Foundation Events

The Extreme Risk Takers Symposium

March 23-24, 2018
Chicago, IL

The Alpha Kappa Chapter at the Katie School of Insurance at Illinois State University hosts an annual Extreme Risk Takers Symposium. The symposium is an educational program sponsored by the Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation on the surplus lines insurance market and offers sessions and networking opportunities with peers and industry professionals. Topics and panel discussions from past symposiums include:

  • Overview of the Surplus Lines Market
  • Introduction to the WSIA Internship Program
  • The Underwriting Cycle
  • Lloyd's and the Global Market
  • Case Study on Risk Management: The Deal
  • Roles and Career Paths in the Surplus Lines Market

Important Links
  • Registration will be available in January 2018

The Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Symposium: Risky Business

April 6-7, 2018
Phoenix, AZ

Hosted by Arizona State University, The Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Symposium is a new event in 2018. The tentative schedule will include:

  • Surplus Lines distributions systems
  • Presidents' panel
  • Actuaries in action
  • Young professionals' panel
  • Career fair
  • Scholarship and internship information

Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation Golf Invitational

April 2018
Scottsdale, AZ

The Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation Golf Invitational is an annual event which assists the Foundation in funding numerous educational endeavors, including providing scholarships to students pursuing insurance degrees, supporting the Associate in Surplus Lines Insurance (ASLI) designation program and commissioning the A.M. Best Co. to produce the annual report on the surplus lines market. The Golf Invitational is held in conjunction with the NAPSLO Mid-Year Leadership Forum.

The 2017 event was held in Ft. Lauderdale during the 2017 NAPSLO Mid-Year Leadership Forum. Information about funds raised, participating golfers, sponsoring organizations, and winners will be available soon.

The Surplus Lines Symposium

October 2018
Atlanta, GA

The Surplus Lines Symposium is hosted by Troy University‚Äôs Sorrell College of Business each fall and students from several universities attend the event. In 2017 there were 202 registered student attendees from 19 universities, with 15 industry firms participating in the career fair. Information about the 2018 symposium will be available in August. 

The annual symposium features a career fair, reception/dinner and educational sessions with various presenters from the surplus lines industry, and receives sponsorship from the Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation. 

Attendees hear from surplus lines industry representatives and the selection of speakers ensures that a variety of points of view are presented for a thorough discuss of the excess & surplus lines insurance industry. The symposium features a career fair and networking opportunities to allow students to begin building relationships to aid their transition to the professional world. Topics and discussions include:

  • The Wholesale Marketplace
  • Alternative Capital
  • Building a Book around Emerging Risks: How Surplus Lines Professionals Insure the Unknown
  • Young Guns Panel
  • Student to a Professional: Networking to a Career in Specialty Insurance
  • Lloyd's and the Global Market

Important Links:
2017 Student and Educator Attendee List
2017 Symposium Flyer

Student Registration
Educator Registration
Career Fair Participant