Upcoming SIR Webinars

SIR Webinar: The New Normal - Strategic Planning on the other side of the COVID - 19 Pandemic.

Wednesday, April 8
11 am - 12 pm Central Time, 12 pm - 1 pm Eastern Time, 9 am - 10 am Pacific Time 

Peter Grimm - President of Cipher Systems 
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Past SIR Webinars

SIR Webinar: Google Power Search & Beyond

March 10, 2020
11 am - 12 pm Central Time, 12 pm - 1 pm Eastern, 9 am - 10 am Pacific

Google Power Search & Beyond: In this fast- paced session, maximize your search skills and learn about the resources you may want to check before Google. Participants will walk away with tricks and tips that can be applied while researching competitors, products, markets and more. 

Jen Evert: American Financial 

SIR Webinar: The Member's Edge: A Refresher on SIR Benefits

February 25, 2020
12 pm - 12:30 pm Central, 1 pm - 1:30 pm Eastern, 10 am - 10:30 am Pacific 

The Society of Insurance Research is proud to present an in-depth webinar of the many member benefits available to our community. While SIR members to receive discounted pricing to our bi-annual conferences, there are also several additional member benefits available to the community that we would like to review. With our 50 year anniversary this year, we are expanding our member benefits and continuing to look for new and fresh ways to build out our member experience.

- A Member's only resources tour
- SIR's dedicated community listserv
- Our online member directory
- An overview of our Competitive Intelligence Calls
- A walkthrough of the events outside of our annual conferences

Adam Nunes: Betterview

Michelle Herr: SIR Executive Director 

SIR Webinar: Make Your Research Practice A Standout: Enhancing the Insights Functions in the Organization.

February 12, 2020 11 am - 12 pm Central, 12:00-1:00pm Eastern, 9:00-10:00am Pacific

Just in case you missed this highly interactive session from the SIR Annual Conference or didn’t get your question asked, we’re bringing it back for 2020! Join this webinar to hear from two carrier insights professionals with decades of experience share recent examples of how they’ve added real value and shape the conversation around insights initiatives in insurance companies. You’ll gain practical ideas to enhance insights efforts in your own organization and demonstrate your function’s tremendous value. Learn how to reinvent yourself, enhance the communication and utilization of intelligence within your organization. Participants are encouraged to submit questions and your own best practice or two prior to the webinar.


Rick Marchetti
AVP PL Strategy
The Hartford

Steve Micksch
Strategy Research Manager, Enterprise Strategy Department
American Family Insurance

SIR Webinar:  Research Resolutions

January 8, 2020
11:00am-12:00pm Central, 12:00-1:00pm Eastern, 9:00-10:00am Pacific

This past summer the SIR Research Committee and Zeldis Research Associates conducted a primary research study to explore and understand the research and insights function at insurance carriers and identify practice trends within the industry including organization, key roles and skills, tools, demonstrating ROI, etc. Please join us as we share what we learned about the structure of the research function, how roles are organized and integrated (or not) within the carrier, how success is defined and measured, what are pressing issues impacting the research function, and what tools and technology are being used.

Brian Kiley, Research and Insights Supervisor, West Bend Mutual Insurance
Patrice Nolan, Vice President, Competiscan
Amy Rey, Executive Vice President, Zeldis

Brian Kiley is the research and insights supervisor for West Bend Mutual Insurance. He is responsible for primary research, secondary research, competitive intelligence, and strategic intelligence gathering. His team collaborates with internal business partners to bring insights and precision to decision making. Brian joined West Bend as a marketing intern in 2005 and has since served in several positions within the Marketing Department.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has earned his PRC through the University of Georgia.

Patrice Nolan has more than 35 years of insurance industry experience as a researcher and consultant. Prior to joining Competiscan she worked at CNA Insurance and Marsh, Berry & Company, Inc., one of the nation's preeminent providers of financial, operational and sales management consulting to independent insurance agencies. Her background as a strategic, innovative research leader includes strategic business planning, customer experience management, customer journey mapping, carrier/agency relationship management, product development and brand research. 

Amy Rey is a seasoned market research professional with more than 20 years of experience. As a member of Zeldis Research’s senior management team, she is involved with making the day-to-day decisions affecting the overall management and direction of the company. Amy remains very active in research, managing dozens of qualitative and quantitative studies each year. While her work touches a number of different industries and topics, Amy’s primary focus lies with insurance and financial services.

Descriptions of the 2019 SIR Webinars can be found here.
Descriptions of the 2016-2018 SIR Webinars can be found here.