Top three reasons to attend URMIA's 2018 Annual Conference


Photo of Keely SimsBy Keely Sims, CMP, Director of Membership and Events, URMIA.

Early bird registration is now open for URMIA's 49th Annual Conference, Exploring Landscapes of Risk, which will take place in Salt Lake City from September 29-October 3. The Annual Conference Committee, led by chairs Matt Tuttle, University of Utah, and Cheryl Lloyd, University of California, Office of the President,  has been busy putting together a not-to-be-missed program, with something for everyone!

Photo of the Grand America HotelOf course, there are many reasons to attend URMIA's largest event of the year - networking with peers and mentors, learning the latest risk management best practices and enjoying the amenities of the luxurious conference site, The Grand America Hotel. But if we had to name the top three reasons you should register for the URMIA Annual Conference, they would be:

1. The 2018 Annual Conference will have a record-breaking number of sessions!

You will find over 50 educational breakout sessions on a wide variety of hot topics presented for both the experienced higher education risk manager and those new to the profession. Because URMIA's Annual Conference is more intimate than some other conferences, you will find it easy to meet and interact with knowledgeable presenters, find mentors and make new friends in the field. View the detailed conference agenda now! 

2. Discover all the engaging activities, plus pre- and post-conference program offerings!

Do you and guests who accompany you want to be active beyond the sessions? We have planned everything from a golf outing at the scenic Mountain Dell Course and group community service opportunities for people of all abilities to yoga classes, meet and greet dinners, walking tours and a concert by the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City.

Natural History Museum of UtahWant to expand your mind by arriving early or staying one extra day? Pre-conference offerings for those new to the field include RM 101 and the New Member and First Timer session. Other sessions for everyone cover topics such as sexual and interpersonal violence on campus and enterprise risk management (ARM-E) certification. A post-conference session will feature how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints trains missionaries and prepares for the risks associated with the program.

We also have a "Grand" opening reception planned in the courtyard at the conference hotel, and our gala event on Tuesday evening, Night at the Museum, will take place at the stunning Natural History Museum of Utah, located on the campus of the University of Utah. Bring some comfortable shoes as a light hiking option will be offered just before the event.

Check out the detailed conference agenda and activities before you register! 

3. A very special keynote speaker will open the conference!

Photo of Elizabeth SmartThe conference will open with a keynote address by Elizabeth Smart, who was abducted as a child from her family's Salt Lake City home in 2002 and was held captive and sexually abused for nine frightening months before she was rescued from her captors. Now married with two children of her own, she has become an eloquent advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs and federal legislation. She is founder of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, a published author and an eloquent speaker on protecting children from the risk of abduction. She serves as an inspiring example of the possibility of overcoming trauma and reclaiming one's life after tragedy.

If you have any questions after visiting the Annual Conference website, please contact the National Office. We look forward to seeing you at URMIA's 49th Annual Conference!


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