Our hearts are heavy and filled with profound sadness. The senseless death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, here in Minneapolis, home city of PLUS and its staff, point to the bigotry and racism that remain endemic and tolerated in parts of our society. This sorrowful event, and other recent senseless killings, and the protests that are occurring in cities across the country have shaken our nation to its core and ignited frustration and anger across the globe.
As an association committed to inclusiveness and diversity, PLUS and our industry must reflect on the pain this event has caused many of our members and communities. Pain only compounded by the challenges faced during an international health pandemic and intensified by subsequent violence that has overshadowed peaceful protesting. PLUS has taken steps to be more inclusive and strengthen opportunities for underrepresented groups in our industry, including its Leadership and Mentorship Program (LAMP) and its commitment through its Diversity & Inclusion Committee and D&I plan. But these tragic events certainly highlight the need to do more.
We must speak up, stand up and act together to seek reform to end racial injustice and discrimination in our society. And, PLUS is committed to playing a role in that effort in our industry and our communities by fostering constructive dialogue among our members. At PLUS we promote a shared sense of belonging and mutual respect for all members, employees, and customers. We call upon our members to join with PLUS and its leaders to participate in efforts to eliminate racism and ensure an inclusive, compassionate environment.
Know that our heavy hearts are also filled with hope. Hope that through the efforts of many we can bring meaningful, permanent change. We look forward to making this effort with you in the future.
Today I had the opportunity to attend the PLUS Women’s Leadership Network (WLN) event in New York City. This event held at the Yale Club in NYC drew more than 215 professionals from New York City and surrounding areas. I commend the PLUS Eastern Chapter and the PLUS Foundation for putting on such a tremendous event.
This was the second WLN event I have attended in the last month and the second sellout crowd (the first was in Chicago). It was a fabulous event with great networking, an amazing venue, and an inspiring speaker. Michelle Mayes, Vice President and General Counsel with the New York Public Library expounded on the lessons she’s learned in her career and urged the women in attendance to take risk and find mentors and sponsors. Enjoy some of the photos from the event.
Editors Note: In addition to the photos from Robbie we received quite a few great ones from our event photographer as well. Please see the gallery below.
Last Thursday I was able to attend the PLUS Southwest Chapter meeting in Scottsdale Arizona. I knew I wasn’t in Minnesota anymore when I heard the pilot say the temperature was 107 degrees when we landed. Of course all the Southwest Chapter members attending the meeting let me know that is was “unseasonably warm”.
This Chapter shows what is possible when despite being one of the smaller chapters a committed group of industry individuals professionals commit to providing top-notch educational and networking events. The program, the format, and the overall event was wonderful. Almost 60 industry professionals attended the event.
I was able to kick the day off with a presentation about PLUS and its benefits and discuss the value of associations. We also had time to hear from attendees about what they value about PLUS and what they would like to see from their association. I welcome the opportunity to attend your chapter meeting as well and have a conversation with members of your chapter about PLUS. Just give me a call.
This Southwest Chapter session then had two panels. The first topic was Risk Management & the Insured Real Estate Professional. On that panel the experienced real estate professionals and professional liability insurance professionals discussed the risk being in seen in the real estate market and on real estate agents, brokers, title companies and others. This was particularly timely considering the new TILA and RESPA forms being required for residential real estate by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Then a group of knowledgeable claims and underwriters in the lawyers professional lines, discussed the issues for lawyers professional liability coverage.
After lunch, and before wrapping up the day, motivational speaker Steve Welker told his story of perseverance and “Radical Resiliency”. A former P&C insurance agent, Steve chose to move his life forward despite sustaining devastating injuries in a car accident that left him blind just a few weeks before he became a first-time father of twin boys. Despite this setback, Steve has overcome and now with the help of Orbit his guide dog, Steve lives a full life and tells his story to many people each year.
I want to again thank the leadership of the PLUS Southwest Chapter for having me at their event and thank all the great people I met. Looking forward to seeing you in Dallas in November.