Insurance Nerds Day at Gamma Iota Sigma International Conference in Chicago

For YEARS, we have dreamed of a different type of Insurance Conference…

We had a vision, and we didn’t want to compromise it.  What were we hoping for, you ask:

  • Half a day of “TEDx*-Style” Speakers: 7 to 15 minutes featuring BOTH industry veterans and some exciting early career nerds.
  • Half a day of Learning Labs: hands-on skill-building sessions featuring the experts of the Insurance Ecosystem from many different disciplines.
  • Single day on a Saturday, so you don’t need vacation time!
  • Central location, so you can buy your plane tickets and still pay your student loans!
  • Affordable, even without employer support. Tickets will be only $99, not the hundreds of dollars most insurance conferences cost.
  • Lots and lots of valuable networking!

Register now for only $99! Join us in Chicago on Saturday, October 6th!

We are grateful to Gamma Iota Sigma who heard our vision and didn’t ask for a single compromise!  Gamma Iota Sigma shares the goals of Insurance Nerds in promoting insurance education and preparing the future generations of insurance professionals for rewarding and engaging careers.  We are so excited to partner with them, and we hope to see many of you in Chicago!  Share the news with your friends and carpool in if you like!

*While TED allows independently organized conferences under the TEDx brand, they do not allow them to be focused on a single industry so TEDx Insurance will never exist. This conference is not organized under the TEDx brand, it’s simply an insurance conference that partially uses some of the features that the incredible TED and TEDx conferences have shown to create engaging sessions.

Awesome location!

The conference is at the Chicago Navy Pier, a great location with tons of stuff to do and it’s right next to the Chicago Children’s Museum so it’s a great opportunity to bring your spouse and kids. You can nerd out with us while they go enjoy Navy Pier and the museum!

TEDx Style Speakers:

Bryan Falchuk

Bryan is a Best-Selling Author, Public Speaker, TEDx Presenter, Insurance Executive, INC Columnist & Leadership Expert all rolled into one.

Bryan is a former McKinsey consultant where he served as the Interim Chief of Staff for a $1B Regional Insurer. Since then he has held Executive and C-Level roles at Beazley and Hiscox USA.

Bryan is a renowned motivational speaker, life coach and the author of the Best Selling Book Do A Day.

 

Tina Beaty changes the way people think, feel and believe. Using integrated communications strategy, based on research and audience insights, deployed across earned media, social platforms, digital media and paid media she and her team impact their target to change their behavior. 

She has launched products, shaped public opinion, and introduced consumer awareness campaigns. Her leadership of an integrated communications campaign for the Indexed Annuities Leadership Council helped changed perceptions of fixed indexed annuities, leading to a 30% increase in industry sales. She led campaigns involving mealtime research for Welch’s, shifting brand voice; counseled government clients in reaching a consumer audience through earned media, including the FHFA HARP program; and placed executives, such as Carly Fiorina, on a national stage. Her storytelling has landed clients in O and The Washington Post, on Bloomberg and the TODAY Show – just to name a few. 

Tina Beaty

Dr. Mark Tarmann Jr., DBA, CPCU

Dr. Mark is a charismatic leader & researcher dedicated to risk management and Millennial employee retention & development.

Mark has 10+ years of experience in risk management as a licensed insurance producer and claim adjuster.

He was recently awarded his doctorate degree in business administration with emphasis on project management by Walden University for his research on small to medium enterprise (SME) succession planning and millennial employee development.

Living in Des Moines, Alicia unexpectedly and ironically found a career in insurance. She graduated with a Bachelors in Corporate Communications and Marketing and also obtained an MBA in Executive Development. Alicia started as a licensed agent in 2006 and then transitioned into sales operations focusing on project management and continuous improvement. She shifted from direct sales to product management in 2015. Today, she is responsible for the growth and profitability of auto and home lines in her assigned states. She loves that the role is a mix of analytics, collaboration, communication, and strategy. Alicia is involved with various associate resource groups, mentoring opportunities and recruiting efforts. Outside insurance, she is passionate about family, traveling and giving back.

Alicia is presenting both a TEDx Style Talk and a Learning Lab.

Alicia Gross

John Bachmann

John has a strong passion for helping people help people.

In his claims leadership role at Central Insurance Companies he is able to live that passion through mentoring, coaching, evaluating, and recognizing the talents of licensed insurance adjusters. He has been fortunate enough to lead award-winning teams of insurance professionals that handle multiple lines of coverage including general liability, product liability, homeowner, and automobile claims. He has also had the opportunity to lead as well as participate in cross-functional capacities focusing on the improvement of the Customer Experience.

