2013 NLC-RISC Spring Trustees Conference

  • Date: May 16, 2013 - May 18, 2013
  • Location: Denver, CO
  • Category: RISC Conference


The NLC-RISC Trustees Conference provides trustees and pool administrators of state municipal league risk pools the opportunity to learn about industry trends, programs, services and pooling best practices. The conference offers many opportunities to share creative ideas and solutions, and to network with peers from across the country.

Key topics to be discussed include:
  • Financial management
  • Emerging challenges in workers' compensation, private vs. public interests in land use and catastrophes & disasters
  • Evolving exposures in social media
  • Local governments and cyber vulnerability
  • Health care reform
  • Health care cost containment strategies
  • Long range capital planning
  • Much more!


Thursday, May 16, 2013

  • 8:00 am

  • 9:00 am
    New Trustees Orientation: An Overview of Important Considerations (Show details)

    As an introduction for newer Trustees and refresher for the more experienced, the highlights of this session will include review of why pools formed and have been successful, how pools differ from state-to-state, operational functions such as claims, underwriting, loss control, litigation and administration. Information and illustrations about differences that exist between pool coverages, structures, regulation and decision-making will be discussed with a panel of experienced pool administrators and trustees as a way to provide context for your pool's own structure and operations. The session will provide preliminary insight into important trends and concepts in local government risk pooling, many of which will be addressed in further detail throughout the conference. 

  • 12:30 pm
    Meet & Greet (Show details)

    Grab a beverage and a snack, greet your old friends and meet some new ones.

  • 1:00 pm
    Essentials of Leadership: A Story of a Journey (Show details)

    Leadership can be expressed at any level of an organization through the articulation of clear ideas, shared identity, the development of sustainable systems and advocacy for change and improvement. This presentation uses an ancient African story of a boy on a journey to highlight some timeless truths about the experience of leadership. Explore how your past influences your leadership vision and values. Examine how effective leaders are perpetual learners who celebrate the diversity of their respective workforces and teach others about the values of following a vision. Learn sustainable approaches and how to teach others to discern between a cool idea and an idea that works.

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  • 2:15 pm
    Wellness Strategies for Influencing Healthy Outcomes (Show details)

    The Affordable Care Act allows for the use of “outcome-based” incentives that reward individuals for meeting certain health standards, but discussions and debates are brewing over whether the incentives are really a reward or a punishment.  Dr. Paul Terry, a nationally recognized expert in health promotion, will share his thoughts about current wellness trends in the era of health reform.  What has the research shown to be the most effective at influencing healthy outcomes, and what are key considerations and strategies pools and their members should explore as they work to increase employee engagement in population health management?  This session may also be of interest to workers’ compensation pools.  Note: this topic will be further explored in small group discussion during the Round Robin session on Friday afternoon.

  • 2:15 pm
    Basics in Financial Management for Pool Trustees (Show details)

    One of the most important responsibilities of a Trustee is to assure financial solvency, stability for the pool, and stewardship of member contributions.  In this session, newer and experienced Trustees alike will benefit from increased understanding about how financial numbers for pools are generated and evaluated, why they matter in a Trustee's review of operations, and how to conduct conversations for continued success and a thriving future.  While the session won't turn you into an accountant or actuary (we promise!), you'll come away with a better appreciation for key concepts of how the two disciplines work together and what to make of the results.

  • 2:15 pm
    Are Public Official Large Claim Trends Ripe for Change? (Show details)

    This session will explore how the conflict between private and public interests and other emerging issues could impact claim trends in this area.  We will look at the circumstances behind a number of the larger claims that have been occurring in this area, explore several factors that could lead to emergence of additional types of claims, and discuss how key differences in the ways that members provide coverage to public officials may change the potential financial impact of these claims.

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  • 3:45 pm
    Understanding the Financial Impacts of Higher Workers’ Compensation Retention (Show details)

    Development trends on long-duration Worker's Compensation claims are driving excess reinsurers to demand higher pool retentions and significant rate increases.  This session will explore the key drivers behind these actions and look at the potential reserving and longer term financial impacts that higher retentions can have on pools.

