D&O: Emerging Trends and Challenges in a Hard Market, hosted by WSIA's U40

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The webinar will focus on current and emerging issues in the D&O market. Panelists will address current trends and challenges in both underwriting and claims, as well as the key factors impacting pricing, exclusions and issues, including:

  • Key factors affecting underwriting in a hard market
  • Reinsurance trends affecting pricing, including capacity
  • AI underwriting and distribution challenges
  • Silent Cyber and other similar cross over coverages
  • Emerging claims trends both public and private relating to social movements, COVID-19, M&A and employment-related issues
  • Broker issues in selling D&O in a changed market.
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  • Paul Bunone, Vice President, AmTrustEXEC
  • Javier Gonzalez, Executive Vice President of Sales, PL Risk Advisors, Inc.
  • Mike Smith, President and CEO, Axis Insurance Services, LLC

London Market 101, hosted by WSIA's U40

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London Market 101 webinar resources

The London Market is a significant component of the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines industry. Learn about the origins of Lloyd’s and how the underwriting room has evolved into the twenty-first century. This webinar is intended as an introduction to this unique market and will provide updates on top priority initiatives including current products, trends and regulatory issues. There is no fee to register for WSIA members.


The New Normal, hosted by WSIA's Emerging Issues & Innovation Committee

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Insurance is a people business – particularly the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines sector. The pandemic has significantly interrupted the traditional way of conducting E&S business, forcing adaptation every step of the way. This leads the industry to ask questions: What have we figured out? Where are we still adapting? And what will the future hold?

Join us for a live panel discussion with industry leaders as they reflect on the last year and explore the future.

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  • Mitch Jawitz, Executive Vice President, Anderson & Murison

  • Chris Carlson, Executive Vice President, Head of U.S. Property, Aspen Insurance
  • Eric Hall, Executive Vice President, The Rough Notes Company
  • Barbara Ingraham, Managing Director, ISO, a Verisk company
  • Matt Weindel, Excess Liability Underwriting Leader, MUSIC

Leadership Series: Building Resilience and Leading Through Change, hosted by WSIA's Education Committee

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Leadership Resiliency webinar Resources
Self Care Assessment Resource

Join Executive Leadership Coach Calvin Chen as he chats with E&S executive Kristen Skender about building your team’s resilience and leading through adversity and challenging circumstances. Chen generated $4 million in sales for Anthony Robbins and now coaches top performers to achieve their best performance in life and leadership. This discussion will be specific to leaders in the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines industry.

Webinar takeaways will include:

  • Acquire tools to build your team’s resilience
  • Successful tactics for difficult conversations with your virtual team
  • Ways to boost your engagement and purpose and motivate your team

This webinar will recharge you with practical leadership tips to implement immediately.

Check out the presenters’ full biographies here.


  • Calvin Chen | Executive Leadership Coach
  • Kristen Skender | Senior Vice President: Brokerage and Director of Corporate Development, Jimcor Agencies

Navigating a Hard Market 101: Presentation and Panel Discussion, hosted by WSIA's Emerging Issues and Innovation Committee

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Learn about the characteristics of a hard market compared with a soft market, dynamics of the current market state, and ways to successfully approach the market and your customers. The presentation concludes with a panel discussion of industry professionals offering their hard market experience and wisdom.

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  • Joe Dahlvig | Senior Underwriter, Admiral Insurance Group
  • Jessica Hahn | Underwriter/Broker, Risk Placement Services


  • Jill Hale | President Elect, Austin Association of Insurance Professionals
  • Karen Morgan | Business Development Specialist, Risk Placement Services
  • Carrie Weschler | Area Assistant Vice President, Risk Placement Services

Planning for the Unknown: Economic & Industry Impact Panel Discussion, hosted by WSIA's Education Committee

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Does a global pandemic, the discovery of murder hornets in the U.S., various UFO confirmed sightings, unprecedented business income, cyber & data breach claims, and civil unrest leave you wondering what’s next? WSIA's Education Committee hosted this panel discussion featuring leaders in the fields of Actuarial Science, Economics, Emerging Issues Research and Marketing. Panelists discuss their real-world experiences evaluating and planning for the emerging issues and economic impact facing underwriters, brokers and leaders in the E&S industry.

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  • Regina Kirwan | Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, GenStar


  • Tim Fletcher | Senior Emerging Issues Specialist, GenRe
  • Jim Lynch | Chief Actuary and Senior Vice President of Research and Education, Insurance Information Institute
  • Eric Price-Glynn | Senior Principal and Head of the Division, ISO MarketStance, a Verisk Business
  • Paul Smith | Senior Vice President, Carrier Relations, H.W. Kaufman Group

Diversity & Inclusion in the Insurance Workforce, hosted by WSIA's Emerging Issues & Innovation Committee

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The WSIA Emerging Issues and Innovation Committee hosted this discussion on diversity and inclusion in the insurance workforce. This webinar looks at the current state of the industry with a dive into the benefits & challenges faced in attracting & retaining diverse talent all outlined in the committee’s Modern Workforce Trend Report. Panelists discuss initiatives that are making a difference, and how the industry can work together to improve the diversity and inclusion climate for future generations.

