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IIABCal Announces New Virtual Conference in November

PLEASANTON, CA, Sept. 7th, 2018 -- IIABCal's first virtual conference is coming this fall and will provide IIABCal members with quality education sessions without having to leave their desks.  

The LeadUp LearnUp (LULU) Virtual Conference will be held the mornings of Nov. 6th - 8th.  The new online education platform provides new opportunities for participants to get involved, discuss issues and get questions answered during the event.

"The IIABCal virtual conference provides member agents and brokers with a great professional development learning opportunity from virtually anywhere on key issues impacting their independent insurance agency," IIABCal President Todd Williams said. "There's no travel, no expenses and no registration fees to members as it is part of the membership benefit package."

Williams said the Virtual Conference also provides IIABCal associate members the opportunity to take center-stage at the event through sponsorship.

"It's an another chance for our associate members to get in front of hundreds of California's best independent insurance agencies and brokerage firms," Williams said. "Don't miss the opportunity to be on the ground floor of IIABCal's first virtual conference by committing early to the limited, top advertising spots."

 For more on sponsorship, contact Mike Orrick at 916-865-8111 or

The three-day, morning conference will be presented by some of the best experts in insurance education today.

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Who’s Sitting at the Table
Curt Vondrasek, Vice Presiden
t, MarshBerry

Ensuring you have the right individuals, in the right seats, requires a comprehensive (and continual) strategy.  This session focuses on talent acquisition opportunities and challenges that can present themselves throughout the year.

Protect Your Clients from Being the Next Headline
Laura Kerekes, Chief Knowledge Officer, ThinkHR

The news headlines continue to spill over into American workplaces, from the #MeToo, #TimesUp, and #NeverAgain movements targeting workplace harassment and active shooter/workplace violence to LGBTQIA rights, gender pay equality, legalized marijuana, and employee clicks causing cybersecurity breaches.

These issues have always been risk management imperatives, and the stakes continue to increase. Companies must not only have prevention plans in place but be ready to manage situations as they arise.

This session will focus on the hot topics in the news, how they impact employers, and what can be done to minimize risks associated with these issues. 

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Brave New World: Independent Contractors After Dynamex & Critical New Labor Laws
John Baum, Partner, Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP

Legal expert John Baum will discuss the brave new world for California businesses and the future of independent contractors in the Golden State after the Dynamex decision by the state Supreme Court. In addition, Baum will discuss other new labor and employment laws that independent insurance agents and brokers need to know in 2019.

Cybersecurity -- Let's Get Personal
Chris Rose, Partner, Ariento Inc.

In this presentation we take a look at cybersecurity from an individual, personal point of view, and answer the questions that pop into our heads every time we read about a new hack or breach: What responsibility do businesses have to protect my information? How do I know if I’m secure? How do I know if I’ve been hacked? How can I tell my IT folks know what they are doing? What can/should I be doing to protect myself? My business?

Thursday, November 8th, 2018
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Experience Rating in California - What’s Now? What’s Next?
Dave Bellusci, Executive Vice President & Chief Actuary, WCIRB

Update on the ERP Changes, WCIRB X-Mod Estimator Training & What to Expect for 2019.  Join WCIRB Executive Vice President and Chief Actuary, Dave Bellusci, as he outlines the effects of the Experience Rating Plan changes and what these changes will mean for employers in 2019.  Also learn how to effectively use the WCIRB X-Mod Estimator.

Now What? First Impressions On The 2018 National & California Elections
Steve Young, Senior VP & General Counsel, IIABCal
John Norwood, Lobbyist, IIABCal
Charles Symington, Senior VP of External, Industry & Government Affairs, IIABA

State and national legislative and regulatory experts will provide their first impressions on what California independent insurance agents and brokers can expect from the new Congress, the new California Legislature, Governor and Insurance Commissioner and how these political changes might impact your business and the business of your clients. 

For more information and to register, click here.

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