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Blue Ribbon Conference Education & Training:

REIMAGINING THE FUTURE: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS


Frank Diana, Principal, Future of Business, Tata Consultancy Services

The case will be made that we are entering a very transformative period in history – one that could someday be viewed as the MOST transformative. In a world where change is constant and shifts occur instantly, we can no longer accurately predict the future, but instead must rehearse it.


THE ONCE UPON A TIME PROJECT

Steve Harvill, CEO/Speaker/Author, Creative Ventures

Of all the things in the universe that create power, perhaps none is more powerful than story.  Stories are about a "Once Upon A Time" idea. They revolve around emotion. A great story connects on multiple levels, it makes you feel something, it makes you want to know something and it builds momentum around goals. The "Once Upon A Time" project is a workshop around the skills needed to craft your story. 


DANCING IN A MINEFIELD: HOW TO AVOID THE WRONG STEP IN CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT LAW (2 CE Credits)

John Baum, Partner, Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP 

BRC attendees will get an overview of the most problematic employment law pitfalls for an insurance agency/brokerage in California.  This session focuses on the hiring process and ensure that you properly differentiate between an employee and independent contractor and correctly characterize your employees as either exempt or non-exempt.   

The session includes best practices when interviewing and alerts attendees to the two changes in the law effective in 2018 regarding salary history and criminal convictions.  How to take the steps to protect your confidential information will also be covered.  

The session ends identifying how the #MeToo movement has changed the work environment for employers and cover what you need to have in place regarding policies, training and proactive steps to reduce your risk for unlawful harassment claims.

E PLURIBUS UNUM?: POLARIZATION AND THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

Thomas Gilligan, Director, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution & Peace

In 1782 Congress adopted a seal and a motto “E Pluribus Unum” (Out  of many, one”) to represent our nascent republic. Both the seal and the motto conveyed the resolve of a new nation forged from the diversity of separate colonies to work towards independence.

Since our founding, America has struggled to harness diversity to achieve common goals. However, some contend that the increasing polarization of the electorate is dooming America’s chances for an effective democracy. 

Are such claims true or prophetic? Are Americans now incapable of bridging the divide of distinct visions and values to achieve common objectives? Are there institutions, like social media and modern American political parties, that contribute to this polarization and democratic dysfunction? 

And, if so, what can individual Americans do to restore our faith in government and the democratic experiment. This session will present a non-partisan exploration of these and related topics.


WORKERS' COMP FOR ROBOTS - THE FUTURE OF CALIFORNIA WORKERS (1 CE Credit)


Dave Bellusci, Executive Vice President & Chief Actuary, WCIRB

Robotics, artificial intelligence, the “Gig Economy”, wearable devices, preventive care, medical marijuana, 3-D printing, genomics and tele-medicine are just some of the factors that may transform the workforce and how workplace injuries may be prevented and treated.  Dave Bellusci will discuss these phenomena and how they might impact the $25 billion California Workers’ Comp system now and in the future.


FIVE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS ASKED OF US EVERY DAY


George Dom, Retired Naval Officer & Flight Leader of the Blue Angels

When Captain George Dom, former Commander and Flight Leader of the Blue Angels, flew military jet formation aerobatics 2-3 feet apart at high speeds and very low altitude, he came to understand that his wingmen were unconsciously asking five simple questions about him every day. 

These five questions are being asked about all of us by everyone we care about. Fundamentally, they want to know if they can believe and depend on us. How much does this matter to you? Are you here only for yourself or the team? 

Trust is the crucial element in all relationships — professional and personal. When a high level of trust is achieved and sustained, the relationship is strong and vibrant, with increases in engagement, collaboration, productivity, agility, and resilience.


THE OMNIPRESENT THREAT FROM SACRAMENTO: LEGISLATIVE, REGULATORY & POLITICAL CHALLENGES IN 2018 (1 CE Credit)


John Norwood, Lobbyist, IIABCal

Steve Young, General Counsel, IIABCal

Clark Payan,  Chief Executive Officer, IIABCal


The California Legislature is considering scores of new bills, and the California Department of Insurance continues to respond to widespread total losses emanating from last year’s residential wildfires, in ways that have the potential to significantly affect the business of independent insurance agents and brokers.

This session will briefly survey the impact and prospects for pending bills, regulations, court cases, and upcoming elections on the business of insurance in California.





Blue Ribbon Conference Networking:

ALOHA WELCOME RECEPTION

Join fellow attendees with the kick off the 2018 Blue Ribbon Conference. Enjoy some great tastes of the island while enjoying live Hawaiian music with beautiful ocean views before you head off to dinner. 


BREAKFAST ALFRESCO


The oceanfront Canoe House restaurant offers breathtaking views of the crystal blue Pacific. Canoe House Chef de Cuisine Allan Nagun has developed a Hawaii Regional Cuisine menu with artisanal flair focusing on Island fresh sustainable ingredients.


HAWAIIAN BLESSING & WELCOME

Rodney Ito, General Manager of the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, will welcome attendees to this year’s Blue Ribbon Conference and Danny Akaka, Director of Cultural Affairs, will provide a unique Hawaiian blessing. 


OPEN PLAY TENNIS

The Tennis Club is located at the Mauna Lani Sports & Fitness Club - a short walk or shuttle ride from the hotel.  BRC attendees can test their tennis skills during the conference’s two open play tennis tournaments held on three plexi-pave courts. uisine Allan Nagun has developed a Hawaii Regional Cuisine menu with artisanal flair focusing on Island fresh sustainable ingredients.


SHOTGUN SCRAMBLE GOLF TOURNAMENT

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows is a Hawaii golf resort home to the championship Francis H. I'l Brown South Course, renown as the former home to the annual Senior Skins Game from 1990 - 2000. The resort is now home to the prestigous Hawaii State Open. 

This Big Island golf course captivates golf enthusiasts as it snakes through the stark, rugged a'a lava of the prehistoric Kaniku lava flow, offering a panorama of mountain and ocean views alongside a challenging golf experience. The South Course is also home to No. 15, one of the most photographed over-the-water golf course holes in the world.


SHOTGUN STROKE PLAY GOLF TOURNAMENT

Mauna Lani's North Course represents the quintessential golf experience on the Big Island. Built on a lava bed, this championship golf course in Hawaii is characterized by rolling terrain punctuated by Kiawe (mesquite) forests. Number 17, a par three tucked into a natural lava amphitheater, is a signature holeand a favorite photo spot.   

A 230-acre protected archaeological district lies on the northern boundary of the golf course. Herds of feral goats frequent the entire golf course, moving from hole to hole throughout the day. The North Course has fast become one of the most popular tournament venues on the Big Island of Hawaii.


DEEP SEA FISHING TOURNAMENT

If you're looking to catch the "Big One," you need to register for the Cooper & McCloskey (CMI) 13th Annual IIABCal Blue Ribbon Conference Big Fish Tournament off the shores of Kona, Hawaii.  For more information on how to register, Email Jill Turner at jturner@iiabcal.org.


MAHALO RECEPTION

Don't miss out on the Mahalo Reception & Dinner as we wrap up another great Blue Ribbon Conference.  Everyone will be there - company reps and agents alike - creating a great atmosphere for social and business networking. Enjoy an oceanfront Clam Bake and Luau followed by live dance music and dance the night away.