RIMS Kicks Off RISKWORLD 2022 Honoring Top Risk Professionals

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SAN FRANCISCO—At today’s RISKWORLD 2022 opening ceremony and awards luncheon, RIMS recognized top risk management and insurance professionals with the society’s annual awards.

This year’s Risk Manager of the Year is Courtney Davis Curtis, assistant vice president of risk management and resilience planning for the University of Chicago. As reported in the cover story of the 2022 RIMS Awards Edition of Risk Management, Curtis oversees a small risk management team at UChicago that is responsible for insurance programs covering a wide array of risks, claims management and alternative risk financing and captive operations. In addition to weathering the pandemic and a couple of significant property losses in 2021, Curtis also co-led the sourcing and adoption of a new enterprise risk management framework. Additionally, she has made significant contributions to the broader risk community, serving as this year’s president of the University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA), where she has instituted a new diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiative for risk professionals in the education sector.

“Courtney Davis Curtis’ risk management philosophy is spot on,” said RIMS President Patrick Sterling. “Risk professionals must make it their priority to deliver solutions and create pathways for strategic initiatives to move forward. Not only is Courtney’s tremendous success at the University of Chicago inspiring but her commitment to giving back to the global risk management community and sharing her experiences to advance this profession is beyond admirable. It is RIMS honor to present Courtney with the 2022 Risk Manager of the Year Award.”

Risk management legend and former RIMS President Lance Ewing earned the society’s most prestigious award, the Harry and Dorothy Goodell Award. Ewing, vice president of enterprise risk management and operations for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, was honored for furthering the risk management discipline through outstanding service and achievement.

In recognition of outstanding programs implemented within her organization, the newest inductee into the Risk Management Honor Roll is Jana Utter, vice president of enterprise risk management for Centene Corporation.

“Collaboration is critical to risk management success and it is apparent that Jana Utter’s ability to bridge gaps across her company has created opportunities to build a strong, cross-functional program that accentuates risk management’s value at Centene,” Sterling said. “Through her volunteer work serving on RIMS committees, this society has benefited directly from her expertise and we could not be more proud than to induct Janna into RIMS Risk Management Honor Roll.”

The society also honored excellence among its chapters, which have been particularly pivotal for engaging the risk community with professional development and networking opportunities amid the pandemic. Lori Seidenberg, director and global head of real assets insurance risk management for BlackRock, Inc., and the current president of RIMS New York Chapter, received the Ron Judd “Heart of RIMS” Award for outstanding performance in furthering the risk profession through the society’s chapters. Several chapters were also recognized for offering exceptional resources, programming and professional opportunities for local members, including RIMS Chicago, RIMS Nevada, RIMS Upstate New York and RIMS Washington. The Atlanta chapter was named RIMS Chapter of the Year, an honor accepted by Tamieka Weeks, Atlanta chapter president and manager of insurance risk for Southwire Company.

Among rising risk professionals, the RIMS Rising Star Award went to Charles Vu, enterprise risk supervisor for California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund, who was honored as an up-and-coming leader in the risk management community for “demonstrating exceptional initiative, volunteerism, professional development, achievement and leadership potential.”

For more information on this year’s award winners and their experiences in risk management, RIMS members can also check out the April 2022 RIMS Awards Edition of Risk Management, available as a digital issue here and a special print issue for those attending RISKWORLD.

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