Conference Profile

PLUS International Conference

PLUS International Conference

Location Name: Caesars Palace

When: 11/05/2014 - 11/07/2014



Phone: 800-845-0778


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Mark your calendar now and make plans to attend the 2014 PLUS International Conference taking place November 5-7 in Las Vegas.

What You'll Learn at the Conference

Wednesday, November 05, 2014
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.
Speakers:Thom Singer from - KEYNOTE

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.
Speakers:Patti Wood from - KEYNOTE

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Women's Leadership Network

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, 2014
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.
Christopher Williams from Travelers - MODERATOR
Elise Klein from Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith LLP - PANELIST
Paul Greve from Willis Health Care Practice - PANELIST
Mark Mattioli from Marshall Dennehey - PANELIST

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.
Katherine Keefe from Beazley Group - MODERATOR
Jeremy Henley from ID Experts - PANELIST
Robert Jones from AIG - PANELIST
Lynn Sessions from Baker & Hostetler LLP - PANELIST
Fred Flint from Insurity Group - PANELIST

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.
Kevin Gadbois from Great American Insurance Group - MODERATOR
John Hughes from Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP - PANELIST
Brian Kristiansen from Arch Insurance Group, Inc. - PANELIST
Tammy Yuen from Boundas, Skarzynski, Walsh & Black LLC - PANELIST

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.
John Black from Boundas, Skarzynski, Walsh & Black, LLC - MODERATOR
Todd Greeley from Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance - PANELIST
Jeffrey Lattmann from BEECHER CARLSON - PANELIST
Shanda Davis from Travelers - PANELIST
Douglas Greene from Lane Powell PC - PANELIST

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.
Johannes Kingma from Carlock Copeland & Stair, LLC - MODERATOR
Shauna Reeder from CNA - PANELIST
Greg Ketay from Pearl Insurance Group LLC - PANELIST
Judy Cannella Schott from Gilsbar Specialty Insurance Services LLC - PANELIST
Wilhelm Dingler from Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C. - PANELIST

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.
Ian Stewart from Wilson Elser - MODERATOR
Mercedes Colwin, Esq. from Gordon & Rees LLP - PANELIST
Linda Pierce from Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. - PANELIST
Nan Meyer from Markel - PANELIST

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.
Tower Snow, Jr. from Cooley LLP - MODERATOR
Carrie Huff from Haynes and Boone, L.L.P. - PANELIST
Darren Robbins from Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd - PANELIST
Daniel Standish from Wiley Rein LLP - PANELIST
Joseph Tabacco from Berman DeValerio - PANELIST

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.
Lilian Morvay, JD from Catlin, Inc. - MODERATOR
Matthew Photis from Everest Specialty Underwriters - PANELIST
Richard Rogers from Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP - PANELIST
Shauna Ehlert from Cozen O'Connor - PANELIST
Richard Weber from The Ethical Edge, Inc. - PANELIST

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.
John O'Byrne from O'Byrne Law Firm, LLC - MODERATOR
Joshua Stein from Ironshore - PANELIST
Kathleen Lyons from Swiss Re - PANELIST
David Gische from Troutman Sanders LLP - PANELIST

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.
Kimberly Melvin from Wiley Rein LLP - MODERATOR
Miles Afsharnik from Wells Fargo Insurance - PANELIST
Tricia Melly from XL Group, PLC - PANELIST
Rebecca Dauparas from CNA - PANELIST
Charles Jackson from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - PANELIST

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.
Jake Kouns from Markel - MODERATOR
Scott Godes from Barnes & Thornburg LLP - PANELIST
Bill Hardin from Navigant - PANELIST
Philip Kibler from IBM Security Services - PANELIST
Michael Carr from Argo Pro - PANELIST
Stacey McGraw from Troutman Sanders LLP - PANELIST
Paul Miskovich from AXIS Insurance - PANELIST

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.
Kenneth Wittman from Dealey, Renton & Associates - MODERATOR
Wendy Testa from Wilson Elser - PANELIST
Nicole Mangino from XL Insurance - PANELIST
Jeffrey Neidle from OneBeacon Professional Insurance - PANELIST

Friday, November 07, 2014
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.
Michael Kaufman from Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP - MODERATOR
Janet Bashen from Bashen Corporation - PANELIST
Lynette Lyngaas from Monitor Liability Managers - PANELIST
George Glavas from HUB International - PANELIST

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.
Lori Bailey from Zurich - MODERATOR
Paul Bantick from Beazley - PANELIST
Tracie Grella from AIG - PANELIST
Theodore Kobus from BakerHostetler - PANELIST
David Rees from R K Harrison - PANELIST

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.
Heather Yow from Allied World Assurance Company - MODERATOR
Robert Kueppers from Deloitte LLP - PANELIST
David Woodcock from Fort Worth Regional Office, US Securities & Exchange Commission - PANELIST
Mark Cheffers from Audit Analytics - PANELIST

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, 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.

Who Should Attend

Insurance and legal professionals who work in the professional liability arena should attend the annual PLUS International Conference to stay up to date on the latest trends and important topics in the field of professional liability insurance. With content specifically tailored to the various fields of professional liability, including D&O, E&O, Fiduciary, Employment and Medical Malpractice lines, the PLUS Conference is THE event to attend to stay up to date and network with other professionals in the industry.


Featured Vendors At This Conference

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

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Swiss Re Corporate Solutions serves more than 50,000 customers across nearly 40 offices worldwide and is backed by the financial strength of the Swiss Re Group.

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