Shaping Our Future Through Connection

President's Message

Hello RIMS Washington Chapter Members and Supporters!

After four long years, our in-person Education Forum returned and was a huge success! Attendees were able to find time to connect with one another and learn from our speakers. The morning kicked off with a panel of Women Risk Manager All-Stars and set the tone for the remainder of the day with sessions on ESG, Parametric Products, the Property Insurance Market, Wildfire in the PNW, and Claim Strategies to name a few. A big thank you to our speakers, sponsors, and the Chapter planning committee for a successful Education Forum. Check out some pictures below!

We have some exciting programs including a risk manager roundtable, field trip, and social networking event planned over the next couple of months before heading out on summer break. For more information on our upcoming monthly educational programming, please visit the Programs section of the newsletter.

We are looking for volunteers to participate on the Board and various Committees!  If you have event topic ideas or know of some engaging speakers, our programs and education committees would love to have you contribute to their teams! If you are interested in contributing to the success of our Chapter, please 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.  We appreciate any questions, feedback, or suggestions that you may have. Please contact me here or any of our board members.

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

Allison Frey

RIMS WA Chapter President

NEW! Associate Chapter Only Membership

In January 2023, we began offering Associates (Vendors, Service Practitioners) a Washington Chapter only membership option, 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!


The RIMS WA Education Forum was held on March 16th at the Washington Athletic Club. We thank everyone who attended and made this day a great success. The morning kicked off with a panel of women all-stars in risk management. That session was followed with a lively discussion on how insurers are looking at ESG, an emerging risk and popular topic with underwriters. We had two sets of concurrent sessions with topics to cover everyone’s interest and we wrapped up the day with a very informative session on wildfire risk and climate change. Sponsors, speakers, and attendees mingled during the networking lunch and celebratory happy hour to close out the day. We even had a booming rendition of Happy Birthday for board member, Sean Hisey. It was a wonderful day! We thank our sponsors, speakers, planning committee, board of directors, and everyone who attended. We are already looking forward to Ed Forum 2024.

Save the Date for our Future 2023 Events!

May 16 Starbucks Corporate Headquarters – Risk Manager Roundtable


Please join us for a morning Risk Manager Roundtable. This forum is your opportunity to discuss the topics that matter most to you with your peers in a closed session.

Event attendance is restricted to current risk managers or those with similar job descriptions.

This is a group discussion event and participation from all attendees is strongly requested.

Our Moderators:

  • Allison Frey, Insurance & Contacts Manager – King County
  • Anthony Spacciante, sr. risk manager – Starbucks Corporation

To attend, please register here.

June 13, 2023 Save the Date

Field trip & Networking Event! Exciting tour to be announced with social event following. 

Have a great idea for a future RIMS Washington session?

We are working on programming through 2023 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.

Member Spotlight

New Member: Sandy Vaughan,

Account Executive, Parker, Smith & Feek

Why did you join RIMS Washington and what are you hoping to get out of your membership? I joined RIMS to learn, grow in my career, develop a network, and resource group as a foundation for a long term career.


Describe your career path and current role. Broker…I would like to become a people leader and run our recruiting and management at Parker, Smith & Feek.


What is your favorite small / local business? The Chicken Supply

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 Society’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategy by:

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

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Vision Statement

RIMS strives to provide a highly inclusive environment for all identity groups to thrive in the global risk community, and to facilitate and encourage open dialogue for a more inclusive and resilient future.

The RIMS WA Chapter would like to acknowledge and share several upcoming celebrations with our supporters. While there are many holidays and celebrations over the next few months that bring awareness, we encourage you to take the opportunity to learn about a different culture, holiday, or celebration.

April is Arab American Heritage Month

Arab American Heritage Month is an annual observance that takes place in April to celebrate Arab American heritage and culture. It honors the contributions of Arab Americans and Arabic-speaking Americans to the wider American community. Visit the Arab America Foundation website to learn more. 

May is Asian American and Pacific Island Heritage Month

The theme of Asian American Pacific Island Heritage Month is "Advancing Leaders Through Opportunity". This year's theme is a continuation of the "Advancing Leaders" theme series which began in 2021. "Advancing Leaders Through Opportunity" further highlights FAPAC’s efforts in advancing leaders in the Federal and DC government.  To learn more, visit

June is LGBT Pride Month

Happy Pride! Your Washington Board recognizes Pride Month in June and honors our LGBTQ+ community. There are many upcoming opportunities to celebrate and advocate. Visit Events | Seattle Pride to see what’s happening in your neighborhood.

The RIMS WA Chapter Observes Juneteenth!

June 19, 2023. Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of enslaved people in Texas, on June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued.

How can you honor Juneteenth? Volunteer at local Juneteenth events or rallies, sign-up for a diversity & inclusion workshop, and ensure diversity & inclusion is a year-round effort in your workplace.

Provide your Feedback to the RIMS Washington Board!

We would love your feedback to ensure we are incorporating events and opportunities that are valuable to you. Please take the survey here.

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.