2019 Society of Insurance Research (SIR) Annual Conference 

Reimagining Research to Recognize Emerging Industry Trends 

October 20-22, 2019
Charlotte, NC

The Call for Speakers and Research Papers is now open!

Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 29th
Increase your visibility. Share your experience. Move the industry forward.

Topic/Subject Wish List:
While we're looking for presentations on a range of topics and subjects, below are a few areas of particular interest:

Market research                                              Competitive Intelligence 
Primary research                                             Product Development
Secondary research                                        Underwriting & Claims
NPS & Sentiment Analysis                              Insurance Innovation
Segmentation                                                  Analytics / Analysis techniques
Storytelling and visualization                           AI & Machine Learning
Human-Centered Design                                 InsurTech
Digital / Mobile / Social                                    Blockchain
Regulatory / Risks / Compliance                     Micro Insurance
Customer / User Experience                           Genomics
Agile Research Management                          Sharing Economy

Email proposals to the appropriate Track Chairs by Friday, March 29th:

Keynote, General Sessions or product agnostic submissions that cut across all insurance lines:
     - Dawn Faint, dawnfaint@gmail.com

Commercial Lines:
     - Sharia Benn, Penn National Insurance, sbenn@pnat.com
     - Adam Nunes, DataCubes, Adam@datacubes.com

Personal Lines:
     - Randy Mangum, USAA, randall.mangum@USAA.com
     - Jaimie Pickles, Jornaya, jpickles@jornaya.com 

     - Micheal Myers, USAA, micheal.myers2@usaa.com

What to Include in Your Speaking Proposal or Research Paper:

  1. Name, title, company of proposed speaker(s).
  2. Proposed session topic/title.
  3. Short session description (3-4 sentences) outlining the learning objectives for our audience and how your proposal is aligned with the conference theme.
  4. Presentations should include the what, how, and impact of the research.
  5. Preference is given to sessions that are actionable and innovative vs informational. Case studies with problem, process, resolution are ideal.
  6. Non-carrier submissions should include a carrier partner.
  7. Research papers must be cleared for SIR publication and distribution.
  8. Speakers and authors may be photographed and/or recorded at the event.

Are you interested in participating in a Shark Tank Competition?

  1. Nominate your solution for a short live demo/pitch and the audience will select the winner! New product announcements are encouraged!
  2. Provide name, title, company, speaker, and description of product/service.

Registration Information & Discounts:

Registration will open soon! Speakers are eligible for the following discounts off of standard registration rates. Please see the chart at the bottom for registration fee information.

  • General session speakers – complimentary registration
  • Track carrier speakers – 25% discount
  • Panel carrier speakers – 10% discount 


2019 Society of Insurance Research (SIR) Spring Workshop Call for Speakers     
March 4-6, 2019 at Mintel in Chicago, IL

As the line blurs between insights, analytics, research, and competitive intelligence, it’s more important than ever to continue to broaden your skill set to be able to use a variety of tools to analyze and understand an increasingly complex insurance environment. Through a combination of speakers and hands-on experiences, the spring workshop is designed to enhance and add new skills to your toolbox.

We invite you to share your passion and expertise with our members at the spring workshop.

The Call for Speakers is now open!

Applications must be submitted by Friday, December 14.

Increase your visibility. Share your experience. Move the industry forward. 

Topic/Subject Wish List:

While we're looking for presentations on a range of topics and subjects, below are a few areas of particular interest:

   -   Primary research

   -   Data visualization

   -   Competitive analysis

What to Include in Your Proposal:

  1. Name, title, company of proposed speaker(s)
  2. Proposed session topic/title
  3. Short session description (3-4 sentences) outlining the benefits to our audience
Email proposals to Pete Wood, Erie Insurance, petewood@erieinsurance.com by Friday, December 14.   


The Society of Insurance Research (SIR) will be hold their Annual Conference on October 21st-23rd at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans.  The theme for this year’s event is “Elevating Insights to Manage Risk and Attract Customers.”  General session topics and speakers participating in this years’ event include:

Insurtech Trends, Hype vs. Reality, Robert Mozeika, Innovation Executive, Munich RE

Using CI to Develop/Test Strategy and Influencing Senior Executives Across the Company, Ben Gilad, FGH Academy of Competitive Intelligence

The Role of Human Intelligence in a World of Artificial Intelligence, Pete Grimm, CEO, Cipher

The New CX Playbook:  AI, consumer-centric data, predicting success-and boosting badness, Geeta Wilson, Vice President, Customer Experience, Humana

AI in Insurance:  the new competitive advantage and cognitive empowerment, Al Naqvi, American Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Following the General Session presentations, attendees will move into Track sessions representing Commercial Lines, Personal Lines and Health and Life Insurance.  Some hot topics that will be covered in these sessions include: Building the Next Gen Win-Loss Programs, Leveraging Social and Web Data to Mitigate Risk and Creating a Foresight Capability in Your Organization.

In 2017, over 95 companies, 60 speakers, 24 sponsors and exhibitors participated in the conference and we anticipate the same in 2018.  Attendees expressed high levels of satisfaction in the post conference survey with over 87% rating the overall conference as Excellent or Very Good and 98% agreeing that topics were relevant to their jobs.

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