Risk Management Educational Forum


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.

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.

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.

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.

Speakers from the 2023 Forum

Scott Hamilton

Keynote Speaker
Olympic Gold Medalist

Scott Hamilton is one of the world’s most recognized figure skating stars, having won an Olympic gold medal in 1984, as well as 70 additional titles, awards, and honors. Scott also shares his knowledge of figure skating as a commentator, performer, and producer. After losing his mother to cancer and surviving cancer himself, Scott launched the Scott Hamilton CARES (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education, and Survivorship) Foundation. He became an activist, fighting for cancer research funding and supporting education and survivorship programs. Scott shared the extreme highs and lows of his story and how to keep going even when the obstacles’ shadows loom large.

Jacob Houghton
Closing Speaker
Senior Consultant, M.Ed., 34th Street Consulting

Jacob Houghton brings a decade of experience to the 34th Street Consulting team in public service and educational leadership. His professional training has made Jacob adept at identifying the patterns of conflict and creating actionable strategies that teams can understand and buy into. During the closing session, Jacob offered insight into increasing team cohesion, including the benefits of a culture of inclusion, engaging siloed individuals, building trust, and the power of belonging.

California JPIA Capstone Award

A picture of the Capstone Award

The California JPIA presents the Capstone Award each year to an individual who best exemplifies the practice of risk management by working to support risk management efforts, developing loss control programs, and coordinating systems that support their agency’s risk management efforts.

Audrey Cray Wins 2023 Capstone Award

Moments from the Forum

The 2023 Risk Management Educational Forum was held at the Omni La Costa Resort in Carlsbad. The Forum, titled It’s Like, Totally Risk Management, featured Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton as the keynote speaker. Hamilton shared his story’s extreme highs and lows and how to keep going even when obstacles’ shadows loom large. Forum attendees participated in sessions on topics including injuries in the workplace, vendor-provided agreements, service animals and the Americans with Disabilities Act, protecting employees from wildfire smoke, and employee well-being. Breaks and the Thursday “It’s Like, Totally a Knyght to Remember” event provided important networking opportunities.

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