2012 PLUS International Conference
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PLUS Foundation Women's Leadership Network Presentation featuring Carolyne Spackman11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Ms. Spackman will address macroeconomic and political trends in the world economy today, as well as key risks that may impact businesses and professionals going forward.
Add to Outlook / Google CalendarGenerational Differences in the Workplace featuring Tamara J. Erickson01:15 PM - 02:30 PM
Today it's increasingly important to create a culture that is welcoming and engaging for talented individuals of all ages. Based on years of in-depth research and three books on generations in the work force, Tammy Erickson helps audiences understand the underlying evolution of the assumptions each generation brings to work, with humor, empathy and enormous insight. Contributing rich data and unparalleled research with her optimistic point of view, Tammy offers practical strategies and actionable insights so that audiences of all ages will better understand each other.
Add to Outlook / Google CalendarOpening General Session and Keynote Address from Dennis Miller03:00 PM - 04:15 PM
Dennis Miller's comedy is politically poignant. Commenting on life and politics from his beginnings as a standup in Boston during the early 80's to his breakthrough role as the host of Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live. Expect an afternoon of political humor and insightful commentary.
Add to Outlook / Google CalendarOpening Night Cocktail Reception06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
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Assessing, Limiting & Avoiding Design Professional Liability Exposures08:30 AM - 09:45 AM
This discussion will include an overview of key liability issues critical to anyone insuring, defending or managing risk for design professionals. The panel will touch on how to best craft the most favorable contract language, the current state of the law with regard to interpretation of limitation of liability clauses, and application of join & several liability between architects and contractors, and pertinent insurance issues.
Add to Outlook / Google CalendarKenneth J Wittman
Senior Vice President, Dealey, Renton & AssociatesChristopher Calnon
Vice President, A&E Product Manager, ACE USATraci Lagasse
Partner, Andrews Lagasse Branch & Bell LLPTraci Gill
Senior Claims Examiner-Claims Attorney, Prairie State Administrative Services, Inc.Privacy and Data Security: The True Impact of Exposures08:30 AM - 09:45 AM
No organization is immune to privacy and data security risks. From highly sophisticated companies like Sony, to neighborhood coffee shops, the rate of data breaches continues to increase at an alarming pace. Although estimates of the actual costs associated with breaches vary widely, no one can deny the potentially devastating financial impact of a security incident. The panel will offer suggestions as to how to evaluate “real” cyber exposures, offer meaningful risk management solutions, and craft coverage structures to meet our clients’ needs.
Add to Outlook / Google CalendarMichael Carr
SVP, E&O Underwriting , Argo ProTheodore J Kobus III, Esq.
National Co-Leader of the Privacy, Security and Social Media Team , BakerHostetlerJake Kouns
Director, Cyber Security and Technology Risks Underwriting , MarkelDavid R Lewison
Vice President- Financial Services, AMWINS Brokerage GroupAndrew Obuchowski
Associate Director, Disputes & Investigations - Technology Solutions , NavigantBuilding a Global Company08:30 AM - 09:45 AM
This presentation will analyze and compare the various issues and management liability risks surrounding multinational business expansion of two hypothetical companies: One growing organically (though rapidly), and one seeking to make acquisitions in emerging economies. Experts on international companies and their exposures will discuss corporate growth strategies and management characteristics and how they may affect the companies’ respective risk profiles, and how insurers, brokers and attorneys can help manage, measure and transfer those risks, where appropriate.
Add to Outlook / Google CalendarAdam C Barker
Deputy Chairman, ANVPerry S Granof JD
Managing Director, Granof International Group LLCJulian Enoizi
Managing Director , ProSight Specialty Underwriters LimitedFred Einbinder
Senior Lecturer of International Business Administration, The American University of ParisKaren A Morris
Strategy & Innovation Advisor, W R BerkleyRefreshment Break09:45 AM - 10:00 AM
Add to Outlook / Google CalendarEPLI Litigation: When the EEOC Comes Calling10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
This discussion will include an overview of how the EEOC’s enforcement initiatives drive its litigation strategies and affect the ability to settle disputes. The panel will touch upon the EEOC’s current litigation tactics, the very real risks these tactics pose to employers, and strategies employers can use to deal with the EEOC effectively.
Add to Outlook / Google CalendarTom Hams
Managing Director, Aon Financial Services GroupMercedes Colwin, Esq.
Managing Partner-New York Office, Gordon & Rees LLPLinda G Burwell
Principal, Nemeth Burwell, P.C.Jason A Fogg Esq.
Vice President, Claims, Monitor Liability Managers, LLCDiane Smason
Supervisory Trial Attorney, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity CommissionThe Long Arm of the Credit Crisis: Ongoing PLI Exposures10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
The nation’s economy is just beginning to show signs of recovery from one of the greatest financial crises the United States has faced since The Great Depression. However, the impact on professionals and the increase in claims against them may continue to increase in years to come. This panel will explore the impact the crisis has on professionals such as real estate agents, lawyers, accountants, financial advisors, mortgage brokers, insurance agents and others.