  • 3:45 pm
    Investment Policy & Strategy (Show details)

    In the current low interest rate environment, pools must decide on strategies to reinvest funds from maturing investments to minimize the impact of declining investment income on financial results. This may include different fixed income options or looking outside of core fixed income.

  • 3:45 pm
    Marketing & Communications: Creating Brand Ambassadors (Show details)

    In this session, learn how trustees can contribute to the success of their pools by becoming better brand ambassadors and having everyone in the pool speak with one voice in promoting the organization.  By examining other industry practices and hearing other pool experiences, trustees will learn the importance of creating alignment in internal and external communication and how to turn member service opportunities into member experiences to better serve members.  In the ever changing world of municipal business and its competitive environment, clearly explaining differentiators and speaking with one voice to create experiences will retain current members and add new ones.  Note: this topic will be further explored in small group discussion during the Round Robin session on Friday afternoon. 

  • 5:30 pm
    Welcome Reception (Show details)

    Join us for cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres at the Duncan Pavilion in the Denver Art Museum. The Art Museum is about 4 blocks from the Sheraton, but we will be providing continuous loop transportation from the Sheraton to the Denver Art Museum starting at 5:15 pm.  Attendees will also have access to the American Western Art Gallery during the reception. Registered guests are invited ~ badges are required. 

Friday, May 17, 2013

  • 7:30 am
    Breakfast Buffet (Show details)

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  • 8:00 am

  • 9:00 am
    State of the Insurance Market: A Global Perspective & Impacts on Pools (Show details)

    This session will explore the market forces impacting the insurance industry.  Hear how insurers are responding to the needs of public entities in the continuing low interest environment and in the face of increased competition and deteriorating loss trends.  What implications do these challenges pose for pools?

  • 10:15 am
    Emerging Social Media Risks (Show details)

    Social media are powerful communication strategies for cities when the risks are properly addressed. This session explores current and emerging risks associated with social media, including the new state laws restricting its use in the hiring process, the NLRB position on social media policies, constitutional considerations, online relationships between employees, and more.  

  • 10:15 am
    Lessons Learned: Managing Catastrophic Events (Show details)

    Recent events remind us how quickly (and easily) local governments and the pools insuring them can get pulled into significant losses or liability issues resulting from a major catastrophe.  Whether flooding, fires, shootings or explosions, the unexpected can happen anywhere at anytime.  This session will explore several questions and lessons learned relating to catastrophic events experienced by member pools.  What were the challenges that the pool member faced as a result of the catastrophe?  What questions and considerations arose as a result of the catastrophe? What was the pool’s role in helping to resolve the matter and what strategies did the pool use to assist their members? 

  • 10:15 am
    Health Reform Update: Adapting to the Changing Market (Show details)

    Many provisions of the Affordable Care Act are already effective, and more are scheduled to go into effect in 2014. This session will highlight the major requirements currently in place for 2013 and the key compliance areas most critical for pools and their members to understand as 2014 approaches.  We will look at how pools are positioning themselves to remain competitive in the new Exchange marketplace, and what employers need to think about as additional employer requirements roll out in the coming year. Note: this topic will be further explored in small group discussion during the Round Robin session on Friday afternoon.

  • 11:30 am

    Registered guests are invited ~ badges are required.

  • 12:45 pm
    Cybersecurity and City Networks (Show details)

    The Internet is a wonderful tool that allows cities to serve the public in ways not even imagined ten years ago. Unfortunately, along with enhancements to service come risks that confidential data and information stored on city computer systems will be stolen and used inappropriately. Any staff member who has access to a city computer but does not fully understand the dangers can unintentionally precipitate a crisis, damaging the member's reputation and public trust, and possibly resulting in pool liability. End-user training is critical to keeping city networks safe.  Learn from the experts how training can improve cyber security by helping employees avoid online dangers that can entrap even experienced Internet users. Note: this topic will be further explored in small group discussion during the Round Robin session on Friday afternoon.

