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Julie Pemberton is overseeing this week's Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc. annual conference in San Diego as head of the risk management organization, having been elected president in January. Ms. Pemberton, Chicago-based director of enterprise risk and insurance management for Bellevue, Washington-based Outerwall Inc., recently communicated with Business Insurance Senior Editor Gloria Gonzalez about her expectations for the event. Edited excerpts follow.
Q: As a risk manager, what are you most excited about learning or doing at RIMS this year?
A: As is the case every year at the RIMS conference, I'm looking forward to the learning experiences offered in the 180 sessions and events we have planned.
Q: What are your goals for the conference, from your company's perspective and for the RIMS organization?
A: My goal from a RIMS organizational perspective is to experience our membership engaging this vast network, expanding their education and growing in their profession. These are core to RIMS' mission, and experiencing it at the conference is energizing. These are my goals as it relates to my organization as well. Having the opportunity to engage my professional network of risk managers, underwriters, brokers and other vendors is invaluable.
Q: What do you hope that the 200-plus students attending the conference will learn about the risk management discipline?
A: I hope they will experience just how passionate our members are about risk management — and that you can have fun in your career. I also hope they learn the value of networking. I always encourage students to collect as many business cards as possible and engage those they meet on LinkedIn after the conference. Most risk leaders I know are more than willing to mentor and share experiences with students and Rising Risk Professionals.
Q: What advice would you offer first-time attendees of the RIMS conference?
A: Try not to get too overwhelmed. There is so much to see, do, learn and experience. While there's no way you can do it all, try to take advantage of all the conference has to offer. Attending the first-timers' orientation will also help you navigate the conference.
Q: Finish this sentence: I will consider RIMS 2016 to be a success if…
A: I go home tired! It will mean I've experienced much.