2014 PLUS Conference

The PLUS Conference


 Start Date - End Date

November 05, 2014 - November 07, 2014

Registration Deadline

Wednesday, November 05, 2014



Online registration is now closed for the 2014 PLUS Conference taking place November 5-7 in Las Vegas.
 
Registration will be available for both the full Conference and reception only in person at the Conference Registration Desk.
 
Join us for three days of networking, learning and fun at legendary Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  Register early and save!
 
To access a downloadable list of attendees, please visit the "Materials" tab.
 
Registration Fees:
Members after October 10 - $1,025
 
Non-Members after October 10 - $1,250
 
PLUS has a block of rooms available, however they are at market rate and subject to availability.
 
Attendees can reserve rooms at Caesars Palace by calling 866-227-5944.:
 
Please note that the hotel requires a 72-hour cancellation policy prior to the arrival date with no penalty.  If the reservation is cancelled less than 72 hours prior to arrival date, the guest will forfeit first night's room and tax.
 
Continuing Education:
New this year, PLUS will be filing continuing education credits for each individual session.  To see a list of states where credits will be filed and which approvals have been received, please click the MATERIALS tab.
 
If your home state is NOT listed and you would like us to file credits on your behalf, please contact us as soon as possible at info@plusweb.org.
 

Registration Fees

Price Description Amount
Non-Member Late Registration $1250.00
Member Late Registration $1025.00

