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Session Title: A Risk Professional’s View: Taking Action with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Join us in an interactive discussion focused on leading and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion within our companies and the risk profession. Our guest speakers Kevin Thomas (Risk Manager at Oracle) and Precious Norman-Walton (Director of Underwriting Harbor.ai) will dive into the evolution of DE&I and what that looks like in the context of COVID-19 and the future of work. In addition, join in unpacking the impact of DEI as a core business risk and how companies that are lacking DEI strategy may have challenges in attracting and retaining key talent, expanding customer pools and struggle with overall growth. Lastly, learn more about the RIMS DEI Council 3-year strategy. We will conclude our time with key take-aways and actions that will help you get started or gain momentum in the area of DEI.

Our Speakers:

  • Kevin Thomas, Principal Product and Risk Manager of Compliance – Oracle
    Kevin Thomas, a Principal Product and Risk Manager for Compliance and Assurance for Oracle is one of the North America Region Co-Leads and is the Relationship Manager to Out and Equal, Inc. He is a founder of the OPEN Pacific Northwest Chapter, a founder of EmRG, an LGBTQ+ Corporate Alliance of LGBTQ+ leaders in the Puget Sound region, and currently serves as the Chair of the Risk Management Society’s (RIMS) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council. For a fun fact, Kevin was an Ambassador to The Lego Group (TLG) for his local Lego User Group and one of the founders of  FabuLUG, An LGBTQ+ group of Adult Fans of Lego (AFOL’s).
  • Precious Norman-Walton, Director of Underwriting – Harbor.ai
    Precious Norman Walton exists at the intersection of where Human Resources meets Commercial Insurance.  She currently serves as the Director of Underwriting for Harbor AI, LLC, a digital MGA based in New York City.  With over 15 years of Insurance Industry experience, she has served in Personal Lines Claims, Commercial Underwriting, and Agency Management.  Prior to her current role, Precious was VP of Account Management for Insureon, VP of Agency Operations of Lucky Truck, and Chief Operating Officer of Diamond National Insurance Advisors.  She served as the 2020 President of the Dallas Chapter CPCU Society and is currently its Director of Programming.  She is also active with Agents & Brokers Interest Group, and co-hosts the CPCU Champion Hour webshow with Matthew Struck and Heather Blevins.
    Precious Norman Walton holds active licenses as a Risk Manager, Property & Casualty Agent, Life & Health Agent, and All Lines Adjuster, as well as six Insurance Designations, and is a SHRM Certified Professional in Human Resources.

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