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Oct 26, 2021

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


With Native American Heritage Month soon approaching in November (for the U.S.), Justin Smulison is joined by Tara Lessard Webb to discuss the importance of this month as well as DEI initiatives.


Tara Lessard Webb is the Director of Corporate Governance at Intact Insurance and a prominent member of the RIMS DEI Council. You may also remember her from her two fantastic sessions on diversity, equity, and inclusion at the 2021 RIMS Canada Conference!


In this conversation, Tara and Justin discuss Native American Heritage Month, her work with the RIMS DEI Council, what it would take for you to launch a DE&I initiative at your organization, how a more diverse culture leads to a more profitable one, and how you can do your part to support the BIPOC community.


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About RIMS’ Global Membership.

[:26] About today’s episode with Tara Lessard Webb.

[:35] Upcoming RIMS current virtual offerings.

[:58] How to register for the upcoming RIMS ERM Conference.

[1:30] Other upcoming RIMS virtual conferences.

[1:56] More about today’s episode with Tara Lessard Webb!

[3:43] Justin welcomes Tara to the podcast.

[3:55] Tara’s 2021 RIMS Canada Conference experience.

[4:27] How we can better support our Indigenous communities.

[6:40] How and why Tara became involved with the RIMS DEI Council to better support Indigenous communities.

[8:16] What the RIMS DEI Council has coming up in November.

[8:55] Awareness is the starting point for any campaign. How does Tara craft a successful DEI campaign? What are her recommendations for those looking to launch one within their organization?

[10:48] Upcoming RIMS webinars!

[11:41] Justin is joined by Morgan O’Rourke for a quick discussion about the new RIMS app!

[12:04] Who can download the RIMS app? Where can you download it?

[12:28] What the RIMS app provides.

[13:03] Is the RIMS app constantly evolving? Will there be updates down the line?

[13:23] How to provide feedback on your RIMS app experience.

[13:39] Returning to the interview with Tara Lessard Webb.

[13:47] Tara shares about the DEI campaign she launched at a previous employer.

[15:55] Tara’s insights on how to turn a more diverse culture into a profitable one.

[20:11] Tara’s parting words of wisdom for those looking to start a DEI initiative at their organizations.

[25:15] Justin thanks Tara for joining RIMScast and shares some of the links to look out for in this episode’s show notes!


Mentioned in this Episode:

RIMS DEI Council

Climate Change RIMScast Video

RIMS Events, Education, and Services:

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

RIMS India 2021 — Virtual Two-Day Event! December 3rd & 4th — Register Today!

RIMS Risktech Forum 2021 — Virtual Two-Day Event! December 7th & 8th — Register Today!


RIMS Buyers Guide

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples — Available in French, English & Spanish

Upcoming Webinars:

October 26, 2021 | “Cyberrisk and the C-Suite” |  Presented by RIMS Path To The Boardroom

October 28, 2021 | “Risking it All? Taking the Leap into Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) from RMIS” | Sponsored by Origami Risk

November 1, 2021 | “Recertification: Keep Your RIMS-CRMP Active” | Presented by RIMS

November 4, 2021 | “Using IoT Technology to Lower the Cost of Commercial Insurance Risk” | Sponsored by The Hartford

November 18, 2021 | “Bermuda Captives — Turning Ideas into Reality” | Presented by the Bermuda Business Development Agency

Sponsored RIMScast Episodes:

“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

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:

“Pride Month 2021: How Risk Pros Can Protect and Uplift LGBTQ+ Employees”

“Diversity as a Successful Business Division with Rodney Johnson”

“Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2021”

“Discussing Black History Month and the Risk Profession with Tammy Franklin of Marsh”

“Pride Month with RIMS D&I Council Members, Kevin Thomas, and Victoria Nolan”

“Talking Diversity and ERM at the RIMS ERM Conference 2019”

“The Current State of the Risk Management Profession’s Talent Supply, Future Outlooks, and the Influence of Diversity and Inclusion Programs”

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 Path To The Boardroom — Visit for past webinar presentations and interviews!

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 Kirk Andersen!

Spencer Educational Foundation

RIMS Advocacy


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Follow up with Our Guest:

Tara Lessard Webb’s LinkedIn


Tweetables (For Social Media Use):


For the last 18 months, during the pandemic, we’ve had an opportunity to be mindful and to have discussions [about the] social injustices [of] the BIPOC community.” — Tara Lessard Webb


“I think that’s where [we] need to start — [creating] awareness. … Get people more engaged and understand how we need to better support each other.” — Tara Lessard Webb


“I truly believe [that] if you focus on how to be more inclusive then diversity will eventually follow.” — Tara Lessard Webb


“How do you make sure that everyone feels like they have a voice and that they’re being included; that they’re being considered? Well, it’s [in] getting that feedback.” Tara Lessard Webb


“Getting that valuable feedback from members of the organization is the starting point [to better DEI].” — Tara Lessard Webb


“The more diversity you have, the more successful [your organization will be].” — Tara Lessard Webb