D&I in Action at the 2014 PLUS Conference

As we all regroup from yet another successful PLUS Conference, I wanted to reflect on one of my favorite moments from this year’s event.  As you all know, we were fortunate enough to have Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson – the renowned astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator – address our group at our Thursday luncheon.  I hope you got to see it.  I have been coming to the PLUS Conference for 17 years now, and I thought it was one of the best presentations we’ve ever had – entertaining, engaging, relevant and extremely thought-provoking.

Even better, at the suggestion of PLUS’s newly formed Diversity & Inclusion Committee, we extended an invitation to UNLV’s Multicultural Program for Engineering to send some of their students to the luncheon, which they eagerly accepted.  I was fortunate enough to be sitting next to some of the UNLV students during Dr. Tyson’s presentation, and I had as much fun watching the students watch Dr. Tyson as I did watching the presentation itself.  They were absolutely hanging on every word, relishing all the little “science-y” inside jokes.  To me, this was just another shining example of all the amazing things that PLUS can do, not only within our own industry but for the community at large.

Our D&I Committee continues to look for new ways to bring diversity and inclusion to the forefront of everything PLUS does.  If you have thoughts or ideas or would like to get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact me or the PLUS staff.

Leib Dodell is a member of the PLUS Board of Trustees and co-chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Register Now for the 2012 PLUS International Conference

This week’s Fall Through the Cracks Friday is a bit different.

Registration for the 2012 PLUS International Conference, November 7-9 in Chicago, opens on Monday, June 18. As a bonus to our loyal blog readers (that’s you) we have opened registration early so you can reserve your spot to the 25th annual PLUS Conference today.

Make your PLI colleagues jealous by registering for the PLUS International Conference before they can (unless you have them read the blog as well – we’re OK with that).

The event has compelling and engaging speakers scheduled to appear, including:

Dennis Miller, actor, author, comedian and a five-time Emmy award winning talk show host.

Tamara J. Erickson, a McKinsey Award-winning author and widely respected expert on collaboration and innovation on the changing workforce, and on the nature of work in intelligent organizations.

Michael Lewis, Journalist & Best-Selling Author of The Big Short, Moneyball, The Blind Side and Boomerang.

Dr. Cornel West, author, public intellectual, sociologist, critic, pastor, civil rights activist, and is a Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practices at Union Theological Seminary.

Don’t miss the must-attend event in professional liability insurance – register now for the 2012 PLUS International Conference.

Happy Friday – and we’ll see you in Chicago!

Fiduciaries & 401(k) Fees – Do New Disclosure Rules Equal New Exposures?

In this clip from the 2011 PLUS International Conference educational session entitled “Fiduciaries and 401(k) Fees – Do New Disclosure Rules Equal New Exposures?,” James Hynes, Esq. (Travelers), Jessica Lermond (Chartis Claims), and Gregory Braden, Esq. (Lewis & Bockius LLP) look at the differences in procedural and substantive prudence.

PLUS members can view this entire educational session by visiting www.plusweb.org/education/multimedia. You must be a member and logged-in to the website to view the multimedia content.

Other panelists at this session were: Andrea Lieberman (Marsh, Inc.), and Gary Gotto (Keller Rohrback).