President's Message
Greetings RIMS Washington Chapter Members! I hope you are well and hanging in there.  With the summer around the corner, vaccine rollouts and my personal favorite, return to in-person school, everything feels more optimistic.

Enhancing our educational and networking engagements with our members was a priority for our 2020-2021 fiscal year. We shifted our monthly programming to a virtual format in April 2020 due to COVID and have continued to offer free monthly educational and networking opportunities.

Supporting our community and students is also important to our Chapter.  During the fiscal year we continued to provide local universities (WSU and CWU) risk management programs with donations to support student scholarships and cover expenses related to risk management organizational dues, webinars, and educational/networking opportunities. We also donated to the Spencer Educational Fund and have supported the YWCA through registration donations from our December and June events.

We will be announcing the 2021-2022 WA RIMS Board for our next fiscal year, which begins on July 1st, after our June 8th virtual Lloyd’s of London tour event.  We plan on taking a summer programming break, however, will be hard at work discussing the 2021-2022 fiscal year at our Annual Planning Meeting in July.

We recently sent out a Survey to gain information to use for our planning for the next programming year.  We would love your feedback to ensure we are incorporating events and opportunities that are valuable to you.  Please take the survey here.

We are hopeful to meet and connect with you in person when fall programming kicks off in September. The Board will be discussing ways to offer hybrid meeting options to include our members and supporters that cannot attend in person or who are outside of the Seattle area. We paused the Education Forum during 2021 and are full steam ahead planning for Education Forum 2022.  Stay tuned for more details!

We want to thank you for your support and commitment to the RIMS Washington Chapter.  Have a wonderful summer!

Tracy Elliott
RIMS Washington Chapter President
Upcoming Programs

Speaker: Peter Fletcher – Lloyd’s of London
Limited spaces available! Reserve your spot now! From those early beginnings in a coffee shop in 1688 to becoming the world's leading market for specialty insurance, see how it all began and join us for a virtual tour of Lloyd’s of London. Typically reserved for universities and insurance business related groups, Lloyd’s is offering a virtual tour by one of its guides which will include a presentation explaining the structure of the Market and its operations, the history of Lloyd’s, and the roles of underwriters and brokers. The tour will also highlight items of historical interest including the Loss Book, Lutine Bell and Adam Room. We invite you to stay after the tour to virtually meet your 2021-2022 RIMS Washington Chapter Board.

Confirmation of attendance will be sent four days prior to event. If spots become available, we will open them to those on a waiting list. If the waitlist fills-up, the Chapter may work on scheduling a second tour.

This course is approved by the Washington Office of Insurance Commissioner for 1 hour of CE credit. (CE Course Number: 626660)
Risk Manager Roundtable
Stay tuned for a Risk Manager roundtable this summer!
Have a great idea for a future RIMS Washington session?
Reach out to us or complete a Session Submission Form. Can we add a picture here too?
Rising Risk Professionals
For members age 35 or younger and/or with 7 years or less experience in Insurance & Risk Management
Between 12-1pm on June 15th, we will be hosting a Rising Risk Professionals virtual event featuring special guest Kristie Hackett, Marsh Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant. Bring your lunch and join the discussion where Kristie will share best practices and helpful tips as you polish your resume and prepare for interviewing. This will be an interactive session with an opportunity to network with peers.

In April, RIMS Washington Rising Risk Professionals held a virtual lunch focusing on mentorship. Kristen Peed, Director of Corporate Risk Management for CBIZ, shared her personal experiences and advice on creating and maintaining a strong connection between a mentee and mentor. We hope attendees found this session useful and informative. Click here to register.

We are seeking a Rising Risk Professional to join the RIMS Washington Board and fill the Co-Director role for the 2021-2022 program year. This is a great opportunity to partner in leadership and gain professional growth and exposure. Please contact Amber Udelhoven to learn more.

Laricel Cambronero and Amber Udelhoven
RIMS Washington RRP Co-Directors

Member Spotlight
Martin Jung
VP – Internal Audit @ Premera

Why did you join RIMS Washington?
I had been a member of RIMS in the past and recently rejoined as I am now responsible for overseeing the insurance program for my organization. I want to be able to support my team with educational resources in the insurance sector, while still having exposures to Risk Management and other topics.

