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

All sessions will take place in Central Time, please plan accordingly.

Sponsor Hall Open
9:00 am - 10:00 am CT

Take a moment to visit with sponsors in the virtual sponsor booths.

La'Vonda McLean (Panelist)  Paul Romano (Panelist)  Brenda Shelly (Moderator)  Chris Duca (Panelist)  
The Hard Market is Upon Us – Do You Have the Skills to Be Successful?
10:00 am - 11:00 am CT

If you have placed or purchased any professional liability insurance during the last two years, you know the market has changed. After a prolonged soft market the hard market is here and this change in market requires different skills and a different approach to brokering, underwriting and handling claims. A hardening market has broad implications for insurers, brokers and clients beyond price. Placement transactions, policy terms and conditions, claims management and maintaining long term relationships between all parties has become more challenging than ever. Join these industry veterans as they address critical tactics necessary to be successful across all Professional Liability lines and industries, including Healthcare and Lifesciences.

Willis Towers Watson
TDC Specialty Underwriters
Bill Siegel (Panelist)  Lindsay Nickle (Panelist)  Austin Bockwinkel (Moderator)  
HOT TOPIC: The Rise in Ransomware
10:45 am - 11:30 am CT

As ransomware attacks continue to skyrocket, insurance professionals must understand how to best protect their clients (and themselves) from this increasingly prevalent threat. But how does one effectively underwrite to this rapidly evolving risk? Can the industry continue to sustain ransomware losses? This session will discuss the latest ransomware trends, how and why demands are increasing, protections available for companies, and how insurers might respond.

Emily Sides Bonds (Facilitator)  
FACILITATED DISCUSSION: Best Practices in Participating in Virtual Mediations
11:00 am- 11:30 am CT

Facilitated discussions offer an opportunity for knowledge sharing in a smaller setting more conducive to richer conversation. The facilitated discussions will be held live in Zoom rooms, accessible only via the virtual conference platform. Each discussion has a lead facilitator, but all session attendees are invited to participate in the discussion.

This facilitated discussion is being led by one of our regular PLUS Blog contributors; for reference you can find her blog post here.

Michelle Klein (Panelist)  Carrie O'Neil (Panelist)  Mark Oakes (Panelist)  Craig Boneau, Esq. (Panelist)  Kim Melvin (Moderator)  
The Surge of Bankruptcies & D&O Claims - CE/CLE Eligible
11:30 am - 12:30 pm CT

When a company files for bankruptcy, the likelihood of a claim against the company’s directors and officers increases substantially and corporate bankruptcies can lead to a host of insurance-related issues. This session will explore the increased frequency of bankruptcy filings and attendant D&O claims and talk through what drives the severity in bankruptcy-related D&O claims and the claims handling challenges presented in defending and settling D&O claims against directors and officers of a bankruptcy company.

Don’t forget to tune in the next day at 10:00am Central for the underwriting discussion on this topic, D&O Underwriting in an Era of Surging Bankruptcies.

CE/CLE Eligible

Berkley Professional Liability
Norton Rose Fulbright
Eric Tu (Panelist)  Moire Morón, Esq. (Panelist)  Sarah Cho (Panelist)  Jahan Cedenio, RPLU+ (Panelist)  Kim Bush (Panelist)  Deborah Egel-Fergus (Moderator)  
Diversity and Inclusion in the PL Industry: What's Different This Time?
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm CT

There has never been a more relevant time to have a conversation about Diversity and Inclusion. This session will feature five emerging leaders in the PL industry who will discuss how diversity has impacted their career path and how they see themselves playing a role in effectuating change in the current world climate.

AXIS Capital
Bowring Marsh (Bermuda)
Gawain Charlton-Perrin (Panelist)  Claudia Costa (Moderator)  
HOT TOPIC: COVID19, The Practice of Law and Professional Liability
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm CT

COVID19 has brought many changes to the practice of law. Attorneys have had to change how and where they work and adapt to rapidly changing rules and laws. This session will discuss pitfalls attorneys should avoid in the age of COVID19 and professional responsibilities.

Hanover Professional & Executive Lines
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani
Wesley Butler, RPLU (Facilitator)  
FACILITATED DISCUSSION: Navigating the gauntlet of writing new business in a post-pandemic world
1:15 pm - 1:45 pm CT

Facilitated discussions offer an opportunity for knowledge sharing in a smaller setting more conducive to richer conversation. The facilitated discussions will be held live in Zoom rooms, accessible only via the virtual conference platform. Each discussion has a lead facilitator, but all session attendees are invited to participate in the discussion.

