Shaping Our Future Through Connection

Hello RIMS Washington Chapter Members and Supporters!

It’s been a quick transition to fall weather, but I hope you enjoyed our lovely PNW summer. Thank you for entrusting the Board to support the Chapter’s mission, “To advance the risk management profession and member participation through fellowship, education and community service.”

In mid-July, the Chapter Board met to discuss our goals and plan for the 2023-2024 programming year, which runs September-June. We look forward to connecting with our Chapter community as we plan in-person and virtual monthly educational events, social events, and our 2024 Education Forum. Our theme, “Shaping the Future of Risk” will be incorporated into all we do during this next programming year.

It was wonderful to see so many familiar and new faces during our September and October in-person events! Thank you to all that participated! To learn more about our upcoming programs, please visit the Programs section of our newsletter.

The Board has a special request to organizations that are interested in sponsoring and supporting our 2024 Chapter programming and/or Education Forum. If you are interested in sponsoring our chapter activities, please visit the Sponsorship page of our website, or contact me here!

If you’re not on our mailing list, you can sign-up on our Chapter Website or connect with us on LinkedIn.  

I want to thank our 2023 Chapter Sponsors: AIGAONAXA XL, Chubb, FM Global, Liberty MutualSedgwick, and Zurich. Your support of our Chapter makes everything we do possible.

I hope to see you at our annual Holiday party!

Allison Frey

RIMS WA Chapter President

Membership Spotlight

Cat Wilson, Catherine Wilson Agency – Farmers Insurance

Why did you join RIMS Washington (i.e. community, education, networking, career requirement) and what are you hoping to get out of your membership?

RIMS is a great opportunity to expand my education and network as I transition from owning an insurance agency into risk management. I enjoyed attending the 2023 Education Forum this past Spring. I believe in surrounding myself with successful professionals.

Describe your career path and current role. 

Currently I own and operate the Catherine Wilson Agency – Farmers Insurance since 2018. Previously I was an insurance adjuster for 11 years after obtaining a BS in Management Information Systems from CWU. I will complete the Associates in Risk Management (ARM) this year as I transition to a career in risk management.

What is your favorite small/local business?

My most recent favorite local spot is The Muse at the Everett waterfront. They renovated the historic Weyerhaeuser building and it is beautiful inside! A great place to get a coffee or a cocktail and a bite.

Associate Chapter Only Membership

In January 2023, we began offering Associates (Vendors, Service Practitioners) a Washington Chapter only membership, which will allow you to join Chapter events at a discount in addition to other local member benefits. This option does not include any of the member benefits associated with global RIMS membership.

RIMS Washington Chapter Member Benefits include:

  • Member only discounts to educational and networking events
  • Invitation to monthly educational events and annual Education Forum conference
  • Networking opportunities with local industry peers
  • Access to Chapter Roundtables and Rising Risk Professionals
  • Eligibility to volunteer for the RIMS Washington Board
  • Free local job postings on RIMS Washington website and LinkedIn group page
  • $125 annual fee

Visit our website to learn more and to submit a request for an Associate Washington Chapter Only Membership!

Get Involved and Volunteer with RIMS!

Volunteering is essential to service the goals of our chapter and support our members. Best of all, our volunteers do it because they believe in the cause and want to help. Whether you are looking for something short-term, or a longer-term involvement, we have the right opportunity for you. Your contribution will support fellowship, education, and community service by:

  • Sharing your knowledge and expertise
  • Utilizing your connections to promote RIMS
  • Engaging with other members to create a stronger risk management community
  • Supporting the next generation of risk managers
  • Expanding the profile and reach of RIMS to include all members of our community

If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities and the various positions or committees, please contact us!

Programs In Review


The September program was met with rain, wind and cocktail making. We were the first group to experience OOLA's Distillery’s newest venue in Capitol Hill.  Many attendees had a pleasant surprise and learned how to muddle and shake up a Gimlet, all the while learning about supply chain challenges, building a venue during the panic, inflationary price pressures and how OOLA stays relevant when consumer spending is challenged. Their insurance premiums went up 60%+ and the attendees taught in return what and why OOLA experienced the increases despite no losses.


Thank you to Sean Catanese, Enterprise Risk Management Program Manager at King County Office of Risk Management Services, for speaking at the RIMS WA Chapter speaker series on October 11, 2023. The tools he shared for assessing risk was a tremendous value to our attendees.

A big thank you to FM Global for being our spotlight sponsor.

Save the Date - Upcoming Programs

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Sponsor Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring our Chapter and/or Education Forum Programming?

Visit our website here to check out the 2024 flyer!

Have a great idea for a future RIMS Washington session?

We are working on programming through 2024 and beyond. Do you have a great idea for a future RIMS Washington session? Reach out to us here or complete a Session Submission Form.

Rising Risk Professionals

For members age 35 or younger and/or with 7 years or less experience in Insurance & Risk Management

If you are age 35 or younger and/or with 7 years or less experience in insurance & risk management, we want to hear from you! Please contact us!

The Chapter is looking to build its Rising Risk Professionals (RRP) group in addition to finding volunteers to help plan some exciting RRP events. Sign-up to join our RRP Member list

2024 RIMS WA Education Forum

We’re excited to announce that we’ve booked the 2024 Education Forum at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle WA on March 14, 2024. Look for more information coming shortly on how to register!

Interested in sponsoring? Visit our website here to check out the 2024 flyer! 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

RIMS Washington Chapter Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategy

Our Chapter’s mission to Advance the Risk Management profession and member participation through fellowship, education, and community service supports RIMS’ Diversity & Inclusion Strategy by:

The RIMS WA Board invites members on this journey to help create a more inclusive environment for all. If you have ideas or would like to join our Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion committee, please contact us.

Local Job Postings

Did you know, your organization can post your insurance and risk management job opportunities on our Chapter website at no cost? If you are interested in sharing a job opportunity, please email our Communications Director.

Visit our website to learn about new local job opportunities!

Thank You to our 2023 Chapter Sponsors!

A special thank you to our 2023 Chapter Sponsors.
Without your support, our educational and networking events would not be possible.