIMS Legislative Summit.

[26:35] Justin thanks Lynn Haley Pilarski 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 Canada Conference 2021: Register for early bird rates!

RIMS ERM Conference 2021 will be held Nov. 11th & 12th in NYC — Submit a session today!

RIMS ERM Global Award of Distinction 2021 – Nominate a program today!

RIMS Buyers Guide

RIMS Advocacy

Upcoming Webinars:

Aug. 5, 2021 | “COVID-19: The Long Haul and the Short of It” | Sponsored by Mitchell

Aug. 12, 2021 | “One Year Later: Developing, Defining and Quantifying Your Risk Appetite” | Sponsored by Resolver

August 26, 2021 | “Increased Dependencies on Third Parties: Addressing Cloud, Vendor, and Business Partner Relationships and Risk” | Sponsored by HITRUST

Sponsored RIMScast Episodes:

“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 

Virtual Workshops:

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

RIMS Virtual Workshops: Claims Management — Register now for Aug. 23‒24th or Nov. 8‒9th

Registration for the VIRTUAL Spencer & Gallagher Golf Tournament is now open! Visit for more information and to register through August 15th, 2021 (You choose the golf course and team all while continuing to support the Spencer Educational Foundation!)

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

Previous RIMScast Episodes:

“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”

Download any episode of RIMScast.

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 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 guests, Charles Vu and Steve Pottle!

Spencer Educational Foundation


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Tweetables (For Social Media Use):


“[Autonomous vehicle legislation] is a really important topic for the auto industry. … All of the auto industry is committed to an all-electric future.” — Lynn Haley Pilarski


“We need to move from that internal combustion engine to electric vehicles and autonomous [vehicles]. But to do that we need some support. It is a whole new world when it comes to automobiles.” — Lynn Haley Pilarski


“[The RIMS Legislative Summit] is open to all [RIMS] members. … The more broadly that we can get people involved, the better. … We also have opportunities for students.” — Lynn Haley Pilarski


“[PRIA] is really exciting for us because it’s an opportunity that we, as risk managers and  RIMS as an organization, can actually give our input and … have a say into what that proposed legislation is.” — Lynn Haley Pilarski