April 19–21, 2022

In line with the theme of 2030: The Future of Insurance, 2022 GIS will begin with a global view of the industry, then focus on individual roles with breakouts, panels and keynotes. Additional speakers will be added as they are confirmed.

Tuesday, April 19

Arrive in Des Moines by 1:00 p.m.
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
InsurTech Expo & Welcome Reception—World Food Prize Hall of Laureates (100 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309)
  • InsurTech Expo sponsored by Dentons
  • Welcome Reception sponsored by Carpe Data
  • Registration will be available during the InsurTech Expo & Welcome Reception
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Speaker/Sponsor Dinner (by invitation only)—World Food Prize Hall of Laureates (100 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309)

Wednesday, April 20

All events held at the Iowa Events Center unless specifically noted.
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
InsurTech Networking Breakfast, sponsored by Manchester Story

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Opening Remarks


  • Governor Kim Reynolds, State of Iowa
8:45 – 9:30 a.m.
Global Keynote
  • Matthew Mosher, President & CEO, AM Best Rating Services
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Global Insights: China, Trade & Inflation
  • Terry E. Branstad, Former Ambassador to China and Governor of Iowa
  • John Sitilides, Principal, Trilogy Advisors LLC
  • Moderated by Doug Ommen, Insurance Commissioner of Iowa
10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Networking Break, sponsored by Homesteaders Life Company
11:00 – 12:00 noon
Breakout: Trends Shaping the Future of Insurance (Attendees to select their breakout choice during registration)
  • Breakout 1: Insurance and Environmental Social Governance—Room 307–308
    Join us for a panel conversation regarding the Environmental Social Governance (ESG) movement within our industry, and hear from thought leaders about the following:
    • What ESG means and why it will remain of growing importance
    • Experiences regarding design and implementation
    • Challenges associated with ESG
    Time will be left for audience questions. We hope to see you there!
    • Dennis Kerrigan, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, The Hanover Insurance Group
    • Andrea Keenan, Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, AM Best Rating Services
    • Beth Wood, Senior Vice President & CMO, Principal Financial Group
    • Todd Strother, Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, EMC Insurance Companies
    • Moderated by Aaron Pearce, General Counsel, Berkley Ag & Continental Western Group
  • Breakout 2: The Insurance Workforce of the Future—Room 309–310
    Exploring what our workforce will look like along with consumer trends for 2030 and beyond
    • Meg Brown, Chief Human Resources Officer, American Enterprise
    • Jane Wang, CEO, Optimity
    • Jay Pugliese, Co-Founder, CareValidate Inc.
    • Moderated by Jiten Chhabra, Co-Founder & CMO, CareValidate Inc.
  • Breakout 3: Technology Influencing the Future of Insurance—Room 319-320
    Technology and its impact on the future of insurance will be explored from both macro and micro perspectives. At the macro level, our panel of experts will explain and explore concepts ranging from the latest on cyber and blockchain to Web3, next generation AI and beyond. This session will also tackle technology issues of today from the digital transformation journey to cloud, automation and more.
    • Brian Casey, Partner & Co-Chair of Regulatory & Transactions Insurance Group, Locke Lord
    • Bill Keogh, Non-Executive Chair, RiskStream Collaborative
    • Sanjeev Chaudhry, CEO, Gigaforce
    • Chad Hersh, Head of Worldwide Business and Market Development, Life Insurance Industry, Amazon Web Services
    • Moderated by Chick Herbert, Senior Vice President, NCMIC
  • Breakout 4—Room 318
    11:00 – 11:30 a.m. The Past, Present & Future of Specialty Property, sponsored by GuideOne
    Join the thought-provoking discussion of Specialty Property. In this session, you’ll learn:
    • Emerging trends and changes in consolidations, markets and regulatory
    • Strategies for best in class underwriting and technology
    • Perspective on the ever-growing talent gap and the importance of personal connection 
    Panel participants will share their expertise in Specialty Property Underwriting, Wholesale Distribution and Facultative Reinsurance. Panel discussion will conclude with audience Q&A session.
    • Nick Batten, Vice President, Head of Specialty Property, GuideOne Insurance
    • Ryan McCormack, Executive Vice President, RT Specialty
    • Paul Summers, Head of Global Facultative, McGill and Partners
    • Moderated by Rick Cullen, Senior Vice President, Programs & Specialty, GuideOne Insurance
    11:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon Well Managed: How Wellness Programs & Innovative Product Design Can Help Solve the LTCI Conundrum, sponsored by Assured Allies
    Join Assured Allies, a successful aging company, for a conversation on the future of long-term care insurance. Larry Nisenson will share how combining science-based wellness programs based for policyholders with new thinking around product design, can help carriers not only survive managing long-term care blocks, but thrive.
    • Larry Nisenson, Chief Growth Officer, Assured Allies

