Our mission is to empower public policymakers through a greater understanding of insurance and risk management.
Non-advocative programs and resources for public policymakers
As the leading resource for objective insurance information, we host programs for policymakers at state and federal levels. Presented by leading scholars, these complimentary seminars help policymakers build valuable knowledge about insurance and emerging risk management issues so they can better support their constituents.
We are deeply committed to objectivity. All of our programs are strictly instructional and do not support any position on any issue.
Current Complimentary Programming
Predict & Prevent ™ — Policymaker Perspectives
Insurance regulators are important partners as insurers transform how they work with consumers to move beyond detect and repair and promote Predict & Prevent, say regulatory leaders in “Policymaker Perspectives,” the fourth episode of the Predict & Prevent™ podcast. Special guest host Frank Paul Tomasello, executive director of The Institutes’ Griffith Insurance Education Foundation, welcomes guests Elizabeth Kelleher Dwyer, director of the Department of Business Regulation for Rhode Island, and Andrew Mais, insurance commissioner for Connecticut. Together they review some of the risk challenges society is facing, and how policymakers balance a need for consumer protection and trust with support for innovation and technological advances.Listen Now
The Institutes Griffith Foundation and the NAIC’s Center for Insurance Policy and Research “Back-to-Basics” Collaborative Programming Series
The Institutes Griffith Foundation is pleased to collaborate with the NAIC’s Center for Insurance Policy and Research to produce a “Back to Basics” series of webinars. These non-partisan and non-advocative sessions aim to provide foundational knowledge to help inform important policy conversations.
Surplus Lines: Back to Basics
The Institutes Griffith Foundation is pleased to collaborate with the NAIC’s CIPR to present the next installment of our Back-to-Basics series, which focuses on surplus lines. This non-partisan, non-advocative program serves to provide foundational knowledge aimed at helping to inform policy-related conversations. This webinar will cover the foundation and history of surplus lines, explore current market challenge and opportunities, and examine the regulatory framework.Register Now
Reinsurance: Back to Basics
The Institutes Griffith Foundation is pleased to collaborate with the NAIC’s CIPR to present the next installment of our Back-to-Basics series, which will focus on reinsurance. This non-partisan and non-advocative webinar aims to provide foundational knowledge to help inform important policy conversations. Reinsurance is a crucial tool for insurers to help manage their risk profile and create stability in insurance markets. In this session, we'll cover the foundations of reinsurance, how it is used by insurers, and factors impacting the reinsurance market such as natural catastrophes.
Insurance Fraud: Back to Basics
This pre-recorded broadcast, the most recent in our “Back to Basics” series of webinars, explores the topic of insurance fraud. Speakers include Dr. J Bradley Karl of Florida State University, Fred Lohman of the National Insurance Crime Bureau, Trinidad Navarro of the Delaware Department of Insurance, and J. Michael Skiba of Dr. Fraud Training Group.The 90-minute session: explores the impact fraud has on insurance; discusses strategies for combating fraud; provides an overview of how regulators are tackling the issue; and considers the innovative ways technology and big data are being used to identify fraud.
Captives: Back to Basics
We are pleased to share this recorded broadcast in partnership with Center for Insurance Policy and Research on the fundamentals, importance, and challenges of captives in risk management.
Speakers include Rob Hoyt of the University of Georgia and Steve Kinion, ACI, Director of the Bureau of Captive and Financial Insurance Products and the Delaware Department of Insurance.
Past Programming Content
Insurance Insights: Candid Conversations with Thought Leaders
In this episode of “Insurance Insights,” Frank Paul Tomasello, Executive Director of The Institutes Griffith Foundation, visits the Arkansas State Capitol building in Little Rock for a conversation with State Representative Deborah Ferguson, the 2023 President of the National Council of Insurance Legislators. During the conversation, Representative Ferguson: shares her perspective on the challenges and trends that public policymakers faced in 2022; identifies what she believes to be the most pressing risk management and insurance priorities for state lawmakers in 2023; and offers her views of the role of NCOIL in helping lawmakers to address these priorities.
The Economic Outlook Ahead: What It May Mean for the Insurance Eco-system
The Institutes Griffith Foundation and the Insurance Regulator Education Foundation (IREF) invite you to join us for a forward-looking webinar, considering the economic outlook ahead and its implications for insurers, insureds and public policymakers. Dr. Michel Leonard, PhD, Chief Economist of Triple-I and Adjunct Faculty member with New York University’s Economics Department, will share his forecast for the year ahead. The session will include a Q & A segment moderated by Jim Jones, Executive Director of the Katie School of Insurance at Illinois State University, and IREF Ex-officio Board Member.
The Impact of Current Economic Conditions on Insurance: An Overview for Regulators
The Institutes Griffith Foundation and the Insurance Regulator Education Foundation (IREF) are pleased to present a non-partisan and non-advocative webinar:
- examining the current economic landscape;
- exploring the impact of today’s economic conditions on insurers; and
- considering related public policy questions that have come to the fore.
The session features the insight and expertise of Dr. Michel Leonard, PhD, Chief Economist of Triple-I and Adjunct Faculty member with New York University’s Economics Department. The session will includes a question-and-answer segment moderated by Frank Paul Tomasello, Executive Director of The Institutes Griffith Foundation.
Griffith Foundation Programming Archive
We are pleased to share an array of educational programming and content. Click below to view additional on-demand resources from past webinars and events.See the Programming Content Archive
The Institutes Griffith Foundation Welcomes New Advisory Council Members, Charles Chamness and Jillian Froment
The Institutes Griffith Foundation is pleased to announce the two newest members of the Advisory Council, Charles M. Chamness and Jillian Froment, J.D. Both Chamness and Froment will help to advance Griffith’s mission to provide non-advocative, non-partisan education to public policy members
The Griffith Foundation and APCIA Announce Edward Largent III as the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
The Institutes Griffith Insurance Education Foundation and the American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) announced Edward J. Largent, president, CEO, and board chair of Westfield Insurance, as the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award winner during a recent ceremony at APCIA’s 2022 Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas.
The Griffith Foundation and NAMIC Name LaVawn Coleman Winner of the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award
LaVawn Coleman, JD, CPCU, ARe, received The Institutes Griffith Insurance Education Foundation’s 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award during a recent ceremony at the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) Annual Convention in Dallas, Texas.
Matthew Mosher, Chair
President and Chief Executive Officer – Rating Services
A.M. Best Company
LaVawn Coleman, J.D., CPCU, ARe, Vice Chair
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
James Carson, Ph.D., CPCU, CLU, ARM
Professor, Risk Management & Insurance
University of Georgia
Charles M. Chamness
Independent Corporate Director and Senior Advisor
to Bain Capital Insurance and Sandbox Insurtech Ventures.
Jillian Froment, J.D.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
American Council of Life Insurers
Rob McDade, J.D., CPCU
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Strategy Officer
Independent Corporate Director and Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company
Keesha-Lu M. Mitra, J.D., FLMI, FFSI
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
David M. Pooser, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Risk Management, Insurance, and Actuarial Science
St. John’s University
E. Tice Sirmans, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Finance, Insurance and Law, College of Business, Illinois State University
Illinois State University College of Business
Frank Paul Tomasello, J.D.
The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation
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