April 18–20, 2023

Additional speakers will be added as they are confirmed.

Tuesday, April 18

Arrive in Des Moines
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
InsurTech Expo and ReceptionDrake University – Parents Hall at the Olmsted Center (2875 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311)
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Speaker/Sponsor Dinner (by invitation only)—Principal Financial Group (711 High Street, Des Moines, IA)
Shuttles will be available between the Hilton Downtown Des Moines, the Olmsted Center, and Principal Financial from 3:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 19

All events held at the Iowa Events Center unless specifically noted.
7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
BreakfastGrand Ballroom Foyer
Attire: Business Casual
8:00 – 8:05 a.m.
Opening Remarks from the 2023 GIS Co-ChairsGrand Ballroom
  • Jason Gross, Vice President and Head of Platform, ManchesterStory
  • Aaron Pearce, General Counsel, Continental Western Group
8:05 – 8:50 a.m.
Global KeynoteGrand Ballroom
  • Peter Gailliot, Global CIO of the Financial Institutions Group and Head of Fixed Income FIG Portfolio Management, BlackRock
8:50 – 9:00 a.m.
Welcome Remarks from Governor Kim ReynoldsGrand Ballroom
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Global Fireside ChatGrand Ballroom
  • Moderator: Doug Ommen, Insurance Commissioner of Iowa
  • Lard Friese, CEO and Chairman of the Executive and Management Board, Aegon N.V.
  • Will Fuller, President & CEO of Transamerica
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Student Case Study Competition FinalsGrand Ballroom
Partnership with Gamma Iota Sigma and Sponsored by Deloitte
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
LunchGrand Ballroom Foyer
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions: Change
You will select one session onsite to attend.
  • External Pressure Points
    Join moderator David Lebovitz as he and the panel explore external factors impacting the insurance industry. Rising political polarization and demographic shifts alter regulation and consumer behavior, respectively. The rising frequency of catastrophic storms may limit the availability of coverage. The rise in interest rates may influence insurance investment decisions. Changes in mortality and morbidity rates may impact policy pricing and policyholder decisions.
    • Moderator: David Lebovitz, Economist, JP Morgan
    • Basil Morris, Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, Hanover Insurance
    • Mike Wolf, Global Economist, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Ltd.
    • Ross Zilber, Chief Actuary, Transamerica
  • The Intersection of Private Equity and Insurance
    Join moderator Mark Roth as he takes our panel of industry experts through private equity’s changing impact on the insurance industry.  The panel will cover the changing regulatory considerations for private equity-owned insurance companies.  Also, our panelists will share their personal experiences in the private equity-owned insurance space, address the benefits and perceived risks of private equity firms’ involvement in the industry, and look ahead to future trends.
    • Moderator: Mark Roth, Executive Director, Federation of Iowa Insurers
    • Doney Largey, Chief Executive Officer, Everlake Insurance
    • Kevin Clark, Chief Accounting Specialist, Iowa Insurance Division
    • Bill Wheeler, Vice Chairman, Athene
    • Samuel Ramos, General Counsel and Secretary, Global Atlantic Financial Group
  • Global Panel
    • Moderator: Christine Holmes, Partner, EY
    • Petra Hielkema, Chairperson, European Insurance Occupational Pensions Authority
    • John Huff, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers
    • Mike Consedine, Chief Executive Officer, NAIC
    • Susan Neely, President, Global Federation of Insurance Associations

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions: Thrive
You will select one session onsite to attend.
  • Stepping Into Leadership, Leading in a Thriving Marketplace
    Join moderator Aaron Pearce, and our group of CEOs and presidents for a conversation about what it means to step into the most senior role in an organization. Topics covered will include the path to leadership of an organization, what issues are most pressing in the minds of each leader, and what they each see as the most likely trends that will impact how an organization will thrive in today’s market.
    • Moderator: Aaron Pearce, General Counsel, Continental Western Group
    • Scott Jean, President and Chief Executive Officer, EMC Insurance
    • Brad London, President, Berkley Agribusiness
    • Randa Rawlins, Chief Executive Officer, Shelter Insurance
  • Innovation Best Practices
    Join moderator Dan Israel and a panel of corporate innovation leaders as we discuss the role of innovation within insurance companies and how to make the most of innovation resources. Topics will include: Trend analysis and problem setting, innovation resourcing, internal and external partnerships, and more. In times of change, innovation presents all companies a true opportunity to thrive!
    • Moderator: Dan Israel, Managing Director, Global Insurance Accelerator
    • Wendi Bukowitz, Vice President, Director of Strategic Innovation, Cincinnati Insurance
    • Casey Decker, Sammons Financial Group
    • Beverly Harris, Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Product, Texas Mutual Insurance Company
    • Bruce Hentschel, Vice President of Enterprise Strategy and Innovation Principal Financial Group
  • Thriving in Today's Marketplace
    Join moderator Julie Pearce, and our panel of industry experts for a conversation around opportunities and headwinds as we learn to thrive in today’s insurance marketplace.  Our plan will cover topics in navigating current economic conditions, the impact technology is driving in the industry, and look ahead to consumer trends impacting the market.
    • Moderator: Julie Pearce, Vice President Business Development and Innovation, American Enterprise Group
    • Lisa Gobber, Vice President - PL Direct & Digital Distribution, Nationwide
    • Di Faris, Senior Vice President Field Sales and Distribution, Continental Western Group
    • Craig Taylor, Assistant Vice President and Associate Director, Med Solutions, Integrity Marketing Group
    • Carolyn Sakstrup, Executive Vice President, Chief Growth and Generosity Officer, Thrivent
3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Global Insurance Accelerator Demo DayGrand Ballroom
Join the Global Insurance Accelerator as they welcome their 2023 cohort to present a fascinating Demo and Pitch Session. These seven InsurTech companies are building new and innovative solutions to tackle current problems facing the insurance industry. In addition to the founders, you'll hear from innovation and corporate leaders from the GIA partner organizations. Don't miss this inspiring and compelling session!

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Evening Reception—American Enterprise Group Art Park – 601 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

Thursday, April 20

All events held at the Iowa Events Center.
7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast—Grand Ballroom Foyer
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Commissioners PanelGrand Ballroom
  • Moderator: Pat Hughes, Partner, Faegre Drinker
  • Jim Donelon, Insurance Commissioner of Louisiana
  • Nathan Houdek, Insurance Commissioner of Wisconsin
  • Mike Kriedler, Insurance Commissioner of Washington
  • Andy Mais, Insurance Commissioner of Connecticut
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
CEO PanelGrand Ballroom
  • Moderator: Doug Ommen, Insurance Commissioner of Iowa
  • Anant Bhalla, Chief Executive Officer & President, American Equity Investment Life Holding Company
  • Jeff Dailey, Chief Executive Officer, Farmers Insurance
  • Kendall Jones, President & Chief Executive Officer, ProAg
  • Tom Swank, Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, American Enterprise Group
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
InsurTech Founder PanelGrand Ballroom
  • Manish Bhatt, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Plum Life
  • Trevor Gary, Co-Founder and CEO, Micruity
  • Bill Suneson, Chief Executive Officer, Bindable
  • Brent Williams, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and President, Benekiva
11:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Closing by GIS 2023 Co-Chairs
  • Jason Gross, Vice President and Head of Platform, ManchesterStory
  • Aaron Pearce, General Counsel, Continental Western Group

Note: Schedule is subject to change.