2015 PLUS Conference

The PLUS Conference


 Start Date - End Date

November 11, 2015 - November 13, 2015

Registration Deadline

Tuesday, November 10, 2015



The PLUS Conference is a destination event for professional liability insurance pros, and this year's event promises to be among the best yet.
 
This year's program features leading-edge panel discussions with thought leaders and industry experts debating and discussing the emerging risks in the professional liability industry.  The PLUS Conference is the place to connect, learn and find solutions, so we are providing longer breaks between sessions to facilitate networking with industry professionals from around the world.  And once again, this premiere industry event will bring high-profile keynote speakers to entertain and enlighten attendees.
 
Online registration for this year's PLUS Conference is now closed.  You can still register on-site during the Conference if you'd like to attend.  Registration is open at the following times and locations:
 
Tuesday, November 10 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Atruim II
Wednesday, November 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Atrium II
Thursday, November 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Atrium II
Friday, November 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in Atrium II
 
 
 
Please Note: The PLUS room block is sold out.  If you would like a list of hotels within walking distance of the Hilton Anatole, please email PLUS Member Services.
 
Don't miss the professional liability insurance industry event of the year - register now and join us in Dallas this November!

Registration Fees

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

Available Functions

Wednesday - November 11
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  Registration & Networking Lounge Open
10:00 am - 11:15 am
  Life Would Be Easy, If IT Weren't for Other People with Connie Podesta
Difficult people? Crazy demands? Critical conversations? No problem! Research shows that the #1 key to SUCCESS is the ability to get along with other people. How you choose to relate to, communicate with, be accountable to, resolve conflict with and garner respect from other people will directly impact your ability to lead effectively, increase sales, maximize productivity, attract customers, work as a team, and… experience success.

Imagine what you could accomplish if you could decode the mystery of human behavior and truly understand what makes people do what they do and say what they say (including yourself!) Human Relations expert Connie Podesta will take you right inside the minds and personalities of the people you deal with every day-bosses, colleagues, partners, customers, friends, and family- so YOU can ACT, rather than REACT to whatever life throws your way.
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  The Mindset of a Champion with David Cook
Technology changes with a blur, the stock market continues to fluctuate wildly, major corporations are imploding because of a lack of integrity, consumer confidence continues to erode, and all the while a new strain of terrorism grips the world. In the face of this onslaught of adversity, corporate success will be directly related to “interference” management. The Mindset of a Champion seminar tackles this issue head on and provides cutting edge strategies for competing at the highest level while facing great odds. It has been said that performance = potential - interference. The issue in most organizations is not one of potential. No, the issue is how to have potential emerge on “game day” when the interference is the loudest. Dr. Cook will deliver the same game changing strategies with your organization that he has used with World Champions. Focus, Passion, and Mental Toughness will serve as the three pillars of this keynote.
1:00 pm - 1:20 pm
  Learning Lab: Tips and Tricks - Dealing with Lloyd's of London
Everyone knows the Lloyd’s name, but many don’t understand what the Lloyd’s market is or how it works. In this Learning Lab Chris Cotterell, CEO of SafeOnline, an independent Lloyd’s broker based in London, discusses how the Lloyd’s market operates and provides tips to help you navigate in this interesting and unique section of the insurance world.
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  Women's Leadership Network presents Philanthropy - A Corporate, Social and Team Perspective featuring Charlotte Jones Anderson
The Dallas Cowboys are a powerhouse on the gridiron, but what even the most dedicated fans may not know is the team’s organization-wide commitment to philanthropy. Charlotte Jones Anderson, the Cowboy’s Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer, and Chairman of the NFL Foundation, will share insights into how this commitment to “doing good” benefits the team on and off the field and show how incorporating a similar focus into your organization can drive value and increase employee engagement.
3:00 pm - 4:45 pm
  Opening General Session Featuring George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States
George W. Bush served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009.

President Bush was born on July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut, to Barbara and George H.W. Bush - later the 41st President of the United States. In 1948, the family moved to Texas, where George W. Bush grew up in Midland and Houston. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University in 1968 and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in 1975. He served as a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard from 1968 to 1974. He settled in Midland, where he started an energy business and married Laura Welch on November 5, 1977. After working on his father’s successful 1988 Presidential campaign, George W. Bush joined a group of partners that purchased the Texas Rangers baseball franchise in 1989.