Add to Outlook / Google CalendarKim K Noble RPLU
Senior Vice President, One Beacon Professional InsuranceBruce A Campbell
President, Campbell & Chadwick, P.C.Floyd "Rob" Robinson, Esq.
Assistant General Counsel, FDICMichael K O'Connell
Managing Director, Aon Financial Institutions PracticeThomas J Gersch
Vice President, General Star Management CompanyLouise Van Dyck
Vice President, Chubb & SonWhere Has All the Privity Gone? The Advent of Third-Party LPL Actions10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
The principle of privity has always been key to legal malpractice claims, requiring the existence of an attorney-client relationship before an action against the attorney may succeed. In recent years, the traditional view of privity has been eroded and the bases for liability have evolved such that non-client plaintiffs are increasingly bringing actions against attorneys.
Add to Outlook / Google CalendarJohn L Slimm, Esq.
Senior Counsel , Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & GogginCharles C Lemley, Esq.
Partner, Wiley Rein LLPGregory W Leffard
Vice President, The HartfordShauna Reeder
Assistant Vice President , CNA ProLuncheon, Awards & Keynote Address featuring Michael Lewis11:30 AM - 01:45 PM
Michael Lewis will provide his keen and focused account of the political and financial landscape, touching
on major economic events of the past 20 years, exploring how this period began and how it is likely to end.
He masterfully transforms complex issues into accessible scenarios through clever and amusing observations
and continues to ‘call it as he sees it’ as he recounts Wall Street’s excesses and the global debt crisis. Mr. Lewis
will answer audience questions during the moderated Q&A luncheon, and share his unique perspectives
based on his own observations and research.
Add to Outlook / Google CalendarThe Shifting Sands of Corporate D&O Litigation02:00 PM - 03:15 PM
This panel will explore “cutting edge” dynamics and trends impacting the corporate D&O liability landscape and the D&O insurance marketplace. Industry experts and defense and plaintiffs’ counsel will address emerging risks now facing corporate directors and officers, the challenges that such risks will in turn represent for the D&O insurance industry, and the recent D&O insurance coverage “hot button” issues that may result from these developments.
Add to Outlook / Google CalendarCarol N Zacharias
Executive Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, ACE Group of Insurance CompaniesEvan Rosenberg
Senior Vice President, Chubb Specialty InsuranceCarl E Metzger Esq.
Partner, Goodwin Procter LLPJonathan M Goodman
Senior Counsel, Insurance Law & Litigation, General Electric CompanyCyber Liability on Main Street: What Coverages Do You Need?02:00 PM - 03:15 PM
Computer network security and privacy liability insurance (a.k.a. “cyber” liability insurance) has been a hot topic for risk management accounts. But what about middle market and small business risks? This panel will discuss the various types of cyber insurance available for traditional “main street” business, the types of exposures that these small-to-mid size entities face, as well as risk controls that all businesses should have in place to protect themselves in the information era.
Add to Outlook / Google CalendarRobert A Parisi Jr.
Senior Vice President, Marsh & McLennan CompaniesNicholas Economidis ARM
Underwriter, Beazley GroupDave Navetta Esq., CIPP
Partner, Information Law GroupRichard S Betterley
President, Betterley Risk Consultants, Inc.The Evolution of D&O Insurance in Asia02:00 PM - 03:15 PM
Securities litigation involving U.S. subsidiaries of companies headquartered in the Peoples Republic of China (China), created through a “reverse merger” process, has been fairly commonplace since 2009. While this genre of litigation may now be ebbing, many other U.S. companies face significant exposures as a result of doing business in China, both in the U.S. and in China. The liability landscape is evolving similarly in other Asian countries, with significant impact on the amount and nature of D&O insurance that is prudent to support good corporate governance practices.
Add to Outlook / Google CalendarJoseph P Monteleone
Partner, Tressler LLPKevin M LaCroix RPLU
Executive Vice President, RT ProExecArunothayam Rajaratnam
Financial Lines Practice Group Leader - Asia, INCE & CO LLP International Law FirmDan Harris
Partner, Harris & Moure, PLLCArthur X. Dong
Partner , Lantai PartnersRefreshment Break03:15 PM - 03:30 PM
Add to Outlook / Google CalendarPrivate or Non-Profit, Big or Small - Litigation for Them All03:30 PM - 04:45 PM
Privately-held companies and not-for-profit entities have seen their management liability risks evolve greatly over the past several years. The management liability insurance products offered to them, once thought to be the most profitable niche in our professional liability industry, are now widely viewed to be among the most challenging. This session will explore the changing exposures these organizations face, recent trends in litigation, differences in the exposures facing them, and a spirited discussion of how these coverages will evolve in the future.
