PLUS Announces the 2020 LAMP Cohort


The Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) has selected 10 members for the 2020 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 and 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 2020 cohort will begin their program experience at the PLUS Conference November 11-13, 2019 in Washington D.C.

“This fourth cohort continues PLUS’s efforts to support professionals with a variety of backgrounds and integrate them more deeply into PLUS and the professional liability industry. Past participants in this program not only gained valuable new skills and connections, but many now have active roles in PLUS as volunteers, leaders, and subject matter experts. We anticipate that continued involvement from this year’s outstanding cohort,” said PLUS Executive Director Robbie Thompson.

The 2020 cohort includes:

  • Sherry Chen, Underwriter, Liberty Mutual Canada – Toronto, Canada
  • Nicole Ferguson, National Accounts Manager, McGowan Program Administrators – Framingham, MA
  • Christopher Fortson, RPLU, Lead Associate/Broker, Willis Towers Watson – Boston, MA
  • Alex Munguia, Claims Director, Lancer Claims Services – Orange, CA
  • Binh Nguyen, Senior Account Executive, Breckenridge Insurance Services LLC – Irving, TX
  • Chris Nwabueze, Associate Attorney, Chasnoff Mungia Pepping & Stribling, PLLC – San Antonio, TX
  • Venecia Snaith, Lead Senior Underwriter, Ullico Casualty Group Inc. – Silver Spring, MD
  • Eva Sullivan, Senior Associate, Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP – New York, NY
  • Keana Thompson, Underwriting Director, CNA – Chicago, IL
  • Eric Tu, Senior Underwriter, AXIS – Toronto, Canada

Further details on the program can be found on the PLUS website here.

PLUS Launches Applications for 2020 LAMP Cohort

LAMP banner 2019

PLUS has opened the call for eligible professional liability professionals to apply for the 2020 cohort of the Diversity Leadership & Mentoring Program (LAMP). Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 5, 2019, at 5:00 pm EST.

“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.

Nine Members to Serve as LAMP Mentors in 2019

An integral component of PLUS’ Diversity Leadership & Mentoring Program (LAMP) is mentorship. PLUS matches each member of the LAMP Cohort with a senior-level PLUS member who mentors the LAMP participant for the duration of the program, a period of 12 months.

LAMP mentors are selected from a pool of active members who work in a senior-level role at their firm and have been a member of PLUS for 10+ years. PLUS matches interested mentors with LAMP participants based on geographic proximity (for the added benefit of in-person meetings) and other preferences such as gender and professional line experience, as indicated by the participants.

This year, nine mentors were selected to serve as mentors for LAMP:

Michael Fasanella, RPLU*, Assistant Vice President, Allied World Insurance – Philadelphia

Charles Francis, Regional Vice President Sales & Marketing/Vice President, National Healthcare Team, ProAssurance – Chicago

Roger Hacala, National Practice Leader, Financial and Professional Services at BFL CANADA – Toronto

Alison Martin, Senior Vice President, Financial Lines Product Manager, Chubb Insurance – Pittsburgh

Moiré Morón, Assistant Vice President – Claims, QBE North America – New York

Gladys Rivera, RPLU*, Client Service Manager Sr., Gallagher – Houston

Ken Stephens, RPLU, Senior Vice President, Global Client Executive – Chubb – Chicago

Di Weisinger, RPLU, Regional Underwriting Manager, Philadelphia Insurance Companies – Los Angeles

Dwight Williams, Client Executive – Financial Institutions Practice, Gallagher – New York

Two of these mentors have served in this capacity before, and two are LAMP alumni. A hearty thank you to these members for volunteering to serve in such a meaningful and impactful way.

If you are interested in serving as a mentor, either for LAMP or future mentorship offerings that may be developed by PLUS, please contact Robbie Thompson at