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2018 LIMRA Annual Conference

Reclaiming Relevance: Now Is the Time!

October 28, 2018 – October 30, 2018
New York Marriott Marquis, New York, NY
  • Simon Sinek

    Optimist and Best Selling Author


    Simon Sinek believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. A trained ethnographer and author, Sinek is helping to build a world in which the vast majority of people wake up every single day feeling inspired, feel safe at work, and feel fulfilled at the end of the day. Fascinated by the leaders and companies that make the greatest impact, Sinek has discovered some remarkable patterns that he shares in order to help other leaders and organizations inspire action. He shares his unconventional and innovative views on business and leadership with all who will listen, speaking around the globe, commenting in the press, and in his own blog. Also active in the arts and not-for-profit world, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do things that inspire them.
  • Kat Cole

    Chief Operating Officer and President, North America
    FOCUS Brands, Inc.
    Kat Cole is unusually connected to communities through social media, is very active in advising and investing in start-ups, and is an avid humanitarian in some of the poorest areas of the world. Before being promoted to COO and President of FOCUS Brands North America, Cole was president of Cinnabon, Inc. where she was accountable for leading, evolving and building the team and multi-channel brand. In her four years as president at Cinnabon, her team and franchisees accomplished strong growth in profitability, franchisee satisfaction, philanthropic partnerships, and comp sales performance. Cole is passionate about learning, constant improvement, and helping teams and businesses embrace their roots while driving innovation and growth.
  • Platon

    World-Renowned, Award-Winning Photographer, and Master Storyteller


    Having photographed world leaders, celebrities, our men and women in the military, civil rights leaders and human rights champions, Platon seeks to answer the question, “Who is this person?” A gifted communicator and storyteller, he shares some of the most poignant and mesmerizing stories behind the photos. His photographic portraits have graced the world’s most influential magazines including TIME magazine, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and The Sunday Times. In 2008, he became the staff photographer for The New Yorker. In 2013, Platon founded a non-profit foundation named The People's Portfolio, which aspires to create a visual language that breaks barriers, expands dignity, fights discrimination, and enlists the public to support human rights around the world.
  • Robert A. Kerzner, CLU®, ChFC®

    President and Chief Executive Officer
    LIMRA, LOMA, and LL Global, Inc.
    Bob Kerzner leads the world’s largest association of life insurance and financial services companies. The combined organizations have over 1,200 members in more than 64 countries, including most of the world’s largest life insurance companies. Before joining LIMRA in 2004, Kerzner was executive vice president and head of the individual life division of Hartford Life, Inc. After spearheading the acquisition of Woodbury Financial Services, a national broker-dealer organization with more than 1,800 independent representatives, Kerzner also served as president of Woodbury. Kerzner’s career with The Hartford spanned 30 years from 1974 to 2004. 
  • James Comey

    Federal Bureau of Investigation (2013 – 2017)
    James Comey’s mettle has been tested throughout a career committed first and foremost to serving his country. During his time at the Department of Justice, Comey confronted new threats against Americans at home and abroad, prosecuting terrorists and helping to shape the debates on the collection of information and the detention of enemy combatants in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. As head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he oversaw the federal response to mass murders in San Bernardino and Orlando, which signaled a new phase in the country’s confrontation of domestic terrorism. And in the heat of one of the most closely contested presidential elections in history, Comey made a call that he would defend before Congress as one that prioritized the interests of the country he swore to serve above all else. When domestic and international forces sought to discredit the values that Americans treasure most, Comey was determined to lead in a way that reflected — and protected — the best of who we are as a nation. In sharing how he confronted the attempts to challenge what we hold dear, Comey will help audiences navigate ethical dilemmas when the road ahead has yet to be charted.

For more information
    Contact Mary-Jo Adams