Guest Blog: Jane Warring, senior counsel, Clyde & Co. U.S. LLP
A few weeks’ back I attended my first Exceedance. If you go to a new conference, you are never entirely sure what to expect. Suffice it to say though, it was like no industry event I have ever attended — and in a good way.
Above all, though, I was blown away by the sessions. I have spent almost 15 years litigating first-party property/coverage disputes at both the trial and appellate levels. So, I know a thing or two about the interplay between exposure, risk and coverage. But Exceedance was a whole new level of learning: information-rich content, transparent discussions, engaged delegates and high-quality speakers.
Like many attendees, I filed a trip report on my return to the office. I wanted to make sure my colleagues who lead our resilience work benefited from my learnings. This got me thinking. What were some of the top takeaways from #Exceedance18?
There is nothing quite like a “banging EP” to make me feel young again. But that wasn’t the only aspect of my most recent trip to Miami that brought out the millennial in me.
If you missed Exceedance 2018 a few weeks back, you probably also missed Resilience 2018. Embedded every year within Exceedance, RMS holds a space for policymakers and business leaders to collaborate to a very important end: ensuring local communities and regional economies are resilient to the shocks and stresses they face.
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.
With Exceedance beginning in just a few days, I wanted to send a quick reminder regarding all there is to see and do, starting Monday, May 14 with our pre-conference activities.
Get Ready for This Year’s Tracks and Sessions, The Lab, Keynote Speakers, and Hands-On Training Opportunities
This year’s Exceedance agenda reflects our commitment to deliver value to clients in a rapidly changing market, including the latest advances and innovations in our science and products.
You will come away with valuable and actionable insights through this year’s keynote speakers, a variety of informative tracks and sessions, and The Lab, offering opportunities for in-depth engagement with RMS experts.
With Exceedance 2018 coming May 14 – 17, we have lined up an interesting group of keynote speakers who will be onstage to provide their insights, ideas and inspiration. This year’s topics include:
Day 1: Earth, Wind and Fire
Our day one general session will focus on how we have leveraged lessons learned to bring new advances in model science and technology that enable (re)insurers to better manage and capitalize on catastrophe risk:
Welcome to the first in a series of informative blogs leading up to Exceedance 2018, May 14 – 17.
Preparations are well under way for this year’s event, which will be held at the InterContinental Miami — set on the Biscayne Bay waterfront in the heart of downtown’s thriving financial and business district.