RIMS ERM Conference

November 11–12, 2021 | Virtual & New York City

Join us to learn about ERM in an ESG World, November 11–12 at RIMS ERM Conference, the premier enterprise risk management (ERM) event offering valuable interaction with experienced speakers, relevant and practical presentations, and knowledge-sharing opportunities with your peers.

Companies are under increased scrutiny from stakeholders to take positions on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues such as COVID-19, diversity, equality, and climate change. Inaction or ambiguity can lead to dire consequences such as financial or reputational damage. As businesses continue to face ESG challenges it’s imperative that risk professionals begin incorporating an ESG framework into their ERM programs.

Gain new strategies to take your risk management program to the next level. As risk management grows and gains visibility, the connections you make will help you advance your organization and your career.

New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019

In-Person Registration

Virtual Registration

Platinum Sponsors


Registration Rates


Early Registration

September 22 – October 6

US $750US $995

Standard Registration

October 7 – November 9

US $850US $1095

On-site Registration

November 10 – November 12

US $949US $1,195
Virtual RegistrationUS $499US $599
CPE and CLE CreditsUS $49US $99


All times are in Eastern Daylight Time.

Thursday, November 11

7:30 am – 6:30 pm

Registration Hours

8:00 am – 9:00 amWelcome Breakfast
9:00 am – 9:15 amOpening Remarks
9:15 am – 10:15 amOpening Keynote
10:15 am – 10:45 amNetworking
10:45 am – 11:30 am

Concurrent Sessions:

  • The Board's GPS
    A panel of award winning ERM experts will present real-life examples of the merits of leveraging the power of ERM initiatives to help guide boards on their journey to meet growing accountabilities for better corporate governance.
  • Ransomware, Phishing, and Data Leakage: Best Practices for Managing Top-of-Mind Security Risks
    Learn best practices to reduce the risk of potential future compromises from top cyber risks as well as avenues of risk transference including things to consider when looking at cyber insurance.
11:30 am – 12:00 pmGeneral Session:
ERM and ESG Risk Assessments
The mechanics of performing an ESG materiality assessment are very similar to the risk assessment process—identify, assess, prioritize, leverage metrics, set targets, close gaps, monitor, and report. In 2021 investors have made progress in pushing companies to assess climate-related risks to their business and long-term value creation by expecting the companies they invest in to voluntarily report in accordance with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Current efforts are underway to develop a similar framework for assessing and reporting biodiversity risks—Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosures. In the myriad of ESG topics and frameworks, hear how the Value Reporting Foundation and SASB are providing guidance, and learn how ERM can add value in the ESG world of assessing risks.
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch & Networking 
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions:

  • ESG, ERM, and the Reputation Premium
    Markets are rewarding companies whose reputations appear resilient—their reputation premium. Speakers will break down successful companies' ERM strategies and explain the behavioral economics behind why reputation resilience is a value enhancer.
  • Integrating Net Zero Commitments into ERM Plans
    Companies are setting ambitious targets in their Net Zero plans to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from their value chain to help slow global warming. The targets and time horizons vary widely across sectors and companies. While ownership of sustainability plans may reside outside of ERM departments, they are proving to be integral to the overall risk profile for companies. This session provides both an overview of the state of Net Zero plans across sectors and practitioner discussions around their impacts to ERM plans.
2:30 pm – 3:00 pmNetworking
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions:

  • The Path to Gains from Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the ERM Program
    Diverse firms are reported to be more profitable than non-diverse firms, by capitalizing on varied backgrounds, experiences, and thought patterns. While Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) has long been an objective of many firms, the increased global attention demands greater action in this space from employees, clients, and other stakeholders. Paychex ERM Managers Lori Flaherty and Bill Coller will discuss how to define a DEI initiative, drawing from their own recent experiences. They will also discuss the tactics that are employed to create and promote the DEI environment.
  • RIMS Maturity Model
    Get a first look at the new RIMS Risk Maturity Model.
  • Economic Scenarios for Climate Risk Analysis
    Learn about current processes for translating the physical and transition risks associated with climate change into the economic and financial variables needed for credit risk modeling.
4:00 pm – 5:00 pmNetworking Reception


Friday, November 12

8:00 am – 3:00 pm Registration Hours
8:00 am – 9:00 amWelcome Breakfast
9:00 am – 10:00 amGeneral Session
10:00 am – 10:30 amNetworking
10:30 am – 11:15 am

Concurrent Sessions:

