PLUS Conference 2023

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PLUS Conference Agenda

Attend the annual PLUS Conference for a deep dive into all things professional liability insurance. Networking, education, business development and so much more.

Pre-Conference Mixer: Networking, Games, and Entertainment
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Get ready to kick off the conference at our pre-conference networking event! It's the perfect opportunity to mingle with fellow attendees before the main event. Join us for an evening of connection, laughter, and excitement with free table games and expert instructors guiding you through the rules. Enjoy entertainment, capture memorable moments with photo ops, and savor delicious light hors d'oeuvres and drinks. As a bonus, there will be a chance to win a pair of tickets to KA by Cirque Du Soleil on Tuesday, December 5th. The best part?
The dress code is casual, so come as you are and let the networking fun begin in style!

Location: Condesa Commons

LAMP Welcome Breakfast & Meetings
7:30 AM - 12:15 PM

*By Invitation Only Location: Yaletown 1 (Level 4)

Conference Cause
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Join us to assemble 250 employment totes and 50 hygiene bags to Dress for Success and S.H.E.R.O. clients at the PLUS Conference.

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Location: Gracia Foyer

RPLU Celebration
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Celebrate with fellow RPLU and RPLU+ designation recipients and PLUS leadership.
*Invitation only for incoming RPLU/RPLU+ designees
Location: Chelsea Foyer (level 3)

Connections Lounge
12:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Join us in the Connections Lounge for networking, collaboration, and relaxation at our conference.

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Location: Gracia (3rd Level)

Conference Kickoff: Connect, Compete, Celebrate
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

The Conference Welcome Task Force invites you to dive headfirst into an interactive session designed for ultimate connection and enjoyment. Network with new faces, challenge your wits on PLUS, insurance lines, and all things Las Vegas. Get ready for an engaging experience, where you could win cash prizes and a chance to win a pair of tickets to the captivating KA by Cirque Du Soleil on Tuesday, December 5th. It's more than just a session; it serves as the entrance to a conference filled with inspiration, connections, and excitement!

Location: Castellana Commons (3rd Level)

Kymberly Hadzick, RPLU  Jason Neu  David Lewison  Michael Cavallaro, RPLU  
Wholesale Distribution in a Changing Market
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Over the past 20 years the Surplus Lines market share of the overall Property and Casualty market has grown from around 5% to 11%, or $26 billion to $100 billion. As a result, wholesale brokers have grown dramatically and insurance companies have built out divisions dedicated to wholesale distribution. In this panel we will discuss what that’s meant in Professional Lines and how distribution methods have changed during this time.

Location: Mont-Royal (Level 4)

Joan Woodward  
Woodward on Washington: An Economic, Policy & Political Outlook
2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Joan Woodward, Executive Vice President of Public Policy at Travelers, will share her economic, public policy and political outlook in this data-driven analytical presentation. She will also discuss the most pressing challenges facing the new Congress and the Biden Administration in 2023. What do higher interest rates, coupled with the highest inflation rates in 40 years mean for your business and can the U.S. avoid a recession? Will legislation recently passed by Congress, such as the Inflation Reduction Act and the CHIPS Act, bring relief to consumers and businesses? Joan will explore those issues, as well as what the upcoming elections might mean for insurance, tax policy, and the economy. Also, as President of the Travelers Institute, Joan will give a preview of the Institute’s 2024 initiatives.

Location: Castellana 1

Mark Sadler  
Cyber Subrogation -Opportunity and Challenges
2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Great American Insurance Group
This session will provide a comprehensive discussion of subrogation in the context of cyber claims, including an overview of common subrogation scenarios, theories of liability, the role of contracts and the use of subrogation attorneys and vendors. The discussion will also address waivers of subrogation and other pre-loss steps that can be taken to enhance or prevent subrogation in the event of a loss.

