About plushq

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.

Retaining Black Talent: Part Three

For the third and final episode of their conversation, Brenda Shelly again joins Adeola Adele and Deidre Wright for the end of their discussion on retaining Black talent and accountability in the insurance industry. They conclude their conversation on affecting and sustaining change, and delve into what accountability really means and how it can and should impact the industry.

Listen to the first episode posted previously on the blog here, and the second episode here. We also encourage you to visit the PLUS and the PLUS Foundation websites for more discussions about race and diversity in the workplace.

Adeola Adele, Adele Law Group, PLLC

Adeola Adele is an attorney and former insurance industry executive with 20 years of combined legal and risk management consulting experience. Adeola left the industry in 2019 to start her solo law firm practice, Adele Law Group, PLLC, where she provides legal counsel and risk management consulting services to non-profit organizations, social enterprises and other mission-driven organizations.  Adeola was recognized in 2016 as a Woman to Watch by Business Insurance . She is currently a Board member at Pathfinders Justice Initiative and a member of NonProfit New York’s Government Relations Council.

Deidre Wright, ARMe

Deidre Wright is the CEO of Strategic Stories, helping executives and entrepreneurs brand themselves as industry celebrities; She’s a Board Advisor for Juniper Labs; alumni of Business Insurance, Marsh and Aon; Insurance Supper Club Member and past Co-Chair of San Francisco’s Dive In Fest, NAAIA’s Emerging Leaders Committee and Board Member of RIMS Rising Risk Professionals.

Brenda A. Shelly
Managing Director, Marsh JLT Specialty
Marsh & McLennan Companies

Brenda is a seasoned broker, client advisor and business development professional, with deep brokerage and risk management expertise, currently managing F500, IPO, and M&A clients, including their Claims Management, Directors & Officers Liability and other Financial Lines. Prior to her current role, Brenda served for five years as Marsh’s D&O Product Leader, Chairman of FINPRO’s Global Advisory Board and its Global Content Leader. Before that, she was FINPRO’s Pacific North Growth Leader, Bay Area Practice Leader, National Technology Leader and National IPO Leader.

Retaining Black Talent: Part Two

Brenda Shelly, Adeola Adele, and Deidre Wright continue their discussion on retaining Black talent and accountability in the insurance industry in the next episode of their podcast. Listen below as these insurance industry veterans talk about attracting talent, retaining talent, holding companies accountable with their diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Listen to the first episode posted previously on the blog here, and look for the third episode coming next week.

 

Adeola Adele, Adele Law Group, PLLC

Adeola Adele is an attorney and former insurance industry executive with 20 years of combined legal and risk management consulting experience. Adeola left the industry in 2019 to start her solo law firm practice, Adele Law Group, PLLC, where she provides legal counsel and risk management consulting services to non-profit organizations, social enterprises and other mission-driven organizations.  Adeola was recognized in 2016 as a Woman to Watch by Business Insurance . She is currently a Board member at Pathfinders Justice Initiative and a member of NonProfit New York’s Government Relations Council.

Deidre Wright, ARMe

Deidre Wright is the CEO of Strategic Stories, helping executives and entrepreneurs brand themselves as industry celebrities; She’s a Board Advisor for Juniper Labs; alumni of Business Insurance, Marsh and Aon; Insurance Supper Club Member and past Co-Chair of San Francisco’s Dive In Fest, NAAIA’s Emerging Leaders Committee and Board Member of RIMS Rising Risk Professionals.

Brenda A. Shelly
Managing Director, Marsh JLT Specialty
Marsh & McLennan Companies

Brenda is a seasoned broker, client advisor and business development professional, with deep brokerage and risk management expertise, currently managing F500, IPO, and M&A clients, including their Claims Management, Directors & Officers Liability and other Financial Lines. Prior to her current role, Brenda served for five years as Marsh’s D&O Product Leader, Chairman of FINPRO’s Global Advisory Board and its Global Content Leader. Before that, she was FINPRO’s Pacific North Growth Leader, Bay Area Practice Leader, National Technology Leader and National IPO Leader.

2020 PLUS Founders Award and PLUS1 Award

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The 2020 PLUS Founders Award Winner

The Founders Award recognizes a member of PLUS who have made lasting and outstanding contributions to PLUS. The award is presented in honor of PLUS Founder Angelo J. Gioia.

Criteria used when selecting the Founders Award recipient include membership in PLUS, participation in PLUS activities, creativity and innovation when needed to address PLUS tasks, amount of time and effort dedicated to the organization, promotion of PLUS in the industry and to the public in general, or other contributions to the image of PLUS, and involvement in developing, implementing, improving and/or continuing PLUS programs.

The winner of this year’s Founders Award is David B. Williams.

David B Williams
Senior Vice President at Liberty Mutual and the Global Risk
Solutions (GRS) Multinational Chief Underwriting Office (CUO)

Getting his start as a D&O underwriter at Chubb in Boston and New York David first joined PLUS when he was working in San Francisco and became a member of the Northern California Chapter. When David returned to his hometown of Boston to manage a financial lines regional P&L operation he served on the New England Chapter eventually becoming Chapter Chair in 2005. Click here for full profile.

Watch David accept his award during the 2020 Virtual PLUS Conference.

The 2020 PLUS1 Award Winner

The PLUS1 Award is presented to a person whose efforts have contributed substantially to the advancement and image of the professional liability industry.

Criteria used when selecting the PLUS1 Award winner include reputation and success in the professional liability industry, history of lectures and service on panels addressing topics in the industry, current activity in professional liability, activity and involvement in PLUS, longevity in the insurance industry, and measure of impact on the professional liability industry.

The winner of this years PLUS1 Award is Tony Galban.

Tony Galban
Chubb
SVP, Product Manager
North America Financial Lines

Tony Galban is Senior Vice President and Product Manager, responsible for the Chubb’s North American Financial Lines Directors & Officers (D&O) business.

Widely sought as an industry speaker, author, and commentator on D&O liability, Tony served as a co-chair of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society’s (PLUS) D&O Symposium from 2008 to 2011. He was also named Advisen’s U.S. D&O Industry Person of the Year in 2015. Click here for full profile.

Watch Tony accept his award during the 2020 Virtual PLUS Conference.