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DSM Attorneys: Earn CLE Credit Hours When You Attend the 2023 Global Insurance Symposium

Global Insurance Symposium

This article is authored by the co-chairs of the 2023 Global Insurance Symposium, and incoming chair:

In less than two weeks, the 2023 Global Insurance Symposium (GIS) will welcome keynote speakers, panelists and attendees for three days of learning and networking April 18 – 20 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Downtown Des Moines (DSM). The event — a presentation from the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the Iowa Insurance Division and Iowa Economic Development Authority — will highlight best practices, the latest technologies in the insurance industry and more. Since its inauguration in 2014, the Symposium has hosted attendees from 13 countries and nearly every state, with last year’s event bringing over 500 attendees from three countries and 37 states. Don’t miss out on your chance to register and attend in 2023

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Client Networking (and CLE!)

The GIS is a great opportunity for attorneys to connect with current (and potentially new) insurance clients, industry experts, and state regulators. (In fact, regulators made up 12% of the attendees at last year’s event!) It’s also an easy way for attorneys to earn most of their required annual continuing legal education (CLE) credit hours. Iowa attorneys can complete up to 10 of their required 15 hours of CLE by attending both days of the GIS event. In short, the GIS is the perfect way for attorneys to learn more about the industry, network with insurance leaders, and earn their required CLE – all while celebrating the second-largest contributor to Iowa’s GDP.

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About the 2023 GIS Event

When you sign up for GIS, you will have access to keynote speakers, breakout sessions and the following activities:

Tuesday, April 18

  • InsurTech Expo and Welcome Reception
  • Speaker/Sponsor Dinner (by invitation only — your firm can still become a sponsor — contact Susie Prue at sprue@itagroup.com to find out more!)

Wednesday, April 19

Thursday, April 20

  • Breakfast and lunch
  • All sessions and keynotes


Opening and closing remarks will be delivered by co-chairs Jason Gross, VP & Head of Platform for ManchesterStory, and Aaron Pearce, General Counsel for Berkley Agribusiness and Continental Western Group. Global keynotes will be delivered by Lard Friese, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Management Board, Aegon N.V., Will Fuller, President and CEO of Transamerica and Peter Gailliot, Managing Director, Global CIO of the Financial Institutions Group (FIG) and Head of Fixed Income FIG Portfolio Management. Finally, panelists for the CEO Panel, Global Panel, Commissioners Panel and InsurTech Founder Panel will include:

  • Anant Bhalla, CEO and President of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company (CEO Panel)
  • Jeff Dailey, Chairman of Farmers Insurance; Kendall Jones, President and CEO of ProAg (CEO Panel)
  • Tom Swank, Chairman & CEO of American Enterprise Group (CEO Panel)
  • Petra Hielkema, Chairperson of EIOPA (Global Panel)
  • John Huff, CEO of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers (Global Panel)
  • Michael Cosendine, CEO of NAIC (Global Panel)
  • Jim Donelon, Insurance Commissioner of Louisiana (Commissioners Panel)
  • Eric Dunning, Director of Insurance, Nebraska (Commissioners Panel)
  • Mike Kriedler, Insurance Commissioner of Washington (Commissioners Panel)
  • Andy Mais, Insurance Commissioner of Connecticut (Commissioners Panel)
  • Manish Bhatt, CEO and Co-Founder of Plum Life (InsurTech Founder Panel)
  • Bill Suneson, CEO of Bindable (InsurTech Founder Panel)
  • Brent Williams, Founder, CEO and President of Benekiva (InsurTech Founder Panel)

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Breakout Sessions + Case Study Competition

GIS will also highlight industry happenings under the event’s 2023 theme — Thriving in a Changing World during breakout sessions and will showcase the top three university finalists during the annual Case Study Competition, presented by Gamma Iota Sigma and sponsored by Deloitte, on Wednesday, April 19. Cash prizes will be awarded based on Symposium audience votes.


Learn more at globalinsurancesymposium.com.

Author Bios

Jason Gross

Jason Gross is VP & Head of Platform for ManchesterStory (a premier early-stage InsurTech venture capital firm based in Des Moines, Iowa) where he is leading efforts to accelerate the engagement between our insurance carrier “Strategic Partners,” our portfolio companies, and the industry at large. Jason has more than 20 years of experience leading organizations and transformation initiatives for three multi-billion-dollar property and casualty insurance and financial services companies.

Aaron Pearce

Aaron Pearce is General Counsel for Berkley Agribusiness and Continental Western Group providing provide admitted and non-admitted commercial property and casualty insurance products throughout the United States. Those companies include Continental Western Group, Berkley Agribusiness, Berkley North Pacific, Berkley Southeast Insurance Group, Berkley Financial Specialists, and Berkley Crime and Intrepid Direct Insurance. His work and legal practice with these organizations is primarily focused on insurance regulation, employment law, business planning and general corporate practice. Mr. Pearce has been practicing law in the insurance industry for 14 years.

Christian Walk

Christian Walk is a Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Global Atlantic Financial Company. Before joining Global Atlantic in 2018, Christian practiced law for 10 years at Nyemaster Goode, P.C. in Des Moines, Iowa, where he was a shareholder in the firm’s litigation department. Christian is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa (B.A., Electronic Media) and Drake University Law School; he is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary. Christian also holds a Chartered Life Underwriter designation from the American College of Financial Services. Prior to pursuing a career in law, Christian spent several years as a television news anchor and reporter for the NBC-affiliate in Sioux City, Iowa.

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Global Insurance Symposium

The annual Global Insurance Symposium is the preeminent event for insurance professionals from around the world. Attend the InsurTech Expo and keynote and speaker sessions in Des Moines, Iowa, recognized as a global hub for the insurance industry.