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 rthompson@plusweb.org.

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.

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.

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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.