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Apr 12, 2022

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


This week, Justin Smulison is joined by RIMS 2022 Risk Manager of the Year, Courtney Davis Curtis! Courtney Davis Curtis has been at the University of Chicago for nearly seven years. Currently serving as the Assistant Vice President for Risk Management and Resilience Planning for UChicago, she manages the enterprise-wide insurance programs; including related insurance procurement claims management, alternative risk financing self-insured programs, and more.


Courtney’s ability to resolve major enterprise-wide challenges, commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, and leadership among professionals in higher education in the past year-plus, earned her the title of RIMS 2022 Risk Manager of the Year. In this episode, Courtney shares how it felt to earn this title, highlights from her career thus far, challenges she has faced, and her advice to other rising risk professionals.


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About the RIMS Membership.

[:15] About RIMScast.

[:27] About today’s episode with Courtney Davis Curtis!

[:35] Upcoming RIMS webinars and workshops.

[2:05] More about today’s episode with Courtney Davis Curtis.

[2:50] Justin welcomes Courtney back to RIMScast!

[3:41] Justin congratulates Courtney on earning the title of RIMS 2022 Risk Manager of the Year.

[4:50] Courtney shares how it feels to be RIMS 2022 Risk Manager of the Year.

[6:00] Courtney shares highlights from her risk role at UChicago since 2020.

[9:15] Risk trends that are unique to higher education.

[12:31] Courtney highlights both the fun and the challenging parts of being the URMIA President.

[14:22] RIMS plug time! About RIMS Buyers Guide, RIMS-Willis Towers Watson Asia Pacific Risk Virtual Conference 2022, and future content.

[15:46] Does Courtney enjoy being the face of another organization on top of her role at UChicago?

[16:32] Does leading a group outside of her regular responsibilities improve the dynamic between Courtney and her colleagues at UChicago?

[19:50] Courtney’s personal philosophy regarding her career.

[21:14] Courtney’s risk philosophy and how it drives her.

[22:25] Courtney’s advice for her fellow rising risk professionals who are striving for success.

[23:44] When Courtney’s URMIA’s presidency ends and what she plans on pursuing next.

[25:23] Justin thanks Courtney Curtis for joining RIMScast once again and shares some additional links to check in today’s show notes!


Mentioned in this Episode:

RIMS Events, Education, and Services:

RIMS 2022 RISKWORLD | April 10‒13 in San Francisco! — Register now!


RIMS Advocacy

RISKWORLD COVID-19 Policy (Updated 2/28/2022)

RIMS Buyers Guide

RIMS-Willis Towers Watson Asia Pacific Risk Virtual Conference 2022 | April 26‒28th — Complimentary registration here!

RIMS Virtual Workshop: ORSA Assessment | April 25, 27 & 28, 5:00 pm — 7:00 pm ET |

Special Offer: SAVE 50% with code ORSA50 — Offer ends April 11 and applies to new registrants only. Register here!

Risk Management Magazine: Awards Edition 2022

Sponsor RIMScast: Contact or for more information.

Sponsored RIMScast Episodes:

“ESG: A Responsibility and a Growing Megatrend” | Sponsored by Prudent Insurance Brokers Ltd.

“Focusing on Your Team to Deliver Exceptional Quality and Service to Your Clients”

| Sponsored by Gallagher Bassett

“Bermuda Opportunities in 2022 with BDA Chair Stephen Weinstein” | Sponsored by Bermuda Business Development Agency

“SyncR: A Tool to Enhance Your Risk Quality & Insurance Strategy” | Sponsored by Prudent Insurance Brokers Ltd.

“Navigating the Risk Landscape in 2022” | Sponsored by AXA XL

“Prioritizing People: Expertise and Innovation” | Sponsored by Gallagher Bassett

“Risk Findings for the Industrial & Manufacturing Industry” | Sponsored by Aon

“Establishing the Right Assurance to Request From Business Partners” | Sponsored by HITRUST

“Aon’s 2021 Retail Industry Overview” | Sponsored by Aon

“A Legacy of Resilience” | Sponsored by J.B. Boda Group

“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.


April 21, 2022 | “Supply Chain Risk Management in 2022” | Presented by the RIMS International Council

April 26, 2022 | “5 Trending Cybersecurity Threats: Are Your Third Parties at Risk?” | Sponsored by OneTrust GRC

April 28, 2022 | “ZAP! The Electrification of Commercial Fleets — Opportunities & Risks” | Sponsored by Aviva

RISKWORLD Live Workshops:

April 9th‒10th, 2022 | “Fundamentals of Insurance” | Presented by RIMS

April 9th‒10th, 2022 | “Fundamentals of Risk Management” | Presented by RIMS

April 9th‒10th, 2022 | “Managing Cognitive Bias Risk — Recognition & Avoidance Essentials” | Presented by RIMS

April 9th‒10th, 2022 | “RIMS-CRMP Prep” | Presented by RIMS

April 9th‒10th, 2022 | “Risk Appetite Management” | Presented by RIMS

April 9th‒10th, 2022 | “Applying and Integrating ERM” | Presented by RIMS

Virtual Workshops:

March 22, 23, 29 & 30 | “Enterprise Rise Management for ORSA Planning in Insurance Companies” | Enroll by March 21, 2022

Related RIMScast Episodes:

“Taking Notes on Higher Education and Risk with Incoming URMIA President Courtney Davis Curtis” (2021)

“RISKWORLD Keynote Michael C. Bush On Risk and ‘Greatness’”

“RISKWORLD Keynote Rachel Sheerin On How Risk Leaders Can Combat and Harness Burnout”

“What the Future Holds with RISKWORLD Keynote Peter Leyden”

“Cloud Security Risks with Google’s Monica Shokrai” (RISKWORLD 2022)

“RIMS 2021 Risk Manager of the Year: Michael Harrington”

“RIMS 2021 Award Winners: Elliott Long and Sue Mepham”

“Making the Grade: Cheryl Lloyd, Risk Manager of the Year Honor Roll Inductee”

“Betting It All On Risk: Mark Habersack, Heart of RIMS Award Recipient 2021”

“Career Notes: RIMS Live 2021 Speaker Jade Simmons Talks Risk and Music”

“Risk Management in Higher Education with RIMS 2019 Risk Manager of the Year, Luke Figora”

“Transformative ERM Programs with 2018 Risk Manager of the Year, Rebecca Cady”

“RIMS 2020 Award Winners: Mark Humphreys and Katherine Dawal”

“RIMS 2020 Award Winners: Audrey Rampinelli and Larry Glasser”

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 RIMS Treasurer Jennifer Santiago!

Spencer Educational Foundation

RIMS DEI Council

RIMS Path to the Boardroom


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Tweetables (For Social Media Use):


“‘How much time do you spend leading [and] managing vs. doing?’ … That was … a big … transition for me. I needed to be really leading and managing more, and doing less, … to make sure we have continuity of operations, … staffed appropriately.” — Courtney Davis Curtis


“I’m not a risk-averse person. I really try to take risks to create opportunities.” — Courtney Davis Curtis


“[My advice to … risk professionals is to] get involved, get involved, get involved. The best way to expand and create opportunities for yourself is to broaden your network. … Get involved in your professional associations, speak, moderate, and volunteer.” — Courtney Davis Curtis