Executive Leadership Summit

May 1-4, 2018 • Washington, D.C. area • Darden School of Business
For senior level E&S professionals who wish to broaden their strategic leadership and change management skills


About The Summit

This capstone program focuses on developing and implementing strategic planning, leadership and change management at the personal, team and organizational level. Senior-level professionals learn through intensive, real-life case studies taught by faculty from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Participants return to their organizations with the tools and mindsets to act more strategically. Attendees will develop the enterprise perspective required to make winning choices while running their businesses in today’s complex environment.  

Who Should Attend

WSIA members with considerable E&S industry experience who are at the top of their organizations' leadership teams, and senior-level members with direct responsibility for obtaining superior and sustainable results, should attend the summit. 

What Alumni Have to Say

Learn about the Executive Leadership Summit experience from industry peers by viewing short videos. 

Registration and Fees

  • Registration for the 2018 program will open in February 2018. Please contact Vicky Fleming at vicky@wsia.org if you have questions or would like to be notified when 2018 registration opens. 
  • Registration is $2,500 per participant and includes hotel accommodations and meals.

Executive Leadership Summit Topics

  • Learning, Leading and Change - Improve ability to build trust and commitment from producers by creating a positive and fulfilling sales environment and learn to identify and implement change success factors. 
  • From Tactical to Strategic Leadership - Focus support to business segments that offer sustainable opportunity to grow and produce underwriting profit. Gain a stronger understanding of the link between what retail producers need and what can be profitably sold to them.
  • Leadership and High Performance - Understand the value of steward leadership when dealing within and organization and partnering with others.
  • Can You Say What Your Strategy Is? - Understand the meaning and importance of staying “outside” an organization when developing high-level strategy.
  • The Power of Story and Personal Engagement - Identify and assess personal foundation beliefs and how those can help chart future career paths. Learn the importance of personal stories and how to value them as an effective leadership tool. 
  • CEO Discussion - Bryan Sanders, Markel, will offer executive-level perspective on today's issues in the surplus lines industry and related personal career experiences. 

Schedule of Events

*Tentative schedule is subject to change. 

Tuesday, May 1
2:00-3:45 p.m. Arrival and Check-In
4:00-4:30 p.m. Class Discussion, Welcome & Introductions - Prof. Horniman
4:30-5:45 p.m. CEO Discussion 
6:00-6:30 p.m. Opening Reception
6:30-7:45 p.m. Dinner
Evening Learning Team Meetings
 
Wednesday, May 2
7:00-8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00-9:30 a.m. Learning, Leading and Change - Prof. Horniman
9:30-10:00 a.m. Connect With Your Office 
10:00-11:30 a.m. From Tactical to Strategic Leadership I - Prof. Venkataraman
11:30-11:45 a.m. Class Photo
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.        Lunch
12:30-1:00 p.m.   Connect With Your Office
1:15-2:30 p.m. Leading Change I - Prof. Horniman
2:30-3:15 p.m. Learning Team Meetings & Refreshments
3:15-4:15 p.m. Leading Change II - Prof. Horniman
4:15-5:45 p.m. Connect With Your Office/Personal Time
5:45-6:15 p.m. Reception
6:15-7:15 p.m. Dinner
Evening Learning Team Meetings
 
Thursday, May 3
7:00-8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00-9:30 a.m. Leadership and High Performance - Prof. Horniman
9:30-10:00 a.m. Connect With Your Office
10:00-11:30 a.m. Can You Say What Your Strategy Is? - Prof. Venkataraman
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Learning Team Meetings
12:15-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00-1:30 p.m.  Connect With Your Office 
1:30-2:45 p.m. Building Organization Coherence - Prof. Venkataraman
2:45-3:15 p.m. Connect With Your Office
3:15-4:30 p.m. From Tactical to Strategic Leadership II - Prof. Horniman and Venkataraman 
4:30-5:45 p.m. Connect With Your Office/Personal Time
5:45-6:15 p.m. Reception
6:15-7:15 p.m.  Dinner
Evening  Learning Team Meetings
 
Friday, May 4
7:00-8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00-10:00 a.m. Sharing Insights for Future Industry Leadership 
& Individual Statements about Future Personal Opportunities
10:00-10:30 a.m. Connect With Your Office
10:30-Noon The Power of Story and Personal Engagement - Prof. Horniman
12:00-12:15 p.m. Program Evaluation and Closing Remarks
12:15 p.m. Box Lunches Available 

Hotel and Dining Accommodations

Housing is handled by WSIA as part of the registration process.

Session Location

Executive Leadership Summit will be held at the Darden School of Business' Washington D.C. area training facility. 

Travel Information

  • Ronald Regan Washington National (DCA) is apparoximately a 10 minute drive from the training facility.
  • Dulles International Airport (IAD) is approximately a 30 minute drive from the training facility.