Shaping the Future of Risk

Hello RIMS Washington Chapter Members and Supporters!

It was wonderful to see so many familiar and new faces at our March 14th Education Forum! Another successful conference under our belt. A big thank you to our speakers, sponsors, and the Chapter planning committee. Make sure you check out the Education Forum section of our newsletter for additional details and pictures.

We have two events remaining before our summer break, including our annual Risk Manager Roundtable on May 20th. To learn more about this event, please visit our website or check-out the Programs section of the newsletter.

Board nominations are quickly approaching. If you are interested in contributing to the success of our Chapter or are interested in learning about the various Board positions, please contact me here.

If you are not on our mailing list, you can sign-up on our Chapter Website or connect with us on LinkedIn. We appreciate any questions, feedback, or suggestions you may have.

I want to send a special thank you to our members, supporters, and our 2024 Chapter sponsors: AIG, Aon, Chubb, FM Global, Liberty Mutual, Lockton, McLarens, Miller Nash, QBE, Sedgwick, USI, and Zurich.

Allison Frey

RIMS WA Chapter President

Membership Spotlight

Sabeen Shamsi - Blue Origin

Why did you join RIMS Washington and what are you hoping to get out of your membership?

I just started as the Senior Risk Manager for Business Continuity at Blue Origin, in Kent, Washington. I have spent most of my professional career networking in the Midwest and East Coast, and my supervisor recommended (and signed me up for) RIMS as a first step of establishing a network in Washington. I am hoping to develop similar relationships with public and private sector stakeholders to those I have in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Risk managers should never be exchanging business cards after an incident, so I want to make sure that I have an established network should I need to reach out to it!

Describe your career path and current role. 

My career began in Emergency Management. I did my Master’s in Threat and Response Management at the University of Chicago, and then began my career as Disaster Survivor Assistance Specialist at FEMA as a Reservist. I then transitioned to consulting in Emergency Management and worked for 3 different firms. It was there that I started learning and practicing Business Continuity, Crisis Management, and Resilience in the private sector. My current role uses all those experiences to support Blue Origin’s mission.

What is your favorite small/local business?

I am very new to the area and have yet to have the chance to shop or visit local businesses. I would love recommendations on where to go for anything and everything, as I am starting from square one!

Jacob Since - Lockton Companies

Why did you join RIMS Washington and what are you hoping to get out of your membership?

I joined RIMS Washington to network with peers and develop a sense of community within the region I live and work. I enjoy learning new things; I hope to engage with this group to help colleagues, clients, and the industry at large address emerging risks and develop long-term, viable strategies.

Describe your career path and current role. 

I joined the insurance industry while studying at the University of Washington, at a regional wholesale brokerage. After graduation, I joined a national broker for 4 years, and then joined Lockton’s newly formed Seattle office in January 2021. My current role affords me the opportunity to be a consultative partner for my clients’ risk managers, CFOs, and CEOs on their property and casualty insurance programs – through development of industry relationships and client-centric storytelling. I Co-Chair our Seattle Lockton Cares committee, which provides monetary funding and volunteer support to Western Washington 501(c)(3) organizations focused on homelessness, food insecurity, and childhood education. I am also a member of Lockton’s US Excess Casualty Practice, which is a resource for colleagues to obtain insurance market intelligence, support with program design, and advocacy of industry-specific emerging risks and trends.

What is your favorite small/local business?

My favorite local business is L'Experience Paris. Their Downtown Bellevue boutique is one of my go-to spots for direct-import French wines and gifts. I also enjoy their fresh baked goods and dinner service.

Jennifer Truong - Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC

Why did you join RIMS Washington and what are you hoping to get out of your membership?

RIMS Washington provides a valuable platform for connecting with fellow risk management professionals in our state. I hope to expand my network, gain insights from industry experts and stay updated on the latest trends and best practices in risk management.

Describe your career path and current role. 