  • 2:00 pm
    Employment Claim & Litigation Trends for Pools and Their Members (Show details)

    Across the country the cost of employment claims is on the rise.  This session will discuss the factors driving these claims, and explore the strategies pools are using - both pre-loss and after a claim has been filed - to control costs.  How can public entity employers successfully deal with common issues in the workplace to help avoid timely and costly lawsuits?  Note: this topic will be further explored in small group discussion in the Round Robin session immediately following on Friday afternoon.

  • 2:00 pm
    Consumer Driven Health Plans: Cost Containment Strategy or Driver of Increased Costs? (Show details)

    Consumer driven health plans have become popular over the last several years with many health pools, insurance carriers and employers moving towards this high deductible health plan option due to attractive, lower premiums.  Learn how these plans are typically structured and perform in the market.  Explore one health pool’s review of loss ratios and claims pre and post high deductible health plan adoption.  Join us for an interactive discussion about how plan design may adversely impact cost containment strategies, and what pools and their members should consider when adopting consumer driven health plan options.

  • 2:00 pm
    Policy Considerations for Covering Special Exposures (Show details)

    One of the key areas differentiating pooling from traditional insurers is how pools are able to adapt and handle special exposures, such as cyber and sewer backups. Even among pools, the approaches may differ as pools seek to address the unique needs of their membership. This original research explores how your peers are covering - or not covering - those key exposures, and the policy considerations underlying the different approaches. 

  • 3:15 pm
    Public Entity Pooling Round Robin (Show details)

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    During this Round Robin session, several topics will be available for small group discussion and interaction among trustees and pool administrators. These discussions will be facilitated by subject matter experts and will allow attendees to learn from one another about topics of common interest or concern. Attendees will rotate to another topic table every 20 minutes with the opportunity to engage in small group discussion on up to three topics.  

  • 4:30 pm
    Evening On Your Own

Saturday, May 18, 2013

  • 7:30 am
    Networking Breakfast (Show details)

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  • 7:30 am
    Pool Administrators Roundtable (Show details)

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  • 8:00 am

  • 9:00 am
    Long Range Capital Planning for Mature Pools (Show details)

    This session will explore the key factors trustees and management can use as they work to establish clear criteria upon which to build long-range capital plans. While there is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach, Mr. Wick and Mr. Ménard will walk through the factors that pools and their boards should consider as they establish an objective rationale for the capital levels they ultimately choose to maintain.   

  • 10:15 am
    Planning for the Future of Pooling and the Next Generation of Pool Leaders (Show details)

    A mass exodus of baby boomers from the workforce is anticipated over the next five to ten years.  Many pools are already experiencing this trend as pool administrators and other key management staff head into retirement.  Explore the demographic and generational shift occurring in the workplace. Learn how this shift may impact the way that pools do business and what skills are likely to be critical for the next generation of pool leaders. What should pool boards be considering as they face the loss of key staff? Come prepared to share the strategies your pool is using to ensure knowledge transfer and to attract and retain the next generation of pool leaders.

  • 11:30 am
    Conference Concludes


Sheraton Denver Downtown
Denver, CO

The Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel is centrally located in Denver's financial and business districts. Our dynamic 1,231-room and 82-suite hotel offers conference attendees and city visitors exceptional convenience and comfort. Situated along a mile-long tree-lined promenade featuring outdoor bistros, microbreweries, shopping, and entertainment our property puts you in the center of fantastic shopping and other activities.

The NLC-RISC group rate starts at $149 per night for single or double occupancy plus applicable fees and taxes. The group rate will be available until April 14, 2013. Reservations made after this deadline are based on availability.

Check-in is 3:00 pm and check-out is 12:00 pm. You may cancel up to 48 hours prior to your scheduled arrival without penalty. There is also an early departure fee of $50.00 if a guest checks out priort to the confirmed checkout date.

Please Note: The Sheraton is sold out for Saturday night, May 18th.  We are looking into overflow options for that evening, or you may want to check out Visit Denver's Come Early Stay Late program offering deals on mountain resort destinations for an extended stay after the conference.

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