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Aug 25, 2020

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


This week on the podcast, Justin is joined by several guests to discuss the upcoming RIMS Virtual Advocacy Week & Legislative Summit which will be held September 14th-17th, 2020.


Joining Justin first to discuss the summit is Whitney Craig, RIMS Director of Government Affairs. She joins Justin briefly to tell listeners all about the upcoming virtual events, programs, and networking opportunities.


After their discussion, Justin is joined by two prominent Legislative Summit alumni. They are both fantastic members of RIMS Advocacy and do a great job advocating for RIMS as well as their organizations.


Manny Padilla is the Vice President of Risk Management & Insurance at MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated. He’s also a RISKPAC trustee and has attended several RIMS Legislative Summits. With Justin, he discusses the work that he does in risk management, what he’s looking forward to at this year’s summit, his experiences as a RISKPAC trustee, and what is currently on top of mind for him and his company when it comes to legislative issues and advocacy.


Penni Nelson is the Assistant Vice President of Risk Management at Hillwood Development Group in Texas. She is a very active member of RIMS and is currently the secretary (and past president) of the RIMS Dallas Fort Worth Chapter. In their conversation, Penni shares some of her favorite highlights from past RIMS Legislative Summits, what she is looking forward to at this year’s, what her RIMS membership and participation has been like thus far, and why she feels that participating in advocacy is important.


You’re going to get a lot of great insight and motivation from both of these guests so be sure to tune in!


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About RIMS’ Transitional Membership.

[:25] About today’s episode.

[:34] Current RIMS features and events.

[1:20] More about today’s episode.

[1:56] Justin welcomes on his first guest, Whitney Craig.

[2:00] What can attendees expect from RIMS Virtual Advocacy Week & Legislative Summit 2020?

[3:17] Whitney shares about the exciting news that Florida Insurance Commissioner and the President-Elect of the NAIC, David Altmaier, will be a featured speaker at RIMS Virtual Advocacy Week & Legislative Summit 2020.

[3:57] Will David Altmaier be taking questions from the audience?

[4:09] An important note: if you want to participate in Advocacy Week you need to be a RIMS member.

[4:36] Whitney shares some parting thoughts about RIMS Virtual Advocacy Week & Legislative Summit 2020.

[5:10] How to get in touch with Whitney.

[5:21] Whitney and Justin introduce this episode’s guests, Manny Padilla and Penni Nelson.

[5:50] Justin thanks Whitney for joining RIMScast.

[6:00] Justin introduces Manny Padilla and welcomes him to RIMScast!

[6:36] Manny speaks about the work that he does in risk management.

[7:13] About Manny’s experience as a RISKPAC trustee and why it is important to him both personally and professionally.

[8:08] Manny shares some highlights from Capitol Hill as a RISKPAC trustee.

[9:02] Manny shares what is on top of mind for both himself and his company when it comes to legislative issues and advocacy.

[10:00] Manny’s highlights and standouts from past Legislative Summits.

[13:00] Networking is a big factor in the legislative summit (and in general). Manny speaks about some of the opportunities that going virtual offers in the way of networking.

[14:09] Manny speaks directly to those considering attending RIMS Virtual Advocacy Week & Legislative Summit.

[15:18] Justin introduces this episode’s final guest, Penni Nelson, and welcomes her on to RIMScast.

[15:45] Penni speaks about her role at Hillwood Development Company and shares about what they do.

[16:23] Penni discusses the advocacy issues and legislative issues that are particularly critical in her work.

[16:55] How many Legislative Summits has Penni been to?

[17:10] Penni shares about what she’s excited for in this year’s summit.

[18:27] Justin and Penni reflect on past years’ summits.

[19:32] Why does Penni feel that participating in RIMS advocacy is important? And does she participate in advocacy activities for her own company?

[21:06] Has Penni always been interested in the legislative process? Or was it risk management that brought this interest to the forefront?

[21:36] Penni speaks about what she is excited about with regard to David Altmaier’s session at the Legislative Summit.

[22:22] Penni shares about what her RIMS membership and participation has been like thus far.

[23:41] Justin thanks Whitney, Manny,  and Penni for joining RIMScast and shares some of the links to check out in this episode’s show notes!


Mentioned in this Episode:

RIMS Virtual Advocacy Week & Legislative Summit 2020, Sept. 14th–17th: Register

RIMS Advocacy

RIMS Advisory Services — Ask a Peer

RIMS ERM Conference 2020

Upcoming RIMS Webinars

On-Demand Webinars

RIMS Coronavirus Information Center

RIMS Advocacy: Coronavirus Advocacy Information

RM Magazine

Risk Management Monitor

New Audio Series: RIMS Risk Leaders

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP)


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