PLUS Converts Annual Conference to Virtual

The impact of the COVID-19 crisis is being felt across the world. Our hearts go out to all who have struggled with the virus or lost a loved one. Undoubtedly, this crisis has brought significant uncertainty to the industry and the lives of PLUS members, and it remains unclear when we will be able to return to our pre-COVID-19 routines. As a result, PLUS felt it necessary and appropriate to provide our members and the larger PLUS community with certainty now regarding the 2020 PLUS Conference. And so today we are announcing that, for 2020, we are converting the PLUS Conference from an in-person event to a virtual event.

What does that mean?

Although we know everyone will miss the in-person interactions, PLUS is confident in being able to deliver an outstanding virtual experience. The good news is PLUS has been developing virtual content for years and has delivered two very successful virtual events already this year, including quickly pivoting the content from the 2020 PLUS Healthcare & Medical PL Symposium from in-person to virtual. This is one of the core competencies of our association, and our volunteer committees are enthusiastic about finding innovative ways to bring all PLUS members and industry supporters together.

How and when is the virtual PLUS Conference?

We are still working out all the details, but the virtual conference will be held over the same dates as originally planned – November 9-11, 2020. Sessions, information, and education will be spread over the three days and will of course include high-quality speakers and relevant content.

What should I do?

First, mark your calendars today for the dates of the PLUS Conference: November 9-11, 2020.

Second, please provide us with any comments or suggestions on what you would like to see from a virtual PLUS Conference. Please submit your comments and suggestions to Director of Engagement Programs Erin Stephens at estephens@plusweb.org by May 28th.

Third, we will soon be sending out Request for Proposals (RFP), so please complete an RFP if you have a presentation idea or would like to present at the PLUS Conference.

Finally, we sincerely hope you will support PLUS in this effort. PLUS is our association, and the PLUS Conference is our industry event. Even if we cannot be in-person, we hope you will continue to support PLUS – our industry’s sole non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the knowledge and careers of its members – by participating in the virtual 2020 PLUS Conference.

We look forward to providing you more information about the virtual PLUS Conference in the coming weeks and months.

Todd Greeley, President, PLUS Board of Trustees

Susan Angelo, 2020 PLUS Conference Chair & Incoming President, PLUS Board of Trustees

Robbie Thompson, PLUS CEO

Cyber University and More: PLUS’s Virtual Education

Successful Turnout at PLUS 2020 Cyber University

Last week, over 100 PLUS members attended PLUS’s virtual Cyber University. While this event has been held in-person in previous years, this year’s Cyber University was part of PLUS’s 2020 plan to provide virtual education to broader audience. Attendance for Cyber U doubled this year, and the staff at PLUS is proud to provide quality education in virtual space, especially in light of current circumstances.

This is the third year of PLUS Cyber University and registrants attended six live sessions over three days.  “The program content is incredibly strong, so the focus was on how to take an in-person event and continue to make it meaningful as a virtual one,” said Megan Moore, Director of Education and Professional Development at PLUS. Topics included: legal foundations, evolution of cyber coverage, interplay among lines, underwriting, breach responses, 1st and 3rd party claims, risk management, and breach scenarios. Moore added, “As we transfer this program to virtual, we made sure to include opportunities for attendees to reflect on what they’ve learned and apply it to their own experience as well as connect with each other outside of the session.”

Continuing to Provide Remote Education

PLUS is continuing to expand its virtual education offerings for all members. In May alone there are three top-notch webinars on a variety of professional liability topics, from the Sciabacucchi court case decision, to resolving D&O disputes virtually, to social distancing and telehealth.  Additionally, on-demand presentations from the virtual Healthcare and Medical Professional Liability Symposium are available to view, as well as Online eLearning modules for the RPLU program available to purchase. You can work through module content at your own pace, and even complete the exam entirely online!

“Over the last few years, we have been ramping up our ability to provide online and virtual education,” said Robbie Thompson, CEO of PLUS. “While PLUS will always offer outstanding in-person networking and education events, we knew that focusing on other ways members can also get professional development was critical to PLUS continuing to serve the professional liability industry.” From webinars, to the RPLU online eLearning modules, to webinar, to in-person events moved to virtual like Cyber University, PLUS is working to make education accessible no matter the circumstances.

PLUS Membership for the Win

Membership is an important aspect of PLUS, and PLUS staff has been working tirelessly (and remotely!) to provide new ways to engage members virtually.  If you are a PLUS member, you can register for any or all of the May webinars for free! If you aren’t a member yet, become one now to register for webinars, gain access to an archive of PLUS virtual education, and more. Check out previous posts on this blog to listen to PLUS’s PL Perspectives on Coronavirus podcast, and stay tuned for even more distance education offerings in the future.

Strikes for Charity: Great Cause & Terrific Event!

Almost 200 people kicked off the 2020 PLUS D&O and Cyber Symposia last Monday, February 24, with bowling, drinks, food and socializing—all for a great cause! Participating companies raised over $50,000 for the PLUS Foundation at the annual Strikes for Charity fundraiser event in New York. Thank you to the Strikes major donors:

MARQUIS TEAM SPONSORS
Guy Carpenter
Markel Assurance
Partner Reinsurance Company

TEAM SPONSORS
Allianz
Arch Insurance Group
AXIS Insurance
Berkley Professional Liability, a Berkley Company
Chasnoff Mungia Valkenaar Pepping & Stribling, LLP
Manire Galla Curley LLP
Old Republic Professional
Professional Liability Attorney Network (PLAN)
Sompo International
The Hartford Financial Lines
Travelers Insurance

FOOD & BEVERAGE SPONSORS
Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller
RSUI Group, Inc.
White and Williams LLP

SHOE SPONSORS
ARC Excess and Surplus, LLC
Bailey Cavalieri LLC
BatesCarey LLP
Mintz Levin
Old Republic Professional
Penfield Search Partners Ltd
TransRe

Visit the PLUS Foundation website for information about this event and other great Foundation activities.