2017 Schedule


Tuesday, April 25

2:00 - 4:30 PM Registration
Downtown Des Moines Marriott

5 - 7 PM Opening Reception
State Historical Building


Wednesday, April 26

7 - 8 AM Networking & Continental Breakfast

8 - 8:15 AM Opening Remarks & Welcome
  • Co-Chair Kay Godfredsen
  • Co-Chair Laura Beebe
  • Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds
  • Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen

8:15 - 8:45 AM

Global Insurance Issue: Opening Keynote

Bill Hartnett, President at Hartnett Advisors

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9:00 - 10:15 AM Chief Risk Officers' Panel

What keeps chief risk officers up at night? Take a closer look at the various risks companies are facing in today's economy, and hear from experts who will offer their best solutions to mitigate some of those risks.

  • Alessa Quane, AIG
  • Brent Mardis, Sammons Financial
  • Reddy Pakanati, Sherwood Management Company
  • Moderated by: Jeff Lorenzen, CFA Society of Iowa

 10:30 - 11:15 AM 4 Ps of Insurtech: Innovation Keynote

 11:15 - 12:45 PM Insurance and Climate Change: Lunch Keynote

Awards/Recognition to Scholarship Winners & APEX Students

 12:45 - 2:00 PM GIA Demo Day Pitches

Six globally diverse startups taking part in the Des Moines-based Global Insurance Accelerator will share the innovation behind their startups. Companies from across the world, including the United States, Germany, Serbia, and Ontario will share their solutions for insurance companies and partners based on machine learning, blockchain, artificial intelligence, and more.

  • Find Bob
  • InsuranceMenu
  • MotionsCloud
  • RE-Sure
  • Sentrys
  • ViewSpection

 2:15 - 4:00 PM Artificial Intelligence Panel

Get a broad overlook on the future of artificial intelligence. Then, expert panelists from a variety of backgrounds, including regulatory, corporate, and academia, will discuss the specific impact of artificial intelligence on the insurance industry and how organizations can use this information to prepare for the future.

  • Evangelos Simoudis, Managing Director, Synapse Partners, Author of Big Data Opportunity in our Driverless Future
  • Louise Billmeyer, CIO Principal Financial Group
  • Chris Augeri, CEO Drive Spotter
  • Mark Montgomery, Grinnell College Donald L. WIlson Professor of Enterprise and Leadership
  • Anand Rao, PwC Analytics, Partner, Innovation Lead, and Artificial Intelligence Expert
  • Moderated by: Evangelos Simoudis

4:15 - 5:30 PM  Startup Stories – TED Talks

What does it take to launch a successful startup? Hear from a number of startup companies who will share their journeys to success and offer their tips, tricks, and advice.

  • Chris Cheatham, RiskGenius
  • Michael Fitzgibbon, Slice
  • Gregory Bailey, Denim
  • Moderated by: Denise Garth, Majesco

6 - 8 PM Sponsored Cocktails, Hors D'ouvres, & Networking
Science Center of Iowa


Thursday, April 27

7 - 8 AM Networking & Continental Breakfast

8 - 9:15 AM Blockchain Panel

Expert panelists will discuss the importance of blockchain technology and what's made it one of the insurance industry's emerging trends for 2017. Learn more about how blockchain will transform the industry and how it will translate to your organization.

  • Caitlin Long, Symbiont
  • Angus Champion de Crespigny, EY
  • Magda Ramada Sarasola, Willis Towers Watson
  • Moderated by: Nick Gerhart, FBL Financial

9:30 - 10:45 AM Corporate Strategy Panel

How will 2017 trends affect the insurance industry? What does the rise of technology mean for your company? Hear from industry experts on how your organization can develop strategy to adapt to a rapidly changing industry.

  • Rob McIsaac, Novarica
  • Maria Sheppis-Ferrante, Maddock Douglas
  • Amy Friedrich, Principal Financial Group
  • Raghu Ramachandran, S&P Dow Jones Indices 
  • Moderated by: Michael Abbott, Faegre Baker Daniels

11:00 - 12:15 PM Commissioners’ Panel

Insurance commissioners from across the nation will convene for a discussion on the regulatory challenges states, insurers, and consumers are facing today. Commissioners will answer questions and provide a future outlook on the insurance industry.

  • Ted Nickel, Wisconsin
  • Al Redmer Jr., Maryland
  • Laura Cali Robison, Oregon
  • Doug Ommen, Iowa
  • Moderated by: Paula Dierenfeld and Paige Thorson, Nyemaster Goode PC

12:15 - 1:45 PM

Lunch Keynote: Bob Kerzner, CEO & President LIMRA, LOMA, LL Global Inc.

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2:00 - 3:15 PM Driverless Car Panel

Get a detailed look into autonomous vehicle technology and how it will influence the insurance industry. Learn from experts about the innovative technology behind driverless cars, and take part in live demonstrations of several driverless cars.

  • Guy Fraker, AutonomouStuff
  • Josh Whitley, AutonomouStuff
  • Daniel McGehee, University of Iowa
  • Paul Trombino, McClure Engineering Company
  • Moderated by: Guy Fraker

3:45 - 6:00 PM Driverless Car Demonstration & Reception

Water Works Park

 *Panel topics and speakers are subject to change. 


2016 Symposium recap

For a taste of the Global Insurance Symposium experience, view a selection of video clips available on YouTube recapping the 2016 event.


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