2021 GIS highlights

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2021 Global Insurance Symposium in Des Moines and online! We hope you enjoyed discovering the essential information and innovations you need through our lineup of industry experts, InsurTech Expo companies and networking events. Take a look at the memories we made Solving the Future!

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what attendees said

“There were plenty more handshakes and even some high fives and hugs.”

2021 GIS Attendee

“Insurance professionals including regulators, attorneys, consultants and startup entrepreneurs met up with old friends and colleagues.”

2021 GIS Attendee

"Participating in and presenting at the Global Insurance Symposium last week was a fitting way to emerge from my COVID cave. Spending several days with the brightest minds in InsurTech from around the world was good for my heart and soul. Facilitating a breakout group was a perfect way to prime the intellectual pump before taking the stage to help show the Caregiven story through an insurance lens."

Anthony Mitchell, Caregiven, Inc.

"Such an awesome time reconnecting with my 2020 Global Insurance Accelerator crew this week at the Global Insurance Symposium."

Kyle Gernhofer, DenScore

“Thanks to Global Insurance Symposium and BrokerTech Ventures for a great InsurTech Expo yesterday. We enjoyed conversations with people from all over the country who were interested in innovative solutions for risk improvement and worker safety.”

M­­ākuSafe Corp

“The 2021 Global Insurance Symposium delivered on its promise. I had the opportunity to share, learn and grow alongside some phenomenal leaders.”

Miriam Lewis, Principal Financial Group

“Great to be on the road again at the Global Insurance Symposium meeting with customers, partners and prospects.”

Phil Thomas, Smart Communications

“I've never been so happy to be at an in-person work conference in all my life. Lots of great people and conversations, too.”

Mark Hollmer, Wells Media Group, Inc.

“A big thank you to Global Insurance Symposium and BrokerTech Ventures for the invitation to the InsurTech Expo and Opening Reception held last evening. The event provided an excellent venue to connect with existing friends and make some new ones. We appreciated the opportunity to demonstrate our solutions for workforce training and enterprise risk management using virtual reality technology.”

Kerry F. Smith, ChalkBites, Inc.

“Insurers, regulators, innovators and startups coming together to solve the future of insurance. The Global Insurance Symposium pulled off a great hybrid event—a perfect place to connect and get inspired. Fortunate to have been part of AKUR8’s first time at the GIS and excited for future events! Thank you for all who welcomed us and showed us Iowa Nice hospitality. Until next time!”

Boriana Trifonova, AKUR8

“Our BrokerTech Ventures team was thrilled to partner with the Global Insurance Accelerator to elevate our InsurTech startups during the kickoff expo. Congratulations to the Global Insurance Symposium on a successful and engaging event, lifting up innovation for our industry!”

BrokerTech Ventures

“The Global Insurance Symposium took place this week with a focus on global risk and DEI. F&G Chief Product Officer Sean O'Connell attended the event and said, ‘The leaders ... provided thought-provoking information that helped me bring back things to my role and F&G to ensure we are better prepared for the emerging risks and opportunities.’”

Fidelity & Guaranty Life

“We were excited to see some of our BrokerTech Ventures startups in action at this week’s kickoff expo for the Global Insurance Symposium. Cheers to lifting up innovation in our industry with a successful and engaging event!”

Holmes Murphy & Associates

“Great to catch up with close friends and InsurTech family this week at the Global Insurance Symposium. A wonderful event all around and a heartwarming reunion with a lot of folks. Facilitating the round table session was perhaps one of the highlights. A lot of raw emotion on display and one of the most compassionate events I have attended in my career.”

M­­ākuSafe Corp