Location: Castellana 2

Laura Lapidus, Esq.  
EPL Severity -What's an EPL Insurer to Do?
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

In 2023, the severity of Employment Practices Liability (EPL) claims in the EPL is on the rise and shows no signs of plateauing. The increase can be attributed to several factors, prominently including social inflation, economic inflation, and a general rise in expenses. Addressing these issues, EPL insurers can undertake underwriting actions, claims actions, and defense counsel actions to mitigate the impact. As for the future, predicting the trajectory of EPL severity over the next few years remains uncertain, but proactive measures are vital to adapt to the evolving landscape.

Location: Castellana 1

Christin J. Hill, Esq.  Doru Gavril, Esq.  Jack Flug  Matthew McLellan  
D&O Minefield: Regulatory Rulemaking and Enforcement
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Over the last year, the Securities Exchange Commission has proposed, and adopted, controversial rules that have increased the exposure for publicly-traded companies and their boards. Additionally, the SEC has lived up to its stated goal of increased enforcement and personal accountability. These regulatory exposures can open the door for an aggressive plaintiffs bar looking to advance shareholder class action claims. Companies and their boards should be mindful of these risks and develop strategies to both protect against investor claims and improve their risk profiles in the eyes of D&O underwriters.

Location: Castellana 2

Patrick & the LVB  Nate Bargatze  
PLUS Awards & Opening Night Reception
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Join us for an electrifying opening night reception featuring the comedic brilliance of 2021 Grammy Nominee Nate Bargatze, "The Nicest Man in Stand-Up" and host of the popular podcast "Nateland," alongside Las Vegas Headliner and Emmy Award-Winner Patrick & the LVB, the entertainer extraordinair, and attend the prestigious Founders and PLUS1 Award ceremonies. Get ready for an evening of laughter and entertainment at our 2023 PLUS Conference!

Location: The Chelsea

Attendee Breakfast & PLUS Emerging Leaders Award(s)
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Location: Belmont Ballroom (level 4)

Connections Lounge
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Join us in the Connections Lounge for networking, collaboration, and relaxation at our conference.

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Location: Gracia (3rd Level)

Uri Dallal  Laura F. Coppola  Paul A. Brophy  Sarah Abrams  
CE/CLE Session: Should You Take the Gamble? Betting on Distressed D&O Risk
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

This session will discuss the increased frequency of bankruptcy filings and attendant D&O Claims, explore what drives the severity in insolvency-related D&O claims, identify the claims handling challenges presented in defending and settling D&O claims against directors and officers of an insolvent company and examine the opportunities and challenges in underwriting distressed risk.

Location: Mont-Royal (Level 4)

Shelley Ma  
How to Insure Against One of Your Biggest Attack Surfaces: Employees
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

In the ever-changing cyber risk landscape, businesses must stay vigilant. While focusing on new attack methods, they may overlook a significant threat: their own employees. Employee actions, such as neglecting system updates, ignoring critical vulnerabilities, and falling victim to phishing attacks in their email, can serve as the easiest path for cyberattacks. This session highlights how employee behavior can impact cyber insurance claims and provides proven strategies for thwarting attackers and reducing future claims.

Location: Castellana 1

Cassandra Shivers  Sean O'Donnell  Scott A. Schechter, Esq.  
Concerning Risk Trends in Public Company D&O and FI
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

The panel will include underwriter and broker impressions of emerging risks associated with new SEC rules, regulations, and enforcement actions, such as new climate-related reporting and cybersecurity disclosure rules, rules creating additional requirements for investment advisors to private funds, and the SEC’s recently commenced, first-ever NFT-related enforcement action.

Location: Castellana 2

Amy Cuddy  
Power of Prejudice: Exploring the Anatomy of Bias at Work
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

PLUS Foundation Luncheon
For over two decades, Amy Cuddy has delved into the psychology of prejudice, exploring why we envy, pity, admire, and hate others, and how these feelings shape our interactions and self-perception. Drawing from a wealth of research, she offers an evidence-based discussion on how bias influences workplace discrimination. Cuddy empowers her audience to break free from stereotypes, fostering unity and combatting workplace harassment and bullying.

