Executive Leadership Summit

April 28 - May 1, 2020 • Washington, D.C. area • Darden School of Business Rosslyn Campus
For any senior-level professional or leader in the E&S industry who has significant industry experience and wants to think, act and lead strategically 

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.

On Tuesday, April 28, guests can take an optional bus tour of Washington, D.C.’s many sights and monument. A boxed dinner will be provided during the tour. There is no additional cost to sign up for the bus tour, but attendees who wish to join must indicate that during the online registration process.

Learn more about Executive Leadership Summit in the informational program brochure.

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. 

Registration and Fees

  • Registration for the 2020 program will open in February 4, 2020. To be notified directly when registration opens, please fill out this waitlist survey.
  • Registration is $2,625 per person and includes hotel accommodations and meals during the program.
  • Registration closes on March 31, 2020.
  • Any questions regarding registration may be directed to Denise Marshall, denise@wsia.org

What Alumni Have to Say

Watch a short video to hear what past participants have to say about their personal experiences at Executive Leadership Summit.

“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

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 -  Jacqueline M. Schaendorf, President and CEO of Insurance House, 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 28
2:30-3:30 p.m. Arrival and Check-In
3:40 p.m. Meet in Hyatt Centric Lobby to walk to Darden Sands Family Grounds
4:00-4:30 p.m. Class Discussion, Welcome & Introductions - Prof. Horniman
4:30-5:45 p.m. CEO Discussion -  Jacqueline M. Schaendorf, President and CEO of Insurance House
5:45-6:30 p.m. Opening Reception
7:00-9:30 p.m. Optional offsite DC Monument Bus Tour (with dinner)
Evening Individual Preparation
Wednesday, April 29
7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30-10:00 a.m. Learning, Leading and Change - Prof. Horniman
10:00-10:30 a.m. Connect With Your Office 
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.      From Tactical to Strategic Leadership I - Prof. Venkataraman
12:00-12:05 p.m. Class Photo
12:05-1:00 p.m.        Lunch
1:00-1:30 p.m.  Connect With Your Office
1:30-2:00 p.m. Learning Team Meetings
2:00-5:00 p.m. Leading Change - Prof. Horniman
5:00-5:45 p.m. Learning Team Meetings
6:00 p.m. Depart Hotel for Dinner
6:15-8:30 p.m. Dinner
Evening Individual Preparation
Thursday, April 30
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.-12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30-1:00 p.m. Connect With Your Office
1:00-2:30 p.m. Building Organization Coherence - Prof. Venkataraman
2305-3:00 p.m. Connect With Your Office
3:00-4:15 p.m. From Tactical to Strategic Leadership II - Prof. Horniman and Venkataraman 
4:15-5:45 p.m. Learning Team Meetings
6:00 p.m. Depart Hotel for Dinner
6:15-8:15 p.m.  Dinner
Evening  Individual Preparation
Friday, May 1
7:00-8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00-8:30 a.m. Final Learning Team Meetings
8:30-10:30 a.m. Sharing Insights for Future Industry Leadership 
& Individual Statements about Future Personal Opportunities
10:30-10:45 a.m. Connect With Your Office
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. The Power of Story and Personal Engagement - Prof. Horniman
12:15-12:30 p.m. Program Evaluation and Closing Remarks
12:30 p.m. Box Lunches Available 

Session Location

Darden School of Business - Sands Family Grounds
1000 Wilson Boulevard, 30th Floor
Arlington, Virginia 22209

Hotel 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:

  • Reagan International Airport (DCA) and Dulles International Airport (IAD).
  • 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, if the request is made by March 3. 
    • Registrants can receive a 50% refund between March 4 and March 31.
    • No refund is offered after March 31.
    • Should you cancel within four weeks, you will have a limited time opportunity to substitute someone else at your firm as an alternative to the above refund policy. 
    • All requests must be made in writing to Denise Marshall, denise@wsia.org.