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Tuesday, April 20, 2021
3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Welcome Remarks

Robert E. Tierney
Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc.

Cassie Bachman
SIIA Future Leaders Committee
3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. The Warm-Up
To get everyone energized and ready to engage, we are going to start things off with a fun but challenging trivia contest. So study up on as much random information you can find and come ready to compete!
3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Jumpstart Your Professional Network In the self-insurance/captive insurance industry it’s not just what you know, it’s also who you know that will contribute to your success. Given the importance of a strong professional network, we are designating this time period for attendees to connect with each other via a rotating small group video chat room format.
5:00 p.m. Bonus Networking Event - Escape Room (add'l fee required)
Experience an escape room from wherever you are. This “add on” event to your SIIA Future Leader Forum will be a fun, interactive event that will test your “outside the box” thinking. Game Masters will serve as your personal in-game avatar! Sign ups for this is done through the forum registration process but you will want to sign up early as there are only 30 spots available in the escape room.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Negotiation Challenges and Opportunities for Younger Leaders
It is imperative that aspiring leaderships develop the critical skill of identifying opportunities to negotiate for themselves, their team and organization. Young leaders must also be aware of the psychological barriers which prevent them from asking for what they want and need. Once a negotiation is initiated, leaders understand the strategies needed for a successful outcome.


Michelle Duguid
Assoc. Professor & Assoc. Dean of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Cornell University
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mindfulness Training for Future C-Level Executives
Mindfulness has quickly become one of the most sought-after and effective ways to reduce symptoms of stress and improve quality of life. This session will give you the necessary skills to practice mindfulness and mindset control in your personal and business life to reduce fatigue, handle trigger moments, and increase your creativity…leading you to become more positive, happy, and healthy life.


Robert A. Mines, Ph.D.
Chairman & Chief Psychology Officer
Mines & Associates, Inc.
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Happy Hour with a Twist
Prepare your favorite drink for another opportunity to enjoy connections (and maybe some laughs) with familiar faces and new faces in small group video chat rooms. No need to worry about conversation starters…we’ve got you covered!
Thursday, April 22, 2021
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The “A Player” Perspective on Hiring and Grooming Younger “A Players”
As the saying goes, success breeds success and this observation clearly applies to the hiring and grooming process for many organizations. Join us for what promises to be an engaging session featuring a panel of highly successful executives in various fields discuss what they look for in younger prospective employees to determine whether they have the potential of further strengthening their teams, as well as prospects for career growth opportunities. Audience participation will be encouraged via real time Q&A functionality.


Chris Branch
ATS Underwriting

Breea Gale
Vice President, People Engagement

Ryan Miller
Performance Coach and Business Consultant
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Strategies for Breakthrough Email Communication for Future Leaders
Social media. Family needs. COVID concerns. Professional development. Our attention as young leaders under 40 is pulled in many directions, and so is the attention of those we are trying to reach. In this session you will learn how to write emails that get a quick response under difficult communication situations. This session is ideal for the SIIA under 40 audience because it will allow you to craft a clear, concise, and direct message that will elicit a response and reply from your reader.


D. Joel Whalen
1st Vice President, Association for Business Communication
DePaul University