Kym focuses on the conception, management and execution of Exceedance. She has been a Senior Events Manager at events agencies and technology companies in the California Bay Area, where Kym managed large user conferences, sales kick-offs, sales incentives and other types of corporate events.
As an important part of the RMS marketing team, she calls on her successful events management background to drive engagement, awareness, and client communication. A California native, Kym is based in the RMS Silicon Valley office.
It has been a momentous Exceedance here in Miami, with a raft of new product launches, excitement around transformation in our keynotes, a sea of new insight from across over sixty track sessions, and great camaraderie from the global risk community who took the time to join us here.
So much has happened, so time for a quick recap. Our opening keynote on Tuesday saw the unveiling of five new innovations. This included the launch of RMS Risk Intelligence™, an open and flexible platform built to enable better risk management and support profitable risk selection. RMS also introduced the Risk Data Object (RDO), a new open data standard.
We looked to the future on Wednesday, with keynotes from renowned disruptive innovation expert and futurist, Daniel Burrus, to answer the question – how can organizations survive and thrive in this age of transformation? Daniel offered a simple framework to help scan the disruptive environment, to ensure an organization is a disruptor, and not just disrupted. Robert Muir-Wood and Michael Steele from RMS examined the future of risk and risk management and suggested ten future risks that the industry needs to keep a watchful eye on.
After a great birthday reception yesterday evening, with RMS celebrating thirty years in business, the time to look back had past, as the keynote sessions for day two at Exceedance were all about looking to the future. Opening the general session keynote, Karen White, chief executive officer, welcomed our guest speaker to the Exceedance stage, renowned disruptive innovation expert and futurist, Daniel Burrus. A New York Times best-selling author, Daniel’s most recent book is entitled “The Anticipatory Organization: Turn Disruption and Change into Opportunity and Advantage”.
The opening keynote at Exceedance clearly set the agenda for this year’s conference – the future of risk. Karen White, chief executive officer for RMS, in her opening address, summarized the state of the risk management industry with one of her favorite songs – it just had to be David Bowie and “Changes”. But Karen asked what’s driving these changes, how do our clients see change, and how are they responding? Karen outlined how she had travelled the globe, (and clocked up hundreds of thousands of United MileagePlus points), talking to clients to get a clear-eyed view of what has changed and what to do about it.
Karen discovered that the catalysts for change had come from a wide range of sources, from how bad surprises are becoming, how new opportunities are motivating change, and how technology is changing approaches to risk. And it is a poignant time for RMS to look to the future of risk, as we celebrate and reflect on thirty years in business this year – and the birth of the nat cat modeling industry in 1989. Change has been constant in thirty years, but is now accelerating ahead, as Karen remarked that the next five years will define the future of risk.
To everyone who is already here, or is en route to the Exceedance conference – joining us in Miami from around the world, a warm welcome awaits as the global risk management community meets once again.
There is such a buzz around Exceedance already, with a great deal of anticipation ahead of tomorrow’s keynotes – to get a first look at the latest new developments, and the kick off of our extensive track program, with seven tracks and some seventy sessions over three days. The stage is set for us to share our vision for this fast-changing industry – and how RMS can bring models, analytics, and data together to provide the risk insight that the market needs. Everyone is ready to go – including our Expert Bar team who will be on hand throughout the two main days of the conference to answer any questions that our delegates have.
If you are joining us in Miami (May 13-16) for Exceedance this year, we are looking forward to welcoming you to what promises to be an exceptional conference. With the global risk management community coming together again at Exceedance, to learn, be inspired and get answers to the challenges faced by the industry, we have raised the bar to deliver another ambitious agenda.
And there is still time to secure your place at Exceedance with a pre-event discount of US$200 compared to the on-site registration price, find out more and register now.
Exceedance provides a unique environment for our delegates to explore, a place where the latest science, software, models and innovation come together. With RMS experts and renowned industry thought-leaders, we share the latest cutting-edge insights. Hands-on demonstrations in our Expert Bar show how to get the best from our solutions, and case studies take you through how leading businesses are moving forward to achieve their strategic goals.
Regular attendees to the annual RMS Exceedance conference will know how comprehensive our agenda is, in terms of the sheer breadth of topics and areas we cover. Our aim is to deliver a program designed to highlight the issues, opportunities, and the solutions available to tackle the challenges that the risk management industry faces.
Join us in Miami (May 13 – 16) for this year’s Exceedance, and in addition to our keynote presentations (and of course, social events, The Expert Bar, our thirtieth anniversary, and the EP), the mainstay of our conference focuses on sessions spanning across seven in-depth “track” themes.
Our tracks cover a broad range within its defined theme over two days, with educational sessions, panel discussions, case studies, and “how-to” and technical deep-dives. All the track descriptors are available on the Exceedance website. Attendees can immerse themselves in a single track or pick and mix across all seven to create their perfect agenda.
Our delegates are heading for home at the end of an amazing conference, after three days packed full of insight and innovation, coupled with practical strategies that everyone can take back to their respective companies and help move forward with transformation.
It is so exciting when the global risk management community comes together for Exceedance, and we appreciate the contribution that every delegate makes to it, whether it has been in our panel sessions, our Fundamentals training or questions to our experts. And our Exceedance delegates are so enthusiastic — even after our big Exceedance Party (EP) the night before. With such a comprehensive track program over the past two days, with seven tracks and over sixty sessions, today we had repeats of some of the main track sessions, including wildfire and U.S. inland flood, with good attendances.
As the sun shone over the Biscayne Bay at the start of the second full day at Exceedance, our keynote guest speaker, Jeff Goodell, energy and environmental expert, investigative journalist and author of numerous books including The Water Will Come asked a provocative question in his opening slide. It simply said, “Goodbye Miami?”
Jeff said that he was at home being in the company of fellow “catastrophists” and the risk management community at Exceedance, but this is not always the case. When talking about climate change and sea-level rise, he sometimes felt as if he was Richard Dreyfuss in the movie Jaws. Dreyfuss played oceanographer Matt Hooper, a character who continually warned the Mayor of Amity Island to close the beach because of the risk of shark attacks. The Mayor ignored the advice, due to the economic impact of closing the beach … but [spoiler alert] the shark kept coming. Jeff remarked that sea-level rise is the shark, and it’s bigger and more dangerous than we first anticipated.
The first full day of Exceedance clearly set the direction that RMS is taking towards transformation — as a strategic partner helping clients to succeed in a time of rapid change. Karen White, chief executive officer for RMS, made her keynote debut on the Exceedance stage, sharing her background working with technology companies during similar game-changing times, and expressing her excitement of the here and know and what lies ahead.
The wait is over, and we are excited to welcome delegates from around the globe to one of our largest-ever Exceedance conferences. We really appreciate everyone who has joined us in Miami, whether this is your first visit to Exceedance or if you are one of our faithful attendees. We know the commitment it takes to participate in events such as Exceedance, so the event schedule between now and Thursday lunchtime is designed to maximize your time, offering an opportunity to immerse yourself in next-generation modeling, analytics, technology, data science, and more.