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Location: Belmont (Level 4)

Ashley R. Lynam, Esq.  Ben Accardo  
The Evolving Landscape of Sexual Abuse/Molestation Litigation
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Our upcoming presentation explores the dynamic landscape of sexual abuse and molestation (SAM/SML) litigation. Our experts will focus on several key areas: SAM/SML losses by industry and frequency, recent settlements and verdicts, the impact of statutes of limitations reform, current SML trends, the factors contributing to abuse, and the potential for prevention through services and crisis management. We aim to provide a comprehensive view of the SAM/SML litigation field for legal professionals and stakeholders.

Location: Castellana 1

Marshall Rothstein  Doug Greene  M. Machua Millett, Esq.  
Defensive Maneuvers and Unintended Consequences
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Except for those who have had to deal with the intricacies of defense costs provisions in real-life claims and litigation, few fully understand how important they can be. Duty to defend versus duty to indemnify, defense inside or outside of limits, panel counsel lists, hammer clauses, rate caps, consent clauses, the very definition of Defense Costs itself -- all can complicate the performance of an otherwise well-negotiated financial lines insurance policy at the most important moment: a Claim.

Location: Castellana 2

Margaret Mitchell, PhD  Emy R. Donavan  
CE/CLE Session: Ai and Professional Risks
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

This interview with a leading Ethical AI researcher will analyze and forecast the professional risks of AI adoption. This discussion will cover how these trends may affect companies’ respective risk profiles, and current considerations for insurers, brokers and attorneys to help manage, measure and transfer those risks, where appropriate.

Location: Belmont Ballroom (Level 4)

Kelly L. Doherty-Schaffner  John Van Decker  Cecilia Chang  Heather Fox  
CE/CLE Session: Industry Leaders: Evolution of the Insurance Market
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Professional and financial lines insurance is gaining increasing importance worldwide. In this session, industry professionals who started in professional lines but now oversee multiple insurance lines in multinational carrier or broker companies will discuss current and future industry trends. They will identify trends and strategies to address challenges in lines of coverage like D&O, EPL, and Cyber, examining external factors such as rising cybersecurity concerns, social inflation, civil unrest, social justice, diversity & inclusion, ESG, and global insurance trends.

Location: Belmont (Level 4)

PLUS Happy Hour
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Celebrate the final night of the conference with colleagues and friends at the PLUS Happy Hour. Bar service, hors d'oeuvres, and classic Vegas entertainment will provide a great way to head into the final day of the conference.

Location: Chelsea Theater

Attendee Breakfast & Gavel Exchange
9:00 am - 9:45 am

Location: Belmont Ballroom (level 4)

Connections Lounge Open
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us in the Connections Lounge for networking, collaboration, and relaxation at our conference.

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Location: Gracia (3rd Level)

Caren Ulrich Stacy  Letoyia Horton  Alyssa N. Pianelli, Esq.  Peter Woo, Esq.  
Moving the Diversity Needle
9:45 am - 10:30 am

A fireside chat to to provide ideas, tips and strategies about what companies and individuals can do to keep DEI initiatives moving forward. The session will provide practical takeaways for attendees on how their companies and clients can move the needle on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

Location: Belmont

Dan DeAlmeida  KEVIN M. O'HAGAN  La’Vonda McLean, Esq.  Cassandra Ferguson  Nicole M. Baummer, Esq.  
CE/CLE Session: EPL Jeopardy Style!
10:45 am - 11:45 am

Welcome to JEOPARDY!, where each question gives you a glimpse into legal intricacies and current events. Categories span from legal rulings to popular music, challenging your knowledge across diverse topics. Get ready to test your wits and learn something new.

Location: Belmont (Level 4)

Conference Ends
11:45 AM

Thank you for attending the 2023 PLUS Conference! We are looking forward to seeing you in 2024 in Chicago!

Event Detail

December 4, 2023 9:00 am
December 6, 2023 11:00 am
3708 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89109