PLUS Announces the 2019 LAMP Cohort

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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 plusweb.org/LAMP.

Photos from the Hartford Women’s Leadership Network Event

On April 19 the PLUS Foundation’s Women’s Leadership Network hosted its 2018 Hartford event, featuring a presentation from Jennifer Openshaw.

Thanks to everyone who helped to support this terrific event, and special congratulations to Dove Burns who was presented with a maternity gift.

PLUS Launches Applications for 2019 LAMP Cohort

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PLUS has opened the call for eligible professional liability professionals to apply for the 2019 cohort of the Diversity Leadership & Mentoring Program (LAMP). Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 6.

“Today’s competitive environment requires organizations to develop leaders who bring a wide variety of professional and personal experience to the marketplace,” said PLUS Executive Director Robbie Thompson. “PLUS’s answer to that challenge is LAMP.”

LAMP is a leadership development training program for PLUS members from diverse and traditionally under-represented groups within the professional liability insurance industry. During the one-year experience, participants receive group leadership training, pairing with a seasoned PLUS mentor, registration, travel, and lodging to the annual PLUS Conference and other select education programs, and access to up to three PLUS Curriculum study modules and three complimentary RPLU examinations.

Participants are selected out of a competitive application process overseen by seven members of the PLUS Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Further details on the program, including how to apply, can be found here.