“The California JPIA puts on top-notch, relevant events,” said JR Ranells, Personnel Officer with the City of La Verne. “The Risk Management Academy is no exception, featuring a variety of information on important risk-related topics and extremely knowledgeable speakers.”
Ranells was one of 24 Authority members representing 20 agencies that gathered in Huntington Beach this January to learn building blocks and best practices for risk management at the 2020 California JPIA Risk Management Academy.
On the first day, California JPIA Assistant Executive Officer Norm Lefmann welcomed members and introduced an “Overview of Public Sector Risk Management.” Attendees learned about contractual risk transfer and insurance review, risk management evaluations and LossCAP action plans, ADA litigation, and understanding liability claims and loss control.
Day two featured sessions on incidents, accidents, and root cause analysis; workers’ compensation; safety management; and employment practices liability. Attendees partnered with the Authority’s regional Risk Managers for a scenario-based risk assessment that flexed their newly honed skills to identify and assess risks, select loss control/risk management techniques, and explain their scenario-based approach.
The Academy concluded with a two-part session led by organizational behavior expert Gerry Preciado. His program, “The Risk Manager as Collaborator: Building Productive Relationships within Your Agency,” identified processes and tools with which risk management professionals can build collaborative relationships to better address risk management issues.
“All the topics covered were relevant to my day-to-day job,” noted an. “I am going back to work with a lot of things to implement based on what we discussed.”
“It is always rewarding to see Authority members engage in training opportunities such as the Risk Management Academy that equips them with helpful information, tools, and resources,” said Michelle Aguayo, California JPIA Training Coordinator. “We strive to provide relevant, easily applicable training for our members. I’m thrilled that participants in the 2020 Risk Management Academy found the training so valuable.”
The Risk Management Academy was the first of eight academies available to Authority members in 2020. For additional details about each of the academies and to register, visit the California JPIA Academies webpage at cjpia.org/training/academies/