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Aug 31, 2021

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


Colleges and universities worldwide are resuming their educational offerings — some virtual, some live, some hybrid. Navigating the safest and most effective way to deliver this education is a continuous and evolving challenge for risk professionals in higher education.


Joining Justin today to discuss this topic is Courtney Davis Curtis! Courtney is the Assistant Vice President for Risk Management and Resilience Planning at the University of Chicago and the incoming President of URMIA, the University Risk Management & Insurance Association.


In their conversation, Courtney shares how URMIA is advising and engaging its audience, insights around higher education and risk management for the 2021/22 school year, and some of her own personal reflections since graduating college.


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About RIMS’s Global Membership.

[:12] About the RIMS buyer’s guide.

[:48] About today’s episode with Courtney Davis Curtis.

[:54] Register now for the upcoming RIMS ERM Conference!

[1:05] Upcoming RIMS current virtual offerings.

[1:56] More about today’s episode with Courtney Davis Curtis.

[2:49] Justin welcomes Courtney to RIMScast!

[3:02] When will Courtney be the President of URMIA?

[3:20] Courtney’s risk career and what originally brought her to risk management.

[5:59] Courtney shares her unique perspective, as a recent college graduate, on the current landscape of higher education and risk management.

[6:52] As incoming URMIA President, what is Courtney’s risk management philosophy on higher education in the United States?

[8:16] Courtney’s insights on navigating higher education risk when the outlook is changing at a daily or weekly rate.

[10:15] How Courtney’s title at the University of Chicago changed as a result of COVID-19.

[11:01] Current and upcoming RIMS offerings!

[12:37] As a result of COVID-19, is Courtney seeing an uptick in interest in risk management offerings?

[13:27] Are there frameworks or matrices that Courtney uses in her own work that influence work at the University of Chicago as well as her incoming URMIA Presidency?

[15:35] Important lessons that Courtney has learned as a risk professional.

[16:49] Does Courtney have a Presidential slogan?

[17:25] Justin thanks Courtney Davis Curtis for joining RIMScast 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:

RIMS ERM Conference 2021 will be held Nov. 11th & 12th in NYC

RIMS Canada Conference 2021: Register now!


RIMS Buyers Guide

Upcoming Webinars:

September 9, 2021 | “Your Go-To-Market Strategy in a Nuanced Market: Maximize Outcomes and Build Stronger Relationships at Renewal” | Sponsored by Gallagher Core360

September 21, 2021 | “10 Essential Steps to Rethinking Risk Assessment” | Sponsored by OneTrust GRC

Sponsored RIMScast Episodes:

“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 

Virtual Workshops:

RIMS-CRMP Exam Prep Virtual Workshops (October 2021) — Gain an edge with the RIMS-CRMP; the only internationally accredited risk management certification!

RIMS Virtual Workshops: Claims Management — Register now for Nov. 8‒9th

Spencer’s Risk Manager on Campus Program — Volunteer Today!

Related RIMScast Episodes:

“Risk Management in Higher Education with RIMS 2019 Risk Manager of the Year, Luke Figora”

“Making the Grade: Cheryl Lloyd, Risk Manager of the Year Honor Roll Inductee”

“Talking RIMS Canada and Risk Management with Steve Pottle and Jacqueline Toering”

Download any episode of 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 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 — New interview with RIMS 2021 Risk Manager of the Year, Michael Harrington!

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP)

RIMS-CRMP Stories — New interview featuring guests, Charles Vu and Steve Pottle!

Spencer Educational Foundation

RIMS Advocacy


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