12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch – Student Case Competition Finals

  • Grace Grant, Executive Director, Gamma Iota Sigma

Enjoy watching the inaugural GIS Student Case Competition finalists pitch what they believe the future of insurance looks like.

Presented by Global Insurance Symposium and Gamma Iota Sigma Sponsored by Deloitte

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Breakout: Insurance 2030, Perspective from Key Stakeholders (Attendees to select their breakout choice during registration)
  • Breakout 1: The Future of Property & Casualty—Room 307–308
    This session will ask the question, “What does the Property & Casualty industry look like in 2030 and beyond?” Moderator Terri Vaughan, former Iowa Insurance Commissioner and Executive Director of the Vaughan Institute at the University of Iowa, will lead a discussion with some of the leading experts and futurists dissecting the critical risks, challenges and opportunities facing the industry. Expanding on topics from the morning panels around the impact of ESG, workforce trends and technology, our experts will not only share their vision for the future, but best practices for the industry to pursue today.
    • Paul Carrol, Editor-in-Chief, Insurance Thought Leadership
    • Rob Galbraith, Author & Partner, Insurance Nerds
    • Mark Breading, Partner, Strategy Meets Action
    • Robert Gordon, Senior Vice President, American Property Casualty Insurance Association
    • Moderated by Terri Vaughan, Professional Director, Emmett J. Vaughan Institute of Risk Management & Insurance, University of Iowa
  • Breakout 2: The Future of Life, Health & Group—Room 319–320
    Exploring the risks, challenges and opportunities facing Life, Health & Group insurers in the future
    • Scott M. Kosnoff, Partner, Faegre Drinker
    • Troy Downing, Commissioner of Securities & Insurance, Montana State Auditor
    • Michael Conway, Colorado Insurance Commissioner
    • Jeff Russell, Delta Dental of Iowa
    • Ted Epps, Principal, EY
    • Moderated by Christian Walk, Vice President, Legal & Assistant General Counsel, Global Atlantic Financial Group
  • Breakout 3: The Future of Insurance Distribution
    Significant “disruption” in how consumers purchase insurance has been forecasted for years. This session will explore the current state of insurance distribution across the breadth of products and lines of business along with the most significant trends that are shaping—or reshaping—the insurance landscape as we look to 2030 and beyond, including direct to consumer purchasing, big data and privacy implications, embedded insurance and more.
    • Tom Dempsey, Head of Transamerica’s Retail Affiliates
    • Dan Keough, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Holmes Murphy & Associates
    • George Woods, Senior Vice President, Swiss Reinsurance America Holding Corporation
    • Jake Tamarkin, CEO & Founder, Everyday Life Insurance
    • Moderated by Brett Clausen, Government Relations & Process Improvement Vice President, Farm Bureau Financial Services
  • Breakout 4—Room 318
    1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Reimagining the Insurance Hybrid Workplace, sponsored by JLL
    This workshop will be divided into three interactive segments: market behaviors and real estate trends in the hybrid environment, strengthening a culture of employee engagement, and realizing aspects of the built environment that contribute to attraction/retention, employee satisfaction and equity. We will explore the WHY behind the research and challenge the status quo in design and implementation around office planning strategies that deliver a high-performance environment invested in people and place.
    1:30 – 2:00 p.m.
    Intelligent Monitoring, sponsored by Earnix
    No matter the line of business, the need to measure the effectiveness of your pricing strategy is the market is ever present. The ability to quickly observe and react to market changes is becoming more important as the insurance landscape continues to quickly evolve. In this session, we will take a futuristic glimpse into how proactive business monitoring can be leveraged to quickly adjust underwriting criteria and inform pricing adjustments. Additionally, we will lay out a roadmap with practical steps insurers can take to ensure they are properly positioned to take full advantage of intelligent monitoring.
    • Drew Lawyer, Global Director, Business Solutions, Earnix
2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
  • Main Stage: State of Autonomous Vehicles
    • David Kidd, Senior Research Scientist, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
    • Daniel McGehee, Director, Transportation and Vehicle Safety Policy Program
  • Breakout
    2:15 – 2:45 p.m. The Impact of Web 3 on North American Employee Benefits, sponsored by FINEOS
    This session will explore the possibilities and pitfalls of Web 3.0 and how it could impact the North American Employee Benefits space. Web 3.0 aka the Semantic Web is the next proposed model for the Web based on decentralization, machine learning, new trust models and a truly ubiquitous internet. Like any new model it is still evolving and far from mature, but insurers need to understand where there is opportunity and risk in exploring these new capabilities for Employee Benefits.
    Discussion will include the evolution from Web 1.0 to 3.0 for insurers, the 4 Pillars of Web, Employee Benefit Possibilities and Pitfalls in a Web 3.0 world and a Day in the Life in Web 3.0 Utopia.
    • Chuck Johnston, CMO, FINEOS
    2:45 – 3:15 p.m. The Future of Worker Benefits
    • Chris Morbelli, Managing Director, EY
3:15 – 3:45 p.m.
Networking Break