Check out the presenters' full biographies here.


  • Catherine Rudow | Vice President, Cyber Insurance, Nationwide E&S/Specialty


  • Michael Angelina | Executive Director, Maguire Academy of Insurance, Saint Joseph's University
  • Tony Chimera | Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Sompo International
  • Kortney Eidson | Vice President, Binding Authority, AmWINS Group
  • Christine Goodman | Senior Director, Nationwide Insurance Company
  • Catherine Mulligan | Global Head of Cyber, AON Reinsurance Solutions

Cyber Liability Sessions 1 & 2, hosted by WSIA's Emerging Issues & Innovation Committee

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In this second session of the two-part webinar series, industry experts provide their insight on the present and future trends of cyber exposure. Here is your chance to get answers to your cyber questions during a Q&A with these industry experts.

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Explore what cyber exposure looks like in our increasingly remote world. Join a live panel discussion about cyber and technology E&O insurance, liabilities and coverage types. This is a must to understand in current times. For those professionals who need an introduction or general recap on cyber liability, you don't want to miss this session.


  • Nick Economidis | Vice President, eRisk, Crum & Forster


  • Mickey Estey | Senior Vice President, E&O/Cyber/Media, RT ProExec
  • David Lewison | Senior Vice President, National Professional Lines Practice Leader, AmWINS Brokerage Group
  • Mike Robison | National Practice Leader, Professional Executive Group, CRC Group

Living and Leading with Courage and Compassion

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2020 was a year of challenges, unknowns, uncharted territories and unprecedented times in our country and economy. Join Jennifer Kessel and Cara Delestienne offer a candid discussion on navigating complex times, making decisions without a rulebook, showing up well for your team, your company and your life through vulnerability and transparency.


  • Jennifer Kessel | Marketing Director, USG Insurance Services, Inc.
  • Cara Delestienne | Director of Service Center & Corporate Training, USG Insurance Services, Inc.

What is Management…Really?

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Join us from your desk to learn what management really means and how you can be an effective manager. Presenters discuss examples of effective management along with management gone wrong. With their unique perspectives and experiences, presenters John Anthony and Troy Fornof provide insight and guidance that you can immediately apply to build better teams and develop a forward-thinking organization.


  • John Anthony | Vice President, Nationwide E&S/Specialty
  • Troy Fornof | Executive Vice President, MacNeill Group, Inc.

Perspectives from Stamping Office Leaders

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Perspectives from Stamping Office Leaders Resources

Stamping office leaders discuss May 2020 filing and premium numbers, pandemic-related impacts on filers and legislation and opportunities for the industry.


  • Greg Brandon | Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas
  • Dan Maher | Excess Line Association of New York
  • Ben McKay | Surplus Line Association of California
  • David Ocasek | Surplus Line Association of Illinois
  • Bryan Young | Florida Surplus Lines Service Office
  • Brady Kelley | WSIA

Cannabis, A Budding Industry, hosted by WSIA's U40

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Cannabis Webinar Resources

Cannabis is a budding industry in the surplus lines market and presents opportunities to break the grass ceiling! These WSIA members specialize in this unique risk as they divulge their experiences insuring in the cannabis space.


  • Jason Scheurle | Hudson Insurance Group
  • John Deneen | AmWINS Brokerage

COVID-19 Impacts on the Wholesale, Specialty and Surplus Lines Industry

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Join us for a discussion about the impacts of COVID-19 on the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines industry with a panel of WSIA Board members and staff. Panelists share their perspectives and answer member questions about how the pandemic is impacting the industry, how members and WSIA are navigating the patchwork of COVID-19 regulatory responses and legislative proposals and opportunities and challenges of not seeing clients in person.


  • Bryan Sanders | WSIA President and President, Markel Specialty
  • Brenda (Ballard) Austenfeld | WSIA Board Member and President, National Property Practice and Managing Director, RT Specialty
  • Coryn Thalmann | WSIA Board Member and CEO, Jimcor Agencies
  • Brady Kelley | Executive Director, WSIA

Leading Remote Workers: The Evolving Workplace, including COVID-19

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Learn some timely tips and tools from Kristen Skender, Jimcor Agencies, Inc and Leah Ohodnicki, Argo Group, about how to effectively lead people working remotely and how to manage the related technology. The webinar includes discussion about COVID-19-related adaption to working remotely and how to engage and recognize employees in these changing times. For more information, check out these additional resources, including a Q&A.


  • Leah Ohodnicki | Argo Group
  • Kristen Skender | Jimcor Agencies