Webinars

Webinars

Our webinars dig into key operational areas, explore hot topics and evaluate trends. Offered in real time and on demand, webinars are a ready resource on a variety of important pooling topics.

Recent Webinars

U.S. Supreme Court Update

Originally posted Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. ET

This fast-paced, energetic webinar provides insight into the impacts of actions of the U.S. Supreme Court on local entities and public entity pools.

Watch the webinar, below, in which Lisa Soronen, Executive Director of State and Local Legal Center, will talk about:

First Amendment/Free Speech

  • The Court held that an assistant coach who knelt at midfield after games to offer a prayer of thanks is protected by the First Amendment because the Court determined the coach was acting as a citizen rather than a government employee.

  • Lawsuits by elected officials against the full governing body are likely to escalate following a decision by the Court that found censure does not violate the First Amendment.

  • A third-party flag flying program in Boston will impact government speech analysis.


Second Amendment/Gun Rights and Control

  • The Court held 6-3 that local governments may not require "proper cause" to obtain a license to carry a handgun outside the home. Pools may want to consider what this could mean to local entities' licensing and carrying ordinances.


Law Enforcement

  • Two cases on Qualified Immunity were decided. One includes discussion about excessive force in which a knee was applied to the neck of a suspect, the same force used to subdue George Floyd and that ultimately led to Floyd's death.

  • Fourth Amendment malicious prosecution claims can be brought against law enforcement simply by showing prosecution ended without conviction.

  • Law enforcement officers can't be sued for money damages for failing to recite Miranda Rights.



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(Re)Educating Governing Body Members to Understand Their Role in Investments

Originally posted Tuesday, Jun. 14 at 2 p.m. ET

This webinar will dive into a case study to review how a pool educated (and sometimes re-educated) current and new governing body members about the pool's investment process and their fiduciary responsibilities. You'll learn:

  • The governing body's role within a pool's investment operations
  • Common decision-making errors made by governing body members
  • How staff can help their governing body members become comfortable with the depth of their investment responsibilities
Speaker: Dan Smereck is Managing Director of Strategic Asset Alliance, an independent investment consulting firm that works exclusively with public entity pools and insurance companies.



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Public Entity Pooling Update

This regularly updated on-demand presentation provides a timely look at loss trends, reinsurance availability and pricing, and current pool operational issues — all of which in turn have an impact on pool coverages and services to members.

This presentation is appropriate for republishing by AGRiP members. Play the presentation at a meeting of your governing body or staff, or share it in other forums such as an annual membership meeting.

Information is presented by Executive Director Ann Gergen. Updates are posted here. Presentation slides also are available.

On-Demand Webinars

Governing Bodies

(Re)setting the Table for Generative Thinking

[Nov. 11, 2021] Management consultant Sara Peterson will explore how all the components of your governing body meetings (the information packets you produce, where people sit, etc.) help or hinder deep discussion and reflection on complex issues. You’ll learn about principles of decision-making, tips for revising agendas and materials, technology usage, room sets, and more.

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Challenging the Notion of “Efficient” Meetings

[Sept. 17, 2021] Management consultant Sara Peterson will explore why an “efficient” meeting isn’t always effective, help you identify the needs of your governing body, and share ways to “flip the script” on topics that require deep conversation, time and reflection.

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Demystifying Generative Governance

[Aug. 2, 2021] Management consultant Sara Peterson will define “generative thinking,” break misconceptions about types of governance thinking, and look at examples of what generative governance is and isn’t.

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Executive Succession Planning Tips for Pool Governing Bodies

[June 6, 2021] AGRiP Succession Planning Resident Steve Trautman overviews key concepts and ideas pool governing body members can consider when preparing for or conducting succession planning.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • How a governing body can prepare its pool for the transfer of work (rather than the transition of a person or title)
  • Why governing body members should think about talent risk management through a continuity lens

  • Five key succession planning questions every governing body should explore with its pool leadership

For more succession planning resources, visit our residency page.

The Role of Strategic Foresight in Governance

[Apr. 14, 2021] VRSA Managing Director Steve Craig presents an introduction to strategic foresight and how his pool used a strategic foresight project to energize and engage stakeholders as well as choose a desired future for 2030. Steve also reveals how VRSA has embedded strategic foresight into its governance, strategic planning and operations processes.

Watch this webinar to:

  • Understand the critical role of strategic foresight in governing
  • Learn how futuring is different than strategic planning
  • Get practical takeaways and resources for your pool

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Read The Value of Foresight in a VUCA World.

Public Entity Pooling Update

[Feb. 4, 2022] Learn how public entity pools are being shaped by underlying loss trends in primary lines of coverage and other issues.  This webinar, appropriate for governing body members to watch individually or as a group, is presented by AGRiP Executive Director Ann Gergen. 

