17

September, 2018

The ultimate event for celebrating and empowering women leaders in insurance

Millennium Broadway New York Times Square

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New York / September 17

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 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?
Marya Propis, SVP / Director of Distribution and Broker Partnerships, All Risks, Ltd
9:00 – 9:30

KEYNOTE: 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
LoriAnn V. Lowery-Biggers, CEO, Bella Vaughan, Inc
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:
Debbie Weiser, VP, Head of Excess Casualty, Everest Insurance


Panelists:
Ranjini Pillay, Senior Managing Director, Teneo Capital
Sharone Menczel, Senior Vice President, Special Risk, Ironshore Insurance Services LLC
Beth Goldberg, Chief Underwriting Officer – Financial Lines, Starr Companies
Dawn D’Onofrio, President & CEO, WKFC Underwriting Managers, CorRisk Solutions
10:30 – 10:50
10:50 – 11:10

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
  • 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
11:20 – 12:10

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:
Catherine Mulligan, Head of US Cyber Practice and Managing Director, Aon Benfield


Panelists:
Lisa Tepper, Area Executive VP, Northeast Region, Arthur J Gallagher
Alessa Quane, Executive Vice President & Chief Risk Officer, AIG
Amy Feller, Regional Chief Operating Officer, NYC Branch Manager, Chubb
Laurie Ranegar, Director of Insurance Experience Center, ReSource Pro
12:10 – 1:00

NETWORKING LUNCH


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1:00 – 1:30

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?
  • How do we identify bullying in the workplace?
  • Who can we trust to confide in?
  • Appropriate ways to react to bullying in the workplace
  • How has the #metoo movement impacted the insurance industry?
  • What are we doing to move the dial in this industry?
Eric J. Sauter, Partner, Wilson Elser LLP
Janeen Thomas, Attorney, Wilson Elser LLP
Victoria Dearing, Sr Vice President – Professional Liability & Risk Management
1:40 – 2:00

THE ART OF THE PIVOT


Sometimes our resistance to change can hold us back from seeing, spotting and embracing new opportunities. More importantly hinder us from personal and professional growth. Getting past that resistance is key – pushing past it – MISSION CRITICAL. But simply keeping an open mind isn’t enough. We need to develop a growth mindset laser focused on enhancement, improvement and development. How we grow and embrace the change is the ART Of the Pivot! Let’s explore together the art of the pivot / switching gears – why it’s important for our survival and critical to progress and grow with an overview of the tools, process as we embrace the journey ahead together.
Keti Mehta, Senior Vice President & CSO, Hub International
2:10 – 3:00

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:
Yiana Stavrakis, Chief Sales Officer, Specialty Program Group


Panelists:
David Bidmead, President - Global Clients, Marsh Inc.
Deborah Morris, SVP, Commercial Lines, Verisk
Kathleen BolducDirector of Strategic Partnerships, Goodwin College
Kevin T. Kenny, EVP & Managing Director, Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.
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
Carol Barton, President, AIG Multinational
3:30 – 4:30

NETWORKING RECEPTION


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