What is your career path and how did you get to where you’re at?
Early in my career I was an Advisory Consultant at KPMG and from there through a mutual contact moved on to work at Univar, later becoming their Chief Risk Officer. Again, through another mutual contact I found my most recent position with Premera as VP- Internal Audit.

Where was your last vacation or one you’re looking forward to after COVID-19 (aka Vaccication)?
My spouse and I were excited to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary last year, then COVID-19 hit and postponed our plans. We are now excited to reschedule hopefully next year to celebrate somewhere in Europe-perhaps Portugal & Spain. 
Craig Hall
Risk Management Consultant @ BBSI

Why did you join RIMS Washington?
I joined RIMS Washington for all the reasons listed honestly. Being a safety professional and managing risk is a full-time job, that being said, it is a profession where you are truly not alone! The community and networking opportunities help me increase my safety and risk knowledge and in turn I am able to share my own expertise.

What is your career path and how did you get to where you’re at?
After 20 years, I can finally say I love my job again! My job as a Risk Management Consultant has given me the opportunity to work with a diversified workforce and to coach both employers and employees on how to be safer! My journey into the safety path started in the United States Navy. Not only did I perform my regular duties, but I was on an advanced firefighting team and responded to emergencies as they arose on the aircraft carrier. I graduated from CWU with a Bachelors in Occupational Safety and Health Management, with a double minor in IT and Cyber Security.

Where was your last vacation or one you’re looking forward to after COVID-19 (aka Vaccication)?
In February, my wife surprised me with a trip to Maui for my 50th birthday! It was my first time there, and I am looking forward to going again!
Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Vision Statement

RIMS strives to provide a highly inclusive environment for all identity groups to thrive in the global risk community, and to facilitate and encourage open dialogue for a more inclusive and resilient future.

We Stand in Solidarity with our AAPI Community

Your RIMS Washington Chapter Board is saddened by the recent events against our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. The Board stands in solidarity with the communities under attack. We encourage allies to take action and check-in with your family, friends, and colleagues in the AAPI community.  

If you witness racism, say something.

Noteworthy Resources:

Books: How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi; White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo; So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Videos: PBS is committed to telling stories that illuminate and celebrate the diversity of our country. PBS offers a five-part documentary series where Asian Americans explore the impact on the country’s past, present, and future. PBS also offers a series called What I Hear When You Say which explores how words can unite and divide based on our own perspectives and experiences.
RIMS Diversity & Inclusion Discussions

Mission Critical – Actionable Insights to Strengthen DEI Strategies for the Insurance Industry

Given the current social climate, employee wellbeing has become a major focus in our workplaces. Business leaders are aggressively reviewing their diversity and inclusion strategies, and reaffirming their commitment to equity and justice.

The insurance industry will play a major role in helping corporations evolve into organizations that are more reflective of the diverse demographics around the globe. In order to best support our clients, our industry also has an enormous responsibility to make sure we’re living by example when it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

Join our panel discussion as we unwrap the complexities of DEI, how we can better support our organizations and clients and take bigger strides as an overall industry.

June is Pride Month
Your Washington Board observes Pride Month and honors our LGTBQ+ community.

Seattle PRIDE is hosting virtual PRIDE 2021 this year on June 26-27, 2021. To learn more, visit Seattle PRIDE’s website. Listen to this RIMScast episode as two members of RIMS Diversity & Inclusion Council discuss the state of the LGTBQ+ community in the risk profession and challenges they are facing.

The RIMS Washington Chapter observes and honors Juneteenth, the day when Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to free all slaves. This took place two and half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863. Juneteenth represents Black liberation, resilience, and excellence, while promoting awareness
How can you honor Juneteenth? Volunteer at local Juneteenth events or rallies, sign-up for a diversity & inclusion workshop, and ensure diversity & inclusion is a year-round effort in your workplace.
Noteworthy Resources:

Books: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander; White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo; Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates; So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo 
Movies/Documentaries: 13th; The House I Live In; Just Mercy; Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap
Educational Podcasts: Code Switch on NPR; 1619 from The New York Times
Provide your Feedback to the RIMS Washington Board!
We would love your feedback to ensure we are incorporating events and opportunities that are valuable to you. Please take the survey here.

Please complete the survey today! You will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 REI or a $100 Nordstrom gift card for providing your valuable feedback.