PLUS Announces the 2019 LAMP Cohort


The Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) has selected 10 members for the 2019 Diversity Leadership & Mentoring Program (LAMP) cohort.

LAMP is a one-year leadership development training program for PLUS members from diverse and traditionally under-represented groups within the professional liability insurance industry. The curriculum focuses on leadership coaching but also includes matching participants with senior-level PLUS members who have agreed to serve as mentors throughout the program.

PLUS sponsors the cohort’s involvement in signature PLUS events including the PLUS Conference and national Symposia as well PLUS educational offerings and RPLU designation exams. The 2019 cohort will begin their program experience at the PLUS Conference November 7-9, 2018, in San Diego.

“Today’s competitive environment requires organizations to develop leaders who bring a wide variety of experience to the marketplace, and PLUS’s answer to that is LAMP. This year’s impressive cohort will only add to the program’s legacy,” said PLUS Executive Director Robbie Thompson.

This year’s class includes:

  • Samantha Butisingh, Financial Institutions Underwriter, North America Financial Lines. Chubb – New York, NY
  • Helena Fan, RPLU, Senior Underwriter, E&O, Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada – Toronto, Ontario
  • Candice Germain, Senior Broker, Segal Select Insurance – New York, NY
  • Aneisha Goldsmith, RPLU Financial Lines Underwriting Consultant, Chubb – Phoenix, AZ
  • Abbas Hassan, Senior Underwriter – Healthcare, StarStone Insurance – Jersey City, NJ
  • Vanessa Poma, Senior Underwriter, NAS Insurance Services – Encino, CA
  • Odalys Rodríguez-Matta, Esq., Legal Examiner, QBE Seguros Puerto Rico – San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Avani Shah, Senior Counsel, QBE – New York, NY
  • Brandon Tate, Associate Account Executive, Travelers – Greenwood Village, CO
  • Janeen Thomas, Attorney at Law, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP – White Plains, NY

Further details on the program, including how to apply for the 2020 cohort, can be found at

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The Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) was founded in 1986 by industry professionals who recognized the need for a forum for individuals involved in the field of professional liability. The Society is a non-profit organization with membership open to persons interested in the promotion and development of the professional liability industry. Membership consists of over 6,500 individuals, representing over 1,000 companies active in the many fields of professional liability. PLUS currently receives the support of more than 200 companies through corporate membership. PLUS is recognized as the primary source of professional liability educational programs and seminars, assistance to its members to help serve clients, and information regarding professional liability. The Society is continually seeking new means to fulfill its mission statement and better serve its members.

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