Add to Outlook / Google CalendarJeffrey P Klenk
Senior Vice President, Travelers Bond & Financial ProductsSteven L White
Senior Vice President, Management Liability Claims, Aspen InsuranceDebbie Schaffel RPLU
Managing Director, AonStephen B Prymas
Vice President, Hartford Financial ProductsMerry B Palmer
Program Broker, Griffin Underwriting ServicesAs the Boomers Age: Senior Living Liability Exposures03:30 PM - 04:45 PM
This session will offer insight into the types of liability claims senior living operations experience, as well as strategies on how to avoid and successfully defend such claims. This diverse panel will discuss current theories driving claims, effective risk mitigation techniques, plaintiff strategies and defense responses to help attendees understand how senior living claims unfold to the ultimate settlement or jury verdict.
Add to Outlook / Google CalendarJ. Richard Moore
Attorney, Bleeke Dillon Crandall, P.C.Colleen Honnors
Assistant Vice President, Risk Management, Allied World Assurance CompanyDaniel P Moriarty, Esq.
Vice President & Counsel, Liability Claims, Kindred HealthcarePLUS 24 - The Clock is Ticking and it's 24 Hours to Notice!03:30 PM - 04:45 PM
Reminiscent of the television series “24,” the panel will simulate an actual 24-hour response to a data breach event by addressing hypothetical events that could impact any company. While the clock is ticking, the audience will gain a bird’s eye view of this corporate pressure cooker via the rapidly evolving commentary of panel participants.
Add to Outlook / Google CalendarPaul E Paray
Of Counsel, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLPOndrej Krehel
Chief Information Security Officer, Identity Theft 911Dr. Larry Ponemon
Chairman & Founder, Ponemon InstituteRenee Guttmann
Chief Information Security Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
How DID Network Security and Privacy Issues Become a D&O Exposure?08:30 AM - 09:45 AM
Recent guidelines, risk alerts and regulations issued by federal agencies such as the SEC and FTC, independent agencies like FINRA, and state legislative and regulatory initiatives require public notification of breach events. Among other things, they create new or expanded reporting and disclosure requirements concerning a company’s cyber-security risks and exposures, including those arising from the use of social media, and pertinent insurance coverages. They also generate potential D&O issues, creating the potential for securities fraud litigation and derivative suits alleging lack of appropriate oversight arising from companies’ cyber and privacy exposures.
Add to Outlook / Google CalendarRichard J Bortnick Esq.
Member, Cozen O'ConnorAnjali C Das
Partner, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLPHarold J Neher Esq.
Vice President, AXIS Insurance - Professional LinesRobert M Yellen
Chief Underwriitng Officer, Financial Lines, U.S. & Canada, AIGBeyond Med Mal: The New Risks Facing Healthcare Providers08:30 AM - 09:45 AM
Cuts in Medicare and Medicaid, the Great Recession and the increasing demands of the Baby Boomers have placed unprecedented demands on our healthcare system. The Affordable Care Act will have an extensive impact on the industry, as will legislation impacting privacy and cyber issues, just as providers are converting to Electronic Health Records. The panel will explore ways in which healthcare providers can protect themselves from risks beyond traditional medical professional liability exposures.
Add to Outlook / Google CalendarPaul Greve JD, RPLU
Executive Vice President, Willis Health Care PracticeHal Kinsey
Senior Vice President, Director of Healthcare , LocktonGenevieve Alexander
Assistant Vice President, NAS Insurance Services, Inc.Kieran Dempsey
Chief Executive Officer, Sapphire Blue, Ryan Specialty Group LLCThe Next Generation Speaks!08:30 AM - 09:45 AM
The challenge, which is not new: How do we merge the “best” of our existing culture and the strengths of a new generation? This challenge brings immense opportunity. Not since the social revolution that included the Civil Rights Movement has society faced a greater generational shift. The panel will discuss the challenges of attracting a diverse and well-qualified pool of candidates from a generation that grew up immersed in technology, and examine how our industry’s senior leadership and its emerging workforce can peacefully and productively coexist.
Add to Outlook / Google CalendarCorbette Doyle CPCU, ARM
Lecturer of Leadership and Organizations, Vanderbilt UniversityJenny Soubra
Underwriting Professional,Nir Gabay RPLU
Assistant Manager - Professional Liability, Admiral Insurance CompanyTruitt A Taylor RPLU
Senior Professional Liability Broker, CRC Insurance Services, Inc.Refreshment Break09:45 AM - 10:00 AM
Add to Outlook / Google CalendarClosing Keynote Address by Dr. Cornel West10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Cornel West, one of America’s most provocative public intellectuals, delivers a riveting ethics and values-based message that crosses generational lines. With the advent of the 2012 Presidential Election, Dr. West examines the current administration’s liability for the future of America while drawing parallels on the private and public sector’s, and individual’s responsibility on our collective social well being. At the heart of the keynote is an accent on the concept of “Paideia”: the ancient Greek notion of deep, well-rounded education.
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