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From The Gridiron To The Hall of Fame To Celebrity Apprentice: The Business of Pro Football

Eric Dickerson, NFL Hall of Fame, Sports-Talk Radio Host, Fox Sports NFL Analyst, Entrepreneur will give his insight into how one can be successful whether its sports, business or relationships. 

Dickerson is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. Dickerson played college football for the SMU Mustangs of Southern Methodist University and was recognized as an All-American

He was selected in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft and played professionally for the Los Angeles RamsIndianapolis ColtsLos Angeles Raiders, and Atlanta Falcons of the NFL. During his NFL career, he rushed for over 13,000 yards.

He holds the NFL's single-season rushing record with 2,105 yards, set in 1984. Dickerson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999. He wore prescription goggles throughout his career due to myopia.

His nicknames included Mr. Fourth Quarter, because of his stamina; Mr. Benny, because of his frugality; and Number One, for obvious reasons.


Blue Ribbon Conference Business Sessions:

Generations@Work: Struggling To Understand or Engage Young People

If we want to succeed, we must involve the next generation now. Since 2002, Sarah Sladek has been researching the shift in human capital and why that's caused sharp decline in industry hires and what can be done to engage future generations.

Sarah Sladek
Founder & CEO
XYZ University


Insuring California In 2030

California has always been a looking glass into America’s future and the epicenter of new technologies, creative thinking, natural disasters, and extreme weather events. How can we prepare for “climate whiplash” — transitions from extremely wet to extremely dry weather and the increased threat of catastrophic wildfires? How will the insurance industry respond to the issues created by new technologies such as robots, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality? What else will affect insurance in the future? 

Kate Browne Esq., ARM
Underwriters Counsel
Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

Fundamentals of High-Growth Firms

This session will provide the audience with an overview of the current insurance marketplace, and what brokers should be focusing on to remain viable, as well as a deep dive on the best practices we’ve seen for talent acquisition and human capital development.

Part 1 - John Wepler, Chairman & CEO, MarshBerry
Part 2 – Panel discussion with IIABCal/MarshBerry members/clients


Learn from three insurance tech leaders how technological advancements are changing the face of insurance from a servicing and processing standpoint, as well as how agents and brokers can use state-of-the-art platforms to set themselves apart from the competition through the value-added services they offer their clients.

Jason Keck
Chief Executive Officer
Broker Buddha

Scott Harris
Chief Executive Officer

Kate Stillwell
Founder & CEO


California's Economy & Business Marketplace

The senior economist at UCLA's Anderson School of Management and the venerable Anderson Forecast will provide agents and brokers his economic insight into what we could expect based on his modeling and forecasting of the national and California economies, including the areas of labor economics, industrial organization and international monetary economics, using new data and the application of economic theory and statistical methods to policy issues. 

Jerry Nickelsburg
Senior Economist
UCLA Anderson School of Management

How AI Is Changing Insurance Conversations

The convergence of AI, Data Analytics and Messaging is creating new opportunities for how we can communicate with customers in this on-demand economy. AI-powered text and voice interfaces gives insurance agencies the tools to provide a better customer experience while differentiating themselves in the marketplace. 

Joseph D’Souza
Chief Executive Officer

Blue Ribbon Conference Networking:

Welcome Reception

Kick off the 2019 Blue Ribbon Conference networking with new peers, company representatives and old friends at the Welcome Reception. This networking event is a great way to start building new business relationships.

Golf Tournament: Stroke Play & Scramble

Attention golfers! The 2019 Blue Ribbon Conference includes two golf tournaments – Golf Scramble (Captain’s Choice) &  Stroke Play – at the Monarch Beach golf links, a course sure to be engaging for players of any skill level.

Open Tennis Play

Tennis enthusiast have the opportunity to network while playing in two open tennis events Monday and Tuesday at the Monarch Beach Resort's lighted, hard tennis courts. Private and group lessons by a professional tennis instructor are also available.


Final Night Reception & Dinner

Capping off the 2019 Blue Ribbon Conference, the Final Night Reception and Dinner provides you with yet another opportunity to expand your networking reach and build new business relationships.  It's also an opportunity to say goodbye to old friends until next year.

Company Sponsor Events

Networking with senior company officials is a key component of the Blue Ribbon Conference experience. Thursday's schedule has been left open for sponsor companies to network, as well as host special events and outings. Check directly with the individual companies for times and locations.

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

MarshBerry Welcome Reception, 1 to 3 p.m., Sunset Terrace Observation Deck (Open To All)

Hanover Desert Reception, 8 to 10 p.m., Club 19 (Open To All)

Monday, May 6th, 2019

EMPLOYERS, 12 to 2 p.m., Poolside Cabanas #5 & #6 (Invite Only)

Markel Specialty Reception, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Sunset Terrace Observation Deck (Invited Only)

Pacific Comp Reception, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wine Room (Invite Only)

Liberty Mutual Dinner, 7 to 9 p.m., Pacific Lawn (Invite Only)

Nationwide Dessert Reception, 9 to 11 p.m. Wine Room (Invite Only)

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

EMPLOYERS, 12 to 2 p.m., Poolside Cabanas #5 & #6 (Invite Only)

U.S. Risk Reception, 6 to 7;30 p.m., Club 19 (Invited Only)

CIG Reception & Dinner, 6 to 9 p.m., Studio, Laguna Beach, (Invite Only)

Preferred Employers Dinner, 7 to 9 p.m., Grass Lawn (Invite Only)

The Zenith Dessert Reception, 9 to 11 p.m., Wine Cellar,  Insurance Co. (Invited Only)

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

ICW Group Texas Holdem, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Sunset Terrace (Invite Only) 

Safeco Insurance Sunset Photos, 6 to 8 p.m., Grand Lawn (Open To All)