Educational Topic Suggestions


The below topic ideas have been compiled from past sessions given at the conference as well as suggestions from our faculty advisors and students.  This list is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of topics.  Please feel free to suggest your own topic based on the knowledge and expertise of your individual organization and presenters.  The Grand Chapter of GIS will work with you to ensure that your topic is relevant to the needs and experience of our students.


The breakout sessions for the students are intended to be educational in nature, building off of their current coursework and intended to enhance their understanding of the industry.  Sessions should be developed using current industry trends, hot topics and news and delivered on a novice level.  Prep calls will be scheduled with presenters within two months of the conference.

Topic Due Date

Session Topics and Descriptions are due no later than July 1, 2017.  GIS cannot guarantee sessions spots if this information is not submitted in a timely manner.

A Day in the Life of a Broker
A Day in the Life of a Marketing Underwriter
A Day in the Life of a Risk Manager
A Day in the Life of a Wholesale Broker
A Day in the Life of an Insurance Broker
A Day in the Life of an Underwriting Trainee
Actuarial Career Panel: What Do We Actuarially Do?
Actuarial Careers
An Introduction to Reinsurance
Analytics: the Changing Role of the Actuary
Basic Ratemaking: Overall Rate Level Indication Considerations from a Personal Lines Perspective
Being Successful in Small Commercial Business in the Current Economy
Broker / Agent, Is there a Difference?
Building and Using Catastrophe Models to Manage Risk
Building Communities, Strengthening Businesses, Protecting the Public–Rewarding Careers in Surety and Fidelity
Changing Dynamics and Regulatory Issues in Health & Welfare
Claims Adjusting
Complex Property Claims – Insight from the Eye of the Storm
Current Events in the E&S Marketplace
Current Events in the Insurance Marketplace
Cyber Risk and Exposures
CyberSecurity – Insurance Industry Implications
Dealing with Catastrophes
E&S: The Exciting and Sexy Side of Insurance
Emergency Response
Entering the Industry at a Fast Pace – Your Entry to Fame and Fortune
Event Coverage and (Re)Insurance
Eye of the Storm: A Day in the Life of ERM (Enterprise Risk Management)
Financial Professional Lines (Other Specific Product Lines, e.g. General Liability)
Globalization (Multinational exposures and global programs)
Globalization of the Industry
Healthcare Reform After the Supreme Court
Hot topics from the Hill
Insuring Innovation: Underwriting the High Tech and Life Science Space
Insuring the Energy Boom
Introduction to Catastrophe Modeling
Lessons from the Financial Crisis
Lloyd’s: The Worlds Specialist Insurance Market
Managing the Risk of a Pandemic
Mergers & Acquisitions: What to look for
Multinational Risks v A Global Policy
Multinational Risks vs. The Worldwide Policy
One of the Best Risks You’ll Take: A Career in Insurance Brokerage
Overview of Health Care Reform and Its Impact on the Insurance Industry
Personal Lines
Political Risk and Terrorism Insurance
Predictive Modeling 101
Predictive Modeling: Turning Knowledge into Power
Product & Pricing: A Strategic Science
Property & Casualty Market Condition
Public vs. Private Companies
Quantifiable Risk Management: Getting Real with ERM
Regulation on Insurance: Should it be State or Federal?
Risk Management 101
Risky Business: Manage your own portfolio as a Professional Decision Maker
Safety: Why is it Important?
Social Insurance in the U.S. and Canada
Standard vs E&S Markets – What’s the Difference?
Supply Chain Management
Team Work Makes the Dream Work – Underwriting, Claims, and Loss Control
The Art of Client Communication
The Art of Communication
The Basics of Reinsurance
The Challenges Faced as a New Underwriter
The Credit Crunch (Recessions and the Impacts on the Industry)
The Future of Retirement
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: How Our Industry Can Better Tell Their Story, And Why We Must
The Risk Management Process – An Overview
The Road to Chief Actuary
The Value of Specialization – A Look at Professional Liability Lines
The Value of Specializing in Professional Liability – Stories from Industry Pros
The Wholesale / Surplus Lines Market: Stable, Profitable, Career Oriented
U.S. Health Care Reform
Understanding Errors and Omissions
Underwriting 101
Underwriting Today and Tomorrow
Use Specialization to Fast Track Your Career
What a Broker looks for in a Great Underwriter!
What an Underwriter looks for in a Great Broker!
What I look for in a Good Retail Broker
What is this Enterprise Risk Management Everyone is Talking About?
Wild Life of an Actuary