Executive Leadership Summit

April 30 - May 3, 2019 • Washington, D.C. area • Darden School of Business Rosslyn Campus
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.   Learn more in the Executive Leadership downloadable brochure, available here.

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

“These four days will challenge your way of thinking, leading and managing. The facilitators use real-life cases to invoke deep discussion amongst leaders in the industry. A few days that can provide a real impact for years to come.”  
Corey Alison

“I have two degrees, professional designations and have run my own company for 12 years. The past four days have been some of the most insightful I have ever spent. I couldn't recommend the program more highly.”
James Keating

“Anyone given the opportunity to attend this program should not hesitate. You will come away with tools that will positively affect your career, your staff and your personal life.”  
Michele Plaisant

Registration and Fees

  • Register online here.  Registration requires an ID/PW for the WSIA website. If you have existing WSIA credentials you may use them. If you do not remember your password you may retrieve it prior to registering. If you do not have an account you may create one during the registration process.
  • Registration is $2,500 per person and includes hotel accommodations and meals during the program.
  • The registration deadline is April 3.
  • Please contact Vicky Fleming at vicky@wsia.org if you have questions. 
  • Download a program brochure for more information.

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 - Timothy W. Turner, Chairman and CEO of Ryan Turner Specialty,  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, April 30
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 - Timothy W. Turner, Chairman and CEO, Ryan Turner Spec.
6:00-6:30 p.m. Opening Reception
6:30-7:45 p.m. Dinner
Evening Learning Team Meetings
Wednesday, May 1
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 2
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 3
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 

Session Location

Darden School of Business Rosslyn Campus
1000 Wilson Boulevard, 30th Floor
Arlington, Virginia 22209

Hotel and Dining Accommodations

Hotel accommodations are reserved by WSIA as part of your registration. Summit attendees will stay at the Hyatt Centric Arlington, 1325 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA. The Hyatt Centric is a luxury hotel experience located in the Rosslyn District and is two blocks from the Darden Education Center. 

Travel Information

Arlington is accessible through:

  • Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Reagan International Airport (DCA).
  • DC Metro service is available at Reagan International Airport on the Blue Line.
  • Cabs, Uber and Lyft are available at both airports.

Executive Leadership Summit Cancellation Policy

  • Registrants can receive a full refund, less a $50 fee for processing, through March 20, 2018. 
  • Registrants can receive a 50% refund between March 21 and April 3, 2018.
  • No refund for the Executive Leadership Summit will be offered after April 3, 2018. 
  • Should you cancel after April 3, you will be offered a limited time opportunity to substitute someone else from your firm as an alternative to the above policy.
  • These refund time periods are subject to change, annually, based upon hotel contract and policy changes.
  • All requests must be made in writing via email to Vicky Fleming at vicky@wsia.org.