Sep 22 - 25, 2019 | National Harbor, Md.

Convention Central

Did you know that attending NAMIC’s 124th Annual Convention is part of a healthy lifestyle?

Okay, so maybe Convention isn’t overtly good for your well-being, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does say there is a correlation between continuous learning and improved health.

“… learning is like exercise for the brain,” says a Digital Marketing Institute article, “and just like exercising the body, it contributes to better physical health and mental health.”

Because Convention is jam-packed with “exercise” opportunities, there could be some real truth to that first sentence.

In fact, the late September conference will feature more than 30 educational sessions on need-to-know topics and industry issues, which have been identified by a committee of mutual insurance industry leaders. Session topics range from succession planning and trends in performance management to cannabis’s impacts on personal lines insurance to affordable technology modernization and the impact of the sharing economy on the insurance industry.

“The planning committee is competitive and wants to improve on past events to deliver the best Convention possible,” said David Kijek, president and CEO of WEA Member Benefits who has been a member of the Convention Planning Committee for three years.

While session topics come in a wide variety, the current industry environment, where technology is top of mind for leaders from companies of all sizes, many of the sessions will have a technology focus.

“The heavy focus on technology and insurtech means we’ll cover everything from understanding issues surrounding cyber compliance to implementing new technology in an organization,” said Crista Hassett, vice president of event operations. “NAMIC wants to provide attendees with education on these issues in order to equip them with the knowledge they need to successfully lead their companies.”

Attendees are welcome to sit in on as few or as many sessions as they would like, depending on the timeslot and seating availability. For attendees who prefer a more structured learning environment focused on a particular topic, session tracks can maximize attendees’ learning opportunities. Three tracks – director education, human capital, and industry issues – will be offered during this year’s Convention.

Kijek said the tracks developed naturally during the planning process. “The subjects broke down into natural groupings,” he said. “The idea is to make it easier for attendees to decide on attending the sessions that best suit their needs.”

The Professional Farm Mutual Manager Strategic Business Management module will also be offered during the 124th Annual Convention. And the Professional Development Lounge, which made its debut last year in San Antonio, will be back by popular demand.

Attendees will be able to begin selecting their sessions in late July. Feel free to check the agenda page periodically as we continue to add session descriptions and speakers to the agenda.

On a side note … for those of you with fitness trackers: the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center does have more than a half a million square feet of event space, so you will most likely hit your steps goals while you’re learning and networking.


Lindsay Robison
Content Manager and Editor