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.

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.