Planning for the Unknown: Economic & Industry Impact Panel Discussion, hosted by WSIA's Education Committee

March 11, 2021
11:00 a.m. PT / Noon MT / 1:00 p.m. CT / 2:00 p.m. ET
At your desk • No charge

We are in the middle of a global pandemic, the discovery of murder hornets in the U.S., various UFO confirmed sightings, unprecedented business income, cyber & data breach claims, and civil unrest. Does this leave you wondering what’s next? Please join WSIA's Education Committee for a panel discussion featuring leaders in the fields of Actuarial Science, Economics, Emerging Issues Research and Marketing. During this webinar, our panelists will discuss their real-world experiences evaluating and planning for the emerging issues and economic impact facing underwriters, brokers and leaders in the E&S industry. Sign up to learn more about the forecasts and market predictions ahead.

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  • Regina Kirwan | Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, GenStar


  • Tim Fletcher|  Senior Emerging Issues Specialist, GenRe
  • Jim Lynch | Chief Actuary and Senior Vice President of Research and Education,  Insurance Information Institute
  • Eric Price-Glynn | Senior Principal and Head of the Division, ISO MarketStance, a Verisk Business
  • Paul Smith | Senior Vice President, Carrier Relations, H.W. Kaufman Group

Diversity & Inclusion in the Insurance Workforce, hosted by WSIA's Emerging Issues & Innovation Committee

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Join The WSIA Emerging Issues and Innovation Committee for a webinar about diversity and inclusion in the insurance workforce. We will highlight the current state in the industry today and dive into the benefits & challenges faced in attracting & retaining diverse talent all outlined in the committee’s Modern Workforce Trend Report. Panelists will also discuss initiatives that are making a difference, and how the industry can work together to improve the diversity and inclusion climate for future generations.

Check out the presenters' full biographies here. 


  • Catherine Rudow | Vice President, Cyber Insurance, Nationwide E&S/Specialty


  • Michael Angelina |  Executive Director, Maguire Academy of Insurance, Saint Joseph's University
  • Tony Chimera | Senior Vice President, Human Resources,  Sompo International
  • Kortney Eidson | Vice President, Binding Authority, AmWINS Group
  • Christine Goodman | Senior Director, Nationwide Insurance Company
  • Catherine Mulligan | Global Head of Cyber, AON Reinsurance Solutions

Cyber Liability Sessions 1 & 2, hosted by WSIA's Emerging Issues & Innovation Committee

Session 1 | View the webinar recording

What is the current state of cyber liability and where is it going? In this second session of the two-part webinar series, industry experts provide their insight on the present and future trends of cyber exposure. Here is your chance to get answers to your cyber questions during a Q&A with these industry experts.

Session 2 | View the webinar recording

Explore what cyber exposure looks like in our increasingly remote world. Join a live panel discussion about cyber and technology E&O insurance, liabilities and coverage types. This is a must to understand in current times. For those professionals who need an introduction or general recap on cyber liability, you don't want to miss this session. 


  • Nick Economidis | Vice President, eRisk, Crum & Forster


  • Mickey Estey | Senior Vice President, E&O/Cyber/Media, RT ProExec
  • David Lewison | Senior Vice President, National Professional Lines Practice Leader, AmWINS Brokerage Group
  • Mike Robison | National Practice Leader, Professional Executive Group, CRC Group

Living and Leading with Courage and Compassion

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2020 has been a year of challenges, unknowns, uncharted territories and unprecedented times in our country and economy. Join Jennifer Kessel and Cara Delestienne LIVE for a candid discussion on navigating complex times, making decisions without a rulebook, showing up well for your team, your company and your life through vulnerability and transparency.


  • Jennifer Kessel | Marketing Director, USG Insurance Services, Inc. 
  • Cara Delestienne | Director of Service Center & Corporate Training, USG Insurance Services, Inc. 

What is Management...Really?

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Join us from your desk to learn what management really means and how you can be an effective manager. Presenters discuss examples of effective management along with management gone wrong. With their unique perspectives and experiences, presenters John Anthony and Troy Fornof provide insight and guidance that you can immediately apply to build better teams and develop a forward-thinking organization.


  • John Anthony | Vice President, Nationwide E&S/Specialty
  • Troy Fornof | Executive Vice President, MacNeill Group, Inc.

Perspectives from Stamping Office Leaders

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Perspectives from Stamping Office Leaders Resources

Join us from your desk  as these leaders discuss May 2020 filing and premium numbers, pandemic-related impacts on filers and legislation and opportunities for the industry.


  • Greg Brandon | Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas
  • Dan Maher | Excess Line Association of New York
  • Ben McKay | Surplus Line Association of California
  • David Ocasek | Surplus Line Association of Illinois
  • Bryan Young | Florida Surplus Lines Service Office
  • Brady Kelley | WSIA

Cannabis, A Budding Industry, hosted by WSIA's U40 

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Cannabis Webinar Resources

Join us live for a blunt session and high times, exploring the world of insuring cannabis. This is a budding industry in the surplus lines market and presents opportunities to break the grass ceiling! These WSIA members specialize in this unique risk as they divulge their experiences insuring in the cannabis space.


  • Jason Scheurle | Hudson Insurance Group
  • John Deneen | AmWINS Brokerage

COVID-19 Impacts on the Wholesale, Specialty and Surplus Lines Industry

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Join us for a discussion about the impacts of COVID-19 on the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines industry with a panel of WSIA Board members and staff. Panelists will share their perspectives and answer member questions about how the pandemic is impacting the industry, how members and WSIA are navigating the patchwork of COVID-19 regulatory responses and legislative proposals and opportunities and challenges of not seeing clients in person.


  • Bryan Sanders | WSIA President and President, Markel Specialty
  • Brenda (Ballard) Austenfeld | WSIA Board Member and President, National Property Practice and Managing Director, RT Specialty
  • Coryn Thalmann | WSIA Board Member and CEO, Jimcor Agencies
  • Brady Kelley | Executive Director, WSIA

Leading Remote Workers: The Evolving Workplace, including COVID-19

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Learn some timely tips and tools from Kristen Skender, Jimcor Agencies, Inc and Leah Ohodnicki, Argo Group, about how to effectively lead people working remotely and how to manage the related technology. The webinar includes discussion about COVID-19-related adaption to working remotely and how to engage and recognize employees in these changing times. For more information, check out these additional resources, including a Q&A.


  • Leah Ohodnicki |Argo Group
  • Kristen Skender  | Jimcor Agencies