Risk Management Educational Forum

October 5-7, 2022
Hilton Santa Barbara
Beachfront Resort
27th Annual California JPIA
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.

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.


Captain Richard Phillips

Keynote Speaker
American Merchant Mariner, Author, and
Former Captain of the MV Maersk Alabama

Captain Richard Phillips became the center of an extraordinary international drama when he was captured by Somali pirates who hijacked his ship, the first hijacking of a U.S. ship in more than 200 years. For five days in April 2009, the world was glued to their TV screens as the hostage drama unfolded. Captain Phillips authored a book about his experience and his remarkable rescue in A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea. This dramatic story was also transformed into an Academy-Award and Golden-Globe nominated film, Captain Phillips, which was released in the fall of 2013. Captain Phillips is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy; a member of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots Union; and a licensed American merchant mariner.

California JPIA Forum App

The Authority has a dedicated app available in app stores under “California JPIA.” The app allows Forum attendees to create a personal itinerary; search and select sessions; connect with peers, speakers, and sponsors; and view venue information. Additionally, the app can be used during the Forum to navigate the event, receive notifications, download presentations and handouts, take session and sponsor notes, and message attendees. To access the app information on a computer, click Access Event on Desktop.

California JPIA 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.

Moments from the 2020 Conference

The 2020 Risk Management Educational Forum was held for the first time as a virtual event, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Forum, titled “Resilient Together,” utilized digital technology to provide members with an interactive production, complete with an Emmy Award-winning master of ceremonies, Katie Linendoll; live educational sessions; recorded content; chat rooms; and more. The two keynote speakers were Robert O’Neill and Dr. Susan Biali Hass, whose timely presentations on resilience and leading in a crisis resonated with attendees. Session topics included current policing issues, labor and employment laws, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) reasonable accommodations. Attendees were also able to spend time networking during breaks and games.

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