  • Hijacking ESG
    When conversations about social issues go unaddressed, there are consequences. During the session, risk professionals will learn how to uncover risks emerging on the surface, deep and dark web; position this risk intelligence to their boards and leadership teams; and apply these insights to build a new organizational resilience model.
  • Integrated ERM Insights into Strategic Planning and Performance Discussions
    ERM leaders at the Treasury Office of Risk Management (ORM) will explain how they use an agency-wide approach to address Treasury risks holistically, instead of within silos. Annual review of the agency’s risk profile helps address climate and DEI, and positions the OMB to lead the ERM Community of Practice of more than 50 government agencies and also facilitate collaboration and dialogue among them.
11:15 am – 11:45 amNetworking
11:30 am – 11:50 amGeneral Session
Emerging Risks Insights: A RIMS Member Perspective
The RIMS Emerging Risk Survey was distributed in 2021 to learn what risks members experienced and what they believe is also on the horizon. SERMC Chair Lorie Graham will deliver the results of the survey and offer a forward-looking perspective.
12:00 pm – 1:30 pmERM Awards Luncheon 
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions:

  • Rethinking the Impact of Disruption on ERM Tools and Processes: Reviewing the RIMS Executive Report
    This panel discusses the findings of work done by Professor Paul Walker and Ward Ching in the 2021 RIMS Professional Report, “Rethinking the Impact of Disruption on Enterprise Risk Management Tools and Processes,” and its impact on contemporary ERM philosophy.
  • The Evolution of ERM: Balancing Context, Strategy, and Reality
    In this session, we will discuss how Raleigh Durham Airport Authority leveraged a methodical ERM approach to weigh consequences and opportunities as a prioritization tool.
2:30 pm – 3:00 pmNetworking
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions:

  • Digital Innovation in the World of ERM and ESG
    Chris Geiger oversees the ERM and ESG programs at Lockheed Martin and will share how his team’s use of digital tools, such as Datamaran and Brainspace, as well as internally developed tools leveraging artificial intelligence, can be used successfully.
  • Buyer Beware and a Call to Action: The Critical Relationship Between ERM Maturity and Value Creation
    Organizations receive a word of warning: embrace the transformational capabilities necessary to achieve at least a full Level 3 maturity in their ERM journey or they may want to revisit starting their program in the first place. Leading up to this warning, and with the new RIMS Risk Maturity Model in mind, this session will explore the foundational benefits maturity models can provide in assessing and benchmarking an organization’s current ERM capabilities. We will link these models to an exploration of value generated at each stage of progression through the capability development depicted in the model.
  • Prioritizing ESG to Attract Future Talent
    According to a poll from Marsh & McLennan Agencies, Millenials and GenZers will collectively make up 72% of the world’s workforce in 2029. Environmental, Social and Governance policies are of heightened importance to these future employees—meaning that attracting future talent to the risk and insurance industry requires substantive action that mirrors employees’ moral and ethical ideals. Hear from a panel of three current Risk Management and Insurance students as they explain how corporate ESG policies and efforts will impact their career decisions, and how in turn, the industry can make strides towards fostering the next generation of risk professionals.
4:00 pm – 4:15 pmClosing Remarks 



RIMS has negotiated a special discounted hotel rate of US $299 per night for ERM Conference attendees at our conference hotel, the New York Hilton Midtown hotel.

A limited number of guest rooms are available at the reduced rate on a first-come, first-serve basis until the block sells out, or until October 31, 2021.

You may also make your hotel reservation by calling the hotel directly, at 1-800-774-1500 within North America or + 800-4445-8667 internationally. If you make your reservation via phone, please indicate that you are part of the RIMS ERM Conference block to secure the discounted rate.

Through this website you can book, modify or cancel your hotel reservations at any time and receive updated information about this event. To take advantage of the special RIMS Group rate, please book your reservation by Sunday, October 31, 2021.

If you cancel or reduce your reservation less than 72 hours prior to arrival, hotel cancellation and early departure fees will apply.


Become a business partner at the RIMS ERM Conference 2021.

Now in its eleventh year, this two-day ERM-focused event attracts over 300 senior-level risk practitioners, and features keynote speakers, interactive discussions and concurrent sessions with leading risk management experts. Attendees have responsibilities in the areas of enterprise and strategic risk management, risk management, internal audit and corporate compliance.

Experienced risk professionals attend this conference to seek solutions to the everyday challenges they face. Through education, resources and networking opportunities, they’ll gain new solutions and techniques to demonstrate enterprise-wide value for their organizations.

There are many sponsorship and promotional opportunities available to heighten your brand exposure and demonstrate your commitment to the risk management community.

Download the 2021 Sponsorship Prospectus

For more details, please contact Matt Whyte, Exhibitions and Sponsorship Manager at 212-655-6052 or mwhyte@RIMS.org.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Anyone who wishes to attend the RIMS ERM Conference—or any other in-person RIMS event—must show proof that they are fully-vaccinated for COVID-19.

RIMS will adhere to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) definition of “fully vaccinated.” According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated:

  • Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
  • If the individual does not meet these requirements, regardless of age, they are NOT fully vaccinated.

The vaccine requirement also applies to RIMS staff, vendors, sponsors, media, and other ancillary partners who plan to attend or provide a service at a RIMS event. RIMS cannot make exceptions due to religious or health exemptions; please register for the virtual event if you are unable to get vaccinated.