Available Functions

Wednesday - November 05
10:00 am - 11:00 am
  Networking Unplugged presented by Thom Singer
All business is personal, but it takes time to establish meaningful connections. If you are not top of mind, then your competition gets the call for the next piece of business. Networking can be the key to your success, yet many of us feel awkward walking into a room full of strangers, or don’t know how to follow up with the people we meet after networking events. The quest for more productivity pushes us to increasingly use digital and social media tools to interact with others. But are really better connected? While social media tools are great, they can remove the personal side of engaging with others. In our social media crazy world we often forget that long-term and mutually beneficial business relationships are about more than a "like", a "link", a "share" or a "follow". Thom Singer will share proven methods to help maximize our business relationships, create a personal brand, and improve our networking efforts.
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  Making the Most of First Impressions: Body Language Skills and Insights for the First Five Minutes presented by Patti Wood
You’re meeting someone for the first time, interacting with prospect, talking to someone on the phone, dealing with a new or long time client. In each of these situations, you are forming a SNAP impression that determines how you’ll interact with that person in that particular situation and what they think of you! How do you make your customer/client feel safe within the first 1/300th of a second? In this high energy, interactive program, you’ll learn to accurately assess others. You will learn new techniques to improve your ability to establish rapport using the five foundation principals of body language. Patti Wood will show the audience how to encourage acceptance and agreement of your ideas through one simple movement. Learn the one mistake that people typically make when trying to read body language - and how it can sabotage your work interactions and personal relationships. It’s not just about visual body language; controlling the power of your voice and pacing allows for more productive phone calls, too. This session is for anyone who wants to become more knowledgeable about how body language indicates what you are really thinking and feeling.
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  Women's Leadership Network: Unleash Your Potential presented by Molly Fletcher
Special things happen when we can tap into our potential, but oftentimes it takes a crisis to create change. How can we create transformational change in the absence of crisis and be our best every single day? Molly Fletcher shares stories from her own experiences as one of the only female sports agents in the industry, as well as lessons from some of the top athletes and coaches in the game. She outlines the 5-step process to shift behavior and become more intentional about the way we live and do business.
3:00 pm - 4:45 pm
  Opening General Session Featuring Jay Leno
Acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist…it’s no wonder that Jay Leno has always been widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.” Jay Leno’s late night television ratings domination included more than two decades of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” winning every consecutive quarter of his hosting over the past 19 years. After resuming hosting the 11:35 PM program following a one-time brief interruption of these duties, Jay once again took the show to the top, leading all of the ensuing quarters handily for another three years. Under his helm, the show was honored by the Television Academy with an Emmy for “Outstanding Comedy, Variety or Music Series.” “The Tonight Show” has also taken home the trophy for “Favorite Late Night Show” in the annual TV Guide Awards determined by voting viewers, and Jay was recently installed in the Television Academy's Broadcast Hall of Fame.
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  Opening Night Reception
Thursday - November 06
7:30 am - 8:30 am
  Attendee Breakfast
8:30 am - 9:30 am
  Concurrent Session 1A - ACA Professional Liability Exposures - Not Just Medical PL
Divergent views of ACA & healthcare exchanges have created new exposures for employers- D&O, Fiduciary, & EPL- & insurance professionals. The presenters will discuss how to mitigate these newly created risks and potential solutions for insurance advisors & their clients.
  Concurrent Session 1B - The First 72 Hours: Anatomy of a Breach Response
Attorneys, claims professionals and a client who has been involved in a significant breach will guild the audience through what happens in the event of a data breach, especially the initial critical hours.
  Concurrent Session 1C - Underwriters Under Fire: Increasingly on the Hot Seat
Underwriters are being drawn into coverage & bad faith litigation & may play an integral part in that process. Panelists will discuss a myriad of difficult claims issues & how they impact underwriters. The discussion will encompass how these issues can affect a wide array of PLI exposures.
10:00 am - 11:15 am
  Concurrent Session 2A - Cyber Security and Data Breaches: The Big New Exposure for D&O?
A high-level overview of the harm that cyber attacks & data breaches can cause, the types of industries or companies at higher risk, and the D&O exposures emanating from these risks. They will discuss ways to mitigate these risks & issues of concern for D&O underwriters.
  Concurrent Session 2B - What's New for Accountants and Lawyers PLI?
A broker, claims professional & underwriting experts will discuss current exposures for both accountants & lawyers,. They will discuss things such as the impact of ethics training/violations on claims, and how to underwrite these exposures & effectively handle and defend these professionals.
  Concurrent Session 2C - Legalized Marijuana: Will the PL Insurance Industry Inhale?