Medical Insurance Exchange of California
Doris Aragon (Panelist)  Timothy Jabbour (Panelist)  Sara Tucker (Panelist)  Kimberly Kayiwa (Moderator)  
Stem Cell Therapy - Regulatory Developments and Claim Considerations - CE/CLE Eligible
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CT

The number of stem cell clinics have been increasing rapidly, and there are serious questions around the legality of the treatments being provided. Recent enforcement activity by FDA has signified a shift in focus on the regulation of stem cell products, and particularly whether certain products have been adulterated or misbranded. This session will provide an overview of the current clinical treatments being offered and a discussion of those facilities and treatments from a legal and regulatory perspective. It will also address regulatory, coverage and claim considerations related to stem cells, and specifically the complex regulatory framework and developing case law.

CE/CLE Eligible

Womble Bond Dickinson
Sedgwick Claims Management
Carl Metzger (Interviewer)  Amb. Susan Rice (Keynote)  
Keynote - A Live Conversation with Amb. Susan Rice
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm CT

United States National Security Advisor (2013-2017), United States Ambassador to the United Nations (2009-2013)

PLUS is excited to announce that Amb. Susan Rice will be joining us on Monday, November 9th at the PLUS Conference as our Keynote Speaker. She will participate in a moderated Q&A to chat about her career, foreign policy, current affairs, and her New York Times best-selling memoir, Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For.

Goodwin Procter LLP
PLUS Virtual Happy Hour
4:15 pm - 4:45 pm CT

Open to everyone. Join colleagues in an interactive game of trivia. There will be prizes! Link to join will be in the Connections Lounge.

Future PLUS hosted Happy Hour
4:15 pm - 4:45 pm CT

Open to everyone. Join Future PLUS volunteer leaders and end your first day of the PLUS Conference with a Mixologist. Recipes are available here. Link to join will be in the Connections Lounge.

Sponsor Hall Open
9:00 am - 10:00 am CT

Take a moment to visit with sponsors in the virtual sponsor booths.

COFFEE CHAT: RPLU
9:00 am - 10:00 am CT

Coffee chat perfect for those who have earned their RPLU or RPLU+ or are interested in earning it. Drop in to catch up with colleagues who have earned their RPLU to chat about the benefits of earning the designation, new e-learning modules and exams. Link to join will be in the Connections Lounge.

Future PLUS volunteer leaders in attendance include:
Jahan Cedenio, RPLU+, Broker, AVP, Bowring Marsh (Bermuda)
Nathan Thomas, RPLU+, Cyber Liability Underwriter, RLI Insurance Company
Luis White, Underwriter, Chubb

Scott Williams (Panelist)  Kristen Mielert (Panelist)  Collins Free (Panelist)  Robert Yellen (Panelist)  Kevin LaCroix, Esq., RPLU (Moderator)  
D&O Underwriting in an Era of Surging Bankruptcies
10:00 am - 11:00 am CT

The increasing number of bankruptcies and bankruptcy-related claims influence and affect professional liability insurance underwriting in many ways. This session will explore the ways that the bankruptcy levels affect the underwriting process and underwriting analysis, as well as the impact on risk selection, terms and conditions, and pricing. The factors underwriters may choose to consider in analyzing the risks and exposures of applicant companies in a time of financial disruption and distress will also be discussed.

TDC Specialty Underwriters
Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance
Willis Towers Watson
Matt Wasta (Panelist)  Steven D. Weiner (Moderator)  
HOT TOPIC: Assessing the Scope and Limitations of Immunity Laws
10:45 am - 11:30 am CT

The COVID-19 crisis has presented a unique set of circumstances for healthcare providers and professionals, specifically in the Long-Term Care industry. The rapid progression of COVID-19 in numerous communities across the United States has resulted in the declaration of medical emergencies in many jurisdictions. It has become clear that the lawsuits will be based upon alleged failures to comply with CMS and CDC guidelines. This session will go into detail on the types of claims expected in an effort to overcome claims of immunity, the steps to be taken now to prepare for the defense of such suits and the impact on the underwriting of insurance in the Long-Term Care space.

AmWINS Program Underwriters
Kaufman, Borgeest & Ryan, LLP
Nathan Thomas, CISSP, MCP, RPLU+ (Facilitator)  
FACILITATED DISCUSSION: Let's Chat about Cyber
11:00 am - 11:30 am CT

Facilitated discussions offer an opportunity for knowledge sharing in a smaller setting more conducive to richer conversation. The facilitated discussions will be held live in Zoom rooms, accessible only via the virtual conference platform. Each discussion has a lead facilitator, but all session attendees are invited to participate in the discussion.

