Frequently Asked Questions

It is natural to have questions about the annual conference, especially if this is your first time attending. Here you will find answers to some of our frequently asked questions. Still have a question not on the list? Contact URMIA staff, and we will share what we know.

All Attendees

Please try this alternate approach. Log out of the URMIA website. Go to this alternate registration page and follow the instructions for opening a private/incognito/inprivate window that should enable you to register.

Welcome! Please go to our Newcomers page for important information. You may also want to peruse the other frequently asked questions listed here.

Absolutely! We are excited to bring you our EventMobi event app. Using either the mobile app or a web browser, you will be able to access the latest schedule, keep track of when your "can't miss" sessions occur, see a list of all registrants, connect with other attendees both in-person and virtually, and receive important announcements throughout the event. See our Event App page for more details.

This conference has a multitude of offerings! Start by viewing the full schedule. If you are attending the virtual program, filter for “Available to Virtual Attendees” and click the Apply button.

Click on the Filter icon, check the box for "Available to Virtual Attendees," and click the Apply button.

You can also utilize the “Filter” legend to zero in on the types of activities that interest you. One of the filters allows you to view the educational sessions based on the type of presentation or maybe you want to view the various roundtable conversations that are being offered. Additionally, you can filter by our nine topical tracks: Compliance, Cyber, ERM, International, Youth Protection, Claims, Insurance, Organizational Engagement, and Essential Skills.

There are other core competencies represented throughout the schedule. Be sure to use URMIA’s Core Competencies for Higher Education Risk Managers [member login required] to note gaps in your own professional development that you’d like to address through your conference attendance.

This information is available to registered attendees through the event app. Once in the app, click/tap the Attendees option in the menu to see a list of everyone who is registered. You can also filter the list by groups, such as virtual attendees.

Volunteering is a great way to meet people. There are several opportunities to help including as session moderators, registration help, and dinner "hosts" for the Meet & Greet dinners. We are also looking for conference engagement ambassadors – both virtual and in-person – and moderators. See what volunteer opportunities are currently available.

While some attendees will be in Baltimore, travel is no longer a requirement for attending an URMIA annual conference! Our virtual registrants will be able to participate in select conference sessions and activities, live and in real-time, from wherever they are during the conference. Not only will the virtual sessions be livestreamed, presenters and hosts will intentionally engage registrants regardless of how they attend.

At this time, we plan for all of the virtual schedule to be recorded and available exclusively to conference registrants for a full year. If that changes, we’ll let you know so you can be sure to attend those sessions live.

If your registration is for the Full Conference Experience in Person and you are unexpectedly unable to attend, we can convert your registration to a virtual experience. Please refer to the Registration Policies page. Likewise, there are no refunds of registration fees for the Real-Time Virtual Experience. Substitutions are encouraged in either case.

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In-Person Attendees

Contact the URMIA Office with the activity you want to add to your registration. We will update your registration and send you an invoice for the addition.

We encourage you to read through the conference schedule and offerings before you make travel plans. There are programs both before and after the heart of the URMIA annual conference. Newcomers to the conference will receive emailed invitations to special events and networking opportunities prior to traveling to Baltimore. More information can be found on the Newcomers page.

Please see our Security Briefing for the 2023 conference. Also, watch Baltimore City Police Commissioner Talks Safety for tips to keep you safe.

Our program offers keynote and general sessions, breakout sessions (60-minute presentations), an expanded breakout session (90-minute activity), and various flash sessions (30-minute presentations). Pre- and post-conference workshops are also available for additional fees.

Networking opportunities include a Newcomers Welcome & Orientation, roundtable discussions, formal and fun functions, URMIAcares community service projects, and the URMIA annual awards presentations.

In addition to the many informal networking spots around the conference hotel, we plan to offer an URMIA Community space where attendees can meet, mingle, and take part in some interactive activities. Attendees of the in-person conference will once again be able to engage with their URMIA community and friends as they have done for 50+ years.

Hotels in the Marriott brand will be our annual conference home for a few years. Consider joining the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program if you have not already and get the most benefits possible. More information about the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront and the Bonvoy program can be found on the hotel page. Some favorite features of the program are contactless check-in, free in-room WiFi, and reminders about your upcoming stay.

Business casual for most events is suggested. Conference rooms can be chilly, so bring a sweater. For some of our special events, note the following suggestions and themes:

  • The President’s Reception (by invitation only) is business to elegant. Please review the venue’s dress policy.
  • Our Opening Event has a tradition of wearing your school or organization logo wear, so show your colors! If you are so inclined, you can also choose to dress in period costume as we will be celebrating the history of Baltimore.
  • For the Closing Event, dress is your choice - business casual and/or your best “shipwear” is great to go with our nautical theme. Throw in either your captain’s or your pirate’s hat for the win. Feel free to be creative!

Virtual Attendees

We are excited to have you attending the conference virtually! The best advice is to plan to attend our Virtual Newcomer Welcome & Orientation session on Monday, August 28 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm ET. You will receive an email invitation to this event if you marked on the registration form that this is your first annual conference with URMIA. Contact the URMIA Office if you didn’t mark this (or don’t remember if you did) and we’ll make sure you get an invitation to register for this free Zoom session. We’ll have fun while meeting other virtual attendees and learning what to expect during the conference.

Virtual attendees on the West Coast may attend morning sessions live in the early hours (perhaps before commuting to the office). Alternately, recordings of the morning sessions are planned for release shortly after they end, enabling attendees to view the content when convenient.

Recordings of the virtual sessions will be available to registrants for a full year from the conference date.

Virtual attendees will find a filtered schedule with all of the activities that they can participate in on the schedule website and in the event app.


A hybrid session at URMIA's 2021 annual conference.

Still Have Questions?

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Several conference attendees enjoying themselves at URMIA's closing event


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Presenting an award to a virtual attendee.