Underwriters, brokers & attorneys will provide an overview of how the business of legalized marijuana production, supply & sales is evolving. They will specifically address how this legal use can affect a variety of PLI exposures, including employment practices liability, & how that can impact underwriting risks in those locales.
11:30 am - 1:45 pm
  Luncheon & Keynote Address "Science as a Way of Knowing" with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Physicist, Author, Host of Cosmos
Neil deGrasse Tyson was born and raised in New York City where he was educated in the public schools clear through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. Tyson went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia. Tyson's professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way. Two of Tyson's recent books are the playful and informative Death By Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries, which was a New York Times bestseller, and The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet, chronicling his experience at the center of the controversy over Pluto's planetary status. The PBS/NOVA documentary "The Pluto Files", based on the book, premiered in March 2010. For five seasons, beginning in the fall of 2006, Tyson appeared as the on-camera host of PBS-NOVA's spinoff program NOVA ScienceNOW, which is an accessible look at the frontier of all the science that shapes the understanding of our place in the universe. In February 2012, Tyson released his tenth book, containing every thought he has ever had on the past, present, and future of space exploration: Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier. Currently, Tyson is working on a 21st century reboot of Carl Sagan's landmark television series COSMOS, which began airing 13 episodes on the FOX network in the spring of 2014. Tyson is the first occupant of the Frederick P. Rose Directorship of the Hayden Planetarium. Tyson lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  Concurrent Session 3A - The Future of Securities Class Actions, Post Halliburton
An open discussion with experts involved in securities class action litigation to discuss how how these actions and derivative actions will evolve, post-Haliburton. Will include plaintiff & defense counsel, an academic, etc.
  Concurrent Session 3B - PLI Exposures for Financial Services Intermediaries
Agents/brokers, stockbrokers, broker-dealers & financial advisors provide varying levels of service & can be held to different standards of care. Those dealing in alternative investments, in particular, face increased exposures. Panelists will discuss underwriting these exposures & effectively defending these financial advisors.
  Concurrent Session 3C - Multi-Claimant "Batch" Litigation - A Spike in Frequency?
Multi-claimant "batch" litigation has been on the rise, not only in MedPL, but in various lines of E&O coverage. Underwriters, claims counsel, & reinsurers will discuss current trends and effective ways to underwrite for these exposures and address claims that do arise.
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  Concurrent Session 4A - ERISA at 40: Fiduciary Liability Forecast
Key players involved in defending, insuring & resolving ERISA litigation will discuss the changng nature of fiduciary risks & ERISA litigation. They will review recent rulings, the availability of equitable remedies, class certifications & how the insurance product has evolved.
  Concurrent Session 4B - Cyber Speed Debates 2.0
A reprise of last year's popular cyber speed debates, this will include fast-paced debates between underwriters, consultants, and coverage attorneys, addressing current & emerging privacy & data security exposures and issues.
  Concurrent Session 4C - Top Ten Tips for Design Professionals
Design professionals are subject to heightened professional liability exposures for a variety of reasons. This multi-disciplinary group will present a "Letterman-style" list of Top 10 tips to transfer risk & draft appropriate contract language.
Friday - November 07
7:45 am - 8:45 am
  Attendee Breakfast
8:45 am - 9:45 am
  Concurrent Session 5A - Unusual, Extraordinary and Emerging EPLI Issues
Defense & plaintiff counsel, and company claims & underwriting executives, will discuss the exposures, underwriting considerations, & risk mgt. strategies for unusual, extraordinary & emerging EPL issues.
  Concurrent Session 5B - Privacy and Data Security Across the Globe
Underwriters, brokers & attorneys handling these risks in all corners of the globe will address the current privacy & data security legal landscape. Participants will have expertise in UK/Europe, Asia/Pacific and other locales around the globe.
  Concurrent Session 5C - Red Flags: How Qualitative Factors Can Help Assess Management Integrity
A multi-disciplinary group (underwriter, regulator, data analyst, journalist & auditor) will discuss whether non-quantitative events can provide insights into management's reliability. These insights on how to better assess management integrity & quality can help underwriters from all disciplines identify red flags to help with risk assessment.
10:15 am - 11:30 am
  Delivering Happiness: How to Create a Better Company Culture featuring Jenn Lim, CEO & Chief Happiness Officer, Delivering Happiness / Zappos
Experience the story of Delivering Happiness and how Jenn Lim (alongside CEO of Zappos, Tony Hsieh) helped build a values-based company culture and an enduring brand through WOW customer service at Zappos.com, an online shoe & clothing entity currently based in Las Vegas. Jenn will help you understand the benefits of using ‘happiness as a business model’ and talk about how this model can be applied to your environment to improve your company culture. Many of us work with several generations and the workforce is more diverse than ever before, so how does this play a role in your current culture? Increase your productivity and profitability by learning about happiness. Passion + Purpose can inspire and create happier companies, communities and cities. Come and be inspired to inspire. Jenn will discuss the science of happiness and how to pursue your passion to live a purposeful life both at the office and at home.

