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PLUS Special Section

Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) International Conference Special Section

By Phil Zinkewicz

22nd International
Plus Conference
November 11-13, 2009
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
Chicago, Illinois

Conference information

The fee for PLUS members is $925; the fee for non-members is $1,150.

The Conference hotel is the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
(312-464-1000). Single rooms in the PLUS block are $250 per night; double rooms are $270. For information about lodging, conference registration or other conference information, go to or contact the Professional Liability Underwriting Society at (800) 845-0778.

(Go to for a detailed schedule)

Wednesday, November 11
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration and Networking Lounge open

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Leadership & Accountability Workshop presented by Walter Bond, former NBA player and “America’s Accountability Leader”

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Presentation by Dr. Robert P. Hartwig, CPCU, President of the Insurance Information Institute

2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Opening Keynote Address by former President Bill Clinton

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Opening Night Reception

Thursday, November 12
7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
PLUS Foundation Women’s Leadership Initiative featuring
Christa Davies, CFO, Aon Corporation

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration and Networking Lounge open

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
• Pension Funds, The Financial Crisis, and Ponzi Schemes - What’s Next for Fiduciaries?
• Changing Tides - Supreme Court Decisions and Securities Class Action Lawsuits
• The “Vue”: Managing Rising Defense & E-Discovery Costs
• Excess Surplus, the Solutions Based Market for Professional Exposure

10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
• What REALLY Happens After a Breach or Electronic Data Loss Event
• Surveying and Surviving the Wreckage Below: All About Excess
• Who Wants to be an E&O Underwriter in This Environment?
• Tort Reform in Reverse? A GREAT Year for E&O Plaintiffs

11:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Lunch with Keynote Address by Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author and staff writer for The New Yorker Magazine

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
General Session: “The Secret Sauce: Using Diversity for a Sustainable Competitive Advantage” featuring Corbette Doyle, CPCU, ARM, Vanderbilt University

3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
• Insurance Innovation: An Oxymoron?
• I Can’t Get Them to Settle…
• Professional Services Firm Contracts: Fair Bargaining or Adhesion?
• The Credit Crunch - What’s Crime Got to Do With It?

Friday, November 13
7:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Registration and Networking Lounge open

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
• Executive Compensation, Corporate Governance, Global Warming: The Heat is On!
• Do High Unemployment & Expansion of Employees’ Rights Equal More Claims?
• View from the Top - Healthcare and Medical Professional
Liability Issues

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Conference Closing Remarks

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Industry Update by Marvin Zonis, Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago Business School followed by an Industry Leaders Panel moderated by Marvin Zonis


Phil Zinkewicz is the author of the PLUS special section articles. He has some 40 years’ experience covering the international insurance and reinsurance arenas. He was the insurance editor of the Journal of Commerce for a number of years, handling all their domestic and international supplements. In addition, he regularly writes for a number of London publications.


Excess carriers—on the alert
Litigious environment affects
excess carriers

2009 Conference Cause
PLUS thanks host cities through community service

Emerging issues
Economy drives agenda at
annual conference

White collar crime
No longer a backseat issue

Diversity and inclusion
Incorporating diversity into perpetuation plans

Anticipations and reflections
Incoming and outgoing presidents
reflect on the state of PLUS



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