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Apr 2, 2019

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


This week, Justin Smulison’s friend and colleague, Stuart Ruff-Lyon, joins the podcast! Stuart is the Vice President for Event and Education at RIMS. He has worked in the events and hospitality industry since 1998 and joined RIMS in 2012 as Director of Meetings and Events, and was promoted in 2016 to his current position. He is also a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and a certified Digital Events Strategist (DES).


In this episode, Justin and Stuart talk about the RIMS Annual Conference 2019 in its entirety and all of the great things that are on the way, April 28th - May 1st. He and Justin discuss both the opening and the closing keynotes speakers, the fantastic opening reception, and some of the hugely popular meetups and presentations from last year that will be making a comeback this year. Stuart also gives a glimpse of all of the cool events that RIMS will be hosting later in the year, after the conference.


Key Takeaways:

[:15] About the upcoming RIMS Annual Conference.

[:30] About today’s guest, Stuart Ruff-Lyon.

[1:00] Stuart describes what is new for the upcoming RIMS Annual Conference 2019.

[1:45] Some of the presentations Stuart is most looking forward to.

[2:22] About the accompanying RIMS Conference app.

[3:37] What led to the selection of Dr. Erin Meyer for the opening keynote?

[4:48] Why Stuart believes that having an icon such as Billie Jean King as the closing keynote speaker is important for attendees and the risk management community.

[5:50] Stuart describes the hugely popular diversity meetup at last year’s conference.

[6:45] Stuart gives his suggestions on how you can follow along with the conference if you cannot attend this year.

[7:35] Additional RIMS events in the coming year.

[8:30] Global events RIMS is planning.

[8:53] About the Grand Slam opening reception at this year’s conference on April 28th.

[9:50] Why Boston is such a great city for RIMS Annual Conference.

[10:42] Justin thanks Stuart for joining him this episode!

[10:56] If you have any questions about this year’s conference, email

Feedback or suggestions, you can email Justin at!


Mentioned in this Episode:

RIMS 2019 Annual Conference

RIMS 2019: Trending Now Sessions

Dr. Erin Meyer

RIMScast episode with Dr. Erin Meyer: “Cross-Cultural Expansion and Collaboration with Dr. Erin Meyer”

Risk Management Monitor’s Q&A with Erin Meyer

The Culture Map (Intl Ed): Decoding How People Think, Lead, and Get Things Done Across Cultures, by Dr. Erin Meyer

Billie Jean King

RIMS NeXtGen Forum: June 14th, 2019 in New York City

RIMS ERM Conference 2019: Nov. 4-5 in New Orleans — Submit a session by April 19th

Upcoming RIMS events

Questions about the RIMS 2019 Annual Conference? Email


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