Risk Management
Educational Forum

For more than 20 years, the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority has hosted a unique educational experience for its members. This event, known as the Risk Management Educational Forum, features world-class keynotes and knowledge experts in the field of risk.

Held at a popular resort over the course of two and one-half days, the event is not without fun. Participants enjoy numerous social opportunities to help them unwind and gain focus. Those interested in golf are welcome to play in the Authority’s annual golf tournament.

This is the primary time for members to be together and learn together. The Authority plans each Forum so that participants can study topics and issues relevant to local government in areas such as legal liability, workers’ compensation, employment law, public safety, organizational thinking, governance, and legislation.

The Forum also recognizes candidates from member organizations who have excelled in the practice of risk management, and presents one of them with the prestigious Capstone Award, signifying someone who exemplifies only the best in practice.

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Speakers from the 2017 Forum



Doc Hendley, Keynote Speaker

Founder and President, Wine to Water

Doc Hendley is the founder and president of Wine to Water, a charitable organization devoted to providing clean water and sanitation to people around the world.




Rebecca Ryan, Closing Speaker

Best-Selling Author, Economist,
and Futurist; Next Generation Consulting

Rebecca Ryan, author of ReGENERATION: A Manifesto for America’s Future Leaders and founder of Next Generation Consulting, is a futurist and economist who helps cities and companies think around the corner to what’s next.

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Mike Madrid, Closing Speaker

Principal, GrassrootsLab

Mike Madrid is a nationally recognized expert on Latino voting trends and the editor and publisher of California City News, a news website dedicated to politics, policy, and practices of local government in California.


California JPIA Forum App

A Forum app is available to attendees. The app, which is available on Google Play and in the Windows Store and iTunes, contains all session presentation materials that attendees need during the Forum, as well as other helpful details, including the complete agenda, a list of Forum sponsors, details on the meeting space, and information on local destinations and weather.

Download the California JPIA Forum App on the Apple App Store

Download the California JPIA Forum App on Google Play

Download the California JPIA Forum App on the Windows Store


California JPIA Capstone Award

The Capstone Award is presented annually in a ceremony held during the Forum and recognizes an Authority member who has shown outstanding dedication to the practice of risk management at their agency. Nominations are typically accepted each May through June.

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Moments from
the 2017 Conference

The 2017 Risk Management Educational Forum was held at The Fess Parker Hotel in Santa Barbara. The Forum, titled “Risk Management - Facing the Future Together”, featured keynote speaker Doc Hendley, who founded an organization dedicated to bringing clean water to struggling communities. In addition to attending sessions on topics including police civil liability, public agency drone use, accident investigation, and recreational marijuana employment concerns, attendees also enjoyed networking at the First-Time Attendee Reception and the Thursday "Futuristic Fun Night".

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