On November 8, 1994, George W. Bush was elected the 46th Governor of Texas. In 1998, he became the first governor in Texas history to be elected to consecutive four-year terms.

After the Presidency, George and Laura Bush founded the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. The Center is home to the Bush Presidential Museum and Library, which houses George W. Bush’s presidential papers. The Center is also home to the George W. Bush Institute, a public policy organization that focuses on economic growth, education reform, global health, and human freedom. The Institute supports the rights of women with its Women’s Initiative and honors those who have served in the United States armed forces through its Military Service Initiative.

President Bush is the author of a bestselling memoir, Decision Points (2010). He also authored a book about his father, President George H.W. Bush, entitled 41: A Portrait of My Father (2014). He and Laura have twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, a son-in-law, Henry Hager, and two granddaughters, Mila and Poppy Louise Hager. The Bush family also includes two cats, Bob and Bernadette.
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  Opening Night Networking Reception
Thursday - November 12
7:30 am - 8:30 am
  Attendee Breakfast
  Registration & Networking Lounge Open
8:30 am - 9:30 am
  Securities Class Actions - Going the Way of the Dinosaurs?
This session will discuss how the dynamics of securities class action lawsuits are evolving in light of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions, and discuss the possible impact of these decisions on Directors & Officers liability exposures and on the carriers writing coverage for publicly owned companies.
  The Elephant in the Server Room
When a cyber "event" occurs, it can ultimately impact a variety of insurance coverages. Our group of experts will discuss the potential gaps and overlaps in coverage that can occur, and how these coverages can be coordinated.
  2015 Real Estate E&O Trends
Legal, insurance and real estate professionals will analyze the current trends in claims & litigation being brought against a variety of real estate professionals, including brokers, agents, appraisers & surveyors.
9:30 am - 10:00 am
  Refreshment & Networking Break
9:35 am - 9:55 am
  Learning Lab: PLUS Town Hall Discussion with Robbie Thompson
Come and meet PLUS’s new Executive Director and learn more about what PLUS is doing to help you gain industry knowledge that could advance your career.
10:00 am - 11:15 am
  Unfinished Laws? An Update on Dodd-Frank, The JOBS Act, etc.
Attendees will be updated on recent developments and court decisions impacting management liability, and what likely lies ahead as the implementation of these new laws continues to evolve.
  Coming to America: PLI Exposures from Ebola & Other Pandemics
Pandemics and other global crises can increase not only medical professional but also employment practices and other management liability exposures. Healthcare, legal and insurance specialists will discuss potential risks, best practices, and coverage issues that may arise in the event of a pandemic.
  When David Fells Goliath - Small Companies' Role in Large Breaches
The focus of this discussion will be the exposures for small firms that outsource technology and other services to vendors, including ramifications in the event of a breach, and the potential liability they may incur as a result.
11:30 am - 1:45 pm
  Luncheon with Keynote Address from Daymond John, CEO of FUBU and "Shark" from ABC's "Shark Tank"
Five S.H.A.R.K. Points: The Fundamental Keys to Personal and Business Success