Speakers

NameOrganizationSpeaking At
Andre Basile (PANELIST) Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance  Concurrent Session 1C - Underwriters Under Fire: Increasingly on the Hot Seat
Brian Branner (PANELIST) RiskAnalytics, LLC  Concurrent Session 4B - Cyber Speed Debates 2.0
Carrie Huff (PANELIST) Haynes and Boone, LLP  Concurrent Session 3A - The Future of Securities Class Actions, Post Halliburton
Charles Jackson (PANELIST) Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP  Concurrent Session 4A - ERISA at 40: Fiduciary Liability Forecast
Chris Williams (MODERATOR) Travelers  Concurrent Session 1A - ACA Professional Liability Exposures - Not Just Medical PL
Darren Robbins (PANELIST) Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP  Concurrent Session 3A - The Future of Securities Class Actions, Post Halliburton
David Topol (PANELIST) Wiley Rein LLP  Concurrent Session 3A - The Future of Securities Class Actions, Post Halliburton
David Gische (PANELIST) Clyde & Co  Concurrent Session 3C - Multi-Claimant "Batch" Litigation - A Spike in Frequency?
David Rees (PANELIST) R K H Specialty  Concurrent Session 5B - Privacy and Data Security Across the Globe
David Woodcock (PANELIST) Fort Worth Regional Office, US Securities & Exchange Commission  Concurrent Session 5C - Red Flags: How Qualitative Factors Can Help Assess Management Integrity
Douglas Greene (PANELIST) BakerHostetler  Concurrent Session 2A - Cyber Security and Data Breaches: The Big New Exposure for D&O?
Elise Klein (PANELIST) Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP  Concurrent Session 1A - ACA Professional Liability Exposures - Not Just Medical PL
Fred Flint (PANELIST) Insurity Group  Concurrent Session 1B - The First 72 Hours: Anatomy of a Breach Response
George Glavas (PANELIST) HUB International   Concurrent Session 5A - Unusual, Extraordinary and Emerging EPLI Issues
Greg Ketay (PANELIST) Hanover Insurance Group  Concurrent Session 2B - What's New for Accountants and Lawyers PLI?
Heather Yow (MODERATOR) Berkley Healthcare  Concurrent Session 5C - Red Flags: How Qualitative Factors Can Help Assess Management Integrity
Ian Stewart (MODERATOR) Wilson Elser  Concurrent Session 2C - Legalized Marijuana: Will the PL Insurance Industry Inhale?
Jake Kouns (MODERATOR) Markel  Concurrent Session 4B - Cyber Speed Debates 2.0
Janet Bashen (PANELIST) Bashen Corporation  Concurrent Session 5A - Unusual, Extraordinary and Emerging EPLI Issues
Jeffrey Neidle (PANELIST) AIG  Concurrent Session 4C - Top Ten Tips for Design Professionals
Jeffrey Lattmann (PANELIST) BEECHER CARLSON  Concurrent Session 2A - Cyber Security and Data Breaches: The Big New Exposure for D&O?
Jeremy Henley (PANELIST) ID Experts  Concurrent Session 1B - The First 72 Hours: Anatomy of a Breach Response
Johannes Kingma (MODERATOR) Stites & Harbison, PLLC  Concurrent Session 2B - What's New for Accountants and Lawyers PLI?
John Hughes (PANELIST) Locke Lord LLP  Concurrent Session 1C - Underwriters Under Fire: Increasingly on the Hot Seat
John Kristiansen (PANELIST) Arch Insurance Group  Concurrent Session 1C - Underwriters Under Fire: Increasingly on the Hot Seat
John Black (MODERATOR) Skarzynski Marick & Black LLP  Concurrent Session 2A - Cyber Security and Data Breaches: The Big New Exposure for D&O?
John O'Byrne (MODERATOR) O'Byrne Law Firm, LLC  Concurrent Session 3C - Multi-Claimant "Batch" Litigation - A Spike in Frequency?
Joseph Tabacco (PANELIST) Berman Tabacco  Concurrent Session 3A - The Future of Securities Class Actions, Post Halliburton
Joshua Stein (PANELIST) Ironshore  Concurrent Session 3C - Multi-Claimant "Batch" Litigation - A Spike in Frequency?
Judy Cannella Schott (PANELIST) Gilsbar Specialty Insurance Services LLC  Concurrent Session 2B - What's New for Accountants and Lawyers PLI?
Katherine Keefe (MODERATOR) Beazley Group  Concurrent Session 1B - The First 72 Hours: Anatomy of a Breach Response
Kathleen Lyons (PANELIST)   Concurrent Session 3C - Multi-Claimant "Batch" Litigation - A Spike in Frequency?
Kenneth Wittman (MODERATOR) Dealey, Renton & Associates  Concurrent Session 4C - Top Ten Tips for Design Professionals
Kevin Gadbois (MODERATOR) Great American Insurance Group  Concurrent Session 1C - Underwriters Under Fire: Increasingly on the Hot Seat
Kimberly Melvin (MODERATOR) Wiley Rein LLP  Concurrent Session 4A - ERISA at 40: Fiduciary Liability Forecast
Lilian Morvay (MODERATOR) Independent Broker Dealer Consortium, "IBDC"  Concurrent Session 3B - PLI Exposures for Financial Services Intermediaries
