2020 Agenda

LIVE and Online October 07, 2020, 8:45 AM to 3:15 PM PT

8:45 am

Registration & Virtual Orientation

9:00 am

Opening Remarks

Paul Lucas

Managing Editor, Insurance Business America

9:05 am

Keynote: Forget the Apologies, and Learn to Lead with Confidence

Do you find yourself saying "sorry" for mundane issues? Do compliments or praise make you feel uncomfortable? Are you worried that confidence can sometimes be perceived as cockiness for women If so, join Professor Maja as she explains:

  • Why women apologize so much and how it makes us feel, AND how we're perceived by others
  • How we can switch out our “apology-lingo” for leadership-lingo
  • How deflection of praise and feminine modesty hurts our careers and our confidence
  • How unconscious gender bias influences our confidence and communication styles
  • The latest data from her global study on women's confidence

Professor Maja

Sociologist, Author & Confidence-researcher, Professor Maja Inc.

9:35 am

Panel: Taking a Risk – How do you Further Your Career

It’s natural to want to stay in your comfort zone, but is fear preventing you from moving up or trying something new? Taking a risk can look different depending on where you are in your career; however it’s necessary for both organizations and individuals looking to stay relevant and thrive. Explore how top leaders in the industry have navigated risks in their career, and beyond insurance – what you can do once you’ve “hit the top.”

  • Steps to manage risks and get out of your comfort zone
  • How to stand out while working from your dining room table
  • What can you do next to challenge yourself and grow as a leader?
  • Using your talents to be heard: write a book, serve on a board, start a committee and beyond
  • How to excel in your current position while remaining open to opportunities


Kendra Letang

Consulting Actuary, Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc.


Leigh Anne Sherman

Executive Vice President, North America Financial Lines, Chubb

Martina Hahn

Chief Product Officer, The Zebra

Steve Marohn

Senior Vice President, Field Operations, CNA

Deidre Wright

Founder, Strategic Stories LLC

10:25 am

Networking 101

We can all have a conversation, but how do you build meaningful, productive connections? In this session, you will learn about the art of listening and key tools you can implement to enrich both business and personal interactions. You will even have an opportunity to practice in a time of guided networking following the session.

  • What is virtual networking – what does it look like?
  • What have we learned from this culturally? How are things changing?
  • What questions should you ask to build connections – both virtually and in-person?
  • How do you go beyond a conversation and grow a relationship?
  • How does networking look different in each stage of your career?

Jodie Kaufman Davis

Corporate Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Burns & Wilcox Canada

10:45 am

Networking & Coffee break

11:30 am

Panel: How to Build a Successful Mentorship

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Studies show that strong mentor relationships can increase opportunities in the workplace, impacting promotions, pay raises and overall career success. From a business standpoint, companies that support mentoring show higher levels of employee loyalty, engagement and initiative. But how do you get paired with the right mentor? And as a mentor, will having a mentee actually benefit you? This panel will feature key mentors and their mentees as they share best practices & lessons learned –professionally and personally.

  • The process for finding the right mentor/mentee: do’s and don’ts
  • Dedication & time: is it worth it?
  • Biggest topics discussed monthly
  • Advice and biggest takeaways for mentees/mentors
  • How to create and promote opportunities for cross-generational, diverse mentoring


Kelli Broin

General Manager, SVP, CoverHound and CyberPolicy


Yiana Stavrakis

Chief Sales Officer, Specialty Program Group

Alyssa Bouchard

Director of Education & Programming, Gamma Iota Sigma

Sha’Ron James

Partner, Berger Singerman, LLP

Brooke Williams

Account Executive, Sachs Media

12:20 pm

Know Your Personal Brand

Developing a strong personal brand is essential to developing as a leader. Are you consistently living your personal brand every day? What does it have to do with a successful career? This session will navigate the power of knowing your personal brand and tools for using it to grow and impact others as you lead in the workplace.

  • How do I know my personal brand?
  • Tools to articulate your personal brand at work
  • How can you develop your position as a leader while working from home?
  • Serving others vs. self-promotion
  • Advice for continuing to develop your identity as a leader

Lisa Tepper

Area Executive VP, Northeast Region, Arthur J. Gallagher

12:40 pm

Lunch break

1:25 pm

Approaching LinkedIn with a Strategy and the Gift of Social Reciprocity

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With increasing technology, no matter what your role is, there is an expectation to stay current and have an online presence definitely on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is rapidly influencing the face of the insurance industry, not just from a business perspective but also from a personal development standpoint. This session will examine how you can use LinkedIn to build your brand, develop powerful relationships, and how to really stand out from the competition.

  • How to develop your LinkedIn professional career story as a vehicle for new opportunities
  • Tips for attracting valuable professional interactions
  • Advice for setting boundaries between LinkedIn (social media) and your work
  • The importance of Social Reciprocity to earn trust
  • How to gain credibility through thought leadership

Shelly Elsliger

LinkedIn Trainer & President, Linked-Express

1:55 pm

Panel: Leading the Change

In a very unique, transitioning insurance market, few would argue against the need for increased diversity in leadership. But how can we move this conversation forward in insurance? In an effort to build an authentically inclusive workplace, senior leaders will analyze the current status of the industry and how to advance diversity, equity and inclusion from discussion into action.

  • Gender balance and the talent gap: Trends in the industry today
  • What can we learn from the next generation’s approach equity in the workplace?
  • Advice for how you can help support diversity in your workplace
  • Innovation – where are we going in 2020?
  • What do you say? How do you support when you’re unsure.


Angela Schaefer

VP of Human Resources, Safety National


Henry Pippins

Financial Professional, Thrivent

Jenny Novoa

Sr. Director of Risk Management & Safety, Gap, Inc.

Aneisha Goldsmith

Financial Lines Underwriting Leader, Western Territory, Chubb

Kimberly Davis

Chief Financial Officer, Versant Health

2:40 pm

Networking and Refreshments

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