Daymond John is a true inspiration to all entrepreneurs. He is a real life example for anyone with an idea and the guts to make it a reality. Daymond will share his rags-to-riches story, from starting the global fashion brand, FUBU, in his mom's basement with just $40, to becoming one of the most prominent entrepreneurs in America today. Even after being denied a bank loan over 27 times in a row, Daymond still refused to give up on his dream. More than just discussing his accomplishments and setbacks, audience members will learn the most important lessons Daymond discovered along the way, tangible lessons that you will find applicable to your own endeavors.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  Not So Harmless Not-For-Profits
Non-profit businesses or organizations are no longer the innocuous accounts they once were. Risks are increasing, whether you are considering homeowner or community associations, or the exposures at today's schools and colleges.
  Handling Cross-Border Data Breaches
This interactive session will simulate a mock breach response and allow the audience to experience what happens when responding to and investigating a breach, and determine the possible courses of action.
  The Rising Tide of 3rd Party Claims in the LPL Marketplace
Attorneys are increasingly more susceptible to claims being brought by 3rd parties. Insurance and legal experts will discuss the implications of this and other trends in LPL, including how to underwrite these exposures and defend these claims.
  Learning Lab: Millennials in the Workforce – What it Means for the Insurance Industry
By 2025, Millennials will make up the majority of the workforce. Are we ready for their generational values in the Insurance Industry? Drop in to listen and discuss insights on how to integrate new work culture, style, and skills.
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  Where in the World are the (D&O) Claims?
This panel will discuss international developments and trends in claims being brought that impact the various management liability lines (D&O, EPL, Fiduciary), and will include updates on Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe.
  PLI for Agents & Brokers: Increasingly Risky?
Agents & brokers are being held to increasingly higher standards of care, even to that of a fiduciary. This panel will identify strategies to avoid and mitigate risks, and how they can impact defense strategies & litigation expenses when claims arise.
  Playing to Win - Strategic Use of Reps & Warranties Insurance
Our experts will explain how Reps & Warranties insurance is increasingly being used strategically in M&A deals, the value of having it in place to help facilitate these transactions, and the complex types of risks in these transactions that should be identified and may be addressed through an insurance solution.
Friday - November 13
7:30 am - 10:00 am
  Registration & Networking Lounge Open
7:45 am - 8:45 am
  Attendee Breakfast
8:45 am - 9:45 am
  Cybersecurity: The Changing Regulatory Environment
Financial institutions are facing heightened exposures to cyber attacks & one of the SEC's priorities is to assess their preparedness for these attacks. Panelists will discuss emerging exposures & key issues that must be considered in preparation for, and response to, cyber events.
  The EEOC Trifecta: Pregnancy, Wellness Programs & Background Checks
EEOC guidelines, as well as precedent set by court cases, help shape the scope of the various applicable regulations. Our panel will review the current areas of focus for the EEOC and assess the potential impact of these initiatives on litigation & the EPLI marketplace.
  Brave New World of Medicine: Can the PLI Industry Keep Up?
Our panel of distinguished medical professional liability underwriting, claims, risk management & legal professionals will explain how recent advancements in technology are changing the practice of medicine & impacting Medical Professional Liability exposures.
10:00 am - 11:30 am
  Closing General Session with Diana Nyad, Record Setting Long Distance Swimmer, Author and Speaker.
Find a Way

On September 2, 2013, at the age of sixty-four, Diana Nyad emerged onto the shores of Key West after completing a 110-mile, fifty-three-hour, record-breaking swim through shark-infested waters from Cuba to Florida and delivered three messages to the world: never, ever give up; you're never too old to chase your dreams; and though it looks like a solitary sport, it takes a team. Millions of people around the world cheered for her and were moved by her incredible tenacity and determination, her triumph after so many bitter failures, and by the mantra-find a way-that enabled her to realize a dream in her sixties that had eluded her as a young Olympian in peak form. In her captivating presentation, she tells her story and inspires audiences to "Find A Way," no matter the obstacles.

