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The Institutes Griffith Insurance Education Foundation

Our mission is to empower public policymakers through a greater understanding of insurance and risk management.

The Institutes Griffith Foundation

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

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Video Series

2024 Financial Regulators Program: Presenters’ Perspectives

This series of brief conversations features speakers from the 2024 Financial Regulators Program, a multi-day, in-person event held in June on the campus of Illinois State University. That event and these video segments are a collaborative effort of IREF, the Katie School of Insurance at Illinois State University and The Institutes Griffith Foundation.  Several of the thought-leaders who spoke at the live event visited with us, on camera, to share insight on matters of relevance to financial regulators of insurance. In alignment with the mission of The Institutes Griffith Foundation, this content is instructional in nature and does not support a position on any issues.

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On-Demand Webinar

Examining the Impact of Fraud on the Insurance Ecosystem & the Important Role of Public Policymakers in Anti-Fraud Efforts

This 40-minute, on-demand program explores: the impact of insurance fraud on the insurance ecosystem; efforts underway to combat fraud; and opportunities for state lawmakers to bolster fraud prevention. It features these distinguished panelists:

  • Dr. Robert Hoyt, Dudley L. Moore, Jr. Chair and Professor of Risk Management and Insurance, Terry College of Business, University of Georgia
  • The Honorable Trinidad Navarro, Commissioner, Delaware Department of Insurance
  • Mr. Ben Eikey, Manager of State Training and Development, Levin Center for Oversight and Democracy, Wayne State University School of Law

Complimentary, state-specific programming on this important topic is available by contacting The Institutes Griffith Foundation at .

In keeping with the mission of The Institutes Griffith Foundation, the program is purely instructional in nature and does not support a position on any issues. 

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On-Demand Webinar

The McCarran Ferguson Act 79 Years On: Exploring Its History, Role and Relevance

This calendar year marks the 79th anniversary of the McCarran-Ferguson Act. Passed in 1945, this landmark piece of legislation continues to undergird our system of insurance regulation in the United States. The Institutes Griffith Foundation invites you to view this academic exploration of the history, role, and continued relevance of the Act.  The program, originally delivered on March 20, and now available in on-demand format, features the insight and expertise of Harold Weston, J.D.. Weston is a Clinical Associate Professor and WSIA Distinguished Chair in Risk Management and Insurance at the Greenberg School of Risk Science at Georgia State University. In keeping with our mission, this complimentary program is purely instructional in nature and does not support a position on any issue.

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The Fundamentals of Risk Management and Insurance: a Primer for Public Policymakers

Presented by The Institutes Griffith Foundation in Collaboration with NCOIL

This on-demand, complimentary program provides an overview of the underpinnings of risk management and insurance.  It will benefit both newly elected officials and those interested in a refresher session; and it is a terrific way for lawmakers to revisit foundational concepts in advance of the 2024 Spring meeting of NCOIL. The brief session features the insights and expertise of Dr. David L. Eckles, the P. George Benson Professor in the Department of Insurance, Legal Studies, and Real Estate at the University of Georgia.  In keeping with the mission of The Institutes Griffith Foundation, the program is strictly instructional in nature and does not support a position on any issues. 

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On-Demand Webinar

Affordability and Availability of Property Insurance: An Academic Examination of Critical Components

Questions related to the affordability and availability of property insurance have garnered attention in recent months.   The Institutes Griffith Foundation is pleased to present an academic examination of the critical components contributing to this hard market, featuring the expertise of Dr. Lars Powell of the University of Alabama.  This on-demand conversation between Dr. Powell and The Institutes Griffith Foundation’s Executive Director, Frank Paul Tomasello, is available for complimentary viewing.  In keep with our organization’s mission, the discussion is purely instructional in nature and does not take a position on any issues. 

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Past Programming Content

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On-Demand Webinar

Advances in Artificial Intelligence (“AI”)

Advances in Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) are making headlines, and some observers believe that AI’s impact on the insurance ecosystem will be transformative. Please join us for an academic exploration of the opportunities ahead, featuring Dr. Martin F. Grace, the James Boettner Professor of Risk, Fox School of Business, Temple University. In keeping with the mission of The Institutes Griffith Foundation, this complimentary webinar will be strictly instructional in nature and will not take a position on any issues. Pre-registration is required and takes only a moment:

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Insurance Insights

Insurance Insights: Dr. Tom Oliverson

On this edition of Insurance Insights, the newly elected President of the National Council of Insurance Legislators, Texas House Member, Dr. Tom Oliverson, visits with The Institutes Griffith Foundation’s Executive Director, Frank Paul Tomasello. 

During their wide-ranging conversation, Dr. Oliverson:

  • shares information on his background and what led him to public service;
  • talks about how he learned of and become involved with NCOIL; and
  • provides his perspective on risk and insurance issues of importance in 2024.
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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