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Apr 26, 2022

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

Produced live from the 2022 RISKWORLD, this special RIMScast episode brings you right to the showroom floor at the Moscone Center in San Francisco! Justin Smulison is your tour guide, bringing you up to speed with attendees and members of the events.


Justin speaks with the J.B. Boda Group Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, Gautam Boda who came all the way from India; first-time exhibitors, Rex Altman and Lee Blitstein of the law firm Altman & Blitstein; and the Director of the Master of Professional Studies in Insurance program at the Columbia School of Professional Studies, Teresa Chan.


This event was like catching lightning in a bottle — so don’t miss out on getting a taste of what RISKWORLD 2022 had to offer! And make sure to sign up for the RISKWORLD app (or through desktop) if you were a RISKWORLD registrant to access educational sessions on-demand!


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About the RIMS Membership.

[:15] About RIMScast.

[:27] About today’s episode.

[:39] Upcoming RIMS webinars and workshops.

[2:00] More about today’s episode with special guests, Gautam Boda, Rex Altman, Lee Blitstein, and Teresa Chan!

[2:20] Justin introduces his first guest, Gautam B. Boda.

[2:53] How many times Guatam has attended RISKWORLD.

[3:25] About Guatam’s presentation at RISKWORLD.

[3:38] India is becoming a more litigious country. Gautam shares his perspective on what is driving this change and how it is going to impact risk and insurance in India.

[4:42] Gautam gives a quick thank you to RIMS and the global risk management.

[5:14] Will we be seeing Gautam at RIMS India 2022?

[5:38] Justin introduces his next guests, Rex Altman and Lee Blitstein.

[6:34] Why worker’s compensation defense, arbitration, and mediation services are valuable to the risk management community.

[9:05] Whose brilliant idea was it to serve fudge and high-quality chocolates at the convention?

[10:20] Justin introduces Teresa Chan.

[10:48] About Teresa’s current role.

[10:56] Is this Teresa’s first RISKWORLD?

[11:20] About Teresa’s risk management and insurance career.

[12:33] Who put together the Master of Professional Studies in Insurance program with Teresa?

[13:18] How long has the program been in existence at Columbia SPS?

[13:43] Teresa shares her reaction to the types of students and applicants that she has been seeing.

[14:32] Teresa speaks about the passion she has for teaching and the industry as a whole.

[15:29] Does Teresa prefer in-person, virtual, or a hybrid of the two? Is the program virtual? Why or why not? Would they ever pivot to another format?

[17:05] Justin gives a special thanks to all of his guests and then shares some additional links to check in today’s show notes.


Mentioned in this Episode:

RIMS Events, Education, and Services:


RIMS Advocacy

RIMS Buyers Guide

RISKWORLD registrants can still access educational sessions on-demand through the RISKWORLD app and through desktop here.

Sponsor RIMScast: Contact or for more information.

Virtual Workshops:

“Managing Cognitive Bias Risk — Recognition & Avoidance Essentials” — May 9‒10th

“Contractual Risk Transfer Canada” — May 18‒19th

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 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

May 5, 2022 | “Have You Unbundled Yet? How to Improve Your Supply Chain and Property Casualty Profile” | Sponsored by TÜV SÜD

May 10, 2022 | “Administrator to Advisor: How to Build a Risk Function that Generates Broad Value” | Sponsored by Riskonnect

Related RIMScast Episodes:

“From the Office of ‘KNOW’: 2022 Risk Manager of the Year Courtney Davis Curtis”

“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”

“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

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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Follow up with Our Guests:

Gautam B. Boda of J.B. Boda Group

Rex Altman of Altman & Blitstein

Lee Blitstein of Altman & Blitstein

Teresa Chan of Columbia SPS


Tweetables (For Social Media Use):


“We at J.B. Boda always do our best to support the global risk management society and [in] sharing our knowledge. … We … look forward to being part of the RIMS [Risk Management] Society as we progress further.” — Gautam B. Boda


“Meeting everybody at the RISKWORLD has been fantastic … to meet all of the different aspects of risk, which involve assessing risk [and] evaluating risk. And we fall into that category of … [helping] employers properly manage and assess their risk.” — Rex Altman or Lee Blitstein [6:16]


“We are all incredibly passionate about [teaching] and the industry that we’ve built our lives … and … careers around. … That really makes a difference. That’s why I think having professionals teaching … versus just academics, makes an incredible difference.” — Teresa Chan