Nov 30, 2021
Welcome to RIMScast. Your host is Justin Smulison, Business Content Manager at RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion is a continuous process at RIMS and among its members. The RIMS DE&I Council serves as both a resource and a collaborator with RIMS committees, councils, and members to implement DE&I goals and objectives.
To discuss more on this topic, Justin Smulison is joined today by RIMS DE&I Council Chair, Kevin Thomas, and Vice-Chair, Monica Merrifield! Together, they speak about the state of DE&I initiatives in the risk profession, the work that is still ahead of us, and updates on the progress of the RIMS DE&I Council over the past year.
[:01] About RIMS’ Global Membership.
[:25] About this episode’s topic.
[:33] Upcoming RIMS current virtual offerings.
[1:45] How to register for the 2021 RIMS India Forum and the 2022 RIMS RiskTech Forum.
[2:40] More about today’s episode with special guests, Kevin Thomas and Monica Merrifield.
[3:12] Justin welcomes Kevina and Monica back to the podcast!
[3:20] Kevin elaborates on how DE&I has evolved and the big shifts he has seen from a societal and organizational perspective in 2020‒21 compared to prior years.
[5:13] Monica shares her thoughts on how DE&I has evolved in 2020‒21 and how she sees the hybrid work model evolving in the future.
[7:33] Kevin highlights a key takeaway about DE&I as we move into a hybrid work model.
[8:36] How DE&I is categorized as a risk and why that matters.
[12:08] Kevin highlights an important takeaway on what leadership should do to be more diverse and inclusive.
[13:40] Monica shares her insights on what companies can do to become more diverse and inclusive.
[16:17] All about the RIMS Mobile App, RIMS Buyers Guide, and how to sit on a RIMS committee or council.
[17:44] Kevin shares what the RIMS DE&I Council has learned about executing a DE&I strategy and how this knowledge will information Council activity in the coming year (or two).
[20:50] Monica also shares how the knowledge that the RIMS DE&I has gained over the last year will impact their activity going forward.
[23:23] Kevin and Monica both share their parting words of advice and inspiration with regard to DE&I.
[27:07] Justin thanks Kevin and Monica for joining RIMScast once again 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:
Join a RIMS Committee: RIMS members are encouraged to submit an application to sit on a RIMS committee or council. Click on the link with descriptions on the volunteer submission form. The deadline to submit is December 3th.
RIMS India 2021 — Virtual Two-Day Event! December 3rd & 4th — Register Today!
TechRisk/RiskTech | RIMS Virtual Event Jan. 26-27, 2022 — Register Today!
Sponsored RIMScast Episodes:
“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.
Webinars & Virtual Workshops:
Dec. 2, 2021 | “Addressing Today’s Risks and Preparing for the Risks of Tomorrow” | Sponsored by Aon
Contractual Risk Transfer: Dec. 7‒8 — Registration closes Dec. 3rd
Applying and Integrating ERM: Dec 9‒10 – Registration closes Dec 8th
RIMS-CRMP Exam Prep with University of Hartford Dec. 14 & 16. – Register by Dec. 13th
More DE&I on 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 Risk Leaders Series — New interview with RIMS 2021 Risk Manager of the Year Michael Harrington!
RIMS-CRMP Stories — New interview featuring RIMS Treasurer Jennifer Santiago!
Want to Learn More?
Have a question or suggestion? Email: Content@rims.org.
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Tweetables (For Social Media Use):
“It takes … some good, solid, inclusive leadership skills and techniques to help foster and create that space where people feel comfortable speaking up.” — Monica Merrifield
“Our [RIMS DE&I] Council members are just great … a collection of knowledge, deep insight, [and] lived experiences.” — Monica Merrifield
“This [DE&I] work truly does unite us all.” — Monica Merrifield
“You have to put passion into action. … Council members, risk management professionals … you’ve got to get involved [with DE&I].” — Kevin Thomas
“When people feel included, good things happen — simply put.” — Monica Merrifield
“You’ve got to bring your whole, full, authentic self [to work] no matter who you are [or] where you are … every day.” — Kevin Thomas