Speakers

NameOrganizationSpeaking At
Alyson Lewis (PANELIST) Cooperative of American Physicans, Inc.  Coming to America: PLI Exposures from Ebola & Other Pandemics
Amy Elizabeth Stewart (PANELIST) Amy Stewart Law  Coming to America: PLI Exposures from Ebola & Other Pandemics
Andy Obuchowski (PANELIST) Charles River Associates  Handling Cross-Border Data Breaches
Ann Longmore (PANELIST) MMA, NE  Where in the World are the (D&O) Claims?
Audrey Greening (PANELIST) Aon  Brave New World of Medicine: Can the PLI Industry Keep Up?
Carl Metzger (MODERATOR) Goodwin Procter LLP  Unfinished Laws? An Update on Dodd-Frank, The JOBS Act, etc.
Carrie Huff (PANELIST) Haynes and Boone, LLP  Securities Class Actions - Going the Way of the Dinosaurs?
Catherine Mulligan (MODERATOR) Zurich North America  Handling Cross-Border Data Breaches
Charles Clark (PANELIST) Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP  Cybersecurity: The Changing Regulatory Environment
Charlotte Jones Anderson (KEYNOTE) Dallas Cowboys Football Club  Women's Leadership Network presents Philanthropy - A Corporate, Social and Team Perspective featuring Charlotte Jones Anderson
Chris Christian (PANELIST) US Risk  When David Fells Goliath - Small Companies' Role in Large Breaches
Chris Reese (PANELIST) Lockton Companies, Inc.  Brave New World of Medicine: Can the PLI Industry Keep Up?
Chris Cotterell (PANELIST) Safeonline LLP  Learning Lab: Tips and Tricks - Dealing with Lloyd's of London
Christopher Keller (PANELIST) Labaton Sucharow LLP  Securities Class Actions - Going the Way of the Dinosaurs?
Christopher Keegan (PANELIST) Brown & Brown Specialty Risk Services  The Elephant in the Server Room
Claudia Costa (PANELIST) Gordon & Rees, Scully, Mansukhani LLP  Not So Harmless Not-For-Profits
Cliona Levy (PANELIST) Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc  PLI for Agents & Brokers: Increasingly Risky?
Connie Podesta (KEYNOTE) Connie Podesta Presents  Life Would Be Easy, If IT Weren't for Other People with Connie Podesta
Craig Hoffman (PANELIST) BakerHostetler  Cybersecurity: The Changing Regulatory Environment
Dan Knise (MODERATOR) Ames & Gough  The Rising Tide of 3rd Party Claims in the LPL Marketplace
Darin McMullen (PANELIST) Aon  The Elephant in the Server Room
David Cook (KEYNOTE) David Cook Consulting  The Mindset of a Champion with David Cook
David Navetta (PANELIST) Cooley LLP  When David Fells Goliath - Small Companies' Role in Large Breaches
David Overstreet (PANELIST) Earhart Overstreet LLC  The Rising Tide of 3rd Party Claims in the LPL Marketplace
Daymond John (KEYNOTE) FUBU  Luncheon with Keynote Address from Daymond John, CEO of FUBU and "Shark" from ABC's "Shark Tank"
Diana Nyad (KEYNOTE) Endurance Swimmer and Author  Closing General Session with Diana Nyad, Record Setting Long Distance Swimmer, Author and Speaker.
Diane Parker (PANELIST) Diane M. Parker  Playing to Win - Strategic Use of Reps & Warranties Insurance
Dove Burns (PANELIST) Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, LLP  The EEOC Trifecta: Pregnancy, Wellness Programs & Background Checks
Dr. David Lakey (PANELIST) University of Texas System - Health Affairs  Coming to America: PLI Exposures from Ebola & Other Pandemics
Eric Myers, CPCU, ARM, AIM (PANELIST) Victor O. Schinnerer & Company  2015 Real Estate E&O Trends
Gary Shendell (PANELIST) Shendell & Pollock, P.L.  2015 Real Estate E&O Trends
George Bush (KEYNOTE) 43rd President of the United States of America  Opening General Session Featuring George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States
Jai Sharma (PANELIST) Hospital Sisters Health System  Coming to America: PLI Exposures from Ebola & Other Pandemics
Jeff Kulikowski (PANELIST) Sompo International  The Elephant in the Server Room
Jeffrey Norton (PANELIST) Ambridge Partners LLC  When David Fells Goliath - Small Companies' Role in Large Breaches
Jeffrey Cowhey (MODERATOR) Ambridge Group  Playing to Win - Strategic Use of Reps & Warranties Insurance
Jennifer O'Neill (MODERATOR) Marsh  Where in the World are the (D&O) Claims?
Jennifer Weinstein (PANELIST) Intact Insurance Specialty Solutions  Not So Harmless Not-For-Profits
Jeroen van Kwawegen (PANELIST) Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman LLP  Securities Class Actions - Going the Way of the Dinosaurs?
Joanne Lloyd-Bragg (PANELIST) AXIS Insurance  The EEOC Trifecta: Pregnancy, Wellness Programs & Background Checks
John Scully (PANELIST) Cooper & Scully, P.C.  Brave New World of Medicine: Can the PLI Industry Keep Up?