Linda Pierce (PANELIST) Gallagher Bassett  Concurrent Session 2C - Legalized Marijuana: Will the PL Insurance Industry Inhale?
Lori Bailey (MODERATOR) Corvus Insurance  Concurrent Session 5B - Privacy and Data Security Across the Globe
Lynette Lyngaas (PANELIST) Nationwide  Concurrent Session 5A - Unusual, Extraordinary and Emerging EPLI Issues
Lynn Sessions (PANELIST) BakerHostetler  Concurrent Session 1B - The First 72 Hours: Anatomy of a Breach Response
Mark Mattioli (PANELIST) Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin  Concurrent Session 1A - ACA Professional Liability Exposures - Not Just Medical PL
Mark Cheffers (PANELIST) Watchdog Research Inc.  Concurrent Session 5C - Red Flags: How Qualitative Factors Can Help Assess Management Integrity
Matthew Photis (PANELIST) Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty  Concurrent Session 3B - PLI Exposures for Financial Services Intermediaries
Mercedes Colwin (PANELIST) Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP  Concurrent Session 2C - Legalized Marijuana: Will the PL Insurance Industry Inhale?
Michael Carr (PANELIST) TBA  Concurrent Session 4B - Cyber Speed Debates 2.0
Michael Kaufman (MODERATOR) Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck, LLP  Concurrent Session 5A - Unusual, Extraordinary and Emerging EPLI Issues
Miles Afsharnik (PANELIST) Aon Commercial Risk Solutions  Concurrent Session 4A - ERISA at 40: Fiduciary Liability Forecast
Molly Fletcher (KEYNOTE)   Women's Leadership Network: Unleash Your Potential presented by Molly Fletcher
Nan Meyer (PANELIST) Markel  Concurrent Session 2C - Legalized Marijuana: Will the PL Insurance Industry Inhale?
Nicole Mangino (PANELIST)   Concurrent Session 4C - Top Ten Tips for Design Professionals
Patti Wood (KEYNOTE)   Making the Most of First Impressions: Body Language Skills and Insights for the First Five Minutes presented by Patti Wood
Paul Bantick (PANELIST) Beazley  Concurrent Session 5B - Privacy and Data Security Across the Globe
Paul Miskovich (PANELIST) AXIS Insurance  Concurrent Session 4B - Cyber Speed Debates 2.0
Paul Greve (PANELIST) Markel Specialty  Concurrent Session 1A - ACA Professional Liability Exposures - Not Just Medical PL
Pete Schwenker (PANELIST) Wilson Elser   Concurrent Session 4C - Top Ten Tips for Design Professionals
Rebecca Dauparas (PANELIST) Gallagher  Concurrent Session 4A - ERISA at 40: Fiduciary Liability Forecast
Richard Rogers (PANELIST) Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP  Concurrent Session 3B - PLI Exposures for Financial Services Intermediaries
Richard Weber (PANELIST) The Ethical Edge, Inc.  Concurrent Session 3B - PLI Exposures for Financial Services Intermediaries
Robert Jones (PANELIST) AIG  Concurrent Session 1B - The First 72 Hours: Anatomy of a Breach Response
Robert Kueppers (PANELIST) Deloitte LLP  Concurrent Session 5C - Red Flags: How Qualitative Factors Can Help Assess Management Integrity
Roberta Anderson (PANELIST) K&L Gates LLP  Concurrent Session 4B - Cyber Speed Debates 2.0
Shanda Davis (PANELIST) Travelers  Concurrent Session 2A - Cyber Security and Data Breaches: The Big New Exposure for D&O?
Shauna Reeder (PANELIST) CNA  Concurrent Session 2B - What's New for Accountants and Lawyers PLI?
Shauna Ehlert (PANELIST) Cozen O'Connor  Concurrent Session 3B - PLI Exposures for Financial Services Intermediaries
Stacey McGraw (PANELIST) Dykema  Concurrent Session 4B - Cyber Speed Debates 2.0
Tammy Yuen (PANELIST) Skarzynski Marick & Black LLP  Concurrent Session 1C - Underwriters Under Fire: Increasingly on the Hot Seat
Theodore Kobus (PANELIST) BakerHostetler  Concurrent Session 5B - Privacy and Data Security Across the Globe
Thom Singer (KEYNOTE)   Networking Unplugged presented by Thom Singer
Todd Greeley (PANELIST) QBE  Concurrent Session 2A - Cyber Security and Data Breaches: The Big New Exposure for D&O?
Tower Snow, Jr. (MODERATOR) Cooley LLP  Concurrent Session 3A - The Future of Securities Class Actions, Post Halliburton
Tracie Grella (PANELIST) AIG  Concurrent Session 5B - Privacy and Data Security Across the Globe
Tricia Melly (PANELIST) AXA XL  Concurrent Session 4A - ERISA at 40: Fiduciary Liability Forecast
Wilhelm Dingler (PANELIST) Bullivant Houser Bailey P.C.  Concurrent Session 2B - What's New for Accountants and Lawyers PLI?
William Hardin (PANELIST) Charles River Associates  Concurrent Session 4B - Cyber Speed Debates 2.0

