Students Cody Simons, James Freid, Melissa Klinger, and Morgan Wiard at RMIS 2017.

Risk Management and Insurance Students Learn About “Cornucopia of Career Opportunities” at RIMS Annual Conference

The educational sessions show the students that there is much more for them to learn and a cornucopia of career opportunities awaiting them.

In early May, College of Business professor David Brown and four Risk and Insurance Management students attended the RIMS, the risk management society, Annual Conference & Exhibition in Philadelphia.  

This three-day event consisted of different workshops, visiting exhibits, and keynote speakers discussing a variety of industry-related topics.

“The immensity of the RIMS conference, with its thousands of attendees and vast array of exhibitors that include many household names of the insurance industry, certainly drives home the point with students,” said Professor Brown. “The educational sessions show the students that there is much more for them to learn and a cornucopia of career opportunities awaiting them.”

This annual conference provided both business professionals and students the opportunity to network and learn from over 400 exhibitors with booths at the conference. Students from Ferris State were able to approach working professionals in the Risk and Insurance Management industry and gain some “real-life” experience and knowledge.

Every day brought new sessions that covered a variety of topics students could attend such as; “Intersection of Wearable Devices, Data Collection, and Cyber Policy Risk”, “Are you Managing Your Contract Risks or Are Your Contract Risk Managing You?” and “Fueling the Future: What is the Fuel of Choice?”.

“The most exciting part about the sessions was to see all my studies come together” said Actuarial Science Major and RMIN minor, Morgan Wiard, “[and] seeing how all my actuarial, finance, and insurance classes play their part in the real world.”

One of the key note speakers most enjoyed by the students was award-winning actor and Parkinson’s disease advocate, Michael J. Fox. Fox spoke about his life struggles with Parkinson’s disease through the critical themes of work, politics, faith, and family, and explained to audiences his journey of self-discovery and the lessons he has learned along the way.

“I learned so much from the industry professionals that I would not have learned from just reading journals and magazines,” said senior RMIN student, Cody Simons. “It was a very valuable experience and I would tell anyone in the risk management industry if they have not attended the RIMS Annual Conference before, that they should.”

The RIMS is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 3,500 corporate, industrial, service, nonprofit, charitable and government entities throughout the world. This organization is dedicated to educating, engaging, and advocating for the global risk community.