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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


    Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Simon Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people wake up every single day feeling inspired, safe at work, and fulfilled at the end of the day, he is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them. A trained ethnographer and fascinated by the people and organizations that make the greatest, lasting impact, Sinek shares some remarkable patterns he has discovered to help other leaders and organizations inspire action. Sinek is also a best-selling author. His latest book, The Infinite Game, is due out early in 2019.
  • 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.
  • 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. 

  • Saeed Amidi

    Chief Executive Officer
    Plug and Play
    A serial entrepreneur and a seasoned executive with over 28 years of experience in founding, operating, and growing successful companies, Saeed Amidi has successfully started and grown businesses both nationally and internationally. His current passion is inspiring and helping entrepreneurs and startups out of universities. His objective is to identify great entrepreneurs with a passion to execute on their ideas. Amidi also holds the position of General Partner in Amidzad. The fund has been investing in technology companies for over 15 years and holds successful investments in over 70 technology companies.
  • JJ Carroll, FSA, MAAA

    Head New Solutions Group and Senior Vice President
    JJ Carroll leads the New Solutions Group, an innovation team dedicated to developing solutions for clients to close the $20 trillion mortality protection gap in the US. She is responsible for the coordination of Swiss Re's strategy related to new underwriting and consumer engagement solutions that leverage analytics and behavioral economics. Prior to this role, Carroll served as Data Champion for Swiss Re North America, with responsibility for quality and accessibility of reinsurance risk data across all functional areas. With more than 20 years in the industry, Carroll has served in a wide variety of roles within life reinsurance.
  • Jennifer Fitzgerald

    Chief Executive Officer and Founder
    Jennifer Fitzgerald is the CEO and co-founder of Policygenius, the nation’s leading online insurance marketplace. She is one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2018 and is one of only four women founders in Fintech to raise over $50 million in funding. Before starting Policygenius in 2014, she and her co-founder, Francois de Lame, were management consultants at McKinsey & Company. Fitzgerald has shared insights in major publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and more.
  • Jay Weintraub

    Chief Executive Officer
    InsureTech Connect
    Jay Weintraub is the CEO of NextCustomer, a b2b events incubator and holding company whose portfolio consists of, InsureTech Connect, and HR Transform. Previously, NextCustomer created LeadsCon, the internationally recognized event series serving vertical media and marketing professionals, which was sold to Access Intelligence in 2012. Weintraub is an investor in more than 30 companies and an advisor to a dozen more.
  • Shona Cotterill

    Demo Presenter
    Shona Cotterill is Business Development Director for Boundlss, a digital health start up using a unique blend of IoT, AI and human chat to deliver deeply personalized 24 x 7 health coaching in a mobile app. Boundlss helps insurers engage their customers and provide them with daily health coaching to help them reduce their health risks and manage chronic conditions. Prior to joining Boundlss, Cotterill worked in insurance, primarily in London. She joined the industry in 1991, and has held senior roles in companies including KPMG, Zurich Financial Services, AMP, GE Reinsurance Solutions/Swiss Re, and RSA.
  • Gary Hoberman

    Demo Presenter
    Gary Hoberman is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Unqork, the fulfillment platform for financial services and insurance. He has been innovating and bringing to market transformative solutions for top financial institutions for 24 years. Prior to Unqork, Hoberman was Executive Vice President and Global CIO for MetLife, overseeing technology across 47 countries. In this role, he led transformational programs to improve insurance product sales, reduce spend and cost ratios, and retain development talent. Prior to MetLife, he was the youngest-ever Managing Director at Citigroup. Hoberman has been featured as a thought leader in major national publications including Fortune, Forbes, and Financial Times.
  • Maria Miller

    Demo Presenter
    Life by Spot

    Maria Miller is Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of Life by Spot, a company dedicated to redefining life insurance by building a consumer-centric experience and bringing customers a product that suits their means and lifestyle. Prior to founding Spot, she served as Vice President, Technology Strategic Partnerships at New York Life, driving sourcing and relationship strategy for one of the largest life insurance companies in the US. Having started her career at Anderson Consulting and living across Europe, Asia and the US, Miller comes with a wealth and breadth of industry and global market experience.

  • Matt Randall

    Demo Presenter
    Life by Spot

    Matt Randall is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Life by Spot, the first short term life insurance company in the United States. From the early age of 16 he started his first company and has continued to build companies throughout his career. Randall was previously the Co-founder and CEO of Twyla, which was backed by Google Ventures, Redpoint and IVP. Outside of building Spot, Matt spends his time mentoring young companies and is currently training for an Ironman which he will definitely be buying Spot for. 

For more information
    Contact Mary-Jo Adams