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Conference Session Material Downloads

 

ACA Professional Liability Exposures - Not Just Medical PL

Session Powerpoint Presentation

 

Underwriters Under Fire: Increasingly On the Hot Seat

Session Powerpoint Presentation

 

PLI Exposures for Financial Services Intermediaries

Session Powerpoint Presentation

 

Multi-Claimant Batch Litigation - A Spike in Frequency?

Session Powerpoint Presentation

 

Cyber Speed Debates 2.0

Session Powerpoint Presentation

 

Unusual, Extraordinary and Emerging EPLI Issues

Session Powerpoint Presentation

 

Cyber Security and Data Breaches: The Big New Exposure for D&O?

Session Powerpoint Presentation


 

ERISA at 40: Fiduciary Liability Forecast

Session Powerpoint Presentation

Overview of Current Erisa Litigation Landscape

 

The First 72 Hours: Anatomy of a Breach Response

Session Powerpoint Presentation

10 Actions to Take When a Breach Strikes

 

Future of Securities Class Actions, Post Halliburton

The Effects of Halliburton on Securities Class Action Litigation

 

Legalized Marijuana: Will the PL Insurance Industry Inhale?

Session Powerpoint Presentation

Are You Ready for Medical Marijuana
Legal Pot Leaves Product Liability Attorneys Dazed and Confused
Marijuana: Implications of Legalization

 

Privacy and Data Security Across the Globe

Session Powerpoint Presentation

Cyber Defense Spending and Compliance
International Compendium of Data Privacy Laws
International Privacy 2013 Year in Review
International Privacy: Africa
International Privacy: Asia
International Privacy: Canada
International Privacy: Central and South America
International Privacy: EU
International Privacy: Ukraine
The Impact of Global Privacy Laws on Cyber Risk Mitigation
Zurich Cyber Risk Report 2014

 

Red Flags: How Qualitative Factors Can Help Assess Management Integrity

Session Powerpoint Presentation

Accounting Quality and Risk Research: Audit Analytics

 

Top Ten Tips for Design Professionals

Session Powerpoint Presentation

Defending the Client
Don't Go It Alone on Legal Matters
Indemnity Related Statutes

 

What's New for Accountants and Lawyers PLI?

Session Powerpoint Presentation

Trusts and Estates for Lawyers and Accountants

Continuing Education