12

September, 2018

The ultimate event for celebrating and empowering women leaders in insurance

Hyatt Regency Chicago

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Chicago / September 12

8:15 – 8:55
8:55 – 9:00

OPENING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIRPERSON: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE


The chairperson will reflect on the past, present and future of women in leadership positions in the insurance sector in USA.
  • How far have we really come since the days of the old boys’ club?
  • What does the future look like for the next generation of female executives?
Jen Tadin, National Sales Director- Small Business, Arthur J Gallagher & Co
9:00 – 9:30

MY JOURNEY


Hear from respected industry leader as she reflects upon key victories in her journey to the top, secrets learned along the way and the courageous strength that moved her forward.
  • Powerful success strategies from an insurance trailblazer
  • Harnessing your personal power to get a seat at the table
  • Inspiring anecdotes from the path to the top
Megan Stewart Hodge, Partner & Head of Client Strategy, TigerRisk Partners
9:40 – 10:30

PANEL DISCUSSION: MOVING UP - CAREER ADVANCEMENT FOR WOMEN IN INSURANCE


The journey to success is rarely a smooth one. Women can be incredible insurance leaders, so why are we so often sidelined into support roles in the insurance industry? Examine which career paths fit best with your lifestyle and explore successful negotiating tactics.
  • Career strategies off the golf course – achieving success outside of the boys club
  • Position yourself for a successful career in insurance– tips for advancement
  • What leadership opportunities exist, and how do you get them?
  • Negotiating tactics for promotions and successful career moves
  • How should you judge your worth in pay negotiations?
  • How to juggle life, family dynamics and the demands of a senior-level role successfully
Moderator:
Jen Klobnak, Senior Vice President, Operations, RLI Corp


Panelists:
Lori Bailey, Global Head of Cyber Risk, Zurich Insurance Group
Bonnie Boone, Executive Vice President, Gallagher
Christy Harris, Vice President - Talent Management, Benefits and Inclusive Diversity, Allstate Insurance Company
Marguerite Dixen, President, Third Coast Underwriters
10:30 – 11:00
11:00 – 11:20

MOVING BEYOND UNCONSCIOUS BIAS


Unconscious bias did not start in the insurance industry, however Institutional unconscious bias towards women is prevalent in the profession. How should we respond when confronted with individual instances of unconscious bias in order to move forward and THRIVE in the global economy?
  • How did we get here – the very conscious bias built over hundreds of years
  • Understanding your own unconscious bias and its impact on your teams and your workplace/li>
  • Explore how to be conscious using strategies and tactics
  • How to be at the forefront of positive change through inclusion and diversity
  • How can you use creative conflict and conscious intent to better communicate, collaborate and innovate
Nina Boone, Co-US Sales Leader Merger & Acquisitions, Transaction Solutions Group, AON
11:30 – 12:20

PANEL DISCUSSION: LEADERSHIP FOR WOMEN IN INSURANCE – WHO DO WE NEED TO BE?


Why is there a perception that women need to be hard, masculine and unemotional in order to succeed as leaders? How should successful women break free from the double bind and achieve balance as women and as leaders?
  • Understand the different leadership and communication styles between men and women, and how to use them to your advantage
  • The balance between being assertive and overcompensating
  • How do you develop a strong, recognizable personal brand?
  • How to communicate confidently and gain respect
  • The body language of leaders: understanding unspoken communication
  • How to motivate colleagues effectively, have difficult conversations and inspire success
Moderator:
Lorrie Leonard, Associate General Counsel and Vice President, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty North America


Panelists:
Tammy Miller, Vice President, Assurance
Terry-Lynne Devonish, Chief Compliance Officer, Aon
Jennifer Kyung, Executive Director, Ernst & Young
Brenda (Ballard) Austenfeld, President, National Property Practice, RT Specialty
12:20 - 1:20

NETWORKING LUNCH


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1:20 – 1:50

THE POWER OF WORDS: HEAR FROM A CHAMPION OF CHANGE


No matter your position, mistreatment exists. You may have experienced this in the form of sexual harassment, patronization, or even malicious intentions from a colleague, client or even superior. How can we appropriately react when this occurs?
  • What behavior is acceptable and what behavior is inappropriate in the workplace?
  • How should you respond to inappropriate behavior - as a victim, witness or manager?
  • What are companies doing to provide a safe and professional work environment in this #metoo era
  • What best practices can a business employ to stay ahead of the curve and protect its employees?
David Mendelsohn, Partner, DLA Piper
2:00 – 2:50

PANEL DISCUSSION: WHAT IS THE FUTURE FOR FEMALE LEADERS IN INSURANCE?


Gender equality will not happen unless the current system changes. How can women today help themselves to succeed in the current environment?
  • A look at the future: a view of the insurance profession in 30 years’ time
  • What should we be doing today to ensure the future achievements of women in insurance?
  • Rainmaker to change-maker – How to use your position to influence culture change
  • Mentoring a new generation – why you’re needed and how to start
  • How to build a strong support system
Moderator:
Deirdre Manna, Senior Vice President, North America, Head of Government and Industry Affairs, Zurich North America


Panelists:
Margaret Milkint, Managing Partner, The Jacobson Group
Linda Fisher, Owner, Cardinal Insurance Group
Leanne Berry, Business Development Director, AIG
Michelle Boyer, Chief Sales Officer, Entertainment & Sports, HUB International Insurance Services
3:00 – 3:30

MY STORY: SMASHING THROUGH THE GLASS CEILING


Be inspired by our remarkable guest speaker – learn how she did it, the challenges she faced, how she overcame them and most importantly, her advice for you, how to be taken seriously
Tracey A. Carragher, Chief Executive Officer, Breckenridge Insurance Group
3:30 – 4:30

NETWORKING RECEPTION


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