Watch this webinar to:

  • Gain insight into forces shaping primary lines of coverage including property, liability, workers’ compensation and employee benefits
  • Learn about timely pooling issues such as:
    • "New normal" property trends of wildfire, wind and water
    • Cyber, law enforcement and corrections, SAM, employment, election risk and pandemic liability
    • Pool and market responses to property, liability and workers' compensation challenges
    • Employee benefits trends
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    Conversations Every Pool Board Should Have

    [Aug. 28, 2019] Join public entity pool leadership staff and governing body members for a look at conversations that are critical to the success of every governing body.  Understand the roles the board members and the pool administrator play in the organization and how they collaborate to address member needs. Delve into the important questions that governing body members should be asking and how the answers affect the success of the pool. Learn the benefits to be achieved when the governing body focuses on the pool’s – and the board’s – future. Pool executives will increase their awareness of their role in facilitating these key conversations, and the importance of raising these issues long before conflicts arise.  

    Speakers are:

    • James deSpelder, Administrator/CEO of County Road Association Self-Insurance Fund (CRASIF)
    • Mary Sholander, Board Member, County Road Association Self-Insurance Fund (CRASIF)
    • Jonathan Shull, CEO, California Joint Powers Insurance Authority
    • Craig Stephenson, Board Member, Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group

    Elevating Board Performance Webinar Series

    Understanding Inclusivity
    [Apr. 21, 2019] This first of two sessions on building inclusive governance strategies will ground attendees in the definitions and science-based benefits of a governing body comprised of diverse viewpoints in this webinar presented by 2019 AGRiP Inclusion Resident Robin Stacia.

    Participants will identify ways to evaluate their governing body’s inclusivity needs and elevate its effectiveness through cognitive and demographic inclusion best practices. Stacia will also provide insight on how pools can start to set and achieve inclusivity goals.


    Implementing Inclusivity
    Pool leaders are uniquely poised to leverage cognitive and demographic diversity to enhance a pool’s governance performance. In this second webinar by 2019 AGRiP Inclusion Resident Robin Stacia, participants will learn five key actions every pool board can take to advance inclusivity while strengthening governance processes. The presentation will also identify values and opportunities for elevated cognitive and demographic inclusion, and consider methods to successfully implement inclusion practices.

    This is the second in a series of webinars designed to help attendees understand and apply inclusive governance practices. The first session will anchor attendees to the definitions and science.

    Implementing Inclusivity
    Pool leaders are uniquely poised to leverage cognitive and demographic diversity to enhance a pool’s governance performance. In this second webinar by 2019 AGRiP Inclusion Resident Robin Stacia, participants will learn five key actions every pool board can take to advance inclusivity while strengthening governance processes. The presentation will also identify values and opportunities for elevated cognitive and demographic inclusion, and consider methods to successfully implement inclusion practices.

    This is the second in a series of webinars designed to help attendees understand and apply inclusive governance practices. The first session will anchor attendees to the definitions and science.

    Risk Management

    Reducing Medication Related Errors Through DNA Testing

    [Apr. 12, 2022] Take a look at how a health pool developed a program to help people understand how their DNA affects their bodies’ responses to medications and the potential for health issues. Learn:

    • What pharmacogenomics is and how it can be used to support employee groups
    • Examples of information provided by this emerging technology
    • Hurdles faced such as health data privacy and limitations in medical records
    • How the pool is funding the new program
    • How the pool's governing body has been instrumental in the development of this program

    Speakers: Wendy Parker is Executive Director of HealthTrust, a pool based in New Hampshire that provides medical, dental and other health benefits to employees of the state's schools, towns, cities, counties and other public entities. Scott Megill is President and CEO of Coriell Life Sciences.


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    Emergency Succession Planning

    [Jan. 8, 2020] AGRiP Succession Planning Resident Steve Trautman shares a practical framework for managing the unexpected departure of key leaders within your pool. The tools presented will help you:

    - Define the qualities, tasks and relationships unique to your pool’s leadership roles

    - Prepare for and conduct emergency knowledge transfer in a limited period of time

    - Reduce the risk of losing key skills by transferring them to multiple successors

    - Measure whether knowledge and skills were transferred successfully

    Presentation Slides

    [Dec. 8, 2020] In this webinar, Dan Smereck of VP-level QEI Patron Strategic Asset Alliance explained how pools of different types are dealing with the uncertain investment environment and how today’s economy indicates where markets might be headed. Dan utilized a blind peer analysis of pooling client portfolios to help explain how investments are being impacted by current events. Attendees also gained initial insight into the practice of environmental, social and governance investing (i.e., ESG investing).


    Public Entity Cybersecurity: Risks, Mitigation & Breach Response

    [Jan. 8, 2020] Identify more than a dozen areas of cybersecurity interest to pools, using real-world examples as well as steps pools can take to reduce risk and respond to a cyber attack. Presentation Slides »

    Preventing Employment Claims: Lessons from CIS' Hire to Retire Program

    [Aug. 7, 2018] Discusses how Citycounty Insurance Services (CIS) in Oregon started to experience a rapid increase in employment claims and the development of their Hire to Retire (H2R) program, a targeted risk management program designed to help CIS members find and address the root cause of employment claims by supporting the entire employment lifecycle. Presentation Slides »

    Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

    [Jan. 8, 2020] The accelerating unmanned aircraft industry, utilization and implications for pools and public entities. Presentation Slides »