Introducing the Second LAMP Cohort

The Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) launched the second cohort of its Diversity Leadership & Mentoring Program (LAMP) at its 30th annual conference November 1-3, 2017, in Atlanta.

LAMP is a 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.

Additionally, PLUS sponsors participants’ involvement in signature PLUS events including the PLUS Conference and national Symposia as well PLUS educational offerings and RPLU designation exams.


Members of the second LAMP cohort include:

  • Nyreese Arzu, Axis Capital – San Francisco, CA
  • Kristine Bell, Chubb Limited – Boston, MA
  • Vanessa Contreras, Scor Reinsurance – Chicago, IL
  • Liliana Cortez, Aon – Chicago, IL
  • Christian Hughes, Verisk Analytics – Jersey City, NJ
  • Bernadine Jones, Admiral Insurance Group – Mount Laurel, NJ
  • Lilit Jragatsbanian, RPLU, MLIS, Worldwide Facilities LLC – Los Angeles, CA
  • Linda Lin, QBE North America – New York, NY
  • Moiré Morón, QBE North America – New York, NY
  • Gloria Nava, RPLU, Philadelphia Insurance Companies – Pasadena, CA
  • Jon Perry, Allied World – Chicago, IL
  • Nanette Ross, RSA Canada – Mississauga, Ontario
  • Dwight Williams, Willis Towers Watson – New York, NY
  • Renada Williams, AXIS Insurance – Berkley Heights, NJ
  • Jeremy Zacharias, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin – Cherry Hill, NJ

Participants are selected out of a competitive application process overseen by seven members of the PLUS Diversity & Inclusion Committee, chaired by Chester D. White, RPLU, ARM, Vice President and Director at Aon Risk Solutions.

“LAMP is designed for any professional who recognizes the importance of diversity and leadership in business and wants to make themselves more valuable to their current organization,” said White. “It is ideal for both those that are early in their career but wish to pursue greater leadership responsibilities or career advancement as well as those further along in their career that wish to improve certain skill sets.”

Further details on the program, including how to apply for the next cohort, can be found on the PLUS website.

Diversity & Inclusion Institute conference to feature Second City

A branch of the comedy empire that helped shape American theater for nearly 50 years will use the power of improv to demonstrate the benefits of greater workplace diversity and inclusion during the commercial insurance industry’s Diversity & Inclusion Institute Conference in Chicago this September.

Second City Works, the B2B side of The Second City, the world’s leading comedy theater and school of improvisation, will showcase its groundbreaking Diversity & Inclusion programming at an interactive workshop featuring comedic scenes to educate and inform about diversity, and bring to life the practice of improv to build skills for more inclusive teams.

The Second City Works performance on Wednesday, Sept. 28, is being held in conjunction with Lloyd’s of London’s Dive In–the Festival for Diversity and Inclusion in Insurance, and will be free and open to commercial insurance industry employees throughout the Chicago area.

The paid portion of the two-day conference, which continues on Thursday, Sept. 29, will feature Howard Ross, founder and chief learning officer of Cook Ross Inc., on “Managing in a Time of Fear.” Mr. Ross, an internationally known diversity training expert and author, will help insurance industry executives develop a clear sense of how events of the past few years—including the recent police shootings, homophobia and concerns about immigration–are influencing their employees. They also will learn about the science behind fear so that they can adopt effective intervention strategies.

Eric Alva, the first American soldier wounded during Operation Iraqi Freedom, will address his battle to overcome his injuries and the difficulties he encountered after leaving the military and coming out as gay. From learning to walk with a prosthetic, to his desire to continue his education and obtain his degree, Mr. Alva inspires audiences to persevere by demonstrating how he conquered such obstacles.

Also during the conference, a panel of insurance industry CEOs will discuss the business case for greater diversity and inclusion, publicly pledging to support efforts to foster greater diversity both within their organizations and throughout the industry.

Other sessions will include:

  • D+I considerations in client engagement
  • Insurance regulator focus on driving diversity in the industry
  • Demonstrations of technology designed to facilitate diversity and inclusion.
  • The impact of “covering” at work on employee productivity
  • The latest D&I research conducted by the Institute and in conjunction with the Families & Work Institute
  • Executive Insights – short, inspirational speeches by industry leaders from Ryan Specialty Group, The Hartford, Willis Towers Watson and Zurich

To review the complete agenda and to register for the Absolute Inclusion Conference, visit

The Absolute Inclusion Leadership Conference is the inaugural event of Business Insurance’s Diversity & Inclusion Institute, which was launched last December to promote and advance diversity and inclusion throughout the commercial insurance industry. For more information about the Institute, visit