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Mar 9, 2021

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


The entire RIMS staff is working harder than ever to make RIMS Live 2021 unforgettable! In celebration of leading up to this exciting event, Justin Smulison is joined by the opening keynote speaker of the event — Duncan Wardle!


As Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney, Duncan led the team that helped Imagineering, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar, and Disney Parks to innovate, creating magical new storylines and experiences for consumers around the globe. As the founder of iD8 & innov8, he now brings his extensive Disney experience as an Innovation Speaker helping companies embed a culture of innovation into everyone’s DNA.


In this first part of a two-part interview, Justin and Duncan discuss his risk philosophies, key insights from his career, and the silver lining of COVID-19. Duncan also gives a preview of his April 19th RIMS Live 2021 keynote!


Don’t miss out on this fast-paced, exciting conversation!


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About RIMS’s Global Membership.

[:26] About today’s episode.

[:45] About the upcoming RIMS LIVE 2021 virtual event on April 19–29, 2021!

[1:00] More about today’s episode with Duncan Wardle.

[1:36] Justin welcomes Duncan Wardle to RIMScast!

[1:42] The RIMScast audience and the RIMS Live 2021 audience is composed of international risk professionals, students, as well as business leaders and executives. What does Duncan believe are the top challenges these groups will face in the short- and long-term?

[3:07] Why purpose is so important.

[5:43] What does “pivoting” actually mean?

[5:59] Duncan’s insights about changes due to COVID-19 and the single silver lining that it has brought.

[7:56] Why pivoting will not be enough for most brands today.

[8:47] Upcoming RIMS educational offerings!

[9:41] Duncan shares how he would characterize his experience working with risk professionals throughout the course of his career. He also shares some insights on what he will be speaking about for his RIMS Live 2021 keynote, what innovation really looks like, and examples of innovation from his own career.

[17:50] Justin thanks Duncan Wardle for joining RIMScast and shares some of the links to check out in this episode’s show notes!


Mentioned in this Episode:

RIMS Webinars and Services:

Register now for RIMS LIVE 2021, April 19–29, 2021!

March 11, 2021 | Sponsored by Riskonnect: “Using RMIS as a Springboard to Integrated Risk Management”

March 17, 2021 | “The PAID Act: What Medicare Claims Payers Should Know in 2021” | A Free, RIMS Members-Only Webinar

March 18, 2021 | “The Life Cycle of a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC)” | Sponsored by Gallagher

April 6, 2021 | RIMS Presents: “How to Defeat Work-From-Home Burnout and Zoom Fatigue Using Neuroscience for Risk Management Professionals”

Upcoming RIMS Webinars

On-Demand Webinars

RIMS Advisory Services — Ask a Peer

RIMS Virtual Workshops

Related RIMScast Episodes:

“Career Notes: RIMS Live 2021 Speaker Jade Simmons Talks Risk and Music” “Disruption and the Digital Age with Ward Ching”

“Risk in the Context of Music with Kai Kight”

“Women’s Advancement in the Risk Profession”

“Mindset Digital CEO Debra Jasper on Technology, Disruption, Social Media, and Communication”

“Monica Merrifield on Innovation and Strategic Risk Management”

Download any episode of RIMScast.

RIMS Publications, Content, and Links:

Risk Management Magazine

“Innovation vs. Negligence,” by Steven Minksy | RM Magazine

Risk Management Monitor

RIMS Coronavirus Information Center

RIMS Risk Leaders Series

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP)


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


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Follow up with Our Guest:

Duncan Wardle’s LinkedIn

Duncan Wardle’s Website (iD8 & innov8)