John also runs a popular YouTube channel about the insurance industry.

Granton works with Willis Towers Watson in Dallas, Texas. He’s a recent winner of the CPCU Presidential Scholarship for sponsored by The Institutes.

Granton graduated cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Risk Management & Insurance. Through his service as President of Gamma Iota Sigma, Granton has shown limitless passion for advancing next generation’s professional character and career development. Granton was named 2016 RISC Student of The Year for Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business.

Granton Clem

Rob Galbraith, CPCU

Rob is The Most Interesting Man in Insurance!

Rob Galbraith is a Director of Underwriting Research at USAA where he leads a high-performing team of professionals focused on writing profitable risks in catastrophe-prone areas of the US. His team uses innovative technology, advanced analytics, the latest in science and social psychology, and a multitude of partnerships to offer property insurance to as many members as possible while maintaining USAA’s capital and superior financial ratings.

Rob’s passion is finding ways to provide insurance products to all who have a need efficiently through innovative approaches, building strong relationships with a wide variety of people from a variety of disciplines, and educating customers on the risks they face and inspiring them to take action to strengthen their resilience.

Rob has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry in a variety of positions with USAA, Citigroup, and the Federal Reserve Board. He holds a Master’s of Science in Insurance Management from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Michigan State University.

Rob is a recognized thought leader on P&C insurance who is a published author and media contributor. Rob also frequently presents on insurance and natural disaster related topics at industry conferences as well as community town halls. He serves on the LexisNexis Home Advisory Board, the Verisk Resilience Advisory Panel, and has been ranked as high as #6 on the InsurTech London Top 100 Influencers (January 2018).

Rob earned his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation in 2003 and has served in leadership roles both at the national and local chapter level. He was elected to serve on the CPCU Society’s Leadership Council and previously served on the industry Advisory Board to The Institutes. Rob received the Loman Award for outstanding service to the Alamo Chapter CPCU Society in 2009. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the USAA Political Action Committee.

Rob is presenting both a TEDx and a Learning Lab.

Cooper is an International Underwriter at CNA Financial in providing tailored solutions to meet the foreign insurance needs of US-based clients doing business abroad.

He graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame with a degree of Finance & Entrepreneurship. Originally from Colorado Cooper is adrenalized by exploration & adventure.

He is passionate about the dynamic ingenuity of business, and aspires to have a positive and seemingly infinite impact on others.

Cooper Cohen

Kate Manthey

Kate is the Program Director for the Insurance & Risk Program Director at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Amy holds two Bachelors Degrees and an MBA. She has been 15+ years of technology experience with 8 of those in Insurance. Amy is the Founder and CEO of Lead at Any Level which promotes in-the-trenches leadership, diversity and inclusion, and career management through career coaching, public speaking engagements, and other offerings and is a powerful diversity advocate. Her Best Selling Book Network Beyond Bias came out in 2018 and has been helping professionals in all industries improve their networks and their lives.

Amy is presenting both a TEDx Style Talk and a full on Learning Lab.

Amy Waninger

Amber Wuollet

Amber is a people-focused creative type who is energized by challenge, fueled by coffee, and fascinated by the power of data and innovation to reshape the world. She spends her days surrounded by data scientists and product leaders who see opportunity in each problem and solutions to each question. She’s the Marketing Manager at Explore Information Services and Editor of Explore Insurance.

Alex Mican is a senior product development manager, PCS, at ISO Claims Analytics, a division of Verisk Insurance Solutions.  He focuses on helping PCS develop new solutions for the global specialty market including marine, energy, cyber and terror.  Alex join Verisk Insurance Solutions in 2014 and PCS in 2016.  Originally from Romania, he came to the United States to study for his Masters of Business Admistration degree, which he completed at Plymouth State University in 2011.  

Alex Mican

Learning Labs

Alicia Gross

Living in Des Moines, Alicia unexpectedly and ironically found a career in insurance. She graduated with a Bachelors in Corporate Communications and Marketing and also obtained an MBA in Executive Development. Alicia started as a licensed agent in 2006 and then transitioned into sales operations focusing on project management and continuous improvement. She shifted from direct sales to product management in 2015. Today, she is responsible for the growth and profitability of auto and home lines in her assigned states. She loves that the role is a mix of analytics, collaboration, communication, and strategy. Alicia is involved with various associate resource groups, mentoring opportunities and recruiting efforts. Outside insurance, she is passionate about family, traveling and giving back.