3:45 – 5:15 p.m.
Global Insurance Accelerator Demo Day


The Global Insurance Accelerator (GIA) is a mentor-driven business accelerator designed to foster innovation in the insurance industry by supporting InsurTech startups targeting the global insurance industry.


Starting in 2015 and annually since, the GIA selects 6–10 early-stage companies to participate in a 100-day accelerator program, with 50 InsurTech companies having completed it so far. 


This is not your typical accelerator. The GIA’s investors are insurance carriers and mentors are primarily insurance executives and professionals. Startups participating in the program are provided guidance to find product-market fit and do customer discovery faster than they could ever do on their own. 


The GIA provides these startups with seed funding, networking with a large pool of insurance professionals who serve as mentors over the 100 days, and a final presentation to a large audience of insurance professionals. 


In this session, you will hear presentations from eight InsurTech founders who are a part of the GIA’s 2022 accelerator program that started in January 2022. The 2022 program companies include: Adjust Square, EquiX, Insurtic, Optikal Care, Safari, RainyDayPal, Thumbscore and TripDoctor.

5:15 – 7:00 p.m.
Evening Reception, sponsored by American Enterprise—American Enterprise Headquarters, 601 6th Ave #1695, Des Moines, IA 50309

Thursday, April 21

All events held at the Iowa Events Center.
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Networking Breakfast, sponsored by Earnix, EY, Federal Home Loan Bank & Optimity
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
CEO Panel
  • Robert Berkley, President & CEO, Berkley
  • Dan Houston, Chairman, President & CEO, Principal Financial Group
  • Margaret Meister, President & CEO, Symetra Financial
  • Terry Rasmussen, President & CEO, Thrivent Financial
  • Kirt Walker, CEO, Nationwide Insurance
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
GIS Talks
  • The Connected Future
    • Matt Johnson, CEO & Co-Founder, LAIIER
  • Cybersecurity
    • Meg Anderson, Vice President & CISO, Principal Financial Group
  • Meta
    • Steve Grubbs, CEO,Victory XR
10:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Networking Break
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
InsurTech Panel
  • Alex Frommeyer, Co-Founder & CEO, Beam Dental
  • David Lyman, Co-Founder & CEO, Betterview
  • Kyle Nakatsuji, Co-Founded & CEO, Clearcover
  • Moderated by Nick Gerhart, Executive Vice President & CIO, Homesteaders Life Company

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Commissioners Panel

  • Dean Cameron, Director, Idaho Department of Insurance
  • Beth Dwyer, Superintendent of Insurance, Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation
  • Judi French, Director, Ohio Department of Insurance
  • Evan Daniels, Director, Arizona Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions
12:30 – 12:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks
  • Jason Gross, Vice President & Head of Platform, Manchester Story

Note: Schedule is subject to change.