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2023 LIMRA Annual Conference - Digital

Forging the Future

10/31/2023 - 12/21/2023


Who Attends

Can’t make it to the Annual Conference? But you don’t want to miss out on the magic of our much-anticipated general session speakers? Well, have we got a deal for you.

This year, for the very first time, we will offer our general session presentations via live stream broadcast from National Harbor, MD — so you won’t miss out on these memorable speakers.

Also included in this package are select breakout sessions, offered on-demand post conference. You now can catch up on what you missed and provide actionable insights to your staff.

Click here to view the full Digital Agenda.

Stay tuned, we will announce the live broadcast schedule soon.

The general sessions will be broadcast live from National Harbor, MD

Please note that all session times will be listed in Eastern Time (ET)

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We are experiencing significant change across our industry’s landscape, but today’s leaders have the power to forge the future. Forging the future involves actively shaping the world by taking deliberate actions that align with our vision and values. It means anticipating challenges and opportunities, and preparing ourselves to tackle them with creativity and resilience. Today’s leaders must identify and shape the elements in our business that will lead to success. What are these elements of change?

Several macroeconomic trends have been causing industry players to rethink their operating models. These include the challenges brought by inflation, the looming threat of a recession and the cost of living crisis, the rise in interest rates, and the resulting fluctuation in the equity markets. Leaders who continuously evaluate their business operations will ensure value creation and long-term success.

The geopolitical environment cannot be ignored, as it will influence our strategies. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its impact on energy prices, global fragmentation and the erosion of social cohesion, supply chain shocks, and changing climate agreements provide the troublesome backdrop of our current environment. Although, we can’t predict what the disruptive events will be, we can create organizations that can not only survive these events, but also thrive.

Technology trends may be the most transformational force of our time. Every aspect of our industry’s ecosystem is under pressure, whether it be pre and post sale processes, employee benefit enrollment, or customer acquisition. Traditional insurers are not sitting idly by. Instead, they are innovating and trying new things so they can compete with tech upstarts. In the near future, the fully tech-enabled insurer will bear little resemblance to today’s organization.

Difficulties recruiting and retaining talent have reached an all-time high. Perhaps the most critical aspect of our talent challenge is distribution and attracting new producers. We must do a better job of communicating our industry’s value and purpose, which are powerful motivators for younger prospects.

These and other issues will be addressed at LIMRA’s 2023 Annual Conference. Our program features thought leaders and forward-thinking executives. We will discuss key strategies in these areas of opportunities that will influence the future of our industry and the markets we serve, including: distribution, data and technology, talent imperatives, and other strategic issues within insurance, annuities, and worksite benefits.

Keynote Speaker

The Rt. Hon. Dame Jacinda Ardern
Prime Minister of New Zealand (2017-2023); Senior Fellow, Harvard University; Special Envoy, Christchurch Call; Board Member, The Earthshot Prize

The Rt. Hon. Dame Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister of New Zealand (2017-2023); Senior Fellow, Harvard University; Special Envoy, Christchurch Call; Board Member, The Earthshot Prize

The Right Honourable Dame Jacinda Ardern became the Prime Minister of New Zealand at just 37 years of age. During her time in office she faced the challenges of a live streamed domestic terror attack against New Zealand’s Muslim community, a volcanic eruption and the COVID 19 pandemic. Ms Ardern’s focus on people, kindness and what she has called “pragmatic idealism” saw New Zealand achieve some of the lowest losses of life experienced by any developed nation through the pandemic, the ban of military style semi-automatic weapons in her country, and the creation of the Christchurch Call to Action to eliminate violent extremism online, which Ms Ardern continues to hold the role of Special Envoy.

Ms Ardern is a champion of woman's empowerment. While in office, New Zealand reached 50 percent representation of women in parliament, and on government appointed boards. She decriminalised abortion, improved pay equity laws and extended paid parental leave to 6 months — all while being only the second woman in the world to have a baby while leading her country.

Ms Ardern is a passionate advocate on climate action and is a board member of The Earthshot Prize, focusing on solutions to climate change and environmental issues.