James Redeker (Panelist)  Ken Fall (Panelist)  Lisa Doherty (Panelist)  Peter Biging (Moderator)  
The Coming Wave of E&O Claims - CE/CLE Eligible
11:30 am - 12:30 pm CT

We live in a world in which disasters and catastrophic exposures are increasingly present in our lives. For each of these exposures, insurance agents and brokers are actively and aggressively seeking to sell insurance. Yet when they hit, there will invariably be hundreds if not thousands (or even tens of thousands) of insureds who will be confronted with liability exposures beyond their coverage limits or uninsured in their entirety. This session will discuss the special risks presented to insurance agents and brokers by disasters and catastrophic risks, the relevant practical and legal issues, and the steps that can and must be taken to defend against these claims and the potentially enormous exposure presented.

CE/CLE Eligible

Westport Insurance Corp
Business Risk Partners
Goldberg Segalla LLP
Jamie Sussel Turner, M.Ed PCC (Keynote Speaker)  
Women's Leadership Network Keynote - Jamie Sussel Turner
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm CT

Transforming Stress in Transformational Times

A pandemic and isolation, economic and business convulsions, natural disasters, civil unrest, and an election -- 2020 has been a challenging year. Everyone is navigating working from home, online learning, disrupted childcare, bored children, vulnerable parents, isolation, worry, illness and fear; and the burden of scheduling and caretaking often falls even more heavily on women. Professional coach, former school principal, and author of 2 books on rethinking stress, Jamie Sussel Turner, will share her solutions to transform stress into power and chaos into calm. Visit the Foundation Booth in the Connections Lounge to download Ms. Turner's e-book, “Less Stress Life.”

Ayesha West (Panelist)  Ashley M. Hunter (Moderator)  
HOT TOPIC: Insurance and COVID: How a Pandemic and Social Uprising is Changing the Way We Do Business
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm CT

This session will discuss how the insurance C-suite and executive management can foster and nurture their high performing employees of colour to create a truly inclusive environment.

Everest Insurance
Jennifer Weinstein (Panelist)  Chester White (Panelist)  Kate Gookin (Panelist)  Patrick Baker (Panelist)  Jeanette L. Dixon, Esq. (Moderator)  
The Pressure is Rising from Inside - CE/CLE Eligible
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CT

Activism is expanding within the workplace with employees using their voice and platforms to speak out about issues affecting society. This session will explore how social activism is seen throughout an organization and the distinction between private and public employees and the rules effecting these different sectors. It will also discuss the risks and exposures related to activism activities, the laws that protect employees, and practical tips for fostering a workplace that allows employees to speak openly and share their feedback.

CE/CLE Eligible

Starr Companies
Debbie Schaffel (Interviewer)  Gregory C. Case (Keynote)  
C-Suite Discussion with Greg Case, CEO of Aon
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm CT

Please join us for interesting conversations with Greg Case, Chief Executive Officer, Aon plc when PLUS interviews Greg Case to learn his perspective on the current market conditions, COVID and its impact on business and the workforce, how social injustice has put diversity at the forefront and so much more. This is an exclusive opportunity for the PLUS Community to hear from established an industry thought leader on topics that are relevant to each of us in our daily work lives.

PLUS Foundation Conference Cause
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm CT

Join us for this fun, interactive GAME SHOW that will support our veterans and offer a raucous good time. This year’s Conference Cause will benefit Hire Heroes USA https://www.hireheroesusa.org, the #1 organization that supports U.S. military members and their spouses as they make the transition from their military to civilian careers.

Sponsor Hall Exclusive Hour
9:00 am - 10:00 am CT

Take a moment to visit with sponsors in the virtual sponsor booths.

COFFEE CHAT: Future PLUS
9:00 am - 10:00 am CT

Coffee chat for Future PLUS members. Drop in to catch up with Future PLUS colleagues and chat about workplace challenges and tips for young professionals as well as what opportunities you are looking for from PLUS. Link to join will be in the Connections Lounge.

Future PLUS volunteer leaders in attendance include:
Syed Abidin, Sr., MPL Underwriter, Philadelphia Insurance Companies
Rachael Loughlin, Associate, O’Hagan Meyer PLLC
Martha Manriquez, RPLU, Claims Specialist, Great American Insurance Group

Kate Tyler (Panelist)  Brian Finlay (Panelist)  Steve Prymas (Panelist)  Brian Sabia (Panelist)  Julie McLoughlin (Moderator)  
State of the Market: Financial Lines and Professional Liability Reinsurance
10:00 am - 11:00 am CT

Leading reinsurers will provide their insight on the current state of the marketplace, along with the challenges and opportunities they see in the future.

