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Feb 7, 2023

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


Joining RIMScast today is jazz guitarist, CEO, author, tech entrepreneur, and RISKWORLD leadership keynote, Josh Linkner! As a self-proclaimed creative troublemaker, Josh uses live music as a metaphor for innovative collaboration and will be delivering the Awards and Leadership keynote at RISKWORLD on May 1st, 2023! His performance is unlike any other as he invites audience members to join the band to compose live music in front of their peers (which always ends in a cheering crowd!)


In this episode, Josh shares about the parallels between music and risk management, why he has become a standout keynote speaker in recent years, all about his career, his experiences with risk management and risk professionals, and what we can all expect at his upcoming keynote!


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About the RIMS Membership.

[:14] Registration for RISKWORLD 2023 is now open!

[:34] About RIMScast.

[:45] About today’s episode.

[:56] All about upcoming RIMS webinars, workshops, events, and more!

[2:14] More about today’s episode with special guest, Josh Linkner.

[3:00] Justin welcomes Josh Linkner to the podcast!

[3:15] About Josh’s upcoming keynote at RISKWORLD.

[3:48] Companies and organizational leaders that have inspired Josh in recent years.

[5:00] Josh’s experience as a CEO and the companies that he has led.

[6:33] Josh’s experience with risk departments and professionals.

[7:55] As Josh was coming up in the ’90s, was ESG even on the radar?

[9:38] How Josh is navigating ESG demands and challenges from society and his investors.

[10:52] RIMS plug time! About RISKWORLD 2023, in-person workshops, and virtual workshops.

[12:00] Chris Hansen joins the podcast to give an overview of his upcoming two-day virtual workshop, “Managing Worker Compensation, Employer's Liability and Employment Practices in the U.S.”

[15:37] What to expect at Josh’s upcoming RISKWORLD 2023 keynote.

[19:14] Are live audiences more receptive in 2023 than in 2019, pre-pandemic?

[20:26] Josh’s favorite jazz musicians.

[22:35] Justin thanks Josh for joining the podcast and shares some links to take a look at in today’s show notes.


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Tweetables (For Social Media Use):


“There are costs, to be clear. But I am hopeful that in the long run … that the benefits of being focused on ESG outweigh the costs.” — Josh Linkner


“At the keynote specifically, I’m going to use live music specifically live jazz as a metaphor for leadership, for innovation, and of course, for many of the challenges and the opportunities that we have as risk management professionals.” — Josh Linkner


“I think there is a real desire to be in-person. Obviously, there are many things that we can do remotely as we should. But there are also some things that we can’t. And there’s something really special about being present and having human connection.” Josh Linkner


“Now, in the world of remote or hybrid work, we’re often … accomplishing a lot … but what it lacks is that deeply present human connection.” Josh Linkner