Ms Ardern is the 2023 Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Hauser Leader in the School’s Center for Public Leadership, a program where leaders from public, private, and nonprofit sectors engage with students and faculty on building skills in principled leadership. She is also the Knight Tech Governance Leadership Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, where she will focus on ways to improve content standards and platform accountability for extremist content online.

Ms Ardern holds an Honorary Doctorate from Harvard University.


General David H. Petraeus, USA (Ret.)
Partner, KKR (2013-Present); Director, CIA (2011-2012); Commander, International Security Assistance Forces-Afghanistan (2010-2011); Commander, US Central Command (2008-2010); Commander, Surge in Iraq (2007-2008)

General David H. Petraeus, USA (Ret.)

Partner, KKR (2013-Present); Director, CIA (2011-2012); Commander, International Security Assistance Forces-Afghanistan (2010-2011); Commander, US Central Command (2008-2010); Commander, Surge in Iraq (2007-2008)

One of the most effective military leaders in recent U.S. history, General David H. Petraeus — a highly decorated four-star general whose distinguished 37-year military career culminated in six commands as a general officer (five of which were combat) — addresses the most significant global challenges facing us today, including ongoing international security issues, macroeconomic trends, and the tasks of strategic leaders.

Widely credited for changing the course of two wars — by dramatically reducing the violence in Iraq when he led the so-called “Surge” and by halting the Taliban’s momentum in Afghanistan when he led the coalition there — Petraeus served in multiple campaigns — including nearly seven years deployed following 9-11 — and has been described as one of the “great battle captains of American history.”

Petraeus subsequently led the CIA, where he oversaw significant achievements in America’s global counterterrorism campaign. Petraeus has received numerous decorations including four Defense Distinguished Service Medals, the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the Combat Action Badge, the Ranger tab, master parachutist wings, medals from 14 foreign countries. He has been runner-up for “Time” magazine’s Person of the Year, “Prospect” magazine’s Public Intellectual of the Year, three times a “Foreign Policy” magazine top public intellectual, and the only person, while in uniform, to throw out the first pitch of a World Series game and do the coin toss at a Super Bowl.

General Petraeus is a Partner at KKR and Chairman of the KKR Global Institute. He is also on the boards of multiple companies and the Kissinger Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson School. He graduated with distinction from USMA, earned a Ph.D. from Princeton University, and has held numerous academic appointments. He is also the co-author, with British historian Andrew Roberts, of “Conflict: The Evolution of Warfare from 1945 to Ukraine.”

Sekou Andrews
Poetic Voice, CEO, SekouWorld Inc.; Grammy-nominated spoken word artist

Sekou Andrews

Poetic Voice, CEO, SekouWorld Inc.; Grammy-nominated spoken word artist

Sekou Andrews is the CEO of SekouWorld, Inc. and one of the most successful spoken word poets in the world. On any given day, this school-teacher turned artist and entrepreneur, who built a 7-figure company on poetry, can be found keynoting at a Fortune 500 company, inspiring thousands at a concert, or performing for Barack Obama in Oprah’s backyard. Sekou is the creator of “poetic voice” — a cutting-edge speaking category that seamlessly fuses inspirational speaking with spoken word poetry, like “Hamilton” meets “TED”. His unique presentations are in high demand from leading associations and global brands like Google, Viacom, Toyota, Nike, and Paypal. He has been featured on ABC World News, CBS, MSNBC, HBO, Showtime, MTV and BET, and Forbes has called him “the de facto poet laureate of corporate America.” Sekou’s accomplishments include two National Poetry Slam championships, two national poetry tours, two Independent Music Awards, three Helen Hayes Awards, the most “Just Plain Folks” music awards in history, the 2020 ABA “Entrepreneur of the Year” award, and the first “Best Spoken Word Album” Grammy nomination for a poet in 30 years. A fearless disruptor of the speaking industry, Sekou also teaches rockstar secrets to public speakers through his Stage Might™ speaker training system that helps leaders become more dynamic communicators. Combining innovation and inspiration, Sekou Andrews is redefining the notion of what a speaker is, and what a poet can be.