Sompo International
Jon Davies (Panelist)  Marty Kaminsky (Panelist)  Simon Konsta (Panelist)  David Ackerman (Panelist)  Zina Saeed (Moderator)  
HOT TOPIC: International Risks and the Path Forward
10:45 am - 11:30 am CT

This session will discuss the evolution of Global claims and the path forward in a post Covid-19 economy. We will be exploding emerging risks in international underwriting, and the development of the significance of reputational risk. We will also explore the impact increasingly politicised and active regulatory and disciplinary regimes and how political and socio-economic polarisation affect claim outcomes. Finally we’ll address how Covid 19 has presented further challenged within these jurisdictions.

Travelers Europe
Greenberg Traurig
Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty
HDI Global Specialty
Brittany Lannan (Facilitator)  John Humphreys (Facilitator)  
FACILITATED DISCUSSION: Coverage: What Stays, What Goes
11:00 am - 11:30 am CT

Facilitated discussions offer an opportunity for knowledge sharing in a smaller setting more conducive to richer conversation. The facilitated discussions will be held live in Zoom rooms, accessible only via the virtual conference platform. Each discussion has a lead facilitator, but all session attendees are invited to participate in the discussion.

his facilitated discussion is being led by one of our regular PLUS Blog contributors; for reference you can find her blog posts here and here.

Mark Calzaretta (Panelist)  Beth Diamond (Panelist)  Robert Tyson (Panelist)  Heather Fox (Moderator)  
Preventing Nuclear Verdicts in a Post COVID World - CE/CLE Eligible
11:30 am - 12:30 pm CT

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every professional and company in some way and a major issue is how juries will impact exposures and the insurance industry. Many corporate boards have been forced to make difficult decisions, healthcare professionals are at the front lines of the fight, and other professionals, such as accountants and lawyers, must quickly and dramatically reinvent how they serve their clients. All while most employers face potential exposure arising out of employee safety, layoffs, or rapid efforts to move their entire workforce remote. This session will explore the emerging issues that could lead to nuclear verdicts, the exposures for the insurance industry, and how insurance defenses can prevail in a post-COVID-19 world.

CE/CLE Eligible

Magna Legal Services
ARC Excess and Surplus, LLC
Alyssa Pianelli (Panelist)  Kelly Thoerig (Panelist)  Wendy Mellk (Moderator)  
EPLI Claims in the Wake of COVID 19
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm CT

Earlier this year the PLUS webinar, Anticipated EPLI Claims in the Wake of COVID 19, explored the possible claims employers and insurers should expect to encounter in the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic. Now that these claims are beginning to be seen, this session will explore the current exposures, emerging claims, the legal landscape, and defensive and preventive strategies.

Matthew T. Simpson (Panelist)  Jefferey Doran (Panelist)  Jeffrey D. Cowhey (Moderator)  
HOT TOPIC: Overcoming Contingent Liability with Transactional Insurance
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm CT

As a Hot Topic item, most of us are well aware of the role Representations & Warranties Insurance can play in helping to facilitate a smooth transaction. However, amid the global pandemic and what seems to have become a greater frequency of bankruptcy filings, what can be done to help clients in distressed sales? This session will offer some insight into the growth of non-traditional M&A, including bankruptcy, 363 Sales, SPAC’s and other similar processes and will offer some practical thoughts on possible solutions in the form of Transactional Insurance.

Robbie Thompson (Facilitator)  
FACILITATED DISCUSSION: Discussion on all things PLUS with CEO, Robbie Thompson
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm CT

Facilitated discussions offer an opportunity for knowledge sharing in a smaller setting more conducive to richer conversation. The facilitated discussions will be held live in Zoom rooms, accessible only via the virtual conference platform. Each discussion has a lead facilitator, but all session attendees are invited to participate in the discussion.

Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
Robert DiRico (Panelist)  Mike Nelson (Panelist)  Shanil Williams (Panelist)  Kate Browne (Moderator)  
The Future Will Be Great If We Are Ready - CE/CLE Eligible
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CT

New technology creates new risks -brokers, risk managers and carriers now need to have a understanding of the legal and insurance implications of Artificial Intelligence, robots, and blockchain.

CE/CLE Eligible

ARC Excess & Surplus, LLC
QuantivRisk, Inc.
Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE
Berkshire Hathaway Speciality Insurance
Ken Stephens (Interviewer)  John Keogh (Keynote)  
C-Suite Discussion with John Keogh, COO of Chubb
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm CT

Please join us for interesting conversations with John Keogh, Chief Operating Officer, Chubb when PLUS interviews Mr. Keogh to learn his perspective on the current market conditions, COVID and its impact on business and the workforce, how social injustice has put diversity at the forefront and so much more. This is an exclusive opportunity for the PLUS Community to hear from an established industry thought leader on topics that are relevant to each of us in our daily work lives.

Closing Comments
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm CT

Event Detail

November 9, 2020 10:00 am
November 11, 2020 1:30 pm