Throughout my career, I've provided employment defense services with a focus on workers' compensation and industrial safety. As a Member at Ryan Swanson, I work closely with HR professionals and risk managers to address issues arising from injury claims, WISHA citations, wage disputes and terminations.

What is your favorite small/local business?

Hello Em Viet Coffee & Roastery, located in the International District of Seattle, is my favorite coffee shop. I would highly recommend the pandan condensed milk croissant paired with a caphe sua da.

Associate Chapter Only Membership

In January 2023, we began offering Associates (Vendors, Service Practitioners) a Washington Chapter only membership, which will allow you to join Chapter events at a discount in addition to other local member benefits. This option does not include any of the member benefits associated with global RIMS membership.

RIMS Washington Chapter Member Benefits include:

  • Member only discounts to educational and networking events
  • Invitation to monthly educational events and annual Education Forum conference
  • Networking opportunities with local industry peers
  • Access to Chapter Roundtables and Rising Risk Professionals
  • Eligibility to volunteer for the RIMS Washington Board
  • Free local job postings on RIMS Washington website and LinkedIn group page
  • $125 annual fee

Visit our website to learn more and to submit a request for an Associate Washington Chapter Only Membership!

Get Involved and Volunteer with RIMS!

Volunteering is essential to service the goals of our chapter and support our members. Best of all, our volunteers do it because they believe in the cause and want to help. Whether you are looking for something short-term, or a longer-term involvement, we have the right opportunity for you. Your contribution will support fellowship, education, and community service by:

  • Sharing your knowledge and expertise
  • Utilizing your connections to promote RIMS
  • Engaging with other members to create a stronger risk management community
  • Supporting the next generation of risk managers
  • Expanding the profile and reach of RIMS to include all members of our community

If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities and the various positions or committees, please contact us!

2024 RIMS Washington Education Forum

It was amazing to connect with many of you at the Education Forum on March 14, 2024. We had record attendance for our full day of education and networking.

We kicked off the conference with an engaging discussion aimed at strategies for managing risk during turbulent times that led into eight different breakout sessions throughout the day and ended with a presentation about our resilient region and blue skies ahead. 

Thank you to our conference committee, speakers, sponsors, and attendees for making the 2024 Education Forum an enormous success!

Save the Date - Upcoming Programs

Risk Manager Roundtable

May 20, 2024

Please join us for a morning Risk Manager Roundtable. This forum is your opportunity to discuss the topics that matter most to you with your peers in a closed session.

Event attendance is restricted to current risk managers or those with similar job descriptions, the RIMS WA Board reserves the right to review attendees.

Register Here

June 2024

Summer social and member appreciation event with a facilities behind the scenes tour and risk discussion followed by social activity. Date and venue to be released soon.

Have a great idea for a future RIMS Washington session?

We are working on programming through 2024 and beyond. Do you have a great idea for a future RIMS Washington session? Reach out to us here or complete a Session Submission Form.

Rising Risk Professionals

For members age 35 or younger and/or with 7 years or less experience in Insurance & Risk Management

If you are age 35 or younger and/or with 7 years or less experience in insurance & risk management, we want to hear from you! Please contact us!

The Chapter is looking to build its Rising Risk Professionals (RRP) group in addition to finding volunteers to help plan some exciting RRP events. Sign-up to join our RRP Member list

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

RIMS Washington Chapter Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategy

Our Chapter’s mission to Advance the Risk Management profession and member participation through fellowship, education, and community service supports RIMS’ Diversity & Inclusion Strategy by:

The RIMS WA Board invites members on this journey to help create a more inclusive environment for all. If you have ideas or would like to join our Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion committee, please contact us.

Local Job Postings

Did you know, your organization can post your insurance and risk management job opportunities on our Chapter website at no cost? If you are interested in sharing a job opportunity, please email our Communications Director.

Visit our website to learn about new local job opportunities!

Thank You to our 2024 Chapter Sponsors!

A special thank you to our 2024 Chapter Sponsors.

Without your support, our educational and networking events would not be possible.