Michelle Caruso-Cabrera
CNBC Contributor; CNBC Chief International Correspondent (2010–2018); CNBC Anchor/Reporter (1998–2018)

Michelle Caruso-Cabrera

CNBC Contributor; CNBC Chief International Correspondent (2010–2018); CNBC Anchor/Reporter (1998–2018)

Michelle Caruso-Cabrera is a CNBC contributor and was the first Latina anchor at CNBC. She appears on the network to discuss issues in international finance, with a particular focus on China and its impact on the US economy. Also an experienced board member and former political candidate, she has particularly good insight into the intersection of finance, politics, and policy, where she can dissect major world events and translate the impact on global markets.

Previously, Caruso-Cabrera spent more than 20 years at CNBC, most recently as chief international correspondent, and co-anchor of “Power Lunch.” Throughout her career, Caruso-Cabrera has covered a wide range of stories including the 2008 financial crisis, U.S. elections, the Greek debt crisis, the Brexit vote, and Russia’s first invasion of Ukraine in 2014. She has traveled the world reporting live from Cuba, Iran, Ukraine, Iraq, Italy, Russia, Venezuela and Latin America, among many others.  She provides audiences with an instant and deep analysis of the interplay between global markets, world affairs, domestic politics, and how companies can best prepare themselves.

She joined CNBC from WTSP-TV in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she spent four years as a general assignment reporter. Prior to that, Caruso-Cabrera was a special projects producer for Univision where she gained experience covering Latin America.

She has been published in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Previously, Caruso-Cabrera wrote a personal finance column for Shape en Español and People en Español. She has also been awarded Broadcaster of the Year from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and was named one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” in the country by Hispanic Business magazine.

Ron Insana
CNBC Senior Analyst and Commentator; Trailblazing Financial Journalist; Bestselling Author

Ron Insana

CNBC Senior Analyst and Commentator; Trailblazing Financial Journalist; Bestselling Author

Ron Insana covers the most pressing economic and market issues of the day. He also delivers The Market Scoreboard Report to radio stations around the country.

Insana is the co-founder and CEO of Contrast Capital Partners, an investment solutions firm that caters to the needs of the investment advisor community and CEO of The Insana Entertainment Group, a film and TV production company.

For over three decades, Insana has been a highly respected business journalist and money manager, who began his career at the Financial News Network in 1984 and joined CNBC when FNN and CNBC merged in 1991.

Insana is well-known for his high-profile interviews, which included Presidents Clinton and Bush; billionaire investors Warren Buffett, George Soros and Julian Robertson, among others: captains of industry from Bill Gates to the late Jack Welch and Steve Jobs, top economists, analysts and global heads of state, from former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to Jordanian Queen Rania.

Insana was named one of the “Top 100 Business News Journalists of the 20th Century” and was nominated for a news and documentary Emmy for his role in NBC’s coverage of 9/11.

He has authored four books on Wall Street and is a highly regarded lecturer on domestic and global economics, financial markets and economic policy issues. Insana graduated with honors from California State University at Northridge.

Executive Perspective — A Global View

Augusto Diaz-Leante
Head of Life and Health Continental Europe, Managing Director, Swiss Re

Augusto Diaz-Leante

Head of Life and Health Continental Europe, Managing Director, Swiss Re

Augusto has over 30 years of experience in actuarial and management roles across the insurance industry, including actuarial consulting firms, insurance and reinsurance companies. He joined SwissRe as the Head of Life & Health Continental Europe in March 2021, responsible for the business in Continental Europe plus Israel and Turkey.

Augusto leads a team of seven Market Units based in Switzerland, Munich, Paris, Tel Aviv, Copenhagen, Bratislava, Milan and Madrid. His remit covers the whole reinsurance value chain including medical product development, medical underwriting, costing, and claims, for traditional reinsurance and capital management solutions. Augusto reports to the CEO of Life & Health Reinsurance.

Prior to the change, Augusto worked at Munich Re for almost 15 years, where he held the position of CEO Life & Health - Southern Europe & Latin America, responsible for Reinsurance business in Italy, Malta, Spain, Portugal, and all countries in Latin America from 2011-2021. In 2006 he was appointed CEO of Munich Re in Chile and Regional Life Manager in South America (w/o Brazil). For over 10 years he was a Chairman of E+Med, a unique tele-underwriting service based in Barcelona dedicated to speeding-up turnaround times, increasing sales, and enhancing customer satisfaction levels at every stage of your new business process for life insurance.