Alicia is presenting both a TEDx Style Talk and a Learning Lab.

Learning Labs Topic: Product Management.

Amy holds two Bachelors Degrees and an MBA. She has been 15+ years of technology experience with 8 of those in Insurance. Amy is the Founder and CEO of Lead at Any Level which promotes in-the-trenches leadership, diversity and inclusion, and career management through career coaching, public speaking engagements, and other offerings and is a powerful diversity advocate. Her Best Selling Book Network Beyond Bias came out in 2018 and has been helping professionals in all industries improve their networks and their lives.

Amy is presenting both a TEDx Style Talk and a full on Learning Lab.

Amy will be presenting a Learning Lab on how to build a diverse network.

Amy Waninger

Rob Galbraith, CPCU

Rob is The Most Interesting Man in Insurance!

Rob Galbraith is a Director of Underwriting Research at USAA where he leads a high-performing team of professionals focused on writing profitable risks in catastrophe-prone areas of the US. His team uses innovative technology, advanced analytics, the latest in science and social psychology, and a multitude of partnerships to offer property insurance to as many members as possible while maintaining USAA’s capital and superior financial ratings.

Rob’s passion is finding ways to provide insurance products to all who have a need efficiently through innovative approaches, building strong relationships with a wide variety of people from a variety of disciplines, and educating customers on the risks they face and inspiring them to take action to strengthen their resilience.

Rob has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry in a variety of positions with USAA, Citigroup, and the Federal Reserve Board. He holds a Master’s of Science in Insurance Management from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Michigan State University.

Rob is a recognized thought leader on P&C insurance who is a published author and media contributor. Rob also frequently presents on insurance and natural disaster related topics at industry conferences as well as community town halls. He serves on the LexisNexis Home Advisory Board, the Verisk Resilience Advisory Panel, and has been ranked as high as #6 on the InsurTech London Top 100 Influencers (January 2018).

Rob earned his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation in 2003 and has served in leadership roles both at the national and local chapter level. He was elected to serve on the CPCU Society’s Leadership Council and previously served on the industry Advisory Board to The Institutes. Rob received the Loman Award for outstanding service to the Alamo Chapter CPCU Society in 2009. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the USAA Political Action Committee.

Rob is presenting both a TEDx and a Learning Lab.

Learning Labs Topic: Interviewing Skills

 

Bill Wilson dedicated 5 decades to becoming the country’s leading expert on insurance policy forms and interpretation. Today he runs the blog Insurance Commentary and recently published the Best Selling Book When Words Collide: Resolving Claims and Coverage Disputes.

Bill will be presenting a Learning Lab on Claims & Policy Language

Bill Wilson, CPCU

Kelly Donahue-Piro

David Siekman

Kelly is a dynamic public speaker and consultant who have spent the last decade focusing on how small business owners in the insurance industry can capitalize on opportunities within their reach. With over 5 years experience in the local insurance agent sector she brings training, marketing and technology to agencies that helps them be effective and efficiently grow their agency. 

David is an accomplished sales professional with 15+ years of experience directly managing sales and marketing teams. He’s passionate about creating a superior customer experience. Strong focus on revenue generating activities and driving organic growth utilizing traditional and digital marketing and sales techniques built on a perspective gained from working for a carrier and independent agencies.

David and Kelly will present a Learning Lab on how to best run an agency in the 21st century.

Michael has 35 year career of strategic business development in the specialty P&C insurance market, and since 2010 in the commercial finance market developing and selling coach finance products and programs. Insurance and risk manager skilled in the identification, analysis, evaluation, and treatment of complex risk and loss exposures. Expert witness and litigation consultant in complex P&C coverage cases, and MGA/MGU and agent/broker “Best Practices”. Insurance educator for 27 years. Author of 60 course guides and workbooks and instructor of over 6,500 risk, insurance, claims, and legal professionals. 

Michael will be presenting a Learning Lab on how agencies can seek perfection.

Michael Gay, CPCU

Where to Stay?

The Chicago Marathon is at the same weekend, so hotel prices in the central parts of Chicago near the conference are high. For moderately priced lodging we recommend using Hotels.com to book a hotel near O’hare Airport and taking the Blue Line train downtown then walking a few blocks to Navy Pier or a hotel near Midway Airport and taking the Orange Line train then walking a few blocks to Navy Pier.