AGRiP Fall Forum 2019

Starts:  Oct 6, 2019 09:00 (ET)
Ends:  Oct 9, 2019 11:45 (ET)
The AGRiP Fall Forum 2019 is a unique chance to learn from and network with people who are just as dedicated to public entity pooling as you are. Where else can you step into a community of people who understand exactly what it is you do and why pooling exists?

Whether it’s talking about emerging issues or digging into perennial topics, AGRiP’s Fall Forum gathers the brightest minds in public entity pooling to energize your work.

This program will present information across three tracks especially relevant to public entity pooling staff responsible for:

What to Expect:

“Aha!” moments. Deep conversations on topics shaping pooling. Dedicated time to problem-solve with peers and time to socialize with them as well. Old friends and new faces. A chance to learn, collaborate, energize and return to your pool with new ideas, new connections and a refreshed outlook.

Who You’ll See:

Your pooling peers from across the United States, Canada and Australia. QEI Patron members who are your pooling service partners. 

Most attendees are pooling staff supporting financial practices, underwriting and risk management initiatives. Pool executives also regularly attend the Fall Forum, as do those serving as general counsels or in other roles.

Check out the registered attendee list to see who will be with you in Cleveland.

Where You'll Be:

Fall Forum will take place from October 6 to 9 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in the heart of Cleveland's downtown entertainment district.

Keynote Presentations

The Fall Forum will feature three keynote presentations:

  • A presentation about radical candor will help you work with others at your pool more effectively.You’ll learn how to address tough situations with communication that blends care for the individual with direct language. 
  • A second keynote will encourage you to embrace rebel talent – i.e., those in your pool who sometimes dissent and break the rules. You’ll learn why it can be important to hear what your “troublemakers” have to say. For a sneak peek, watch why behavioral scientist Francesca Gino says embracing authenticity, curiosity and different viewpoints are in your pool’s best interest. 
  • A panel of public entity pool leaders will share stories and solutions for how to navigate complex, volatile, and/or publicized risk management situations that arise when a public entity faces multiple, repeated, sensitive, and/or costly claims that could disproportionately burden the whole pool. Learn how three public entity pools created unique, member-driven processes, policies, and guidelines to identify high-risk members, mitigate repeat claims, and maintain overall pool health.

Concurrent Sessions

Through the rest of the conference, your public entity pool peers and other expert service providers will deliver content specifically geared towards the world of pooling. Take your pick from concurrent sessions offered in three tracks – Financial Management and Investment, Loss Control and Risk Management, and Underwriting –  which will cover a range of important, highly visible pooling issues including:

  • Child abuse claims in schools
  • Underwriting for PTSD presumptions 
  • Creating policies for and testing capital adequacy
  • Internal controls and how to prevent employee fraud and theft
  • Underwriting property risks
  • Jail risk management liability and legal updates

We’re also bringing back Power of Pooling Roundtables. These sessions are a great chance to problem-solve with other pools about common topics. 

Conference Registration Rates

Registration received before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 15, is $755 for AGRiP members and $1,045 for non-members. After that, a $100 late registration fee will be applied.

Guest registration allows friends or family members to attend meal functions with an AGRiP member attendee. Guest registration is not allowed for business colleagues who are otherwise eligible to attend the conference. All guests must be registered to attend meal(s). Guests are not eligible to participate in educational programming.

  • Full Guest (all meals): $360
  • Sunday Welcome Reception: only $80
  • Monday breakfast and lunch: only $90
  • Tuesday breakfast and lunch: only $90
  • All breakfasts (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday): $120

For registration cancellation and substitution information, visit AGRiP’s Conference Registration Policy

Hotel Information

Sleeping rooms in the AGRiP block at the conference hotel, the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, sold out. All rooms in the block were available first-come, first-served until Tuesday, September 10, unless the block sold out earlier.

Two additional blocks of sleeping rooms were added at two nearby hotels. Information on these hotels will be provided immediately after you register for the conference so that you can make reservations.  After you register for the conference, you will get information to make sleeping room reservations and maps that show the location of the hotels to the conference hotel. 

AGRiP never solicits hotel reservations directly via email or phone calls, and we do not employ third-party housing services. If you receive any outreach regarding hotel reservations other than the link provided by AGRiP in response to your registration, it is a scam and you should not respond.

Optional Educational Activities

Optional educational programming is open to conference attendees. Conference attendees can sign up for one or more of these programs during the registration process.

  • First-Time Attendee Breakfast: Join AGRiP for a brief orientation to the Fall Forum as well as other AGRiP services and activities from 7 to 8:15 a.m. on Monday, October 7. Network with other newcomers and the AGRiP Board of Directors. Learn how to make the most of your AGRiP membership and your time at the conference. This conversational breakfast forum will be useful to everyone from pool attendees to QEI Patrons and Partners.
  • Pooling Basics is a pre-conference opportunity from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 6. Developed by pooling professionals, this popular program helps those newer to pooling get grounded in the essentials from pool structure and governance to actuarial reviews, underwriting and more. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Pre-Conference Tour to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Although the pre-conference tour to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is sold out, conference attendees still can buy tickets online from the museum. Attendees who visit on their own will need to arrange transportation for themselves.

SOLD OUT: Pre-Conference Tour Details (Sunday, October 6)
Attendees who purchased tickets for the pre-conference
event will enjoy a trip to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as well as an overview of the technology behind a zero-emissions bus owned and operated by SARTA, a public transit agency participating in the Ohio Transit Risk Pool (an AGRiP member). 

You’ll enjoy a self-directed visit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for up to three and a half hours, depending upon your own interests and list of “must-sees.” You’ll have time to see musical artifacts from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Blondie, The Doors, David Bowie and The Who. And you’ll get to learn about the roots of music from the blues to today. The agenda includes:

  • 1:20 p.m.: Overview of SARTA zero-emissions bus 
  • 1:50 p.m.: Depart conference hotel for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • 3:30 p.m.: First return to conference hotel
  • 4:30 p.m.: Second return to conference hotel
  • 5 p.m.: Final return to conference hotel

Registration for the tour is limited to 30 people and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up for the tour during conference registration, and plan now for what you’d like to see.

About Cleveland

Learn more about the “Metropolis of the Western Reserve” (one of the many nicknames for Cleveland) and be sure to plan some pre- or post-conference time to visit:

  • A Christmas Story House: Check out the Tremont neighborhood to see the house from the famed 1983 film “A Christmas Story.” The culturally diverse neighborhood has an interesting small-town feel and features many architecturally unique churches.
  • A Viking Bar: Check out LBM, a neighborhood bar named by Men’s Journal as one of the 19 best undiscovered cocktail bars in America.
  • The Great Lake: Cleveland is on Lake Erie, one of the nation’s Great Lakes. Check out the beaches and get some training in for your next triathlon. Or just stand agog and admire one of our continent’s magnificent inland seas.
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