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October, 2018

The ultimate event for celebrating and empowering women leaders in insurance

Marriott Marquis Houston

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Houston / October 3

8:15 – 8:55

REGISTRATION


Breakfast is brought to you by
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 the 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?
Norma Carabajal Essary, CEO, SLTX
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:
Mia Lorick, Associate Attorney, Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey PC


Panelists:
Norma Essary, Executive director / CEO, Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas
Reshma Dalia, Chief Financial Officer - Alliant Specialty, Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.
Pam Brown, Director of Human Resources, Gallagher
W. H. "Skip" Cooper, Vice Chairman, AmWINS Group
10:30 – 11:00

MORNING REFRESHMENTS AND NETWORKING BREAK


Coffee is brought to you by
11:00 – 11:30

DEVELOPING A COACHING CULTURE: HOW WOMEN CAN TAKE THE LEAD IN BUILDING A COACHING CULTURE IN TEAMS AND ORGANIZATIONS


Companies today operate in a state of continuous change. Developing a coaching culture within an organization is a powerful tool that positively impacts employee engagement and performance, and helps teams rise to the challenge of an evolving marketplace.
  • What is coaching and how does it differ from other leadership styles?
  • The business case for building a strong coaching culture
  • What leadership opportunities exist, and how do you get them?
  • The most important coaching competencies for success
  • Suggestions for implementing a coaching culture
Ruth Calabrese, Senior Vice President- Head of Operations and Strategic Partnerships, AIG
11:40 – 12:30

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:
Kelly Bluhm, Regional Managing Director – CSG, Aon


Panelists:
Alison Oliphant, Chief Underwriting Officer, Velocity Risk Underwriters
Jo Ann Howard, President, H20 Partners Inc.
Daniela Mills, Senior Vice President, General Property Leader at Lockton
Donna Hargrove, General Counsel, AmWINS Group
12:30 – 1:30

NETWORKING LUNCH


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1:30 – 2:30

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:
Lori Lucas, President & CEO, Employee Benefit Research Institute


Panelists:
Brenna Johnson, Senior Product Manager, Ezlynx
Maiclaire Bolton-Smith, Senior Leader- Research and Content Strategy, Corelogic
Jeanette Ward, Chief Operating Officer, Texas Mutual Insurance Company
Rodney Johnson, Divisional Vice President of Culture and Inclusion, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
2:40 – 3:10

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.
Laura Sherman, Founding Partner, Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners
3:10 – 3:15
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