John Keogh (MODERATOR) Chubb  Opening General Session Featuring George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States
John Clarke (PANELIST) DLA Piper LLP (US)  Unfinished Laws? An Update on Dodd-Frank, The JOBS Act, etc.
Jonathan Kanov, Esq. (PANELIST) Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.  2015 Real Estate E&O Trends
Jonathan Reiner (PANELIST) RT Specialty  Learning Lab: Millennials in the Workforce – What it Means for the Insurance Industry
Keith Freid (MODERATOR) Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance  Not So Harmless Not-For-Profits
Kim Noble (PANELIST) Applied Financial Lines  The Rising Tide of 3rd Party Claims in the LPL Marketplace
Kimberly Mullins (PANELIST) USLI  Not So Harmless Not-For-Profits
Linda Lin (PANELIST) QBE North America  Unfinished Laws? An Update on Dodd-Frank, The JOBS Act, etc.
Lisa Doherty (PANELIST) Business Risk Partners  PLI for Agents & Brokers: Increasingly Risky?
Marc Zimet (PANELIST) Cruser, Mitchell, Novitz, Sanchez, Gaston & Zimet LLP  PLI for Agents & Brokers: Increasingly Risky?
Matthew Heinz (PANELIST) Lockton Companies, Inc.  Playing to Win - Strategic Use of Reps & Warranties Insurance
Max Perkins (PANELIST) Lockton Companies LLP  Handling Cross-Border Data Breaches
Michele Wein Layne (PANELIST) U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission  Unfinished Laws? An Update on Dodd-Frank, The JOBS Act, etc.
Mike Smith (MODERATOR) PL Risk Advisors Inc  2015 Real Estate E&O Trends
Nancy Adams (PANELIST) Mintz Levin  Playing to Win - Strategic Use of Reps & Warranties Insurance
Nichol Bunn (MODERATOR) Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP  Coming to America: PLI Exposures from Ebola & Other Pandemics
Patricia Sunar, Esq. (PANELIST) Verizon  When David Fells Goliath - Small Companies' Role in Large Breaches
Paul Bessette (PANELIST) King & Spalding LLP  Securities Class Actions - Going the Way of the Dinosaurs?
Paul Nikhinson (PANELIST) Beazley  Handling Cross-Border Data Breaches
Peter Biging (MODERATOR) Goldberg Segalla LLP  PLI for Agents & Brokers: Increasingly Risky?
Peter Herron (PANELIST) Travelers Insurance  Learning Lab: Millennials in the Workforce – What it Means for the Insurance Industry
Rebecca Havlisch (PANELIST) Banner Health  Brave New World of Medicine: Can the PLI Industry Keep Up?
Rob Yellen (PANELIST) WTW  Cybersecurity: The Changing Regulatory Environment
Robbie Thompson (PANELIST) Professional Liability Underwriting Society  Learning Lab: PLUS Town Hall Discussion with Robbie Thompson
Robert Cap (PANELIST) Risk Placement Services, Inc.  The EEOC Trifecta: Pregnancy, Wellness Programs & Background Checks
Robert Parisi (MODERATOR) Munich Re America Inc.  Cybersecurity: The Changing Regulatory Environment
Robert Zelms (PANELIST) Zelms Erlich, LLP  The Rising Tide of 3rd Party Claims in the LPL Marketplace
Sally Combs (PANELIST) Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty  PLI for Agents & Brokers: Increasingly Risky?
Sam Stern (MODERATOR) J. Smith Lanier & Co., a Marsh & McLennan Agency  Learning Lab: Millennials in the Workforce – What it Means for the Insurance Industry
Sarah Stephens (MODERATOR) JLT Specialty  When David Fells Goliath - Small Companies' Role in Large Breaches
Scott Kannry (PANELIST) Axio  The Elephant in the Server Room
Scott Barabash (PANELIST) Aspen Insurance  The Rising Tide of 3rd Party Claims in the LPL Marketplace
Scott Kugler (PANELIST) GowlingWLG  Where in the World are the (D&O) Claims?
Sharie Brown (PANELIST) Troutman Pepper  Unfinished Laws? An Update on Dodd-Frank, The JOBS Act, etc.
Sheila Hagg-Rickert (MODERATOR) Willis Towers Watson  Brave New World of Medicine: Can the PLI Industry Keep Up?
Stephen Shepherd (PANELIST) Zurich Insurance Company  Where in the World are the (D&O) Claims?
Theodore Kobus (PANELIST) BakerHostetler  Handling Cross-Border Data Breaches
Thomas Herendeen (PANELIST) Travelers Insurance Company  Not So Harmless Not-For-Profits
Tom Harris (PANELIST) Haynes and Boone, LLP  Playing to Win - Strategic Use of Reps & Warranties Insurance
Tony Galban (MODERATOR) Chubb Financial Lines  The Elephant in the Server Room
Tower Snow, Jr. (MODERATOR) Cooley LLP  Securities Class Actions - Going the Way of the Dinosaurs?
Wendy Mellk (MODERATOR) Jackson Lewis P.C.  The EEOC Trifecta: Pregnancy, Wellness Programs & Background Checks

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Hilton Anatole
2201 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207

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