He has been devoted to fostering innovation within the industry, promoting and funding an Accelerator of technological start-ups aimed to bring innovation to the insurance industry.

In 2015 Augusto co-founded MundiLab, an insurance tech acceleration programme, designed to facilitate the go-to-market of start-ups with innovative solutions for the insurance and reinsurance industries, where he was also a Board member.

Jasmine Jirele
President and Chief Executive Officer, Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, MODERATOR

Jasmine Jirele

President and Chief Executive Officer, Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, MODERATOR

Jasmine Jirele has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, including strategy, marketing, product and operations. Prior to becoming president and CEO of Allianz Life in 2021, Jirele led the company’s growth and marketing team, overseeing initiatives related to product, marketing, digital, and new markets. She also has previous experience as an executive vice president at Wells Fargo.

Jirele has an MBA from Hamline University and a bachelor’s degree in business and journalism from the University of St. Thomas. She sits on boards and committees for several industry and nonprofit organizations, including the American Council of Life Insurers, LIMRA/LOMA Global, Evadata, Minnesota Business Partnership, University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business, YMCA of the North, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. She also serves on the board of Allianz Australia Life.

Alexandra Quiroga
Chief Executive Officer, AXA COLPATRIA

Alexandra Quiroga

Chief Executive Officer, AXA COLPATRIA

Alexandra holds a BA in Law from Universidad de los Andes, with postgraduate studies in commercial management with emphasis in finance from Universidad de la Sabana, certified in Coaching by E-ICONEX – AICO and coursed the Directive Development Program of INALDE Business School. More than 20 years of experience in insurance and reinsurance. Alexandra performed as Reinsurance Broker in different roles and lines of business for 12 years, Reinsurance broker for 12 year and ACTER's president for two years. Joined Seguros Colpatria in 2010 as head of Reinsurance. In 2018 was appointed ExCom member and Director of Commercial Lines of AXA COLPATRIA and Personal Lines as from 2021. Become CEO of AXA COLPATRIA in 2022.

Gordon Watson
Chairman, Axa Asia

Gordon Watson

Chairman, Axa Asia

Gordon is a seasoned and visionary business leader, currently serving as Non-Executive Chairman of AXA Asia.  With a wealth of experience under his belt, he has overseen the expansion and growth of the company across the Asian entities and will provide guidance and strategic insights to the senior leaders, helping to shape the future of the organization.

Before becoming the Chairman, he served as the CEO of AXA Asia & Africa, overseeing the operations of 18 markets in Asia, Africa and select Middle East markets, as well as AXA Emerging Customers, a unit focusing on addressing the insurance needs of the low income to mass market segments. Gordon was also a member of the Group’s Management Committee.

Prior to joining AXA, Gordon was the Regional Chief Executive of AIA, responsible for the development of key markets in Asia.  Gordon held a number of key senior roles in AIG/AIA spanning multiple continents and cities, including New York, London, Nairobi, Dubai, Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong.

Gordon was the Non-Executive Chairman of Tricor, which is a leading provider of integrated business, corporate, investor services, human resources & payroll solutions.   Working together with the leadership team, Gordon spearheaded the sale of the company to a private equity, with the deal successfully completed in 2022.

Gordon believes profit and purpose should be consistent and convergent, creating both business and social success.   As the founding Chair of Shared Value Initiative Hong Kong, he has been working with like-minded senior leaders from various industries to help private companies create economic value while addressing social or environmental issues.

Gordon is co-chair of One Mind at Work, a non-profit organization focus on the mental health in the workplace; a member of Cyberport’s Advisory Board for Fintech;  is a GlobalScot; is a board member of LL Global, the parent company of LIMRA, LOMA and Secure Retirement Institute® (SRI®); and sits on the Asian Board for the Saltire Foundation and Entrepreneurial Scotland.  Gordon is also an advisor / investor to Markaaz, Paceline, Suji as well as LIFTwomen.

Gordon holds an MBA and is an FCII.  He has recently graduated with a master’s degree in Global Mental Health from the University of Glasgow.


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