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Feb 14, 2023

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


Expectations for the world of work, talent recruitment and retention, wage inflation, and corporate culture have never been higher. Joining RIMScast today to discuss these topics and the correlation between human resources and risk management is Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., the President and CEO of SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management). Johnny will also be delving into all of this and more on May 1st, 2023, as the opening keynote speaker at RISKWORLD in Atlanta, Georgia.


In this interview, Johnny provides a glimpse into his upcoming keynote and speaks on how we can all reinvent, reinvigorate, reimagine, and reset our organizations and the people we lead.


Be sure to tune in for today’s fun and insightful conversation!


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About the RIMS Membership.

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

[:28] About RIMScast.

[:40] About today’s episode.

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

[2:15] More about today’s episode with Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

[2:51] Justin welcomes Johnny to the podcast!

[3:10] Johnny provides a preview of his upcoming 2023 RISKWORLD keynote.

[4:47] Why Johnny decided to write his book, Reset: A Leader’s Guide to Work in an Age of Upheaval.

[6:46] Johnny’s process of writing his book, Reset.

[8:23] How and why Johnny transitioned to HR after being a lawyer.

[10:00] Johnny’s advice to HR managers who are the de facto risk management professionals at their own organizations (and vice versa).

[11:10] What can risk management professionals and HR do to maintain their commitment to DE&I during these uncertain economic times?

[14:20] About the DE&I and ESG tracks at RISKWORLD 2023.

[14:35] Johnny emphasizes the importance of DE&I and why it is absolutely critical.

[15:55] RIMS plug time! All about RISKWORLD 2023 and the newest issue of Risk Management Magazine.

[16:58] Justin revisits his interview with Josh Linkner, highlighting why live events are so critical, especially in this era of remote and hybrid work.

[18:55] Johnny’s insights into how we can all better balance remote work with in-person work; particularly in terms of collaboration, promotions, and culture.

[22:58] SHRM is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year! What does Johnny hope SHRM will be celebrating 25 years from now at its centennial?

[25:00] Johnny’s message to those attending RISKWORLD.

[26:32] Justin thanks for joining the podcast and shares some links to take a look at in today’s show notes.


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RISKWORLD 2023 — April 30‒May 3 in Atlanta, Georgia! Public registration is now open! Advance rates are available through Feb. 17th

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“Deadly Weapons and Sexual Abuse Risk” | Sponsored by Beazley | Feb. 28, 2023

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“RISKWORLD 2022 Keynote Michael C. Bush On Risk and ‘Greatness’”

“RISKWORLD 2022 Keynote Rachel Sheerin On How Risk Leaders Can Combat and Harness Burnout”

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Reset: A Leader’s Guide to Work in an Age of Upheaval, by Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.


Tweetables (For Social Media Use):


“My advice … is to be very intentional about … creating expectations for the business case for what you’re going to achieve when it comes to DE&I.” — Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.


“There is a way to show how good DEI is not just morally good but it’s good for business. You’ve got to make that case and hold yourself accountable for meeting the metrics that show progress or a lack of progress.” — Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.


“While I’m sensitive to the fact that people resist change. … But, we have also shown as a result of the last three years that we can be pretty darn agile when we have to.” — Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.


“Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion isn’t just about how you treat fellow human beings who are different than you during the day; It’s how you treat them outside of work as well because we’re working for a greater and better republic.” — Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.