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Jun 16, 2020

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


This month, RIMS is celebrating Pride Month! Justin is joined by his guests, Kevin Thomas and Victoria Nolan who are both prominent members of the RIMS Diversity & Inclusion Council. Kevin is the Principal Risk Manager at Oracle and Victoria Nolan is the Strategic Business Associate at Clean Water Services.


In this episode together, they discuss the state of the LGBTQ+ community in the risk profession, some of the current issues and challenges they are facing, and some of the RIMS Diversity & Inclusion Council’s initiatives during Pride Month. Kevin and Victoria also highlight some of the micro-trends they are seeing in today’s landscape, some of the approaches organizations should consider with developing a more diverse talent pipeline, and how the pandemic is impacting business leaders and risk managers in reassessing their business operations.


Key Takeaways:

[:00] About the RIMS Membership.

[:51] About today’s episode and guests, Kevin Thomas and Victoria Nolan.

[1:07] About upcoming RIMS webinars!

[1:37] About the RIMS Coronavirus Information Center.

[1:49] More about today’s episode and guests.

[2:10] Justin welcomes Kevin and Victoria to RIMScast!

[2:26] What are some things to think about in regards to D&I and risk management in the current landscape?

[5:24] Kevin and Victoria highlight some of the key initiatives for Pride Month for the RIMS D&I Council as well as some of the current challenges they are facing due to the quarantine.

[8:31] How critical is talent retention at a time like this? And how does it connect to the RIMS D&I Council’s efforts?

[11:33] Is there a certain approach that organizations should take to develop a diverse talent pipeline?

[13:45] Are people retiring earlier in the risk management field due to the novel coronavirus?

[14:50] Has Kevin seen the same micro-trends that Victoria has in risk management? What other trends or challenges is he seeing?

[17:40] Since there will be many more virtual job interviews in the long-term, do Victoria and Kevin feel that they will provide opportunities for rising risk professionals that are LGBTQ+?

[22:32] When it comes to business strategy, does something like a pandemic provide an opportunity for business leaders and risk managers to reassess their operations and possibly purge some of their bad habits?

[23:52] Kevin elaborates on an initiative they’re doing at Oracle to improve diversity and inclusion at Oracle.

[25:18] Kevin and Victoria share what diversity of thought means to them.

[32:10] Justin thanks Kevin and Victoria for joining RIMScast and highlights some of the important links to check out in today’s show notes.


Mentioned in this Episode:

RIMS-Bermuda 2020 Webinar Series (June 3rd–July 1st) Register Today

RIMS Advocacy Webinar Series (June 11th–July 2nd) Register Today

RIMS Diversity & Inclusion Council

RIMS Statement — June 5th, 2020

RIMS Risk Management Talent 2025 Report

Upcoming RIMS Webinars

RIMS Advisory Services — Ask a Peer

RIMS Coronavirus Information Center

RIMS Advocacy: Coronavirus Advocacy Information

RM Magazine

Risk Management Monitor

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP)


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RIMScast Episode: “Talking Diversity and ERM at the RIMS ERM Conference 2019”

RIMScast Episode: “Women’s Advancement in the Risk Profession”


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