Jennifer Santiago
26 January 2023Analysis

RIMS President gets READY

Education, advocacy and diversity, equity and inclusion will be central to RIMS goals and vision in 2023, according to its new president Jennifer Santiago. In a statement on the risk management society’s website, Santiago reflects on the “volatility and uncertainty” of recent years and the response of RIMS leaders and the wider industry.

“The global risk community stood tall, not only identifying risk exposures and the solutions to manage them but also leading strategies that improved decision-making and strengthened resiliency,” she writes. Santiago commits to ensuring that risk professionals have experiential learning, resources, support and opportunities to drive organizational resilience.

According to Santiago, the organisation’s priorities will focus on being “READY”: reconnecting, with events such as RIMS’ Riskworld event at the end of April; education, through courses, certification and sharing best practice; advocacy, with continued lobbying at federal, state and international levels; diversity, equity and inclusion with a promise RIMS will embrace opportunities “for all risk professionals”; and “you” – with a call on RIMS members to volunteer and contribute to the network of local chapters.

“Since its formation over 70 years ago, RIMS has become the go-to community for risk management collaboration,” she concludes. “I am beyond confident that, together, we will continue to innovate and deliver new opportunities to help risk professionals advance in their careers, expand their impact and lead organizations down the Road to Resilience.”

Santiago was appointed as RIMS president at the start of the year. She was previously the assistant vice president & chief risk officer at The Pennsylvania State University. Her experience includes leading enterprise risk management, operational risk, ethics and compliance risk and insurance initiatives at Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation, Ingersoll Rand, Arthur J Gallagher Risk Management Services and NYU Medical Center.